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SundayFebruary 16, 2014

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Mexican Truckers Launch Arbitration Action Against U.S. Government

Mexico’s Canacar transport association has commenced an arbitration action against the United States, seeking $30 billion in compensation for Washington’s refusal to fully open the border to Mexican trucks, the Excelsior daily reported Saturday.

Canacar director Jose Refugio Muñoz Lopez said in an interview with the Mexico City daily that the U.S. government, in the wake of the announcement, had expressed interest in reaching a negotiated solution before the case goes to arbitration.

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Mexican Writer Federico Campbell Dies of Flu, Age 72

Mexican Writer Federico Campbell Dies of Flu, Age 72

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Mexican writer Federico Campbell died from a cerebral hemorrhage, his son, Federico, told Efe. He was 72.

Campbell, the author of “Infame turba” (1971) and the “Tijuanenses” series (1989), died on Saturday while being treated for influenza at a Mexico City hospital.

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Police Arrest 19, Dismantle 2 Drug Labs in Mexico

Nineteen people were arrested by the Federal Police at two labs used to produce synthetic drugs in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said.

“In a simultaneous operation in the city of Xalostoc, federal officers located two properties in the Esfuerzo Nacional neighborhood, where 19 people allegedly linked to the manufacturing of said drugs were arrested,” the National Security Council and the Government Secretariat said in a joint statement.

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Cuba has Used Stem Cells to Treat Over 5,000 Patients

Cuba has Used Stem Cells to Treat Over 5,000 Patients

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More than 5,000 patients have been treated with stem cells in Cuba since the procedure started being used on the island a decade ago, the official Granma newspaper said.

Cuba occupies an important place” in the use of the regenerative therapy in the region, with the procedure being used in 13 of the island’s 15 provinces, the newspaper said.

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Montevideo Looks to Adopt Community Bike Program

Montevideo Looks to Adopt Community Bike Program

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By means of bicycle lanes and a system of public bicycles on loan, Montevideo seeks to become a bicyclist-friendly city, in order to make the most of this cheap, ecologically benign means of transport as so many cities in the world do, above all in Europe.

According to architect Juan Vespa, designer of the municipal government’s Montevideo Mobility Plan, the bikes on loan will be available from mid-May in the streets of the Old Town, the historic urban core characterized by narrow and often uphill streets.

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BP Oil Spill Giving Tunas Heart Attacks in the Gulf

BP Oil Spill Giving Tunas Heart Attacks in the Gulf

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The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, caused by the explosion of British Petroleum’s deep-sea drilling rig, harmed tunas in a way that could lead to heart attacks and sudden cardiac death, according to a new report.

The study, carried out by researchers at Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was published Friday in Science magazine.

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Mexico’s “Güeros” Wins Best First Feature Award in Berlin

Mexico’s “Güeros” Wins Best First Feature Award in Berlin

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Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios won the Best First Feature Award for his film “Güeros” at the Berlin International Film Festival.

“Güeros” is a road movie that tells a story about friendship against a backdrop of youth protests for the right to an education.

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Rescue Personnel Find 8 People Who Went Missing in Storm on Spanish Islands

Rescue Personnel Find 8 People Who Went Missing in Storm on Spanish Islands

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Eight people who went missing in a powerful storm on Spain’s Canary Islands have been found by emergency management services, while some 20 Spanish provinces remain on the alert for strong winds and, to a lesser extent, heavy rains.

Emergency management teams found the eight missing people in two different parts of Teide National Park, where they had called for help over their mobile phones. Access roads to where they were hiking on the mountain - 2,718 meters (8,911 feet) high at the summit - were impassable and the storm had blown down trees and caused mudslides.

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Estranged Husband of Jennifer Rivera Sues for Wrongful Death Benefits

Esteban Loiaza Veyna, the estranged husband of the late Jenni Rivera, has filed a wrongful death suit against the owners of the Learjet that crashed killing Rivera in 2012.

At the time of Rivera’s death Loiaza was legally married to Rivera but the couple was in the process of divorcing. Rivera had filed for divorced from Loiaza, 41, two months before her death. 

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Mexican Government, Indians Agree to End Protest Over Aqueduct

Mexican Government, Indians Agree to End Protest Over Aqueduct

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Mexico’s federal government has achieved a breakthrough in a dispute between the Yaqui Indians and the government of the northern state of Sonora, securing an agreement from the Yaquis to end to a nine-month road-blocking protest over construction of an aqueduct.

In a statement Friday, the Government Secretariat said President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration would ensure full compliance with court rulings pertaining to the Independence Aqueduct, which the Indians have opposed on the argument that it will leave them without water.

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Jennifer Lopez Shares a Video From Her Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Jennifer Lopez Shares a Video From Her Valentine’s Day Celebrations

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Jennifer Lopez posted on social networks a brief video filmed during the night of St. Valentine, in which she appears with her boyfriend, dancer Casper Smart, listening to music in his car on their way to Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles.

The actress plus singer is seen on her Instagram account kissing her boyfriend toward the end of the video, which she aired to share with her fans some details about how a loving couple celebrates Valentine’s Day.

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SHOCK:  Former MX State Treasurer Accused of Stealing Millions Turns Himself into U.S. Authorities

U.S. authorities have announced the arrest of Hector Javier Villarreal Hernandez, a former Mexican state finance minister wanted for money laundering and bank fraud. 

Hernandez is a former finance minister from the Mexican state of Coahuila.  He and Coahuila’s former interim governor, Juan Torres Lopez were indicted in Texas and wanted in Mexico for bank fraud, money laundering and wire fraud. 

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Panama to Host Inaugural Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards

Panama to Host Inaugural Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards

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Ibero-America will have its own Oscars, or at least that is the goal of the Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards, which will be contested by the audiovisual industries of 22 countries and will be held for the first time in Panama City on April 5 as an initiative of producers on both sides of the Atlantic.

The president of the Spanish producers association EGEDA, Enrique Cerezo, was the first to make the Oscar comparison as he told a press conference Friday about the origin of the project being promoted jointly with the Iberoamerican Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers, or FIPCA.

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NASA Solves “Jelly Donut” Mystery on Mars

NASA Solves “Jelly Donut” Mystery on Mars

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NASA has solved the mystery of the strange rock found on Mars in late January that appeared to have come out of nowhere and was nicknamed the “jelly donut” for its odd resemblance to the popular treat.

What surprised scientists was not only its unusual appearance, but above all because they found no explanation of how it got there, since it was only seen in the second of two photos taken just two weeks apart of exactly the same place on the surface of the Red Planet by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Reaches Out to Opposition Leaders

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Reaches Out to Opposition Leaders

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launched a new plan to combat violent crime, inviting three opposition governors, including two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, to sign on to the strategy.

“I’ll meet with you, the three opposition governors, and receive you at the Miraflores Palace whenever you want, and we’ll talk and I’ll explain directly the tasks that fall to you in the Pacification Plan,” Maduro said in a public event Friday.

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Bogota Mayor’s Recall Referendum Moved to April 6

Bogota Mayor’s Recall Referendum Moved to April 6

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The Colombian electoral authority set April 6 as the date for the recall referendum for Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, originally scheduled for March 2 but postponed this week because of budget delays.

The new date was established in a resolution signed Friday by the registrars of the District of Bogota, Esperanza Mejia and Jaime Hernando Suarez Bayona, according to a communique issued by the electoral authority.

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SundayFebruary 16, 2014