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WednesdayDecember 25, 2013

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Member of Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 Wants to Give Up U.S. Citizenship

Member of Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 Wants to Give Up U.S. Citizenship

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Puerto Rican singer Rene Perez, who is a member of Calle 13, said he would like to give up his U.S. citizenship but won’t do it because of the complex legal situation it would land him in.

“If a Puerto Rican renounces American citizenship, he will be considered a foreigner and will be subject to the immigration and naturalization laws,” the singer, who goes by the name “Residente,” said in a series of Twitter postings.

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Christmas in Bethlehem Celebrated by Thousands

Thousands of Christian pilgrims, including top European Union diplomat Catherine Ashton, celebrated Christmas Wednesday in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

The small city of Bethlehem, which claims its place as the supreme spiritual center of the Christian world every Dec. 25, is packed with tourists, many of them pilgrims who had visited the Church of the Nativity to kneel before the star that marks the birthplace of Jesus.

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Heavy Rain in Brazil Leave 22 Dead

Heavy Rain in Brazil Leave 22 Dead

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At least 22 people died and some 46,900 were forced to evacuate their homes after more than a week of torrential rains in southeastern Brazil, authorities said Tuesday.

In Espiritu Santo, where the heaviest downpours occurred, eight people have died and 45 have been injured.

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Paraguayans are Lining Up to Dine on Giant Catfish

The surubim, the giant catfish of South America’s great rivers, is again the culinary delight of the Puente Remanso river market, where many Paraguayans are pouring in to savor its rich flesh after an almost two-month closed season.

The return of open season on Dec. 20 was the opening bell for stores and restaurants to resume sales in this busy market on the banks of the Paraguay River, where the surubim can again be enjoyed in four basic presentations.

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Pope Francis Celebrates First Christmas With Call For Peace

Pope Francis Celebrates First Christmas With Call For Peace

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Pope Francis on Wednesday used his first Christmas message to call for peace in the world’s strife-torn places, acceptance for migrants and assistance for victims of natural disasters.

The pope began by telling the thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Urbi et Orbi message - Latin for “To the City and to the World” - “Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the whole world, Greetings and Happy Christmas!”

Francis, who was elected the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, reminded his audience that “wars shatter and hurt so many lives” before mentioning numerous places affected by conflicts.

“True peace - we know this well - is not a balance of opposing forces. It is not a lovely ‘façade’ which conceals conflicts and divisions. Peace calls for daily commitment, but making peace is an art, starting from God’s gift, from the grace which he has given us in Jesus Christ,” the pope said.

Francis told the approximately 70,000 people, according to Vatican estimates, gathered in St. Peter’s Square that at Christmas “our thoughts turn to those children who are the most vulnerable victims of wars, but we think too of the elderly, to battered women, to the sick.”

The pope prayed for the people in some of the world’s strife-torn nations, starting with Syria.

“Too many lives have been shattered in recent times by the conflict in Syria, fueling hatred and vengeance. Let us continue to ask the Lord to spare the beloved Syrian people further suffering, and to enable the parties in conflict to put an end to all violence and guarantee access to humanitarian aid,” Pope Francis said.

The pope also prayed for peace in the Central African Republic, Nigeria, the Holy Land, Iraq, the Horn of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pope Francis then prayed for migrants, asking that those “in search of a dignified life may find acceptance and assistance.”

The pope also prayed for victims of natural disasters.

“Lord of heaven and earth, look upon our planet, frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity. Help and protect all the victims of natural disasters, especially the beloved people of the Philippines, gravely affected by the recent typhoon,” Francis said.

The pope pronounced the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing after delivering his message.

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Puerto Rico Teachers Considering Strike After Pension Overhaul

Puerto Rico Teachers Considering Strike After Pension Overhaul

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Puerto Rican teachers are deciding whether to go on strike when classes resume next month to protest a pension overhaul signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

Finally on Monday night the Senate passed the bill it had received from the House of Representatives to reform a pension fund that has an actuarial deficit of $10.25 billion.

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Enjoy Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano. ( VIDEO) 15 Million Views and Going Strong

Enjoy Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano. ( VIDEO) 15 Million Views and Going Strong

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Feliz Navidad is a Christmas album by singer/songwriter José Feliciano. Originally titled José Feliciano and released in 1970 by RCA Victor, it was reissued on CD in 2001 by BMG with all the songs of the original album (Christmas classics and Feliciano’s famous composition “Feliz Navidad”) plus three original songs added and recorded by José but never released on the original vinyl album (“Las Posadas”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”).

Each year at Christmas time, this CD is on the BMG music catalog, and the song “Feliz Navidad” has become one of the most downloaded and aired Christmas songs in the USA, awarded by ASCAP as one of the top 25 Christmas songs most played and recorded around the world.

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Spanish Royal Family’s Christmas Message Emphasizes Unity

Spanish Royal Family’s Christmas Message Emphasizes Unity

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King Juan Carlos on Tuesday urged Spaniards to build their future together, using his traditional Christmas message to stress the “many, many things” that unite them.

Controversies should be resolved in accord with the democratic rules of the game “approved by all,” he said in a nationally broadcast address.

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Colombia Notifies Bogota Mayor of Removal

Colombia Notifies Bogota Mayor of Removal

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The Colombian Inspector General’s Office published an edict Tuesday formally notifying Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro that he is to be removed from office for mismanagement.

The sanction, prompted by a December 2012 waste management crisis, was announced Dec. 9 and bars the 53-year-old leftist from holding any public post for 15 years.

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WednesdayDecember 25, 2013