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ThursdayFebruary 27, 2014

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Mexican Indian Women Demand Compensation for False Imprisonment

Mexican Indian Women Demand Compensation for False Imprisonment

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Two Otomi Indian women are demanding that the Mexican federal Attorney General’s Office compensate them for the four years they spent in prison on kidnapping convictions that were later thrown out by the courts.

Alberta Alcantara and Teresa Gonzalez, who are from the central state of Queretaro, said in a press conference Tuesday that the AG’s office was trying to get out of its responsibility in the case.

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Pope Francis Calls For An End to Violence in Venezuela

Pope Francis Calls For An End to Violence in Venezuela

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Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his concern about the situation in Venezuela and issued a call for an end to the violence in the country and in support of reconciliation via dialogue.

“I am following with particular apprehension what is occurring these days in Venezuela. I support an end to the violence and hostilities as soon as possible and, above all, for the Venezuelan people, starting with the politicians and institutions, to come to reconciliation,” said the first Latin American pontiff during the traditional Wednesday audience.

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Spanish Radar Helps European Space Agency Find Space Junk

Spanish Radar Helps European Space Agency Find Space Junk

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The European Space Agency, or ESA, said it successfully tested a prototype radar system in Santorcaz, a town located 30 kilometers (18 miles) outside Madrid, designed to find space junk that could damage military, commercial and civilian satellites.

“This new sensor - active since last November - has key technologies for detecting low-orbit space debris and marks an important step toward operational radars,” the ESA said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Marchers Take to the Streets in Support of El Chapo

Blog del Narco: Marchers Take to the Streets in Support of El Chapo

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“We want Chapo released! He is respected more than many politicians,” read one poster. “We want a transparent trial,” said another protest sign.  Many carried cardboard demanding respect for the rights of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.

Some ladies in Sinaloa said that stocking of rural pantries and other desperately needed assistance has been received by El Chapo in the past.  Now nothing. Many came forward with boxes full of tamales that were distributed among the protesters.  The march took place in Culiacan. 

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Chilean Victims Criticize Government’s Picture of 2010 Quake Recovery

Chilean Victims Criticize Government’s Picture of 2010 Quake Recovery

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Four years after the 2010 earthquake that strongly affected part of Chile, the outgoing government of President Sebastian PiƱera is saying that reconstruction has been completed, for all practical purposes, although some of the people who suffered property damage say this outlook is too optimistic.

On Feb. 27, 2010, a magnitude-8.8 temblor and subsequent tsunami devastated six regions in the central and southern parts of the country, killing at least 526 people, damaging the property of 800,000 and causing material damage valued at some $30 billion.

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Mexican Investigator Say DNA Confirms Identity of El Chapo

Mexican Investigator Say DNA Confirms Identity of El Chapo

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DNA analysis, facial measurements and fingerprints confirm that the man arrested over the weekend in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan is Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, investigators said.

The identity of the Sinaloa cartel leader was “determined positively” after conducting “scientific and technical (tests) in the areas of genetics, physical identification and forensic fingerprint analysis,” lead investigator Sara Monica Medina said in a press conference.

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Colombia Refuses to Stop Ouster of Bogota Mayor

Colombia Refuses to Stop Ouster of Bogota Mayor

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Colombia’s top administrative court declined to issue an injunction against a move by the Inspector General’s Office to oust capital Mayor Gustavo Petro for alleged mismanagement.

The members of the Council of State rejected the motion late Tuesday by a vote of 14-11 after nearly 12 hours of discussion.

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Russell Crowe Tweets Pope Francis in Hopes He Watches “Noah”

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has launched a campaign on Twitter to get Pope Francis to see his upcoming film, “Noah,” an adaptation of the Old Testament story.

The movie would “fascinate” the pope, Crowe tweeted.

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U.S. Hispanic Population Grew to 53 Million Over 42 Year Period

U.S. Hispanic Population Grew to 53 Million Over 42 Year Period

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The Hispanic population of the United States increased sixfold between 1970 and 2012 to more than 53 million, according to a study by the Pew Research Center released on Wednesday.

Pew analyzed Census data and found that California’s Los Angeles County, with 4.76 million Hispanics, is home to almost 9 percent of the Latinos living in the United States.

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ThursdayFebruary 27, 2014