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ThursdayJanuary 23, 2014

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Brazilian Homeless Movement Takes a Stand for Basic Services

Brazilian Homeless Movement Takes a Stand for Basic Services

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Some 8,000 members of Brazil’s MTST homeless movement took to the streets of their country’s largest city on Wednesday to demand that basic services be provided to their shantytown - or “favela” - on the south side of Sao Paulo.

The protesters marched to Bandeirantes Palace, the seat of the state government, where MTST representatives met with Housing Secretary Silvio Torres and Interior Secretary Edson Aparecido to discuss their demands.

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Venezuelan Government Restricts Access to “Cheap” Dollars

Venezuelan Government Restricts Access to “Cheap” Dollars

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Venezuela’s government on Wednesday restricted access to dollars at the lower preferential rate, which will be reserved for purposes deemed essential such as purchases of medical supplies, food and industrial machinery.

For non-essential items, individuals and companies now must resort to weekly auctions to acquire dollars at a more expensive rate than the official 6.3 bolivars per dollar, Vice President Rafael Ramirez said.

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Well-Known Spanish War Correspondent Manu Leguineche Dies, Age 72

Well-Known Spanish War Correspondent Manu Leguineche Dies, Age 72

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Manuel “Manu” Leguineche, well-known war correspondent and teacher for several generations of reporters, died in the Spanish capital on Wednesday, Madrid Press Association president Carmen del Riego told Efe. He was 72.

Leguineche died in a Madrid hospital after a lengthy illness, Del Riego said.

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State-Run Real Estate Agencies to Begin Renting Out Buildings to Cubans

State-Run Real Estate Agencies to Begin Renting Out Buildings to Cubans

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Cubans have been given the go-ahead to rent buildings through state-run real-estate agencies, which until now had only provided their services to state institutions and companies and to foreign citizens and firms, the government said Wednesday.

President Raul Castro’s government eliminated that restriction in a resolution published in the official gazette that allows ordinary Cuban citizens to rent buildings for use as homes, offices, commercial establishments or warehouses.

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Immigrant Faces Deportation Over Missing License Plate Screw

Immigrant Faces Deportation Over Missing License Plate Screw

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February 5, 2013 started out like any other day for Noe Parra Manrique. It was 7 a.m. and the 30-year-old single father had just dropped off his five-year-old daughter, Anita, with the babysitter. Manrique had given Anita a kiss, a hug, and was back on the road to head into work at a construction site. Soon, a police officer, parked on the side of the road, turned the siren on, and flagged him down.

“Why am I being pulled over?” Manrique recalled through his translator when we spoke on the phone earlier this month.

“You’re missing a screw in your license plate,” the police officer responded.

The police officer asked about the contents of Manrique’s truck. “It’s all construction stuff,” Manrique said.

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Blog del Narco: The Search for El Chapo Continues- Diabetes and Heart Problems?

Blog del Narco: The Search for El Chapo Continues- Diabetes and Heart Problems?

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Thirteen years after his escape from Puente Grande prison, federal authorities continue to seek to recapture the Drug Lord through strategies such as the development of a report on his inner circle of friends and family, which was updated in October. The document, which was seen by the newspaper Reforma, contains biographical data of 22 family members, 21 employees and 27 security people that give protection to El Chapo. In addition the report includes unpublished images of these people, including seven of El Chapos romantic partners and their children.

According to the federal government, the drug dealer has two distinct weaknesses’, women, and his taste for comfort. The authorities have tried hunting down El Chapo, using voice banks, databases with information from department stores and TV companies and satellite Internet.  Despite all efforts, El Chapo seems to have enough intelligence to circumvent these strategies and the operations of the federal forces to stop him. The official report noted that in the past 10 years El Chapo has remained hidden in inaccessible areas of the “Golden Triangle”, including six points of Sinaloa and twelve locations in Durango.

 

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Terrorist Convicted of 2004 Bombings in Madrid to be Released

Terrorist Convicted of 2004 Bombings in Madrid to be Released

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A Moroccan man sentenced to 10 years in prison as an accessory to the March 2004 train bombings in Madrid that left nearly 200 dead will be released on March 16, Spain’s National Court ruled Wednesday.

Accepting the recommendation of prosecutors, the court said Rafa Zouhier should be freed on the basis of time served.

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Vanessa Hudgen Credits Time with Homeless For Understanding New Role

Vanessa Hudgen Credits Time with Homeless For Understanding New Role

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Hollywood star Vanessa Hudgens lived for two weeks among the homeless while preparing for her role as a poverty-stricken teen in the drama “Gimme Shelter,” which opens in the United States on Friday.

The film, which is based on a true story, is centered on pregnant adolescent Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens), who struggles to survive after she flees her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) and is rejected by her Wall Street executive father (Brendan Fraser), who disagrees with her decision to keep the baby.

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85 Masterpieces of Joan Miro Up For Auction in London

85 Masterpieces of Joan Miro Up For Auction in London

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Christie’s put on display 85 pieces by Joan Miro (1893-1983) ahead of an auction in London next month devoted to the Spanish surrealist.

The works making up the collection, Miro - Seven Decades of His Art, will be offered in three separate sales Feb. 4-5 at Christie’s London.

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Mexican Militia Group Blasts Government for Lack of Support

Leaders of the militias founded to defend communities in the western state of Michoacan from the depredations of a powerful drug cartel say Mexican federal authorities failed to deliver on a promise of cooperation.

Militia members engaged in armed clashes with gunmen from the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) gang in several parts of the municipality of Paracuaro, a spokesman for the self-defense groups told Efe by telephone.

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ThursdayJanuary 23, 2014