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SundayMarch 2, 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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Kidnapped Spanish Journalist Released in Syria After 6 Months

Kidnapped Spanish Journalist Released in Syria After 6 Months

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Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, who was kidnapped in Syria on Sept. 4, has been released and is in good health in Turkey, from where on Sunday he spoke by telephone with his family and with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Marginedas was released early Sunday after spending almost six months in Syria in the hands of jihadists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, El Periodico de Catalunya, the paper for which the reporter works, said.

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Alfonso Cuaron: First Mexican, Latin American to Win Oscar for Directing

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron won an Oscar for Best Director for his movie ‘Gravity.’  Duran becomes the first Mexican and Latin American to win an Oscar for directing. 

This was Cuaron’s third Oscar nomination and the third time was the charm.

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Protesters Take Stand Against El Chapo, Drug Trafficking in Mexico

Protesters Take Stand Against El Chapo, Drug Trafficking in Mexico

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Dozens of people took part in a protest against violence and drug trafficking in Culiacan, the capital of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa.

The turnout for Saturday’s march was much lower than expected, organizers said.

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U.S.-Mexico Group Meets on Workforce Development, Higher Education Issues

U.S.-Mexico Group Meets on Workforce Development, Higher Education Issues

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This week over fifty representatives of U.S. and Mexican Governments, private sector, academia, and civil society met at Northern Virginia Community College to address workforce development needs through greater higher education collaboration.

This meeting of the Working Group on Community Colleges and Workforce Development was part of the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research launched by President Obama and President Pena Nieto in May 2013.

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Prehistoric Whale Grave Found in Chilean Desert Thought to be Millions of Years Old

Prehistoric Whale Grave Found in Chilean Desert Thought to be Millions of Years Old

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The origins of a massive prehistoric whale gravesite, discovered in the Chilean desert in 2010, has now been explained by a team of scientists.

The whale graveyard was unearthed by a construction crew working on the Pan American Highway in the Atacama desert some 44 miles north of the capital city of Santiago. It has been the home to a team of scientists, funded by the National Geographic Society, for several years.  They have been trying to undercover the mystery of what happened. 

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Carnival Bridge Collapses Killing 4, Injuring 60 in Bolivia

Four people were killed and 60 others injured when a footbridge collapsed during the carnival in the Bolivian city of Oruro, officials said Sunday.

The accident, which occurred on Saturday, is under investigation, the Oruro province prosecutor’s office said.

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Puerto Rican Teachers Hold Protest at Island’s Largest Mall

Puerto Rican Teachers Hold Protest at Island’s Largest Mall

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Dozens of teachers took part in a protest at Plaza Las Americas, Puerto Rico’s largest mall, against planned pension system reforms.

Saturday’s protest was organized Broad Front for the Defense of the Teachers Retirement System, or FADSRM, which is calling on Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s administration to scrap Law 160.

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Ecuadorian President Does Not Rule Out Running for Reelection in 2017

Ecuadorian President Does Not Rule Out Running for Reelection in 2017

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced Friday that he will review his decision not to run for reelection in the 2017 balloting, and said he will study the possibility of changing the constitutional restriction that prevents him, for now, from running for another term.

Correa said he is considering that possibility due to the progress made last Sunday by the right in local elections, when the opposition won five of the most populated municipalities in the country.

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INTERVIEW: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Mom Hopes Her Son Finds God SOON

INTERVIEW: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Mom Hopes Her Son Finds God SOON

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s long-suffering mother has broken her silence about the recent arrest of her infamous billionaire son.

Maria Consuelo Loera Perez was recently interviewed about El Chapo, one of her 11 children, and she urged him to find God soon.  This is Doña Consuelo, as she is known by her family, first interview in nearly a decade and the first since the February 22 early morning arrest of her son.


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Cristina Fernandez Calls for Argentina-Brazil Auto Alliance

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President Cristina Fernandez said in an address to Congress that Argentina would benefit from the formation of a strategic alliance with Brazil in the automotive industry.

“The principal factor affecting the automotive industry is the drop in exports and especially demand in Brazil,” the president said.

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Mexico’s Telecoms Sector Up 3.4 Percent in End of 2013

Mexico’s telecommunications sector expanded 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 relative to the same period of 2012, driven by growth in international long distance, cable and satellite television and mobile telephony, officials said.

That figure was based on the Index of Telecommunications Sector Production, or Itel, a global indicator that evaluates the behavior of the main services offered in Mexico’s telecommunications sector, the Ifetel regulatory agency said in a statement.

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Remembering One of World’s Greatest Flamenco Guitarist:  Paco de Lucia

The world is mourning the passing, this week, of one of the world’s greatest flamenco guitarist, Paco de Lucia.

De Lucia, 66, died suddenly of a heart attack while vacationing in Mexico with his family.  He will be given state honors in his native Algeciras, Spain with a public wake and memorial.  His long career started when he was just 11-years-old and took him all over the world including Carnegie Hall.  The self-taught musician is credited with revolutionizing flamenco guitar music by infusing different influences, including salsa and bossa nova, into his music and taking it outside of Spain to the rest of the world.  His song “Between Two Waters” (Entre dos Aguas) is one of the most recognized Spanish classical guitar pieces in the world.  Others consider “Friday Night in San Francisco” with John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola his greatest recording. 

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Spanish Police Arrest 75 British, 3 Americans for “Boiler-Room” Fraud

Spanish Police Arrest 75 British, 3 Americans for “Boiler-Room” Fraud

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A total of 75 British and three Americans have been arrested by Spanish police in an international operation targeting so-called “boiler-rooms,” or networks of businesses with no real commercial activities but responsible for frauds that rake in millions.

Spanish police reported in a communique Monday how the arrests succeeded in dismantling 15 of these boiler-rooms, between Barcelona in the northeast and Malaga in the south, which conned people into investing their savings in financial schemes that sounded attractive but were really fakes.

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TRUE or FALSE:  Is Luis Miguel in Serious Condition after Plastic Surgery?

Reportedly Mexican singing legend Luis Miguel is in serious condition in a Los Angeles hospital after developing complications from plastic surgery.

Miguel, also known as ‘El Sol de Mexico’ for his love of a tanned look, apparently underwent liposuction and some facial rejuvenation procedures at a Beverly Hills clinic.  It was after those procedures that Miguel developed complications requiring him to be admitted to Cedars Sinai. 

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Cuba Confirms Theft of “Important” Paintings from National Museum

Cuba Confirms Theft of “Important” Paintings from National Museum

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Cuba confirmed the theft of “an important” group of pieces from the storerooms of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, mostly Cuban works of art, and said an account of what is missing has been widely distributed to avoid illegal trafficking of the paintings inside and outside the country.

“Last week an important group of pieces was found to be missing from the storerooms of the administrative Antonio Rodriguez Morey building of the National Museum of Fine Arts,” a note from the National Council of Cultural Heritage, or CNPC, released Friday by official media, said.

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Carlos Santana Shares Cover of New Album “Corazon”

Carlos Santana Shares Cover of New Album “Corazon”

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Guitarist Carlos Santana presented the cover of “Corazon,” the first disc he ever recorded with over a dozen Latin artists, and announced that the album will go on sale May 6.

Artists like Pitbull, Juanes, Romeo Santos and Gloria Estefan take part in this new collaborative recording, said a communique from the Sony Music label and the artist, who calls the album a return to his Spanish-speaking childhood, having been born in the Mexican town of Autlan de Navarro in Jalisco state.

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Panama Unveils First Metro System in Central America

Panama Unveils First Metro System in Central America

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The consortium made up of Spanish construction group FCC and Brazilian engineering giant Odebrecht has delivered Line 1 of Panama City’s metro system, the first of its kind in Central America, wrapping up a project that took 41 months to complete and cost $2.01 billion.

The new metro was unveiled in a ceremony Friday at the headquarters of Panama’s Metro Secretariat, officials told Efe.

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Mexican Vigilantes Agree to Not Enter Urban Cities

Mexican Vigilantes Agree to Not Enter Urban Cities

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Mexican vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan have pledged not to enter more cities, municipal seats or other urban areas, authorities said.

They made those commitments in a meeting Friday in Apatzingan with the federally appointed commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo, the Government Secretariat said in a statement.

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Chilean Police Investigate Theft of Copper Worth $80 Million

Chilean police are investigating the participation of employees of the world’s largest copper producer, state-owned Codelco, in one of the biggest robberies of the mineral in the company’s history and worth some 45 billion pesos ($80 million), prosecutors said.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Brigade, or Biocrim, in the northern province of Chañaral, said that 20 people have been detained in the case.

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SundayMarch 2, 2014