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SundayMarch 16, 2014

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Carlos Slim’s Inbursa to Acquire Standard Bank Group’s Brazil Unit

Carlos Slim’s Inbursa to Acquire Standard Bank Group’s Brazil Unit

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Grupo Financiero Inbursa, the bank controlled by Mexican multi-billionaire Carlos Slim, said it had agreed to acquire the Brazilian unit of South Africa’s Standard Bank Group for approximately $45 million.

The deal is still subject to regulatory approval in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, Inbursa said in a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange.

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Brazilian Soccer Player Rivaldo Retires, Age 41

Soccer star Rivaldo, the 1999 world player of the year and a key member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning squad, announced Saturday that he is retiring from the sport at age 41.

Rivaldo, who had been playing this season for lowly Mogi Mirim Esporte Club in the third division of the Brazilian league and also serving as the team’s president, said on Instagram that he made the decision “with tears in his eyes” and thanked God, his family and everyone who supported him throughout his career.

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6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Peru

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Peru

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The magnitude-6 earthquake that hit northern Peru this weekend damaged several churches in Sechura, a province in Piura region, media reports said.

The earthquake occurred at 6:51 p.m. Saturday and had its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, the Peruvian Geophysics Institute, or IGP, said.

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Moroccan Girl Kidnapped in Bolivia, Returns to Spain

Moroccan Girl Kidnapped in Bolivia, Returns to Spain

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The 9-year-old girl rescued in Bolivia after being kidnapped and held captive for seven months in the Andean nation, returns Saturday to Spain where her family lives, police officials told Efe.

The girl of Moroccan nationality will travel on a regular flight and her arrival at Madrid-Barajas Airport is scheduled for Monday around 5:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), according to the same officials.

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Argentine Police Officer Kills 2, Wounds 15 in Night Club

Argentine Police Officer Kills 2, Wounds 15 in Night Club

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A policeman gunned down two people, one of them a police force superintendent, and wounded another 15 at a discotheque in the town of Naschel in the central Argentine province of San Luis, local media reported Saturday.

The incident occurred in the wee hours Saturday when police inspector Walter Talquenca entered the club and shot Naschel Police Commissioner Julio Marcelo Barrios and a truck driver from Buenos Aires, identified as Fernando Brizuela, both of whom died.

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Honduran Officials Detain 38 Cubans, 1 Ecuadorian En Route to U.S.

Honduran Officials Detain 38 Cubans, 1 Ecuadorian En Route to U.S.

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Honduran authorities detained 38 Cubans and an Ecuadorian in the southern and western parts of the country when the migrants tried to travel without documents from this Central American nation to the United States, police officials said.

A group of 29 Cubans and the Ecuadorian were taken into custody Friday in the Guasaule sector on the border between Honduras and Nicaragua, National Police spokeswoman Patricia Sanchez told reporters.

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Authorities Rescue 5 Kidnap Victims, Arrest 10 Suspects in Central Mexico

Authorities Rescue 5 Kidnap Victims, Arrest 10 Suspects in Central Mexico

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Mexican authorities freed five kidnapping victims and arrested 10 suspects in three separate raids in the central state of Mexico, the federal Attorney General’s Office said.

A probe into the abduction of an individual in the city of Ecatepec led investigators to a safe house in the municipality of Valle de Chalco and the eventual dismantling of the kidnapping gang, the AG’s office said in a statement.

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6 Dead, 6 Missing in Colombia Downpours

6 Dead, 6 Missing in Colombia Downpours

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At least six people have died, four were injured, six went missing and widespread material damage was inflicted by the torrential rains falling across a large part of Colombia, officials said.

The national emergency management service UNGRD said the count of victims is based on reports from seven provinces since Wednesday, the day when the rainy season began in this country, according to meteorologists.

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Puerto Rico Aims to be Air Transportation Center in Caribbean

Puerto Rico Aims to be Air Transportation Center in Caribbean

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Puerto Rico is trying to position itself as a key air transportation center in the Caribbean, taking advantage of growth opportunities in an industry that is essential to regional economic development, officials said.

The expansion of air transportation links among the region’s islands in the past few months has created opportunities to promote economic growth and tourism.

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Salvadoran Castaway in Mexico to Meet with Shipmate’s Family

Salvadoran Castaway in Mexico to Meet with Shipmate’s Family

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Salvadoran fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga, who says he spent over a year adrift at sea, returned to the Mexican state of Chiapas where he set sail on his odyssey, to meet with the family of his shipmate Ezequiel Cordova who died at sea.

“I come to Mexico to tell the mother of my pal all the details about what happened to him, to keep my promise about telling his mom his final words for her,” Alvarenga said at an improvised press conference Friday at Tapachula airport in Chiapas.

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage at Environmental Forum

Climate Change Takes Center Stage at Environmental Forum

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Participants in the 19th Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers Forum, held in Los Cabos, agreed to promote a program of regional cooperation on climate change in areas of common interest.

At the end of the three-day meeting, delegates published Friday a final declaration noting that the plan will be designed jointly by Mexico, which presided over that forum, and Peru, as the seat of the Conference to the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP20, to be held in Lima in December.

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Enrique Bunbury’s New Disc has Combative, Activist Spirit

Enrique Bunbury’s New Disc has Combative, Activist Spirit

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Spanish singer Enrique Bunbury said in Santo Domingo that he feels he is living one of the best times of his life, and a sign of that is his new disc “Palosanto,” in which he calls for change from a passionate social point of view and with a certain combative, activist spirit.

Bunbury wanted this disc to be all about the here and now, both musically and in the lyrics: “I wanted to make music for today, to talk about what’s going on now, about the breaking news on TV, about our worries and realities of right now today,” the rock singer said.

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SundayMarch 16, 2014