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ThursdayMarch 27, 2014

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El Salvador Questions Honduran Heliport on Disputed Island

El Salvador Questions Honduran Heliport on Disputed Island

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Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes sent a formal protest to Honduran counterpart Juan Orlando Hernandez on Wednesday to protest Honduras’ construction of a heliport on a Pacific island claimed by both nations.

El Salvador has also complained to the United Nations about the “expansionist posture” of Honduras, Funes’ office said in a statement.

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Newspaper Credits Citizen For Alerting Authorities of El Chapo’s Location

Newspaper Credits Citizen For Alerting Authorities of El Chapo’s Location

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The arrest of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman was made by marines responding to a request for assistance from a civilian, press reports said Wednesday.

Guzman, the world’s most notorious and powerful drug trafficker, was arrested on Feb. 22 at a building in Mazatlan, a port city in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.

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FC Barcelona Goalie Valdes Likely Out for the Season

FC Barcelona Goalie Valdes Likely Out for the Season

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Goalkeeper Victor Valdes will need surgery after injuring his knee in Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo on Wednesday, the club said in a statement.

Valdes twisted his knee during a clearance just 20 minutes into the match and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

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U.S. Shipping Law Stifling Puerto Rico’s Economy

U.S. Shipping Law Stifling Puerto Rico’s Economy

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A federal law that bans foreign vessels from engaging in coastwise shipping within U.S. territory adversely affects Puerto Rico’s troubled economy, according to studies cited by the island’s Senate.

“Puerto Rico is suffocating” with this law, the chairwoman of the Senate of Puerto Rico’s Committee on Civil Rights, Citizen Participation and Social Economy, Rossana Lopez, said.

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Latinos Ask Pope to Pressure Obama to Halt Deportations

Latinos Ask Pope to Pressure Obama to Halt Deportations

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A group of 14 U.S. Latino activists traveled today to the Vatican to request the intercession of Pope Francis to halt deportations, which increased under the office of President Barack Obama.

Juan José Gutiérrez, leader of the U.S. Latino Movement in Los Angeles, confirmed to journalists that his colleagues will be able to express their concerns to the Supreme Pontiff, in a hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

They seek the Pope to ask Obama to avoid the separation of more undocumented families through expulsions, said the civilian leader.

U.S. President will be in the Holy See on Thursday March 27, as part of his visit to Europe.

The trip of Latino activists is part of a national campaign that has been undergoing during the last months against deportations and in favor of integral migratory reform, stalled in Congress and that should help to regularize the status of at least 11 million undocumented people.

During Obama’s current term, at least two million people have been repatriated to their countries of origin.

The U.S. President mentioned that the immigration issue is among the priorities of his second term (2013-2017) and urged Congress to pass comprehensive legislation soon, but the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is reluctant to give the green light to the measure although Senate endorsed it in June.

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Blog del Narco: El Chapo Arrest Leaves Area Prime for Violence

Blog del Narco: El Chapo Arrest Leaves Area Prime for Violence

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Domestic and foreign analysts have warned that since the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman a war is about to break out between different cartels trying to claim the the territory occupied by the Sinaloa Cartel. Some say that other leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel , Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Juan Jose “El Azul” Moreno Esparragoza have tried to reach out to local authorities, while others believe a confrontation is inevitable.

Last week, a killing in Sonora keys signaled to Americans drug enforcement that this war in the territories under the dominion of Sinaloa has begun. On March 20, seven people were killed and four others injured in an ambush in the town of Caborca, Sonora. Official reports said it was an attack on “burreros” or drug carriers.

One of the survivors of the attack told authorities that they were returning from transporting drugs when they were intercepted and attacked by several individuals. The investigating State Police said Wednesday that officers were aware that institution on the hill known as The Needles, located in the ejido Example, near the border with the town of Sonoyta. A vehicle was located with several dead people.

Sonora has remained relatively calm this year, while neighboring states have been in turmoil. The reason, according to experts, is that “El Chapo” Guzman had total control of the entity.

Sonoyra, Caborca ​​and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, make a triangle, according to experts, that is one of the most successful drug corridors worldwide.

Anthony Coulson, a senior retired DEA based in Tucson, Arizona, said to the Associated Press (AP) that the attack could mean the first symptoms of other rival gangs competing in Sonora with Sinaloa Cartel.

With Guzman a prisoner and Captain Gonzalo Inzunza possibly dead, “We have an important territory being disputed ... a key, important,” said the former agent.

“Who controls that corner [of Mexico] controls the traffic entering California,and that was a stronghold of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. It is a strategic point, because it controls the traffic coming through Southern California, “Coulson said.


Raul Benitez, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told the AP that Puerto Penasco is a high-traffic area, and is perfect for creating a corridor for selling cocaine, marijuana and heroin to the United States.

Coulson said the Beltran Leyva could be behind the attack near the border.

“The capture of one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the Western Hemisphere ended a 13-year manhunt in Mexico and the United States. As U.S. federal prosecutors now seeking to extradite Joaquin Guzman, there is concern that his arrest could lead to increased violence in Mexico’s rival drug cartels territory will be played, “recently wrote Eulich Whitney, editor for Latin America of The Christian Science Monitor.

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Cuba Opens Doors to Foreign Investors in All Sectors but Health, Education

Cuba Opens Doors to Foreign Investors in All Sectors but Health, Education

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Communist Cuba will allow foreign investment in all sectors except education, health and “armed institutions” and offer tax exemptions to overseas companies, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported Wednesday, disclosing details of a bill proposed by Raul Castro’s government.

The new legislation “aims to provide foreign investors with full protection and legal certainty,” guaranteeing that their investments “will not be expropriated except for reasons of public or social interest previously declared by the Council of Ministers,” the newspaper said.

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3 out of 5 Deported Immigrants in 2013 Were Convicted of a Crime

3 out of 5 Deported Immigrants in 2013 Were Convicted of a Crime

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President Obama ordered a review of immigration enforcement policies last week, following weeks of growing pressure from Democrats and Latino leaders, one of whom recently called him “deporter in chief.”

As the number of unauthorized immigrants sent home nears two million under his administration, the president met with advocates late on Friday and acknowledged deportations should be more humane, citing concern over a broken immigration system that separates families.

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UNESCO Tests Tsunami Warning System in Caribbean Basin

UNESCO Tests Tsunami Warning System in Caribbean Basin

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UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, or IOC, conducted an exercise Wednesday to test the tsunami alert system covering 31 Caribbean basin countries, officials said.

The exercise was scripted around a tsunami occurring at 1000 GMT some 430 kilometers (267 miles) west of the coast of Gibraltar, simulating the earthquake and tidal wave that happened on Nov. 1, 1755, in that area.

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Venezuelan Military Stands by President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan Military Stands by President Nicolas Maduro

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Venezuela’s military on Wednesday reaffirmed its support for President Nicolas Maduro following the arrest of three air force generals accused of plotting a coup amid ongoing anti-government protests.

The men and women of the Venezuelan military are “protecting our people, guarding our homeland’s sovereignty and supporting the constitutionally elected president and commander-in-chief,” the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, or FANB, said in a statement.

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ThursdayMarch 27, 2014