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TuesdayApril 1, 2014

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Cuban Government Seeks Foreign Investment

Cuba’s new law regulating foreign investment will give priority to 11 economic sectors, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.

The list includes the areas of agriculture and forestry, the food industry, energy and mines, the sugar industry, iron and steel, chemicals and electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, wholesale trade, health, construction, tourism and transport, officials told the newspaper.

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Puerto Rico Top Cop Unexpectedly Resigns

The strategic post of chief of the Puerto Rico Police Department again became a problem for the government when James Tuller Cintron resigned Tuesday after just four months on the job.

Tuller asked that his nomination as head of the PRPD be withdrawn so he could attend to personal matters, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a brief communique.

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$3.26 Billion in Remittances Sent to Mexico in First Two Months of 2014

Remittances sent to Mexico by emigrants totaled $3.26 billion in the first two months of 2014, up 71.5 percent compared to the same period in 2013, the Bank of Mexico said Tuesday.

Mexico received $3.04 billion in remittances during the January-February 2013 period, the central bank said in its monthly report.

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FARC Guerrillas Blow Up Section of Pan-America Highway in Colombia

Suspected FARC guerrillas used 100 kilos (more than 200 lbs.) of dynamite to blast a hole in a stretch of the Pan-American Highway in southwestern Colombia, authorities said Tuesday.

The attack targeted a part of the road between the municipalities of Santander de Quilichao and Mondomo in Cauca province, officials said, blaming the explosion on the Jacobo Arenas Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

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Blog del Narco: Cartel Leader Kike Plancarte Kills Violently as “Divine Punishment”

Blog del Narco: Cartel Leader Kike Plancarte Kills Violently as “Divine Punishment”

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in Michoacán, during the past two years, Enrique ‘Kike’ Plancarte has increased his level of violence, in contrast to his speeches about the importance of peace. He claims he often violence to kill as divine punishment.

According to information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Plancarte Solis lives in hiding, using multiple telephones and radios to avoid being located traveling with a very small escort group. 

Although he claims to be a very religious man, Plancarte is responsible for a large amount of violence. In 2014, in just one week Plancarte managed to terrorize much of Tierra Caliente in Michoacan.  To avoid capture, he fled with the arrival of the federal forces. Treasury Department has included his family in it in its blacklist and will shortly be releasing to authorities the names of their children Melissa, Jazeth Jr. and Enrique Plancarte.  The feds warn that they will be using resources to investigate the organization of the Knights Templar with the warning they will prosecute those who do business with them as well. 

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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REPORT:  Political Arrests in Cuba Declined in March

The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported Tuesday a decline in the number of political arrests in March compared with earlier months, a situation it attributed to the Communist government’s interest in showing “a better image” with an eye toward its talks with the European Union.

In its monthly report, the commission reported slightly more than 800 “arbitrary arrests for political motives” during March, a lower figure than the more than 1,000 per month in December, January and February.

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19 People Arrested in Connection to Michoacan Mayor’s Murder

A total of 19 people were arrested in connection with the murder earlier this month of a mayor in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, the government said Monday.

Tanhuato Mayor Gustavo Garibay, a member of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, was gunned down as he left his house on March 22.

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Large House Fire in Panama Leaves 7 Dead

At least seven people died when a fire broke out in a large house near the office of Panama’s president, authorities and media outlets said Monday.

A woman and her daughter jumped from the building’s balcony to escape the flames but died later at a local hospital and the charred remains of five people were found Monday among the ruins of the house in the capital’s Old Town section, raising the death toll to seven, authorities said.

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Elite Cuban Athletes Get Pay Raise: $60 Per Month for Olympians

Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain.

Athletes’ income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18 a month for second-string baseball players to roughly $60 a month for Olympic medalists.

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TuesdayApril 1, 2014