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WednesdayMarch 19, 2014

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U.S. Authorities Dismantle Largest Online Child Porn Network

U.S. Authorities Dismantle Largest Online Child Porn Network

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The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday the arrests of 14 people and the dismantling of the largest online child pornography network ever found in this country, a ring that exploited hundreds of minors in at least six nations.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, accompanied by representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the Postal Inspection Service and the District Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, confirmed at a press conference that the operation involved at least 251 minors in 39 U.S. states and other countries.

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Deported Mexican Activist Turns Self in to U.S. Authorities

Deported Mexican Activist Turns Self in to U.S. Authorities

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Mexican activist Elvira Arellano turned herself in Tuesday to U.S. immigration authorities, whom she will ask - for humanitarian reasons - to be allowed to return to the country from which she was deported in 2007

Accompanied by her two children, the human rights defender crossed the border into the United States along with the fourth group of immigrants from the “Bring Them Home” movement.

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Former President of Guatemala Pleads Guilty to Laundering Money in U.S.

Former President of Guatemala Pleads Guilty to Laundering Money in U.S.

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Guatemalan former President Alfonso Portillo on Tuesday pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to laundering money.

Portillo admitted his guilt in an appearance before federal Judge James Patterson and he is now awaiting sentencing, which will be performed on June 23, according to what sources with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York told Efe.

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Blog del Narco: Drug Cartel Knights Templar Linked to Organ Trafficking and Cannibalism

Blog del Narco: Drug Cartel Knights Templar Linked to Organ Trafficking and Cannibalism

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Mexican authorities investigating the Knights Templar Drug Cartel cartel have made it known that they are looking into suspected organ trafficking but now they are talking about initiation rites in which its members are forced to eat human hearts, said commissioner Michoacán, Alfredo Castillo.
Speaking to the MVS station, the official said several detainees have claimed to have witnessed hazing led by Nazario Moreno, alias Chayo, who died on 9 March in a clash with soldiers in Michoacan, in southwestern Mexico.

Apparently Knights Templar members were also forced the to eat organs “when there was some kind of betrayal” or to “test the people,” he said.

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Cuban, American Organizations Preserve Hemingway Legacy

Cuban, American Organizations Preserve Hemingway Legacy

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Cuba’s Cultural Heritage Council and the U.S.-based Vigia Foundation signed Tuesday the renewal of their 2002 accord to preserve the legacy of Ernest Hemingway on the island.

The president of the council, Gladys Collazo, and foundation head Jenny Phillips, signed the agreement in Havana, with Cuban Deputy Culture Minister Fernando Rojas and U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern as witnesses.

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Talk of Immigration Reform Fuels Spike in Fraud Cases

Talk of Immigration Reform Fuels Spike in Fraud Cases

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Cecilia, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, never anticipated that her life in the United States would turn into a real-world telenovela, the popular Spanish language dramas.

A few years ago she married a U.S. citizen who soon started to mistreat her. He later filed for divorce without telling her, but then the couple reconciled and got remarried. Then he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Before he died, he told his wife that he wanted to help her regularize her immigration status.

That’s when Cecilia, who declined to give her real name, decided to seek out legal advice from an acquaintance. The individual charged her $2,500 but never filed her immigration case. Today she is still undocumented.

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Mining Accident in Dominican Republic Leads to 3 Deaths

Mining Accident in Dominican Republic Leads to 3 Deaths

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Dominican emergency teams on Tuesday are seeking the bodies of two of the three men who died as they were exploring for gold in a deep excavation in Los Jimenez, near the border with Haiti.

The incident occurred on Monday and so far only the body of Ramon Herrera, a civil engineer, has been recovered.

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Costa Rican Court Blocks Government’s Attempt to Close Zoos

Costa Rican Court Blocks Government’s Attempt to Close Zoos

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A court decision has blocked the Costa Rican government from taking back control of two San Jose zoos and ending the custom of caging animals, the Pro-Zoological Gardens Foundation, or Fundazoo, said.

The court ruled in favor of Fundazoo, which argued that the Environment and Energy Ministry told it casually of its decision not to renew its administrative contract for the Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Santa Ana Conservation Center, where some 500 animals of 71 local and exotic species are kept.

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Brazil Assures Stadiums Will be Ready for World Cup

Brazil Assures Stadiums Will be Ready for World Cup

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The Brazilian stadiums scheduled to host 2014 World Cup matches will be ready in time for the June 12 kickoff of the tournament, the country’s sports minister said here Tuesday.

“We are quite certain the stadiums will be completed on time,” Aldo Rebelo said during a press conference in London.

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WednesdayMarch 19, 2014