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SaturdayFebruary 1, 2014

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Mexican Army Clash with Cartel Gunmen

Mexican soldiers apprehended three suspected drug cartel enforcers in two separate clashes with gunmen in the northern state of Tamaulipas, authorities said Friday.

In the first incident, armed men inside a home opened fire on a passing military patrol in the Ampliacion Rodriguez area of Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas.

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Obama Considers Accepting Immigration Reform Without Path to Citizenship

Obama Considers Accepting Immigration Reform Without Path to Citizenship

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President Barack Obama might accept an agreement on immigration reform that does not include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States - as long as the measure does not bar those people from applying to become citizens via the standard mechanism.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that is being aired in segments, Obama suggests that he could accept that condition as long as immigrants are not barred from applying for citizenship once their status is regularized.

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Brazil Records Hottest January in Decades

Brazil Records Hottest January in Decades

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Some of the most populated cities of Brazil, like Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, have just gone through the hottest January in several decades.

Porto Alegre, capital of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, had an average temperature of 33 C (91 F), the highest since Brazil’s Inmet weather service started keeping records in 1916.

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Panama Canal, Contractors Extend Construction Negotiations

Panama Canal, Contractors Extend Construction Negotiations

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The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Friday that talks aimed at resolving a dispute with the contractors building a third set of locks for the waterway will continue through Feb. 4.

Though the parties set a deadline of Feb. 1 to reach agreement, they have now decided to continue negotiations through the weekend, the ACP said in a statement.

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Guatemalan Police Arrest 27 for International Money Laundering

Guatemalan Police Arrest 27 for International Money Laundering

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Guatemalan police have arrested 27 of 32 suspected members of an international money laundering ring that handled more than $20 million in the last year, the country’s interior minister said Friday.

“Up to now we have 27, but the operations will continue,” Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told the media.

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U.S. Authorities Seize $21.6 Million in Fake NFL Merchandise

U.S. Authorities Seize $21.6 Million in Fake NFL Merchandise

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Federal officials teamed with the National Football League (NFL) Thursday to announce the record-breaking results of a nationwide law enforcement effort aimed at combatting counterfeit sports merchandise.

Speaking at a NFL news conference, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director John Sandweg,  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations (DFO) Robert Perez, and NFL Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer Anastasia Danias discussed the results of the initiative dubbed “Operation Team Player.”

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Uruguayan President Says Fidel Castro’s Health Has “Deteriorated”

Uruguayan President Says Fidel Castro’s Health Has “Deteriorated”

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Uruguayan President Jose Mujica saw Cuban leader Fidel Castro as “old” and “deteriorated” from a physical point of view, but “concerned about the destiny of humanity” during their recent meeting in Havana.

“This old Fidel, deteriorated in health, continues to be a legendary figure. For me he is a source of learning and it’s an honor to be able to converse with him,” the 78-year-old Mujica said in an interview from Cuba on Uruguay’s Canal 10 television.

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Charlotte, N.C. Strives to Integrate Immigrants

Charlotte, N.C. Strives to Integrate Immigrants

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Charlotte, the North Carolina metropolis has become a pioneer for the whole country in analyzing best practices for integrating immigrants while promoting the economic advantages they offer.

What they’re doing here in Charlotte is very innovative, they’re starting a dialogue in which all sectors of society will take part, and above all, they’re listening to those hiding in the shadows, says Richard Andre, leader of the immigration initiative of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

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Venezuela, Uruguay Adjust Oil-For-Food Program

Venezuela, Uruguay Adjust Oil-For-Food Program

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The presidents of Venezuela and Uruguay adjusted their oil-for-food program to increase the amount of foodstuffs the OPEC nation imports from its regional ally, the government in Montevideo said Friday.

The accord was reached during a meeting in Havana between Uruguay’s Jose Mujica and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro on the sidelines of this week’s summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

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GOP Immigration Principles Contradict, Deny Basic Aspiration

GOP Immigration Principles Contradict, Deny Basic Aspiration

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

If the GOP leadership has it’s way there will be an official immigrant underclass: legal, but ripped of the most basic aspirational ideal.

That, in essence, is what the GOP proposed yesterday in it’s one-page list of immigration reform principles.

The list has the predictable GOP demands: a visa tracking system, preferences for high-skilled workers, workplace verification, stronger border security, a guest worker program. It also includes a path for legalization and citizenship for DREAMers. All of these are a sound step toward compromise; a good starting point for meaningful debate.

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French Film Academy Nominates “Blancanieves,” “Gravity” for Best Foreign Film

French Film Academy Nominates “Blancanieves,” “Gravity” for Best Foreign Film

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Spanish director Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves” and “Gravity” from Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron will vie for the Cesar Award for best foreign film, the French film academy said Friday.

“Blancanieves” and “Gravity” will compete at the gala to be held Feb. 28 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris against such movies as Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and “Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino.

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Monkeys at Paraguayan Zoo Enjoy Popsicles

Monkeys at Paraguayan Zoo Enjoy Popsicles

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Monkeys at the Asuncion zoo enjoyed a refreshing afternoon treat of ice cream handed out by two city councilmen as part of a campaign of solidarity with the caged animals that had been expressly forbidden by the management.

Hugo Ramirez and Augusto Wagner, the two Asuncion councilmen, intended to treat all the animals at the zoo in the city’s Botanical Garden, and had announced their intention previously in a number of Paraguayan media.

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Argentine, Ecuadorian State Oil Companies Eye Strategic Partnership

Argentine, Ecuadorian State Oil Companies Eye Strategic Partnership

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Argentine Industry Minister Debora Giorgi and the CEO of Ecuadorian state oil company Petroamazonas, Oswaldo Madrid, agreed to make further strides to develop the hydrocarbon industry in both countries, officials said.

The CEO of YPF Holdings, Guillermo Jalfin, also participated in the meeting since one of the goals was to analyze various strategic partnership alternatives linking the Argentine state-controlled oil company and Petroamazonas.

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Mexican Vigilante Leaders Join Rural Defense Corps

Mexican Vigilante Leaders Join Rural Defense Corps

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Two prominent leaders of the vigilante groups that sprang up in the western state of Michoacan to defend communities from organized crime registered to become part of the new Rural Defense Corps, which will operate under the control of the Mexican military.

Estanislao Beltran and Hipolito Mora reported on Thursday to the induction center the military set up this week in the main square of Buenavista, Michoacan.

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SaturdayFebruary 1, 2014