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TuesdayDecember 24, 2013

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Lottery Winner and His Brother Kidnapped in Brazil & Successfully Rescued

A lottery winner and his brother were rescued Tuesday from kidnappers, police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo said.

The brothers were found unharmed inside a residence in Guarulhos, a suburb of Sao Paulo city.

Police identified the abductors as Saulo Moraes de Araujo, a 25-year-old vendor with previous arrests for robbery and homicide; and Felipe Torres, 23.

The pair grabbed the brothers on Monday from their home in Guarulhos and demanded 500,000 reais ($217,390) for their release.

One of the siblings, a construction worker, won Brazil’s Mega Sena lottery in September, netting 7.8 million reais ($3.4 million).

De Araujo and Torres were part of a gang that specializes in what are known as express kidnappings, which involves grabbing a person and forcing him or her to fork over cash before releasing the captive after a few hours.

Police were already tapping the gang members’ phones as part of an ongoing investigation and agents were able to track down the kidnapped brothers within hours of their abduction.

The captors opened fire when they saw police closing in and De Araujo was killed in the ensuing gunfight.

Officers took Torres into custody and confiscated two handguns and a kilo of cocaine.

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Court Official Assasinated in Guatemala

An official of a Guatemalan court that hears gender violence cases was gunned down in this capital, authorities said Monday.

A police spokesperson told reporters that Willian Cardona, 27, died at the scene of the attack.

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Cuban Woman Arrives in US to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister in Miami

Cuban Woman Arrives in US to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister in Miami

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A Cuban woman finally arrived in Miami to donate bone marrow to a sister suffering from leukemia, after a month of uncertainty due to U.S. authorities’ initial rejection of her visa request, El Nuevo Herald newspaper said Tuesday.

The emotional meeting of Alina Ortega Reyes and her ailing sister, Damay Ortega, took place Monday night at Miami International Airport.

The visa is “the best gift of my life,” Alina, 47, said upon arriving in Miami, El Nuevo Herald reported.

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana had originally denied her permission to enter the country, though she had presented documented proof of Damay’s illness and results of compatibility tests that included Ortega’s other siblings, according to which Alina was the best fit as a donor.

But on Dec. 18, after the story got into the media and Cuban-American Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen intervened, the U.S. authorities in Havana notified Alina Ortega that they would grant her the visa.

“This is my only chance to have a bone-marrow transplant,” said Damay, 43, who has lived with her husband and son at the home of a sister-in-law ever since her illness forced her to stop working.

Now that she is in the United States, Alina Ortega must submit to several tests before the transplant is performed.

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Inventor of Lethal AK-47 Dies at 94 in Russia

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, died Monday in the Russian region of Udmurtia. He was 94.

Kalashnikov passed away at the Clinical and Diagnostic Center in Izhevsk, Udmurtia administration spokesman Victor Chulkov said on Facebook.

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Deportation Cases Due to Serious Crimes Continue to Decrease Less than 1 in 25 Recently

Deportation Cases Due to Serious Crimes Continue to Decrease Less than 1 in 25 Recently

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Only 637 of the 17,689 people deported from the United States in the first two months of the 2014 fiscal year were removed on the basis of convictions for aggravated felonies, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse said.

That figure works out to fewer than one in 25 of those expelled from the country between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30.

Alleged criminal activity was cited in 13.5 percent of requests filed with courts for removal orders, compared with 15.5 percent in fiscal 2012, according to TRAC, which is based at Syracuse University.

The vast majority of deportations were for entering the United States without authorization or other immigration offenses.

Cases of deportations because of criminal charges have dropped in recent years. During the 1990s that category averaged close to 25 percent.

Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the United States has deported an average of 400,000 people a year, compared with 200,000 in 2007, the peak year for deportations during the 2001-2009 tenure of George W. Bush.

Deportations declined to 368,644 in fiscal 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said last week in its annual report.

Nearly 2 million people have been expelled from the country during the years of the Obama administration.

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Blog del Narco: Gruesome Discovery in Suitcase Abandoned in MX City Metro

Blog del Narco: Gruesome Discovery in Suitcase Abandoned in MX City Metro

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The mutilated body of a woman was found stuffed in a suitcase abandoned at a Mexico City Metro station, Federal District Public Safety Secretary Jesus Rodriguez Almeida said.

Investigators are trying to determine who left the suitcase and a sign in a passageway leading to a stairway at the San Antonio Metro station in western Mexico City on Saturday night, Rodriguez Almeida told reporters.

Investigators plan to review videos from security cameras at the station and other parts of the city, the public safety secretary said.

“As I understand it, the person (who abandoned the suitcase) was spotted around the El Rosario station near the border with Mexico state,” Rodriguez Almeida said.

Mexico state surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

“We are not ruling out that the suitcase may have come from there,” Rodriguez Almeida said. “We are going to wait until the prosecutors are done (with the investigation).”

The coroner’s office will determine how the unidentified victim was killed, Rodriguez Almeida said.

“Obviously, we are focusing on whether someone is missing, be it in the capital or some other federal entity, to figure out who we are dealing with,” the public safety secretary said.

The woman found in the suitcase was about 30 and had been beheaded and mutilated, media reports said.
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American Heiress Murdered in Honduras, Husband Key Suspect

American Heiress Murdered in Honduras, Husband Key Suspect

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Nedenia Dye, a U.S. businesswoman and owner of a luxury spa on the Honduran island of Roatan, was murdered and her husband is in custody as a suspect, police said Monday.

The 46-year-old great granddaughter of business executive, philanthropist and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post was found Sunday in her room with “several stab wounds in her body” by employees at the Baan Suerte Spa, senior police officer Alex Madrid told reporters.

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12-year-old Girl Killed in Crossfire Between Cops and Gangs in Brazil Shantytown

12-year-old Girl Killed in Crossfire Between Cops and Gangs in Brazil Shantytown

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A 12-year-old girl died Monday of a gunshot to the head during a shootout between police and members of a drug-trafficking gang in a shantytown here in Brazil’s second city, authorities said.

The incident occurred in Para Pedro, a “favela” in the area north of Rio de Janeiro.

The young girl was hit by a stray bullet and was taken still alive to a medical facility in a nearby neighborhood, but soon passed away from the gravity of her wound, Rio state police Lt. Col. Luiz Carlos Leal said.

The girl’s uncle was shot in the arm but his life is not in danger.

The guns of the three cops who took part in the shootout were impounded to try and determine whether one of them fired the fatal shot, Leal said.

Police occupied the shantytown on Dec. 14 to end the clashes between rival crime gangs fighting for control of narcotics sales there.

Since then, four suspected drug traffickers have been killed and 12 others arrested.

After the young girl died, a group of Para Pedro residents blocked a busy street for 20 minutes with stacks of burning tires to protest the police action, and also tried to set a bus on fire.

Police used tear gas to break up the protest

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REPORT: 44 Undocumented Cubans Enroute to U.S. Detained in Honduras

Honduran authorities detained Monday 44 undocumented Cubans attempting to travel to the United States, police said.

The four women and 40 men were detained in the Caribbean municipality of Iriona for irregularities in their documentation and immigration status, a National Police spokesman told reporters.

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El Salvador Murder Rate Declines, Gang Truce Attributed to Less Violence

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes said Monday that the drop in murders this year shows that the prevailing gang truce “has not failed,” while noting that this was not a strategy of his government.

“Our strategy is based on boosting public security forces’ crime-fighting capability,” Funes said after taking part in an official event.

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TuesdayDecember 24, 2013