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MondayDecember 23, 2013

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World’s Busiest Border Crossing Needs a $226 Billion Overhaul

Southern California politicians and business leaders held a press conference here Monday to urge the U.S. Congress to fund the renovation of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the world’s busiest border crossing.
The House Appropriations Committee needs to approve the spending of $226 billion to complete the second and third phases of the project, a group including Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said.

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Out of Control Fire in Chile Destroys Over 1,000 Acres of Forest

Chilean authorities declared a “red alert” in the southern town of Arauco, where a fire is burning out of control, has already consumed some 500 hectares (about 1,250 acres) of forest and pastureland and has forced the evacuation of about 100 people, the National Emergency Office, or Onemi, announced Sunday.

The red alert allows the regional Onemi office to access more resources to combat the blaze which since Saturday has been affecting the zone located 1,200 kilometers (about 750 miles) south of Santiago.

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REPORT: CIA Helped Assasinate Colombian FARC Guerillas

The CIA has helped the Colombian army kill at least two dozen guerrilla leaders with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - or FARC - as part of a secret program, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

The plan to decimate the leadership of the FARC, an active guerrilla organization that is currently in its most vulnerable period during its decades-long insurgency against the Colombian government, was authorized by former U.S. President George W. Bush in the early 2000s, the daily said.

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No Longer Illegal—Good Morning America Drops ‘i-Word’

No Longer Illegal—Good Morning America Drops ‘i-Word’

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The ABC news show Good Morning America has dropped use of the term “illegal” when describing immigrants in the country who have no documents to establish their legal residency. Earlier this week, anchors for the popular morning program opted instead for “undocumented Americans.”

Immigrant rights groups across the country are hailing the decision.

“It reflects the trend of news outlets to treat every human being as an actual human being and not label us,” said Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the racial justice organization, Race Forward, and publisher of the award-winning news site, ColorLines.com.

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Uruguayan Navy Seizes Over Ton of Cocaine on Panamian Fishing Boat

The Uruguayan navy seized 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested the six Colombian and three Nicaraguan crewmen of the Panamanian-flagged fishing boat Ferber, which may have been sailing to Europe, navy spokesmen told Efe Sunday.

The boat sailed from a port in Peru and arrived in Montevideo a week ago.

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Argentine Heat Wave Leaves Thousands Without Power

In the midst of a heat wave, thousands of Argentines living in the capital’s metropolitan area on Sunday are still without power, while demand for electricity keeps growing and reaching peak levels, the Federal Planning Ministry said.

The Argentine power grid set a new record for electricity demand on a Saturday when the consumption level reached 20.605 megawatts, the ministry said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Honduran Deputy Defense Minister Believes El Chapo Hiding Out There

Blog del Narco: Honduran Deputy Defense Minister Believes El Chapo Hiding Out There

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Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo,” may be in Honduras, says the Honduran Deputy Defense Minister Carlos Roberto Funes, who warns that, being that the most vulnerable nation in Central America, organized crime and penetrated its institutions. In this week’s edition, Process notes also the geographical position of Honduras is conducive to drug trafficking, “halfway between Colombia and Mexico, with departures from the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean border with three countries: Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. “

For South American suppliers and Mexican cartels, Honduras is the ideal local. During an interview with Proceso, Funes says “the structures of these organizations are similar in all countries. “

What varies is the size or power. Hondurans are directly related to the cartels in Guatemala because they are part of the business of transporting drugs north.  I asked whether “El Chapo” Guzman “is here,” the deputy minister replied: “Yes. It certainly could be. ”  Officials and residents there say they have seen “El Chapo” with members of the Valle family in The Spirit Village of 3000 inhabitants. There are luxurious mansions whose entries are studied with surveillance cameras. “Yes he has been or is here. He has links with these people,” says a government official of the provincial capital. “In Copán there are two nuclei, and Valle Cartel Paradise, and many branches, which are generate violence,” he adds.

Meanwhile, a specialized drug journalist reports that “Over seeing of the sector by Chapo is nothing new. Has used the place as a refuge many times. He is known to come and go and not linger in any one location for fear of being arrested. Spirit and Paradise are the two likely places because there are blind spots where people and drug pass and nobody says anything. ”
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Indian Human Traffickers Arrested, Operating out of Mexico

Three Indians and seven Mexicans were arrested for smuggling people from Asia and Africa into the United States via Mexico, the federal Attorney General’s Office said Sunday.

The 10 suspected people traffickers, who belong to an international network, were arrested in Mexico state, Quintana Roo and the Federal District, the AG’s office said in a statement.

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Spain Distributes $3 Billion in Its Annual ‘El Gordo’ Christmas Lottery

The total winnings in Spain’s Christmas lottery this year totaled more than $3 billion and the year’s most anticipated and popular national raffle will certainly help to alleviate the circumstances of many families adversely affected by the country’s economic crisis.

Starting at 9 a.m. and for the next four hours in a live television broadcast, the children from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school - as is traditional - called out the lottery prize numbers, the drawing for which was held in the capital’s Royal Theater for the second consecutive year.

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Bus Plunges Down 32-Foot Ravine in Brazil Killing 14, Injuring 32

At least 14 people were killed and 32 others injured when a bus went off a highway in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state and plunged into a ravine, police said Sunday.

The accident occurred early Sunday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the city of Sao Paulo.

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Wind Powered Ice Skating Rink Comes to Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza

An ice rink has been set up in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s largest plaza, in an effort to make it easier for the capital’s residents to get a taste of winter sports.

The sustainable rink, covering 3,800 sq. meters (40,849 sq. feet), is made of artificial ice and welcomes people visiting the downtown plaza, which is surrounded by historic buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace, the seat of Mexico’s government.

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Raul Castro Seeking to Have ‘Civilized Relationship’ with U.S.

Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday again offered the U.S. government the option of a “respectful dialogue” that would not compromise the island’s sovereignty, and said the two countries can establish “civilized relations.”

“If in recent times we have been able to have certain discussions on subjects of mutual benefit…we believe we can resolve other matters, establish civilized relations between the two countries, as our people and the vast majority of U.S. citizens and Cuban emigrants would wish,” Castro said.

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MondayDecember 23, 2013