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WednesdayFebruary 5, 2014

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Mexican Emigrants Sent $21.59 Billion in Remittances in 2013

Mexican Emigrants Sent $21.59 Billion in Remittances in 2013

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Mexico received $21.59 billion in remittances from emigrants in 2013, a figure that was down 3.7 percent compared to 2012, the Bank of Mexico said.

The 2013 figure did not surpass the $22.44 billion in remittances received in 2012 even though the flow had been trending higher since August.

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Warehouse Fire Takes Lives of 5 Firefighters in Argentina

Warehouse Fire Takes Lives of 5 Firefighters in Argentina

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At least five firefighters died Wednesday while trying to extinguish a blaze at a warehouse in a neighborhood in the southern section of Buenos Aires, Argentine officials said.

The firefighters were trapped when a wall collapsed at the warehouse in the Barracas neighborhood, officials told Efe.

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Blog del Narco: Group of Farmers Have Cartels on the Run in Michoacan

Blog del Narco: Group of Farmers Have Cartels on the Run in Michoacan

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Never before has a civilian self-defense group risen successfully against organized crime, not in Mexico or any other country.

Authorities assert that they are closely following the evolution of the conflict in the state of Michoacan, where locals have picked up arms, are tired of extortion and murder, and have asked that the Government consider its legal struggle in cornering the powerful Knights Templar cartel. This turn of events is a milestone in the disappointing and bloody history of combating drug trafficking in Mexico, which has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people since 2006.

On Monday, government and paramilitary signed an agreement to join local monitoring bodies under the orders of the Secretary of Defense. The Mexican government has watched the unstoppable advance of these paramilitary groups as they began to loose control. Worried that this could serve to ignite other states to take up arms against organized crime, the government decided a joint effort was their only hope. Today, the dreaded Knights Templar, one of the country’s seven major cartels, hide in the mountains of Michoacán .  How has it been that a humble group of farmers and traders now stand up and defeat a powerful drug cartel? Have they received support and other rival cartels with weaponry, like the Jalisco New Generation?  It seems that the explanation of the success is less cloudy and more exotic than some fear, and is based on two key pillars. ‘Money from rich businessmen of Michoacán and military hardware from California, in the United States.  This area of Tierra Caliente, Michoacán, is very rich in agriculture, mining and ranching. They produce 80% of the avocados consumed in Mexico and the U.S., and almost all of the lemons (limes in Mexico) that are purchased in the country. Because of their wealth, the Knights Templar have extorted entrepreneurs for very large amounts of money, which is what has now been used to purchase weapons, “said Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective Security Analysis with Democracy (CASEDE)

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Spanish Soccer Federation Suspends Cristiano Ronaldo for 3 Matches

Spanish Soccer Federation Suspends Cristiano Ronaldo for 3 Matches

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The Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, on Wednesday suspended Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for three La Liga games after the player was sent off during a match last weekend against Athletic Bilbao.

The player, however, will still be available for the first leg of Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey semifinal showdown against Atletico Madrid, which kicks off Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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European Union to eliminate Visa Requirement for Colombians, Peruvians

European Union to eliminate Visa Requirement for Colombians, Peruvians

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The European Union reached an accord to eliminate the visa requirement for brief stays by Colombians and Peruvians, the EU delegation in Bogota said Tuesday.

The agreement is a “verbal political decision” that was reached in Strasbourg by the European Parliament, Council and Commission, and must be ratified by the Permanent Representatives Committee, after which the official announcement will be made in Brussels on Wednesday.

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10 Armed Men Attack Hospital in Brazil

Some 10 armed men burst into a Rio de Janeiro hospital and assaulted a score of people in the reception area, including patients, family members and employees, Brazilian police said Tuesday.

The strange attack occurred around 11:00 p.m. Monday at a private hospital in the north Rio neighborhood of Cascadura.

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Colombian President Orders Investigation of Spying on Peace Negotiators

Colombian President Orders Investigation of Spying on Peace Negotiators

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday ordered a thorough investigation of charges that the military spied on his government’s delegates to peace talks with leftist FARC rebels.

“These dark forces that are trying to sabotage processes like the peace process, do they have internal contacts? What are they seeking? That is what I want to be thoroughly investigated,” said Santos after meeting with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon.

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Archaeologists Uncover Remains of 2,000 Year-Old Indian Village in Miami

Archaeologists Uncover Remains of 2,000 Year-Old Indian Village in Miami

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Archaeologists working on a dig in downtown Miami have found the remains of a Tequesta Indian village that could date back 2,000 years, making it one of the most important pre-historic sites found in the United States, media reports said Tuesday.

“What’s unusual and unique about the site is that it’s this huge chunk of land where a major part of this ancient Tequesta village site is preserved,” archaeologist Bob Carr told The Miami Herald.

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Univision, Variety Partner to Provide More Latino Entertainment News

Univision, Variety Partner to Provide More Latino Entertainment News

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The Univision network is partnering with U.S. showbiz magazine Variety to bring the Spanish-speaking audience in the United States wider and more in-depth coverage of the global entertainment industry beginning Feb. 27.

The alliance will be launched to coincide with the 2014 Oscars and will provide “the most comprehensive coverage of the event in Spanish,” Univision said in a statement.

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WednesdayFebruary 5, 2014