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FridayMarch 14, 2014

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Colombian Actress Celmira Luzardo Dies, Age 61

Colombian Actress Celmira Luzardo Dies, Age 61

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Colombian actress Celmira Luzardo, who pursued her career in theater, film and television and may have been best known for her role in the soap opera “Yo soy Betty, la fea,” has died in Bogota, family and friends said Thursday. She was 61.

Luzardo, the youngest of a family of actors, died Wednesday of respiratory problems, friends and relatives said Thursday via the social networks.

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Argentina Thanks Spain, Mexico for Assisting with Repsol Agreement

Argentina’s government on Thursday thanked Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for the “very positive” role they played in helping it reach an agreement with Spanish oil company Repsol on compensation for the takeover of its former unit, YPF.

“Without their participation, we wouldn’t have been able to reach this agreement,” Carlos Zannini, a senior aide to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, told the Senate about the role that Rajoy, Peña Nieto and Spanish Industry, Energy and Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Soria played in the negotiations.

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How Immigration Advocacy Has Changed From A Washington Boys Club To A Gritty Girl Movement

How Immigration Advocacy Has Changed From A Washington Boys Club To A Gritty Girl Movement

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I started my career over twenty years ago as a young immigration attorney in an under-funded community legal organization in Washington, D.C. representing refugees, mostly Central Americans, fleeing brutal conditions in their home countries wrecked by civil war. My clients were almost all female, intentionally assigned to me, the only young female staffer, as they were more comfortable talking in quiet Spanish about the abuse they endured at the hands of military forces in their home countries. With the exception of two male attorneys and one paralegal, the agency’s director and the support staff were nearly all women, a staffing situation that seemed typical in my previous jobs in the non-profit world. After a few years, frustrated with broken immigration laws and biased immigration proceedings, I left direct legal services to pursue a job at the National Immigration Forum focused on the wider picture: advocating to change our nation’s immigration laws for the better.

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Cuban Doctors Working Abroad Does Not Affect Island’s Healthcare System

Cuban Doctors Working Abroad Does Not Affect Island’s Healthcare System

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The dispatch of more than 50,000 Cuban doctors to countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East “does not affect” the quality or availability of healthcare on the island, Health Minister Roberto Morales said.

“There are more than 50,000 of our (healthcare workers) in 66 countries, of whom 11,430 will arrive in Brazil before March 20, but that does not affect the people’s medical coverage,” he said in a story appearing in Thursday’s edition of official daily Juventud Rebelde.

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Experts in Argentina Discover Why Canaries Sing

Experts in Argentina Discover Why Canaries Sing

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A team of Argentine researchers has found that canaries’ songs are created in different interconnected regions of the brain, a discovery that could lead to advances in research on the mechanisms that control human speech, scientists told Efe.

National Scientific and Technical Research Council, or CONICET, scientists selected canaries as the research subject because of “their similarity to how we humans learn to produce language,” lead researcher Gabriel Mindlin said.

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Venezuela Says Death Roll of Pretests Rise to 28

Venezuela Says Death Roll of Pretests Rise to 28

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Venezuela’s attorney general on Thursday raised to 28 the official death toll in the violence linked to nearly a month of anti-government protests against leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Another 365 people have been injured, including 109 members of the security forces, Luisa Ortega told Globovision from Geneva, where she is attending U.N. meetings.

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El Salvador Confirms Leftist as Next President

El Salvador Confirms Leftist as Next President

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Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the candidate of El Salvador’s ruling leftist FMLN, won last weekend’s presidential runoff, according to the TSE electoral tribunal, which said it will delay proclaiming him president-elect pending the resolution of challenges.

With all 10,445 precinct tallies totaled, Sanchez Ceren has emerged with 50.11 percent, compared with 49.89 percent for Norman Quijano of the main opposition right-wing ARENA party, a difference of 6,364 votes out of nearly 1.5 million ballots cast on Sunday.

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Pope Francis Celebrates 1st Anniversary as Pontiff

Pope Francis Celebrates 1st Anniversary as Pontiff

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Pope Francis has no special plans to mark his first anniversary as pontiff on Thursday, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

The pope is on a Lenten retreat that started on Sunday with members of the Curia in Ariccia, near Rome, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Argentina Looks to Discuss Pascua Lama Mining Project with New Chilean President

Argentina Looks to Discuss Pascua Lama Mining Project with New Chilean President

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Argentina wants to have talks with Chile’s new government on the stalled binational Pascua Lama mining project, Mining Secretary Jorge Mayoral said.

The project is on hold on the Chilean side due to concerns raised by environmental officials.

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FridayMarch 14, 2014