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FridayFebruary 7, 2014

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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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Tennis Star Rafael Nadal Backs Out of Buenos Aires Event

Tennis Star Rafael Nadal Backs Out of Buenos Aires Event

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal said Thursday he will not take part in next week’s Copa Claro clay-court event in the Argentine capital because he has not been able to practice since injuring his back in last month’s Australian Open final.

“I have to announce some news that fills me with sadness, which is that I won’t be in Buenos Aires because - due to the back injury - I haven’t been able to train since the Australian Open,” the world No. 1 said in a video uploaded to his Web site.

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Mexico City’s Maco Art Fair Displays Picasso, Miro and Calder

Mexico City’s Maco Art Fair Displays Picasso, Miro and Calder

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The 2014 Zona Maco International Contemporary Art Fair is underway in Mexico City, showcasing works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and scores of other artists.

The 11th Zona Maco art fair, which runs until Sunday, is being held at the Centro Banamex and features works by more than 1,500 Ibero-American artists, organizers told Efe.

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7 Migrants Drown Attempting to Enter Spanish Enclave

7 Migrants Drown Attempting to Enter Spanish Enclave

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At least seven sub-Saharan migrants drowned Thursday in a mass attempt to enter Ceuta, the Spanish city surrounded by Morocco, Spanish government sources told Efe.

They said seven or eight bodies had been recovered from Morocco’s Mediterranean coastal waters, where a search for more victims was continuing.

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Latina Actress Aimee Garcia Shatters Stereotypes in New “RoboCop” Film

Latina Actress Aimee Garcia Shatters Stereotypes in New “RoboCop” Film

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Aimee Garcia has broken free of Hollywood’s stereotypes of Hispanics with her portrayal of a scientist in “RoboCop,” saying she won the role through sheer determination even though it was initially intended for an Asian actress.

“The role was not for a Latina initially,” Garcia told Efe in an interview. “But I fought hard. I wanted to work with (Brazilian director) Jose Padilha because I love the ‘Elite Squad’ films. And the cast was amazing. So I did a lot of auditions. Why couldn’t a Latina be a scientist?”

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Pope’s Harley, Matching Jacket Sell for $350,000 at Auction

Pope’s Harley, Matching Jacket Sell for $350,000 at Auction

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The motorcycle that Harley-Davidson gave as a gift to Pope Francis last June sold for 210,000 euros (about $284,000) at auction in Paris on Thursday, with the proceeds going to a homeless shelter in Rome.

The size XL biker jacket that the legendary Milwaukee-based motorcycle company gave the pontiff went for 50,000 euros ($68,000) at the auction held by London-based Bonhams.

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FC Barcelona is One Step Closer to Copa del Rey Championship Match

FC Barcelona is One Step Closer to Copa del Rey Championship Match

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FC Barcelona took a big step toward a berth in the Copa del Rey championship match, defeating Real Sociedad 2-0 in the first leg of their semifinal clash.

The decisive juncture of Wednesday night’s match at Camp Nou occurred in the final three minutes before the intermission.

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Border Patrol Accused Of Teaching Children To Shoot At Targets Made To Look Like Immigrants

Border Patrol Accused Of Teaching Children To Shoot At Targets Made To Look Like Immigrants

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Controversial photographs from a recent Border Patrol event show agents teaching children to aim and shoot a paintball gun at a human-shaped target. Immigrant activists have accused Border Patrol of using this activity to encourage children how to shoot immigrants in an area where migrants have died.

“The target is dressed to resemble a migrant and is located within 100 feet from Virginia Avenue where actual persons have been killed by Border Patrol gunfire,” Immigrants Rights Consortium’s Pedro Rios said, according to NBC San Diego News. “While encouraging children to use guns to shoot at a migrant effigy is unconscionable, it is also symbolic of the agency’s unabashed culture of violence which has grown from a lack of accountability, oversight and unprofessional standards that rebuke best practices in situations involving use-of-force.”

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Mexican Authorities Arrest Another Suspect Linked to Kidnapped Youths

Mexican Authorities Arrest Another Suspect Linked to Kidnapped Youths

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Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the mass kidnapping from a Mexico City bar last year, the Federal District Attorney’s Office said.

Daniel Martin Ortiz Ruvalcaba was detained for his role in the May 26, 2013, kidnapping of 13 young people from the Heaven bar in Mexico City’s upscale Zona Rosa district, the DA’s office said in a statement.

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Spanish Police Seize Drugs Worth $81 Million on High Seas

Spanish Police Seize Drugs Worth $81 Million on High Seas

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The Spanish National Police seized 22 tons of hashish being smuggled from Morocco into Spain and arrested eight suspects, including the most important drug trafficker operating between North Africa and Spain, officials said Thursday.

The drug seizure is the biggest ever made on the high seas by Spanish authorities, the national government’s representative in Murcia, Joaquin Bascuñana, said.

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FridayFebruary 7, 2014