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SaturdayMarch 22, 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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Florida Police Arrest Immigration Activist in Miami

Florida Police Arrest Immigration Activist in Miami

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Veteran labor organizer and immigration reform advocate Eliseo Medina was arrested here Friday after attempting to enter the offices of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

Medina, a leader of the “Fast for Families” caravan that is touring the country to demand an end to deportations, was arrested for trespassing, Jose Seiglie, deputy police chief in the Miami suburb of Doral, told Efe.

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Costa Rican Court Rules Search of Reporter’s Phone Records Unconstitutional

Costa Rican Court Rules Search of Reporter’s Phone Records Unconstitutional

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Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday that authorities had violated the national charter when they failed to get a warrant before searching a journalist’s telephone records as a part of a leak investigation.

The tribunal said the OIJ investigative agency and the Attorney General’s Office could not use information gleaned from the records search as evidence.

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Study Urges Caribbean Countries to Adopt Regional Food Labeling

Study Urges Caribbean Countries to Adopt Regional Food Labeling

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Caribbean Community countries are being urged to establish regional standards for “clear, consistent, food labeling” and to limit, if not ban, the marketing of fast food and sugary drinks to children.

The recommendations are contained in an 80-page report released at the Second International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases of Children and Adolescents, a two-day event hosted by Trinidad and Tobago.

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Queen Sofia Wraps Up Trip to Guatemala

Queen Sofia Wraps Up Trip to Guatemala

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Spain’s Queen Sofia completed her trip to Guatemala Friday at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where she could see the remains of the tomb of Mayan Queen Kalomt’e K’abel, discovered in 2012 at one of the most important of recent archaeological finds in this Central American country.

A true archaeology enthusiast, the Spanish queen showed great interest in details of the burial of this ruler known as the Divine Lady of Kan, who reigned in the late seventh century.

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Spain PM Gets EU Support on Energy Interconnection

Spain PM Gets EU Support on Energy Interconnection

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in Brussels Friday he was pleased that his petition to improve energy interconnection within the 28-nation bloc obtained the support of his European Union colleagues.

His petition in that area was seconded by Portuguese Premier Pedro Passos Coelho and received the backing of other European leaders, Rajoy said at press conference at the conclusion of a two-day EU summit.

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Berklee College of Music Bestows Honorary Degree to Placido Domingo

Berklee College of Music Bestows Honorary Degree to Placido Domingo

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Opera tenor and musical director Placido Domingo will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Berklee College of Music at its international campus in the Spanish Mediterranean city or Valencia.

The ceremony will be held April 4 in the presence of Berklee College chancellor Larry Simpson and with the participation of students and professors of the university.

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FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid to Face Off in Champions League Quarterfinals

FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid to Face Off in Champions League Quarterfinals

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FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be the star match-up of the Champions League quarterfinals, while Friday’s draw also produced a tantalizing clash between perennial powerhouses Manchester United and defending champion Bayern Munich.

The other two contests will pit Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund in a rematch of last season’s Champions semifinals, which the German club won in an upset, and Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea.

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Mexican Newspaper Reports Organized Crime Running Mines

Mexican Newspaper Reports Organized Crime Running Mines

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Organized crime gangs have seized control of iron-ore mines in the western Mexican state of Colima and are selling the mineral to China at below-market prices, costing legitimate producers more than $12 million this year, Mexico City daily Reforma reported Thursday.

Business leaders speaking on condition of anonymity told the newspaper that the gangs have exported more than 100,000 tons of iron ore to China since Jan. 1.

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Spain’s Ex-Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez is Near Death

Spain’s Ex-Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez is Near Death

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Former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, who led Spain’s first democratic government after the end of the Franco dictatorship, is near death, his son said Friday.

“We are in God’s hands. It is imminent,” a weeping Adolfo Suarez Illana told a press conference at a Madrid hospital.

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Colombia To Produce 50 Percent More Biofuel This Year

Colombia, the fifth-largest producer of palm oil-based biodiesel and 10th-largest maker of sugarcane-based ethanol, plans to boost production of both biofuels by around 50 percent in the 2014-2015 period.

The National Biofuels Federation’s director of planning, development and innovation, Carlos Mateus, made the announcement to reporters Thursday prior to the inauguration of the inaugural International Conference on Biofuels in this Caribbean city.

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Cuba Welcomes Chicago and Ravinia’s Very Own Steans Institute Musicians

Cuba Welcomes Chicago and Ravinia’s Very Own Steans Institute Musicians

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The island nation of Cuba is opening its arms to receive one of Chicago’s most beloved U.S. chamber ensembles. This week musicians from Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute arrive in Cuba as part of the Festival de Musica de Camara – a five-day celebration of music.

Ravinia’s CEO Welz Kaufman labeled these talented musicians “cultural ambassadors” as they spread “classical conversation” in Cuba from March 25 -29. Concerts and master classes will be offered at local art schools by members of the different musical ensembles invited to the festival, including Steans musicians.

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REPORT: 30 Percent of Costa Rica Ecosystems Threatened

REPORT: 30 Percent of Costa Rica Ecosystems Threatened

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Some 30 percent of Costa Rica’s ecosystems are under threat and require action being taken to avoid a critical reduction of environmental elements vital for human life, a newly released study says.

The “Red List of Ecosytems” report prepared by experts of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, and Costa Rica’s Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), was presented Thursday at the 4th Mesoamerican Protected Areas Congress, which ends Friday in Costa Rica.

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SaturdayMarch 22, 2014