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SundayMarch 30, 2014

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Tigres del Norte Surprise 50,000 Fans at Vive Latino Festival

Tigres del Norte Surprise 50,000 Fans at Vive Latino Festival

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The traditional rhythms of Los Tigres del Norte shook up the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City on the weekend, surprising the more than 50,000 people who packed the main venue at Mexico City’s Foro Sol.

Despite the fact that Latin American Spanish-language rock groups started out being the central focus of this event in its earlier editions, for years the festival has been opened with other rhythms and groups singing in other languages.

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Police Arrest 98 People Following Protests in Chile

Police Arrest 98 People Following Protests in Chile

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At least three police officers were injured and 98 people were arrested in the Young Combatants Day demonstrations in Chile, officials said Sunday.

The arrests were made between early Saturday and early Sunday, with 92 people detained in Santiago alone, the Carabineros militarized police force said.

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Mexico Agrees to Boost Trade, Investment with Argentina

Mexico Agrees to Boost Trade, Investment with Argentina

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Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and Argentine Industry Ministry Debora Giorgi have agreed to promote bilateral trade, especially in the automotive industry, officials said.

The agreement was reached during the visit that an Argentine delegation made to Mexico City last Thursday and Friday, the Economy Secretariat said in a statement.

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Puerto Rican City Holds Whale Festival to Raise Awareness

Puerto Rican City Holds Whale Festival to Raise Awareness

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Rincon, a city in northwestern Puerto Rico, this weekend is holding a humpback whale festival to raise awareness about the species, which is threatened with extinction and is often seen by people off the coasts of the Caribbean island.

The annual festival has been held for the past 11 years at the town’s lighthouse because that is the spot from which the huge ocean mammals may best be seen, Rincon communications director Juan Carlos Perez told Efe.

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4 Men Die in Shootout with Mexican Marines

At least four gunmen died in a shootout earlier this weekend with marines in Novolato, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, officials said.

Four marines were wounded in the shootout, which occurred on Friday night, Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told Efe

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Spanish Reporters Released After 194 Days of Captivity in Syria

Spanish Reporters Released After 194 Days of Captivity in Syria

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Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, Spanish reporters with the daily El Mundo kidnapped in Syria last September, have been released.

Espinosa confirmed the release in a telephone call to his colleagues at the paper at 9:27 p.m. on Saturday.

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Venezuelan Government Confirms Protests’ Death Toll Now 39

Venezuelan Government Confirms Protests’ Death Toll Now 39

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Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres confirmed the deaths of two opposition activists protesting against President Nicolas Maduro on barricades in the cities of San Cristobal and Maracaibo, raising to 39 the number of victims in anti-government demonstrations that began last Feb. 12.

The first fatality, a 44-year-old company manager in San Cristobal identified as Franklin Romero, was electrocuted when, together with another two people who were injured, he tried to mount, on top of a barricade, a billboard that made contact with an electric wire, the minister said.

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Teachers’ Union Call Off Strike, Accept Pay Raise Offer

Teachers’ Union Call Off Strike, Accept Pay Raise Offer

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Teachers’ unions in Buenos Aires province, Argentina’s most populous region, accepted Saturday a new pay offer by the provincial government and will return to the classrooms after 17 days on strike.

The pay offer, an average 32.5 percent increase for most teachers, was accepted Saturday in a plenary session of the unions taking part in the complex negotiations with the Buenos Aires government.

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Arizona Sees Major Drop in Immigrant Deaths on Border

The arrest of undocumented immigrants on the Arizona border has decreased by 16 percent while deaths have dropped by 40 percent during the present fiscal year.

Andy Adame, spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona, told Efe that from Oct. 1 to March 1 some 42,600 immigrants have been detained, compared with 50,900 during the same period last year.

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Carlos Slim Loses Mexican Construction Contract to OHL

Carlos Slim Loses Mexican Construction Contract to OHL

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The Mexican unit of Spanish construction and civil engineering group Obrascon Huarte Lain has been awarded a contract to build and operate a toll highway in central Mexico, the Communications and Transportation Secretariat said.

“A decision was made (Friday) on the concession to build and operate what will be the Atizapan-Atlacomulco Highway. OHL is the winner,” the secretariat’s deputy director of infrastructure, Raul Murrieta, announced on Twitter.

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Puerto Rico Economy Shrinks 3.8 Percent in 1st 8 Months of Fiscal Year

Puerto Rico Economy Shrinks 3.8 Percent in 1st 8 Months of Fiscal Year

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Puerto Rico’s economy continued to contract in the first eight months of the current fiscal year (July 2013-February 2014), shrinking 3.8 percent relative to the same period of the previous 12-month accounting cycle, the island’s Government Development Bank, or GDBPR, said.

The bank said that the U.S. commonwealth’s economy shrank 2.4 percent in February compared to the same month of 2013, noting that the contraction was lower last month than the 3.4 percent annual gross domestic product decline in January.

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Arcade Fire Headlines Mexico’s Vive Latino Festival

Arcade Fire Headlines Mexico’s Vive Latino Festival

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The performance of Canadian alternative rock band Arcade Fire became the most anticipated and celebrated show on the second day of the Vive Latino festival at this capital’s Foro Sol concert venue, where also taking the stage were outfits like the Spanish indie group Love of Lesbian and Australian electronic band Cut Copy.

During the hour and a half of the Canadians’ concert, which brought down the curtain on Friday night’s performances, they rocked the audience with numbers like “Reflektor” from their most recent, like-named album, as well as older hits such as “Rebellion (Lies)” and “The Suburbs.”

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SundayMarch 30, 2014