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FridayMarch 7, 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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Venezuelan President Rejects International Mediation

Venezuelan President Rejects International Mediation

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Venezuela has no need of international mediators to resolve the tensions that have sparked weeks of protests blamed for 19 deaths, President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview broadcast Friday by CNN.

“I think that (what) we need is cooperation. Cooperation. Venezuelans have a long history. So we are able to listen to each other, to talk to each other,” the leftist head of state told CNN’s Christine Amanpour.

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Body of Missing Uruguayan Student Found in Brazil

Body of Missing Uruguayan Student Found in Brazil

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A Uruguayan woman attending Brazil’s Universidad Federal Latinoamericana who went missing last weekend was found dead with signs of being strangled, the university, known as Unila, said Friday.

The body of Martina Piazza Conde, 26, was found Thursday night in the apartment of some friends in the southwestern city of Foz do IguaƧu, where Unila is located.

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Former LatAm Presidents Join in the Selfie Trend

Former LatAm Presidents Join in the Selfie Trend

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Ex-presidents Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Alan Garcia of Peru and Cesar Gaviria of Colombia brought to Bogota the fad for selfies that has overtaken Hollywood and U.S. President Barack Obama.

In charge of posting the dignitaries’ picture on the social network Twitter was Calderon, and judging by the look of concentration on his face, he seems to have been the photographer as well.

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Colombia Cracks Down on Gang War in Port City

Colombia Cracks Down on Gang War in Port City

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President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday ordered a “special intervention” by Colombian security forces in the country’s main Pacific port, Buenaventura, to break up criminal gangs that have been terrorizing the city.

“We are in the process of making an in-depth intervention in Buenaventura with regard to public order,” said the president.

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Newspaper Claims European Companies Bribed Brazilian Officials

German multinational Siemens and France’s Alstom set up shell corporations in Uruguay as part of a scheme to pay kickbacks to officials at Brazilian state-owned companies who favored them in tender proceedings, O Estado de Sao Paulo daily said Thursday.

Three companies were created in Uruguay to facilitate the illegal payments while ostensibly acting as advisers to Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos, a commuter rail company owned by the Sao Paulo state government, the newspaper said, citing unnamed Brazilian and Swiss investigators.

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U.S., Mexican Education Experts Experts Push for Tech Revolution at Conference

U.S., Mexican Education Experts Experts Push for Tech Revolution at Conference

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Experts from Mexico and the United States meeting in Mexico City insisted on the need to overhaul teaching methodologies and equip educators with the technological tools needed to enhance student performance.

During the two-day conference, which kicked off Wednesday at the National Library of Mexico, U.S. author and scholar Marc Prensky said the world of education was in need of a “revolution.”

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Man Claiming to be Son of Cartel Boss Arrested in Mexico

Man Claiming to be Son of Cartel Boss Arrested in Mexico

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Two men, one of whom claims to be a son of Caballeros Templarios drug cartel boss Servando Gomez Martinez, have been arrested in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, the state Public Safety Secretariat said.

“Christian Salinas Ruiz and Luis Alfredo Aguilera Esquivel” were arrested thanks to a coordinated operation staged by state police and the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office, the secretariat said in a Twitter post.

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FridayMarch 7, 2014