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SaturdayJanuary 25, 2014

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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Colombian Coast Guard Seizes 1.5 Tons of Cocaine

Coast guard and police units seized 1.5 tons of cocaine from a high-speed launch intercepted in Pacific waters near the southwestern port of Buenaventura, the Colombian navy said Friday.

The operation unfolded 7 nautical miles from the mouth of the Cajambre River, according to an official statement.

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Manchester United Signs Chelsea’s Juan Mata for Record Fee

Manchester United Signs Chelsea’s Juan Mata for Record Fee

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Spanish international Juan Mata is joining Manchester United, the defending Premier League champions said Friday.

“MUFC has reached agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata for a club record fee,” United said on Twitter. “The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

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2 Colombian Police Officers Killed in FARC Attacks

2 Colombian Police Officers Killed in FARC Attacks

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Two police officers were killed and another wounded in separate attacks by FARC rebels in southern Colombia, authorities said Friday.

In Milan, Caqueta province, patrolman Jhon Freddy Alvarez Hernandez died when rebels opened fire on a police station.

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2 Men Convicted of Felisburgo Massacre in Brazil

2 Men Convicted of Felisburgo Massacre in Brazil

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A Brazilian court on Friday convicted two men for the murders of five squatters in a 2004 incident known as the Felisburgo Massacre.

Judge Glauco Soares Fernandes imposed 102-year sentences on Francisco de Assis Rodrigues de Oliveira and Milton Francisco de Souza, the Minas Gerais state court said in a statement.

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Latina Gubernatorial Hopeful Says Texas Could Set Example of Immigration

Latina Gubernatorial Hopeful Says Texas Could Set Example of Immigration

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Texas needs its own immigration reform that will serve as an example for all the other states - that is the proposal of Republican Miriam Martinez, a Mexican-American who went from being a TV news anchor to try and become the first Latina governor in the history of the Lone Star state.

“With state immigration reform we will solve a problem that’s really easy to resolve and would give a good example to the rest of the 49 states that have not been able to organize themselves to achieve it,” Martinez, 41, said in an interview with Efe.

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Chile’s President-Elect Names Record Number of Women to Cabinet

Chile’s President-Elect Names Record Number of Women to Cabinet

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The Cabinet announced Friday by Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet includes record numbers of both women and political independents.

“It is a team chosen on the basis of conditions of leadership, skill, commitment to the program,” she said during the presentation of the 23 ministers who will take office with her on March 11.

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Chinese Firm to Build Bolivia’s Longest Bridges

China’s Harzone Industry Corp. has been selected to build two bridges in Bolivia’s Amazon region that, once completed, will be the nation’s longest, the official ABI news agency said Friday.

The $69.4 million contract was signed in the northern Amazon province of Pando by the Chinese company and the Bolivian Highway Administration, or ABC, in a ceremony attended by President Evo Morales.

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Spanish Photojournalist Goes Missing in Colombia

Spanish Photojournalist Goes Missing in Colombia

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A Spaniard went missing 17 days ago in the northern Colombian province of La Guajira, the Spanish consul in Cartagena, Juan Antonio Martinez, told Efe Friday.

The disappearance of photojournalist Borja Lazaro Herrero was reported on Jan. 8 in the Spanish city of Vitoria by members of his family, who are waiting for results of the investigation being carried out by Colombian authorities.

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Will Pro-Life Texas Let Brain-Dead, Pregnant Marlise Munoz Rest in Peace?

Will Pro-Life Texas Let Brain-Dead, Pregnant Marlise Munoz Rest in Peace?

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A Texas judge has ordered Marlise Munoz, who is pregnant and brain-dead, off life support honoring the wishes of her long-suffering family.

Munoz, 33, who was a Texas paramedic, was declared brain dead shortly after suffering a massive cerebral damage from what is believed to be a pulmonary embolism, back in November of last year.  At the time she was a married mother of one who was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child.  When the Munoz family, that includes husband Erick Munoz, was told she was brain dead they wanted her removed from life support.  The hospital disregarded the family’s wishes and sustained Munoz’ deteriorating body by all means possible, thereby adhering to Texas law that is decidedly pro-life on all issues related to a fetus.

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Young English-Speaking Hispanics Have Higher Self-Esteem, Says Study

Young English-Speaking Hispanics Have Higher Self-Esteem, Says Study

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Young Latinos with a good command of English and who converse easily with non-Latinos improve their academic performance and raise their self-esteem, because these social skills allow them to access resources and information that promote their economic and social mobility, according to a recent studay.

“Cross-cultural Adaptation of Hispanic Youth: A Study of Communication Patterns, Functional Fitness, and Psychological Health,” published online in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Monographs, studies a sample of young Latinos from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

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Argentine Government to Ease Access to Foreign Currency

Argentine Government to Ease Access to Foreign Currency

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Argentina’s government announced Friday that it would allow citizens to purchase foreign currency for savings accounts, an easing of restrictions that comes amid the peso’s steepest fall against the dollar in more than a decade.

“We’ve decided to authorize the purchase of dollars for savings” by individuals, Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich, accompanied by Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, said in a brief announcement.

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Falcao’s World Cup Chances Not Ruled Out by Surgeon

Falcao’s World Cup Chances Not Ruled Out by Surgeon

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The Portuguese surgeon who will repair Colombian and AS Monaco star striker Radamel Falcao’s torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee says there is still a chance the player could recover in time to play in this year’s World Cup .

“His willpower is important, but we only have five months, we’re at the limit. We’ll have to see,” Jose Carlos Noronha, regarded as one of the world’s top ACL specialists, told Efe ahead of the operation, scheduled for Saturday.

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Colombia’s FARC Admits, Repudiates Bombing

The leadership of Colombia’s FARC insurgency acknowledged that one of its units carried out last week’s deadly bombing in the southwestern town of Pradera and said the commander who ordered the attack would be disciplined.

“The order came from the commander of one of the units that make up the FARC’s Arturo Ruiz Mobile Bloc, a situation that leads to our open reproach and the application of the appropriate disciplinary correctives,” the FARC Secretariat said in a statement published Friday.

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Victor Manuel to Commemorate 50 Year Career with Concert

Victor Manuel to Commemorate 50 Year Career with Concert

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Five decades of composing and more than 500 songs written are the balance of a life in which Victor Manuel has had “great hits and great fiascos,” after which there are still songs to be written because “you never lose the urge to create,” he told Efe in an interview Friday.

To celebrate his half-century as a songwriter, Manuel will offer the concert “Fifty Years is Nothing” on Sept. 12 in the northern city of Oviedo.

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SaturdayJanuary 25, 2014