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ThursdayJanuary 2, 2014

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Cuba Has Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in Its History

Cuba ended 2013 with an infant mortality rate of 4.2 per 1,000 live births, the lowest level in the island’s history, state media reported Thursday.

The Caribbean nation first achieved an infant mortality rate of less than 5.0 in 2008, when the rate was 4.7 per 1,000 live births.

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Brazilian President Prepares for Second Term Elections in 2014

Brazilian President Prepares for Second Term Elections in 2014

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff begins the final year of her four-year term in a strong position to seek a second mandate in the October general elections, though she has yet to say whether she will be a candidate.

Rousseff enjoys an approval rating of 56 percent, according to a recent survey by pollster Ibope, higher than that of both of her predecessors at the same point in their respective terms.

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Blog del Narco: Brother of Former Governor Attacked by Gunmen

Blog del Narco: Brother of Former Governor Attacked by Gunmen

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Rafael Cavazos, brother of former governor of Colima Silverio Cavazos was shot by a gunman while traveling with four people in a vehicle on Jiquilpan road.
In a statement, Vuelvas Felix Humberto Aguilar, coordinator of state Public Safety, said that the occupants of the auto were attacked last Sunday. They were identified as Armando Federico brothers, Ramon and Alejandro Quiroz Larios and Benjamin Lopez and Rafael Curiel Cavazos, brother of the former governor. The shooting occurred on the Colima-Jiquilpan road two miles before the junction with the road leading to the community of Las Guásimas.


He stated that from the outset the State Attorney General, with the support of the security institutions of the three levels of government, works to secure the arrest of those responsible. He has called on citizens to submit complaints anonymously to Free 01 800 5811 770, and Tecoman at 01 800 5816 614 lines as well as mobile (312) 31 3 99 31 and (312) 31 2 30 87. Officials confirmed that Cavazos and at least two of his companions have criminal records. Indeed, Rafael was arrested by the PGR in 2003, because one of their houses served as a location for a clandestine laboratory manufacturing synthetic drugs. 

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Evo Morales Says Bolivia Will Have Nuclear Power Soon

Evo Morales Says Bolivia Will Have Nuclear Power Soon

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Bolivia will have a nuclear power industry in the near future, President Evo Morales said Wednesday during a military ceremony in the central region of Cochabamba.

“I want to tell you, we are not far ... from having atomic energy because we have sufficient prime material and we have the right,” the head of state said.

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No Casualties Reported in Puerto Rico’s Celebratory Gunfire

No Casualties Reported in Puerto Rico’s Celebratory Gunfire

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Puerto Rico managed to exit 2013 without a single reported casualty resulting from the New Year’s Eve custom of firing guns into the air, police said Wednesday.

“My first comments for 2014 should be of recognition for the members of the Puerto Rican police and the cooperation of the public that have allowed us to close out 2013 without injuries or deaths from spent bullets,” Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Wednesday.

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Spanish Firms Threaten to Halt Work on Panama Canal Expansion

Spanish Firms Threaten to Halt Work on Panama Canal Expansion

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The Spanish-led consortium building a third set of locks for the Panama Canal announced Wednesday that it will halt work due to the impossibility of completing the project for the amount specified in the original contract.

The locks are the key element in the $5.25 billion plan to double the waterway’s annual capacity from 300 million tons to 600 million tons.

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Pre-Columbian Skulls Found While Expanding Metro Line in Mexico

Pre-Columbian Skulls Found While Expanding Metro Line in Mexico

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Four skulls that formed part of an altar made of human bones from the Late Post-Classical period (1350-1521) were found during the construction of a new Mexico City metro line, authorities said.

The skulls are from two men, one woman and a dog, Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said in a communique.

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New Year’s Eve Shooting Wounds 12 in Brazil

New Year’s Eve Shooting Wounds 12 in Brazil

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A total of 12 people were wounded, including one who sustained serious wounds, in a New Year’s Eve shooting in the Copacabana district, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, minutes before the arrival of the new year, Agencia Brasil reported Wednesday.

The shooting started when a man who had been arguing with a woman grabbed the firearm of a police officer who had responded to the incident.

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Heat Wave Subsides in Argentina

Heat Wave Subsides in Argentina

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With the drop in temperatures, the Argentine capital began to leave behind the country’s worst heat wave in 107 years and to normalize its electricity service after an energy crisis marked by blackouts and mutual recriminations between the government and the utility companies.

Hardest hit was Argentina’s north, where the thermometer reached 50 C (122 F) and eight deaths were blamed on the heat wave.

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ThursdayJanuary 2, 2014