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SundayFebruary 9, 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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Bolivia Preparing to Take First Steps Toward Nuke Plant

Bolivia Preparing to Take First Steps Toward Nuke Plant

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Bolivia is preparing to take the first steps this year to develop an atomic program and become a producer of electricity using nuclear power, a Bolivian Nuclear Science and Technology Institute, or IBTEN, official said.

“Bolivia has very long-term plans to build a nuclear plant to generate electricity,” IBTEN adviser Hernan Vera told Efe at the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, headquarters in Austria’s capital.

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German Film Festival Screens Film Looking at Mexican Emigration to the U.S.

German Film Festival Screens Film Looking at Mexican Emigration to the U.S.

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The drama of Mexican immigration to the United States is depicted in “Los Angeles,” a film by American director John Harper that honors the largely forgotten figures of that exodus.

Harper lived for long periods in the Zapotec Indian town of Santa Ana del Valle in southern Mexico, where he shot the film.

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Brazilian Designer Ivan Aguilar Debuts Women’s Collection at NYFW

Brazilian Designer Ivan Aguilar Debuts Women’s Collection at NYFW

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Ivan Aguilar, a Brazilian designer best known for his menswear collections, made a splash at New York Fashion Week with a collection for women, while Lacoste showcased an Olympic theme and Herve Leger kept its focus on sophistication.

Aguilar drew on his Brazilian roots, bringing short skirts to a frigid New York and emphasizing the legs at the Hudson Hotel.

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Missing Mexican Reporter Sparks Support From LatAm Journalists

Missing Mexican Reporter Sparks Support From LatAm Journalists

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Officials in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz should take action to find missing reporter Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz and provide members of the media with “the security guarantees necessary to practice their profession,” the Latin American Press Association, or Colaper, said.

Colaper, whose members work in 23 countries, said in a statement released in Mexico that the administration of Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte had a responsibility to protect journalists so they could do their jobs.

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Arturo the Polar Bear to Remain in Argentine Zoo

Arturo the Polar Bear to Remain in Argentine Zoo

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The future of Arturo the polar bear, one of the main attractions at the zoo in the Argentine province of Mendoza, is no longer a mystery. A medical board decided that, because of his advanced age and the fragile state of his health, it is not advisable to move him anywhere.

Arturo, 29, will remain at the zoo after a group of experts composed of veterinarians and staff members made a study of the animal and concluded Friday that it was not practicable to change his residence.

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Panama Releases Detained North Korean Ship Carrying Undeclared Weapons

Panama Releases Detained North Korean Ship Carrying Undeclared Weapons

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Almost all the crew members - 32 out of 35 - of the North Korean ship detained in the Panama Canal last July for transporting Cuban arms without declaring them, and who were freed last month, will leave on the vessel that was released Saturday after the officers in charge paid the fine levied on them.

The legal representative of the North Korean crew in Panama, Julio Berrios, told Efe that the 32 mariners not charged with any crime “are leaving on the ship” which will soon weigh anchor, though the exact date was not stated.

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Colombia’s FARC Slam President for Changing Stance on Spying

Colombia’s FARC Slam President for Changing Stance on Spying

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Colombia’s FARC guerrillas on Saturday criticized President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration for abruptly reversing its position on the wiretapping of government peace negotiators.

In a statement read to the media in this capital by its chief negotiator in the peace talks, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said it could not accept the conclusion that the intelligence operation was within the bounds of the law.

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Puerto Rico Reports 35 Percent More Cruise Passengers Visited the Island

Puerto Rico Reports 35 Percent More Cruise Passengers Visited the Island

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The number of tourists arriving in Puerto Rico on cruise ships during the first six months of this fiscal year (July-December) increased 35 percent over the same period the year before.

The result was announced this week by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, which noted that the arrival of this kind of tourism generated close to $17 million.

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Mexico Reports 421 Flu Related Deaths in 2014

Mexico Reports 421 Flu Related Deaths in 2014

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A total of 421 people died from influenza between Jan. 1 and Feb. 7 in Mexico, the Health Secretariat said.

Of the total deaths registered during the period, 390 were from the AH1N1 strain, two from the AH3N2 virus, one from type B influenza and the remaining 28 deaths from other strains of the virus.

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Spanish Princess Cristina Denies Role in Corruption Scandal

Spanish Princess Cristina Denies Role in Corruption Scandal

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Princess Cristina, the younger of Spanish King Juan Carlos’ two daughters, said in an historic court appearance Saturday that she had no role in managing a real-estate and consulting company that she co-owned with her husband and is at the center of a long-running corruption case, judicial sources told Efe.

The 48-year-old Cristina answered questions from investigating magistrate Jose Castro during a more than six-hour closed-door hearing at a courthouse on the Spanish island of Mallorca, becoming the first direct member of Spain’s royal family to testify as a suspect in a criminal case since the monarchy was reinstated in 1975.

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Salma Hayek Joins Cast of “The Septembers of Shiraz”

Salma Hayek Joins Cast of “The Septembers of Shiraz”

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Mexican actress Salma Hayek has been cast in the political drama “The Septembers of Shiraz,” the story of a Jewish family caught up in Iran’s 1981 Islamic revolution, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Hayek will be accompanied in the cast by Shoreh Aghdashloo, a 2003 Oscar nominee for “House of Sand and Fog.” The movie, an adaptation of the like-named novel by Dalia Sofer, will be directed by Wayne Blair (“The Sapphires”).

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Argentina Sets Record for Longest Salami in the Americas

Argentina Sets Record for Longest Salami in the Americas

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Argentina now holds the record for making the longest salami in the Americas, after presenting a spicy sausage 16 meters (52 feet) long and weighing 45 kilos (100 pounds) at a festival in the town of Tandil in Buenos Aires province, the organizers told Efe.

The salami was presented Friday evening by the Council of the Guarantee of Quality “Salame de Tandil” at the Sierra Festival in that town some 350 kilometers (220 miles) south of the Argentine capital, council spokesman Mariano Frias told Efe.

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Panama Submits Proposal to Restart Canal Locks Project

Panama Submits Proposal to Restart Canal Locks Project

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The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, has submitted a new proposal to the consortium working on the inter-oceanic waterway’s third-locks project, which is currently stalled over a financial dispute.

In a brief statement, the ACP said the proposal would enable the resumption of the project, which is the centerpiece of a $5.25 billion canal expansion that is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

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Experts Discover Building from 2,200 B.C. in Ecuador

Experts Discover Building from 2,200 B.C. in Ecuador

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Archaeologists discovered a building from around 2,200 B.C. in an archaeological and ecological park in the Ecuadorian capital at the foot of Pichincha Volcano, sources at the excavations told Efe.

“It is the most ancient archaeological find in Rumbipapa Park and in the city of Quito,” park supervisor Bernarda Icaza told Efe, adding that no identification or description has been made of the culture that lived in the area during the Formative Period when the building was constructed.

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SundayFebruary 9, 2014