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TuesdayJanuary 21, 2014

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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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Delegation Of Mexican Senators Visit Iran, To Explore Expanding Relationship

A delegation of six Mexican senators is visiting Iran with the goal of tightening links in the industrial, energy, cultural and political areas.

“We want there to be more Mexico in the world” and “within a few years Mexico will be one of the 10 largest economies in the world,” Sen. Gabriela Cuevas Barron, of the National Action Party, or PAN, said.

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REPORT:  Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Expanding Her Real Estate Holdings in Patagonia

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will expand her hotel holdings in the Patagonian municipality of El Calafate by building a new hotel, the fourth she owns in that southern tourist town, the daily Clarin reported Tuesday.

The paper reported the start of work on the new hotel located in the Punta Soberana zone on the outskirts of El Calafate, which is on the road to the well-known Perito Moreno glacier.

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Mexico’s Labor Secretary Mugged at Upscale Mexico City Shopping Center

Mexico’s Labor Secretary Mugged at Upscale Mexico City Shopping Center

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Mexican Labor Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida was mugged as he entered a luxury shopping center in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco neighborhood, Federal District Attorney Rodolfo Rios said.

“Yes, a watch was stolen. Obviously, I am not going to comment on the brand of watch. The secretary has given a statement about what happened and, obviously, we are investigating,” Rios said in a press conference.

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New Mexico Gov Martinez Determined to Keep Pushing Repeal of Drivers Licenses

New Mexico Gov Martinez Determined to Keep Pushing Repeal of Drivers Licenses

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What is this, 2010?

The New Mexico legislative session begins today, and one of the issues on the agenda is, unfortunately, Governor Susana Martinez‘s ongoing push to repeal driver’s licenses for immigrants living in the state.

It’s an issue that Martinez had been dogged about since becoming Governor in 2011, and one that has earned her much criticism, since she is the nation’s first Latina governor and leads the nation’s most Latino state.  As a Democratic state representative told the New York Times about her in 2013:

Being the first Hispanic governor in a state that takes pride in its Hispanic heritage could have been a powerful force in bringing people together.  She chose instead to pander to the anti-immigrant sentiment in her party, and that’s her record.

Martinez’s insistence on going after immigrant driver’s licenses seems especially tone-deaf considering how much support has been expressed for immigrants and immigration reform in the last year.  It is no longer 2010 or 2011, when states like Arizona and Alabama were passing incredibly punitive, harsh anti-immigrant laws.  Such legislation has since been largely struck down by the courts — and states have begun to swing the other way.  As the Wall Street Journal noted today, the latest trend in state legislatures has been passing bills aimed at integrating immigrants, rather than cracking down on them:

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Blog del Narco: How are the Vigilantes in Michoacan Buying those Expensive Guns?

Blog del Narco: How are the Vigilantes in Michoacan  Buying those Expensive Guns?

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Questions have arisen regarding the vigilante showdown in Michoacan.  Members of the local residents who have formed the vigilante group to combat violence in Michoacan carry guns that cost thousands of dollars.

Many of the guns are the same as those used in the U.S. elite forces. The question is who is funding these vigilante groups guns???

The group works counter to both the local Police and the drug cartels that work in area trying to establish a level of peace for the residents of Michoaca
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Penelope Cruz Set to Play Lead in New Julio Medem Film “ma ma”

Penelope Cruz is set to play Magda, the leading character of “ma ma,” a movie written and directed by Julio Medem with two other Spaniards in the cast, Luis Tosar and Asier Etxeandia, and with the music of three-time Oscar nominee Alberto Iglesias.

Currently in preproduction, the film will be shot next spring entirely in Spain and in Spanish, and will be produced by Cruz and Medem in collaboration with Morena Films, the Dyp communications company told Efe.

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Mexico’s ‘The Voice’ Kidnapped Contestant Killed in Gunbattle Between Captors and Police

Mexico’s ‘The Voice’ Kidnapped Contestant Killed in Gunbattle Between Captors and Police

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A former contestant on the Mexican version of NBC talent search show The Voice was found dead at the scene of a gun battle between security forces and suspects, authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said.

The bodies of La Voz Mexico contestant Gibran David Martiz Diaz and another young man who had been kidnapped along with the aspiring singer earlier this month were discovered Saturday night after the shootout in Huatusco, state Attorney General Amadeo Flores said.

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Brazil Police Bonuses Tied to Murder Rate Reduction

Police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo will receive a bonus if they manage to reduce homicides by 7 percent during the first quarter of this year, Gov. Geraldo Alckmin said Monday.

The measure, which still must be approved by the state legislature, is part of a plan launched by Alckmin’s administration to reduce crime in the richest and most populous Brazilian state.

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Armored Car Heist in Argentina Leaves One Dead, Six Wounded Included Three Pregnant Women

One person was killed and six others - including three pregnant women - were wounded Monday when armed men tried to steal an armored car at a bank in suburban Buenos Aires, Argentine authorities said.

The fatality was identified as a 75-year-old man.

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TuesdayJanuary 21, 2014