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TuesdayFebruary 4, 2014

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Check Out New Ricky Martin Concert App

Ricky Martin launched an application that will allow his fans a special personalized way in which to see him in concert via mobile platforms.

“On my recent tour across Australia, I kept hearing from people all over the world how they wished to be there and be part of the tour or how they wished they could come to the concerts,” said Martin in a communique released by his recording company, Sony Music.

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Puerto Rico Bonds Downgraded to Junk Status

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s reduced its rating for Puerto Rico’s general-obligation bonds to speculative, or junk, status.

S&P cut its ranking of Puerto Rico’s debt from BBB- to BB+ and suggested further cuts could be forthcoming.

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Mexico Sees Nearly 12 Million Tourists Arrive by Air in 2013

Mexico welcomed nearly 11.8 million foreign tourists by air last year, up 9 percent from the 10.8 million visitors who arrived by air in 2012, the Tourism Secretariat said.

Figures are not yet available on tourist arrivals via all modes of transportation for last year, but the Bank of Mexico reported that 21.2 million foreigners visited the country during the first 11 months of 2013, generating revenues of $12.3 billion, a figure that was up 8.79 percent from the same period in 2012, the secretariat said.

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Crime in Parts of Sao Paulo Rampant, Mail Carriers Get Police Escort

The increase in violence in the Brazilian city of Campinas prompted a court order for police to escort letter carriers.

With 3.5 million inhabitants, Campinas is the second-largest city in Sao Paulo state, where 4,439 people were slain last year.

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Blog del Narco: Granny Commander works for Vigilante Groups in Michoacan

Blog del Narco: Granny Commander works for Vigilante Groups in Michoacan

Photo: Granny Commander in Michoacan

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Mexico is signing up vigilantes in the fight against drug cartels in the western state of Michoacan as an official rural defense group. But not all of the militias are eager to be “institutionalized” by the government.

Michoacan will initially register 400-600 militia members in the coming days, AFP reported, citing the state’s federal commissioner for security, Alfredo Castillo. Along with the names of vigilantes, weapons will also be included in the registration process.

There are many women participating in the community policing of Chinicuila, Michoacan Lovingly called Granny commander , she is respected and admired by many as she defends her communities freedom.

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REPORT:  Over 1,000 Politically Motivated Arrests in Cuba This Year

The opposition Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Monday said that in January 2014 there were at least 1,052 politically motivated arbitrary arrests on the Communist-ruled island.

In its first monthly report about repression this year, the commission said that the arrests had as their main aim “to silence dissident voices” during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, held last week in Havana.

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El Salvador Presidential Election Results in Runoff

Provisional results show no candidate won the required absolute majority in El Salvador’s presidential election, though the TSE electoral board has yet to officially announce a runoff between the top two finishers in the five-person field.

With 99.16 percent of Sunday’s ballots counted, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the candidate of the ruling leftist FMLN, has 48.92 percent of the vote, compared with 38.95 percent for Norman Quijano of the main opposition right-wing ARENA party.

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TuesdayFebruary 4, 2014