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SaturdayJanuary 4, 2014

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Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

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Hundreds of people gave their final farewell Saturday to Cuban priest and intellectual Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, one of the most outstanding and influential figures of the Catholic Church on this Caribbean island in the last few decades.

Cespedes, who died suddenly on Friday at age 77, was buried Saturday in the priests’ pantheon at Colon Cemetery in Havana, following a crowded funeral ceremony in San Agustin parish, where had served as its priest in recent years.

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Public Utility Building Under Construction Collapses in Mexico City, Scores Injured

Public Utility Building Under Construction Collapses in Mexico City, Scores Injured

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At least one worker died Saturday and 17 more were injured when a building under construction collapsed in the Mexican capital, officials said.

The accident occurred on a corner of the Del Valle suburb where a substation of the Federal Electricity Commision was being built.

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61st Career Title for Rafa Nadal

61st Career Title for Rafa Nadal

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 1 in the world, took his first title of the season and the 61st of his career by downing France’s Gael Monfils on Saturday in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobile Open at Doha by 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 in a two-hour match.

The win had a taste of revenge about it for the Spaniard, who lost only twice in his career to Monfils but both times at Doha, where the Frenchman beat Nadal in the 2012 semifinals and the 2009 quarterfinals.

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Buses Set Ablaze in Brazil as Protesting of Police Occupation Continues

Buses Set Ablaze in Brazil as Protesting of Police Occupation Continues

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Three buses, one of them with passengers aboard, were set ablaze during the night in Sao Luiz, capital of the northern state of Maranhao, as a reprisal for the occupation since last Dec. 27 of the Pedrinhas penitentiary complex by the Brazilian Militarized Police, officials said Saturday.

“We’re going to speed up the investigation to find out who carried out the attacks. The order was given inside the prison, but whoever carried them out are on the loose and we’re going to find them. Since yesterday we’ve had more police in the streets,” the security secretary of Maranhao, Aluisio Mendes, told reporters.

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Firms Must Complete Canal Expansion, Says Panamanian President

Firms Must Complete Canal Expansion, Says Panamanian President

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Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli on Thursday demanded that the consortium working on the $5.25 billion expansion of the Central American nation’s inter-oceanic waterway complete the project for the amount the parties originally agreed.

The head of state spoke out a day after Grupo Unidos por el Canal, led by Spanish construction giant Sacyr Vallehermoso, formally advised the Panama Canal Authority that it would suspend work in three weeks if the authority does not agree to pay an additional $1.6 billion to cover cost overruns.

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GM to Layoff Over 1,000 in Brazil

GM to Layoff Over 1,000 in Brazil

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The Brazilian affiliate of U.S. automaker General Motors has confirmed the layoff of more than 1,000 employees from one of the multinational’s factories in Sao Jose dos Campos in Sao Paulo state, official sources said.

The decision will affect 1,053 workers, a number that includes employees who had already joined the Voluntary Resignation Program, or PDV, last year, the director of international affairs at General Motors, Luiz Moan, told reporters, without giving the exact number of workers who signed onto the PDV.

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Mexico Arrests Former Mayor for Aide’s Murder

Mexico Arrests Former Mayor for Aide’s Murder

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Sara Luz Herrera Cano, erstwhile mayor of the eastern Mexican city of Alvarado, was arrested on charges she masterminded the killing of her top aide, the Veracruz state Attorney General’s Office said.

Herrera Cano was taken into custody on Thursday, two days after her immunity from prosecution expired with the end of her mayoral term, Attorney General Amadeo Flores Espinosa said in a statement.

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Innocents’ Day Joke Annoys Eva Longoria

Innocents’ Day Joke Annoys Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria was obviously irritated by a joke that said the actress would play, among other roles, the mother of Cuban actor William Levy in a telenovela on Televisa.

Though the supposed news story turned out to be a joke, the actress apparently did not take it that way, judging by her indignant rebuttal on Twitter, in which she denied the report.

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Return of Lionel Messi Draws 13,000 Fans at Barcelona Practice

Return of Lionel Messi Draws 13,000 Fans at Barcelona Practice

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Nearly two months after he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, Argentine superstriker Lionel Messi was back with his FC Barcelona teammates Friday for an open practice that drew more than 13,000 people to the club’s mini-stadium.

The four-time World Player of the Year arrived here Thursday after a month spent in Argentina.

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4.7 Million Unemployed Spaniards in 2013

4.7 Million Unemployed Spaniards in 2013

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Spain ended 2013 with 4.7 million people officially registered as unemployed, a reduction of more than 147,000 compared with 12 months earlier, the Employment Ministry said Friday.

The ranks of the jobless declined by nearly 108,000 in December alone.

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Colombia Sets Vote on Recall of Bogota Mayor

Colombia Sets Vote on Recall of Bogota Mayor

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A referendum to recall embattled Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro will be held on March 2, Colombian electoral authorities said Friday.

Leading the push to recall Petro is Miguel Gomez Martinez, who represents part of Bogota in the Colombian Congress and is a member of President Juan Manuel Santos’ conservative Party of the U.

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“El Chapo” Money Launderer Found Slain in Mexico

“El Chapo” Money Launderer Found Slain in Mexico

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A woman suspected of laundering money for fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found murdered in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa, authorities told Efe.

Oralia Beatriz “Betty” Quintana Felix was killed on New Year’s Day, but it took a day to identify the body.

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SaturdayJanuary 4, 2014