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FridayDecember 27, 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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Brazil Rescues Spanish Tourists Lost in National Park

Brazil Rescues Spanish Tourists Lost in National Park

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Brazilian firefighters on Thursday rescued two Spanish tourists who had gotten lost in the Tijuca Nature Park, an environmental preserve in the middle of Rio de Janeiro, authorities said.

Cristian T. G. Fernandez, 35, and Alejo S. Sansigre, 33, “are not injured,” Rio fire department Sgt. J. Oliveira told Efe.

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Mexico Reports $339 Million Trade Surplus in November

Mexico posted a $339 million trade surplus last month, compared to a trade deficit of $1.28 billion in November 2012, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Thursday.

Mexico’s exports in November rose 0.8 percent to $31.70 billion, with oil exports making up $3.64 billion of the total and non-oil exports the remaining $28.06 billion.

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Brazil Considering 8 Groups for Highway Concession

Brazil Considering 8 Groups for Highway Concession

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Four companies and four consortiums have been authorized to compete for a concession to operate a stretch of Brazil’s BR-040 federal highway.

The number of competitors for the stretch linking the capital, Brasilia, with the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora is higher than in any of the four previous Brazilian federal highway auctions held earlier this year, the National Land Transportation Agency said.

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New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

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There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals who represent no conceivable threat to public safety or national security.

In fact, the overwhelming majority of people deported by ICE either have no prior criminal record or were convicted of misdemeanors—and most of those misdemeanors were simply immigration violations that have been made criminal offenses. While ICE does indeed capture and remove potentially dangerous individuals, most of its resources remain devoted to the enforcement of a broken and unworkable immigration system. The latest decline in removals notwithstanding, the U.S. deportation machine remains severely out of balance and lacking in either flexibility or meaningful opportunities for due process.

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Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez Rules Out Bid for Third Term

Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez Rules Out Bid for Third Term

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Thursday she will not seek any political office in 2015, when her second and final term as head of state ends.

“There is no possibility of ‘Cristina 2015’ for any elective office,” she told official news agency Telam a day after a lawmaker with her Front for Victory coalition suggested otherwise.

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Blog del Narco: Two Decapitated bodies found in Chihuahua

Blog del Narco: Two Decapitated bodies found in Chihuahua

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The bodies of two men were found decapitated last night in the town of Loma Blanca, reported the Attorney General’s Office (FGE).

The bodies of the victims, aged 25 and 35, were found on Juárez-Porvenir highway up to the street from Fernando Herrera.

The bodies and heads were at a distance of 300 meters apart, in an apparent move to hide the evidence left on the site.

A neighbor reported the findings at 11:30 pm hours, agents immediately arrived to survey the site.

A card was found at the site with a message to members of drug cartel according to an official from the Prosecutors office.  The victims had sharps injuries in the chest and arms. The remains of the two men were taken to the Forensic Medical Service facilities (Semefo), waiting to be identified.

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Dilma Rousseff Expedites Aid to Flood-Ravaged Areas in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff Expedites Aid to Flood-Ravaged Areas in Brazil

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday established new regulations reducing red tape and allowing regions affected by natural disasters, such as the heavy rains besetting the southeastern part of the country, to receive financial aid and other emergency resources more quickly.

The new rules were published Thursday in the official gazette after a week of intense rains in the states of Espiritu Santo and Minas Gerais that have left at least 39 people dead and have driven about 50,000 from their homes.

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Martin, Calle 13, Draco Among Puerto Rican Celebs in News This Year

Martin, Calle 13, Draco Among Puerto Rican Celebs in News This Year

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The publication of pop star Ricky Martin’s first children’s book, Draco Rosa’s cancer relapse and hip-hop duo Calle 13’s collaboration with Julian Assange were among the top stories from Puerto Rico’s entertainment world in 2013.

Martin’s “Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars” was released in November and was the second book he has published after his autobiography, “Me.”

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1,000 Dolphins Killed by Virus Off of U.S. Coast

1,000 Dolphins Killed by Virus Off of U.S. Coast

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A virus has killed more than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins up and down the U.S. East Coast in 2013, a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

“It is having a significant impact and that is something we’re monitoring closely,” NOAA’s Erin Fougeres said.

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Peru Sends Scientists on 22nd Antarctic Expedition

Peru Sends Scientists on 22nd Antarctic Expedition

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Peru’s 22nd scientific expedition to Antarctica set out Thursday from the Pacific port of Callao after a ceremony presided over by Foreign Minister Eda Rivas.

The ministers of defense, Pedro Cateriano, and production, Gladys Triveño, were also on hand for the departure of the research vessel Humboldt from the naval base in Callao.

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FridayDecember 27, 2013