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SundayDecember 22, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Enrique Peña Nieto to Combat Kidnapping Trend in Mexico

Enrique Peña Nieto to Combat Kidnapping Trend in Mexico

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto instructed his top security official to design a plan for combating kidnapping, noting a greater incidence of that crime in recent months.

During a review of his security strategy since taking office on Dec. 1, 2012, Peña Nieto acknowledged - without providing specific figures - that there has been “an upward trend” in that crime.

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Shoeless Mexican Indian Basketball Team Shines in L.A.

Shoeless Mexican Indian Basketball Team Shines in L.A.

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A group of Triqui Indian children from southern Mexico played and won two basketball games during their first visit to Los Angeles, defeating a team of reporters and then members of a local immigrant-rights group.

The young athletes, who range in age from six to 11 and are known for playing their sport barefoot, have come to this metropolis to promote their culture and seek economic assistance.

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Spanish Filmmaker Brings Bill Collectors’ Telephonic Terrorism to Short Film

Spanish Filmmaker Brings Bill Collectors’ Telephonic Terrorism to Short Film

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Journalist and moviemaker Miguel Parra opens one of the most painful wounds suffered by those in debt, the telephonic harassment they endure from businesses calling about unpaid bills, in his first fictional short film “Sin Respuesta” (No Answer), starring Natalia Mateo.

“I wrote the screenplay because a friend of mine, who hadn’t paid one of the last installments of a very small personal loan, began to get telephone calls from a woman who badgered him with such cruel remarks that I asked myself, what must life be like for people who get behind on much bigger mortgage or loan payments,” the 46-year-old Spanish filmmaker told Efe.

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2 Astronauts Replace Damaged Pump on Spacewalk Outside ISS

2 Astronauts Replace Damaged Pump on Spacewalk Outside ISS

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Two astronauts of the International Space Station began their spacewalk Saturday to repair the cooling system whose damaged condition was reported by NASA on Dec. 13.

The spacewalk, transmitted live by the U.S. space agency, began at 1201 GMT.

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U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement Ready for Obama’s Signature

U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement Ready for Obama’s Signature

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The U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement was approved this week by senators in Washington as part of a budget bill that President Barack Obama will sign in the coming days, the White House said.

The accord, signed in 2012 by the then-heads of U.S. and Mexican diplomacy, Hillary Clinton and Patricia Espinosa, will allow the two countries to explore for and develop crude reserves beyond each of their exclusive economic zones in the Gulf of Mexico, which were demarcated in a 1978 maritime-boundary treaty.

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New Jersey Ok’s In-State Tuition Rates for Undocumented Students

After a long and public battle between immigrant advocates and others, New Jersey will now offer its own version of a DREAM Act. Qualified undocumented immigrant students will now be eligible for in-state tuition rates.

Undocumented students are eligible for the discounted tuition rate if they graduated high school in New Jersey after attending for at least three years.  The discounted tuition is for students attending public higher educational institutions, including community colleges.

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Obama Looks to 2014 for Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

Obama Looks to 2014 for Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

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President Barack Obama said Friday that while Congress’ failure to pass immigration reform this year was disappointing, he is hopeful about the prospects for success in 2014.

Immigration reform is probably the biggest thing I wanted do get done this year,” he told reporters at the White House during his year-end press conference.

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$25M Lawsuit Against JLo and Marc Anthony Alleges They Stole Reality Show Idea

Jennifer Lopez and her ex-husband Marc Anthony are uniting as they face a $25 million lawsuit for alleging “stealing” the idea for the reality show “Q’Viva! The Chosen.”

John Jacobs alleges he presented a show concept back in 2007-08 to Lopez and Anthony’s respective production companies and in turn they used his idea to launch the show on Univision without him.

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Latin Films and Actors Making a Difference

Latin Films and Actors Making a Difference

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By Alejandra Arce-Salazar, Reach Hispanic

Eugenio Derbez is without a doubt one of the most prominent Latino actors from Mexico working in the United States.

The 52 year old Mexican actor decided to pursue his career at the age of 7, when his mother, the actress Silvia Derbez, saw the Oscars as a dream come true. Today, he could be nominated to this prestigious award.

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LatAm’s First Virtual Nutrition Training Center in Launched in Mexico

LatAm’s First Virtual Nutrition Training Center in Launched in Mexico

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Mexico launched Friday the first virtual nutrition training center in Latin America, which will guide the work being done to correct “the problems of overweight and obesity that prevail among the country’s childhood population.”

The federal health department said in a communique that the center has been founded to “train in the field of nutrition” the physicians studying at the National Pediatrics Institute, or INP.

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5 Gunned Down Near Mexican City

Five people were fatally shot Friday in a suburb of the Mexican capital, El Universal newspaper said, citing unnamed official sources.

The victims - four men and a woman - were surrounded by assailants, forced to kneel and then shot, members of the Coacalco municipal police department told the daily.

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Mexican President Signs Energy-Overhaul Bill

Mexican President Signs Energy-Overhaul Bill

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President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an energy-overhaul bill here Friday that amends Mexico’s constitution to allow private companies to develop crude reserves for the first time since 1938.

The signing ceremony took place at the National Palace and was attended by legislators and high-ranking officials.

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China Launches Bolivia’s First Communications Satellite

China Launches Bolivia’s First Communications Satellite

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Bolivia’s first communications satellite vaulted into space Friday atop a Chinese rocket as the Andean nation’s president, Evo Morales, looked on.

The Long March 3B/E rocket carrying the TKSat-1, or Tupac Katari, lifted off at 1642 UTC from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province.

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EU to Scrutinize Telefonica’s Bid to Purchase E-Plus

EU to Scrutinize Telefonica’s Bid to Purchase E-Plus

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The European Commission on Friday opened an in-depth investigation into Dutch telecom Royal KPN’s agreement to sell its German mobile arm, E-Plus, to Spain’s Telefonica, saying it could violate European merger regulations.

Brussels is concerned the planned acquisition may reduce competition in Europe’s biggest mobile telephony market, the EC said in a statement.

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Mexican Navy Personnel Discover 7 Bodies in Clandestine Grave

Navy personnel discovered seven bodies in a clandestine grave in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexican authorities said Friday.

The grave was found Thursday on a beach in the municipality of Alvarado, 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Veracruz city, according to police.

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SundayDecember 22, 2013