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SaturdayMarch 1, 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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Explosion at Army Barracks Injures 8 Mexican Soldiers

Explosion at Army Barracks Injures 8 Mexican Soldiers

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Eight Mexican soldiers sustained injuries in an explosion at a military barracks in the western state of Michoacan, authorities said.

Previous reports from emergency management officials had indicated that 17 people were injured in Friday’s blast, although the Defense Secretariat subsequently lowered that number to eight, saying in a statement that the troops had suffered only “superficial injuries.”

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Mexican Chef Highlights Yucatan Cuisine in Cookbook

Mexican Chef Highlights Yucatan Cuisine in Cookbook

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The Mexican community in the United States never forgets its roots and feels most at home when enjoying traditional dishes, which prompted chef Gilberto Cetina to launch a Spanish-language edition of his book “Sabores Yucatecos: A Culinary Tour of the Yucatan.”

“The book is a collection of 140 recipes with the original flavors of Yucatan food, which is how my mom used to cook for laborers at her diner,” Cetina told Efe.

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Former Spy Returns to Cuba Following Release from Prison

Former Spy Returns to Cuba Following Release from Prison

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President Raul Castro went to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Friday to greet a Cuban intelligence agent returing to the island after spending more than 15 years in a U.S. prison.

Fernando Gonzalez, one of five Cuban spies convicted by a Miami jury in 2001, was released Thursday and promptly deported.

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Cuban Doctors Working in Brazil to Receive Pay Raise

Cuban Doctors Working in Brazil to Receive Pay Raise

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The Brazilian government announced Friday that it will raise the wages of close to 7,400 Cuban doctors it recruited for its healthcare program in poor areas following the defections that occurred at the beginning of the month.

The wages Cuban doctors receive will be raised from the current $400 a month to $1,125 beginning in March, Health Minister Arthur Chioro told a press conference.

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Chilean Indigenous Leader Sentenced to 18 Years for Deadly Fire

Chilean Indigenous Leader Sentenced to 18 Years for Deadly Fire

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A leader of Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people convicted last week in the January 2013 arson deaths of an elderly couple was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison.

Werner Luchsinger Lemp, 75, and his wife, Vivian Mackay Gonzalez, 69, died in a blaze at their farmhouse near Vilcun, a town in the southern region of Araucania.

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King Momo Kicks Off Carnival Celebrations in Rio

King Momo Kicks Off Carnival Celebrations in Rio

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King Momo received Friday the keys to Rio de Janeiro from Mayor Eduardo Paes and fired the starting gun for five days of Carnival festivities in Brazil’s second city.

The ceremony, held at city hall, turned into a party when the monarch arrived in a luxury vehicle accompanied by the queen of this year’s Carnival and her two princesses.

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Brazil Evacuates Offshore Platform After Careening Incident

Brazil Evacuates Offshore Platform After Careening Incident

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An oil platform was partially evacuated after it began to list early Friday off the coast of the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, officials said.

The platform, which provides service to state-controlled energy giant Petrobras, was subsequently stabilized and apparently is not at risk of sinking, the company said.

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Venezuelan Attorney General Says 17 Have Died During Protests

Venezuelan Attorney General Says 17 Have Died During Protests

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More than two weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela have left 17 people dead, the country’s attorney general said Friday.

“Up to now we have 17 fatalities and 261 injured. Today we’re summoning 59 people (to court) because there is still a group of Venezuelans who insist on destabilizing the country,” Luisa Ortega told reporters at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the popular revolt known as the “Caracazo.”

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Argentina to Begin Charging for .Ar Web Domains

Argentina to Begin Charging for .Ar Web Domains

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The Argentine government will begin charging for the use of Internet domain names ending with .Ar, according to an item published Friday in the official gazette.

The change takes effect March 5, Nic .ar, the agency that administers the .Ar Top Level Domain, said.

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Panama Canal, Contractors Sign Deal to Finish Locks Construction

Panama Canal, Contractors Sign Deal to Finish Locks Construction

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The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Friday that weeks of negotiations with the GUPC consortium in charge of building a third set of locks for the interoceanic waterway ended with a “conceptual agreement” to finish the project under the terms of the existing contract, which was signed in 2009.

GUPC, led by Spain’s Sacyr and Italy’s Impregilo, said for its part that paperwork was underway for the deal and predicted it would by concluded shortly.

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El Chapo Uses Drug Money to Purchase 300 Companies

El Chapo Uses Drug Money to Purchase 300 Companies

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Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was arrested last weekend, used drug proceeds to assemble a conglomerate of 288 firms across more than a dozen countries, Mexico’s El Universal daily said Friday.

Guzman’s holdings include hotels, mines, gas stations and an ostrich ranch, the newspaper said, citing data from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.

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Mayaguez’s First Culinary Festival Underway in Puerto Rico

Mayaguez’s First Culinary Festival Underway in Puerto Rico

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The Puerto Rican town of Mayaguez is organizing this weekend its first culinary festival in which some 80 gastronomic experts will take part, including some of the best-known chefs and restaurants on the island.

The 2014 Mayaguez Culinary Fest, to be held as a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will take place in the western coastal city Saturday at the seaside recreational complex known as Paseo del Litoral Israel “Shorty” Castro.

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Knights Templar Cartel Enforcer Dies in Shootout with Mexican Cops

Knights Templar Cartel Enforcer Dies in Shootout with Mexican Cops

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A high-ranking gunman with the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel was killed in a shootout with Mexican police in the western state of Michoacan, official sources told Efe.

Francisco Galeana Nuñez, known as “the Panther,” died during a battle with Federal Police in the municipality of Arteaga.

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Dozens of Migrants Break into Spanish Enclave in North Africa

Dozens of Migrants Break into Spanish Enclave in North Africa

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Dozens of sub-Saharan migrants stormed into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on Friday, scaling the barbed-wire fence that separates it from Morocco.

More than 100 migrants may have made their way across the border during the mass break-in, which occurred just before 7:00 a.m. at the Ben-Enzar crossing point, police told Efe.

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SaturdayMarch 1, 2014