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WednesdayJanuary 8, 2014

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Federal Security Forces Launch Operations in Western Mexican State

Federal Security Forces Launch Operations in Western Mexican State

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The Federal Police, marine corps and army launched a series of operations along the coast and in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan, a state in western Mexico plagued by drug-related violence, a state official said.

Bus companies said Monday they were suspending service to the Pacific coastal and Tierra Caliente regions, where the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel operates.

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Flimsy Boat Carrying 50 Immigrants Intercepted by Spanish Authorities

A team from Spain’s Maritime Rescue service intercepted Tuesday in the Alboran Sea, off the coast of the southern town of Motril, a flimsy boat with some 50 Sub-Saharan immigrants aboard.

The group included women and children.

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Mexican Museum Hosts Toltec Exhibit

Mexican Museum Hosts Toltec Exhibit

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About 30 items from the Toltec culture (650 A.D. to 1,200 A.D.) discovered in the archaeological area of Tula, located in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, are being exhibited at a museum in that state, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The exhibition is made up of 30 pre-Columbian pieces from the Ancient Toltec period (650-900 A.D.) and the Recent Toltec period (900-1200 A.D.) that include sculptures, vessels and artifacts of obsidian and shell,” the INAH said in a statement.

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The Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT and Immigrant Rights by Arcelia Hurtado

The Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT and Immigrant Rights by Arcelia Hurtado

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I’ve always been intrigued by the element of chaos theory known as the butterfly effect. It is the idea that everything is connected, and a small change in one place can result in large changes later. For example, a hurricane’s formation can be contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier. I like to believe it’s true, at least as it relates to social change.

In Utah in December, we witnessed the unthinkable: marriage equality. The chances of that happening in a deeply religious state like Utah seemed zero to none. Seeing same-sex marriage legalized in Utah made me wonder whether change like that would ever come to my home state of Texas. Growing up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas as an immigrant, living in poverty, and with a budding sense of my queer identity, I made the difficult choice to leave at age 18. It was either that or be crushed, because in the 1980s there was no place for people like me there. No place I wanted to be anyway. I saw many of my schoolmates succumb to drugs. Many others got pregnant at a young age and dropped out of school. I distinctly remember my neighbor, Roddy, who was murdered by his own brother in a drug-induced frenzy, supposedly for being flamboyantly gay.

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Peru’s Energy Sector Plans for $8.1 Billion in Investments This Year

Investment in energy projects is projected to total $8.1 billion in Peru this year, bolstering the Andean nation’s development and competitiveness, the Energy and Mines Ministry said.

The ministry asked the Private Investment Promotion Agency, or ProInversion, to move ahead with projects worth $7.3 billion, with an additional $800 million in investment expected for rural electrification projects, the Andina news agency reported, citing Energy and Mines Minister Jorge Merino.

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Messi to Play in Copa del Rey Match

Messi to Play in Copa del Rey Match

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Argentine striker Lionel Messi, sidelined since Nov. 10 by a hamstring injury, will be in the lineup for FC Barcelona’s Copa del Rey fixture with Getafe, the Catalan club said Tuesday.

But Xavi Hernandez, Dani Alves and Marc Bartra will not be available for Wednesday’s contest.

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Blog del Narco: Armed Local Volunteer Shot Dead by Invading Drug Cartel in Michoacan (VIDEO-warning)

Blog del Narco: Armed Local Volunteer Shot Dead by Invading Drug Cartel in Michoacan (VIDEO-warning)

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Dozens of armed residents entered Paracuaro, Michoacán Saturday. They were on a mission to rid the community of the criminal organization Knights Templar. The residents of Michoacan have organized into a group to protect their area from the violence of the drug cartels. A local volunteer was executed during a brief shootout with the Drug Cartel members, no other casualties reported.

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Analysts Revise 2013 Growth Forecasts for Brazil

Analysts Revise 2013 Growth Forecasts for Brazil

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Private sector analysts have revised their 2013 growth forecasts for the Brazilian economy downward to 2.28 percent from 2.3 percent, the Central Bank said Monday.

The gross domestic product (GDP) estimate was included in the Boletin Focus, a weekly Central Bank survey of analysts from about 100 private financial institutions on the state of the national economy.

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Brazil Evicts Squatters Living in Awa Tribal Reserve

Brazil Evicts Squatters Living in Awa Tribal Reserve

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The Brazilian government this week will begin evicting squatters from tribal reserve of the Awa, described by indigenous rights advocates Survival International as the world’s “most threatened tribe.”

The eviction of non-Indians, who have erected about 300 dwellings and other buildings on the reservation in the northern state of Maranhao, was ordered by a federal court, the Funai indigenous affairs agency said Monday.

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Canal Contractors Reach Preliminary Accord with Panama

Canal Contractors Reach Preliminary Accord with Panama

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The Panama Canal Authority and the Spanish-led consortium working on the $5.25 billion expansion of the Central American nation’s inter-oceanic waterway agreed Monday on a framework for talks to avert an interruption of the project.

“We’re talking about some additional funds that they (the consortium) would have to put up and we also would put up an additional (amount)” to avoid a halt to work on a third set of locks, canal administrator Jorge Quijano said.

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WednesdayJanuary 8, 2014