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WednesdayApril 2, 2014

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Spain Sees Major Drop in Unemployment Rate

Spain Sees Major Drop in Unemployment Rate

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The number of registered unemployed people in Spain dropped by 16,620 in March, compared to February, to 4.79 million, marking the biggest drop in the third month of a year since 2006, the Employment and Social Security Ministry said Wednesday.

The number of jobless people fell by 17,000 in March on a seasonally unadjusted basis, compared to the previous month, the ministry said.

The number of registered unemployed people fell by 239,377 last month, compared to March 2013.

The number of jobless people rose by 14,854 in agriculture, while falling by 5,565 in manufacturing. Construction and the service sector posted drops in joblessness of 13,892 and 21,208, respectively, the ministry said.

The number of registered unemployed people with no prior work experience rose by 9,191.

Male unemployment fell by 13,935 to 2.3 million, while the number of jobless female workers dropped by 2,685 to 2.47 million.

The number of jobless people under the age of 25 grew by 2,978 last month to 431,685.

The number of unemployed foreigners grew by 4,599 to 580,761, of whom 202,693 were from European Union member countries and 378,068 from non-EU nations.

A total of 1.21 million labor contracts, up 11.53 percent from February, were signed in March, the ministry said.

The number of people registered with the Social Security System rose by 83,984 in March, compared to February, to 16.29 million.

Some 1.53 million foreign workers were registered with the Social Security System last month, up by 15,201 from the February level, the ministry said.

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FIFA Fines Barça, Spanish Federation for Int’l Transfers of Minors

FIFA Fines Barça, Spanish Federation for Int’l Transfers of Minors

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has fined the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, and FC Barcelona 500,000 Swiss francs ($565,000) and 450,000 Swiss francs ($508,000), respectively, for infractions related to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

The sanctions were handed down after an investigation conducted by FIFA Transfer Matching System GmbH into several “minor players who were registered and participated in competitions with the club over various periods between 2009 and 2013,” FIFA said Wednesday.

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Bolivia’s Telecom Satellite Cuts Cost of Web, Cellular Connections

Bolivia’s Telecom Satellite Cuts Cost of Web, Cellular Connections

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President Evo Morales inaugurated commercial services from Bolivia’s first telecommunications satellite and announced a significant reduction in rates for Internet and cellular connections.

State-owned telecommunications company Entel will also use the cost savings made possible by the satellite to cut rural customers’ bills for cable television and radio, the president said.

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8.2 Earthquake Kills 6 in Northern Chile

8.2 Earthquake Kills 6 in Northern Chile

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A magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit northern Chile, killing six people, officials said Wednesday.

The temblor occurred on Tuesday night in Tarapaca region and its epicenter was located under the sea southwest of Iquique and about 1,850 kilometers (1,149 miles) from Santiago.

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Bus Crash in Western Cuba Injures At Least 41

Bus Crash in Western Cuba Injures At Least 41

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At least 41 people were injured on Tuesday when a bus flipped over on a highway in the tourist zone of Soroa, in Cuba’s western Pinar del Rio province, government media reported.

The accident occurred on the road linking the town of Candelaria with Soroa when an automobile made an improper maneuver that blocked the bus’s path and the driver swerved sharply to avoid the vehicle, eyewitnesses cited by the state-run AIN news agency said.

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Police Block Opposition March on Congress in Venezuela

Police Block Opposition March on Congress in Venezuela

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A Venezuelan opposition leader recently expelled from the National Assembly led a march Tuesday toward congress, where she was denied access after police drove away her supporters with tear gas and pellets.

Maria Corina Machado addressed hundreds of her supporters and other opposition lawmakers in a Caracas square prior to the march.

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Colombian Port City Sees 30 Homes Destroyed by Fire

Colombian Port City Sees 30 Homes Destroyed by Fire

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At least 30 houses in the Pacific port of Buenaventura were destroyed by a fire but no injuries were reported, Colombian authorities said Tuesday.

The fire broke out Tuesday morning in Santa Fe, a poor neighborhood of wooden homes where the blames spread quickly, according to firefighters who were dispatched to the scene.

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Brazilian Police, Military Take Over Rio Slums Ahead Of World Cup

Brazilian Police, Military Take Over Rio Slums Ahead Of World Cup

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Less than three months before the World Cup begins, more than 1,400 Brazilian police and military members have seized control of a network of Rio de Janeiro favelas that are home to 130,000 Brazilians, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

As part of the takeover, the latest in the Brazil’s larger “pacification” program the government says will seize control of the favelas from drug gangs, police and military officials will set up “permanent posts” in the Mare slums near the Rio airport, just as they have in other favela neighborhoods across the country.

While areas like Mare have high rates of violence, favela residents and international organizations have raised questions about pacification because of the tactics of police and military members, who operate with little oversight in a country with extremely high rates of police brutality. 20 members of Brazil’s police force, for instance, are already under investigation amid allegations that they tortured and murdered Amarildo de Souza, a favela resident whose death became a rallying cry against police brutality and tactics during the protests that swept the country last summer.

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Blog del Narco- Young Man asks for Help.. If Anything Happens, Look to my Knights Templar Mother

Blog del Narco- Young Man asks for Help.. If Anything Happens, Look to my Knights Templar  Mother

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In Michoacán, with tears of despair, a young man uploaded this video to YouTube, which makes a strong statement. He is saying that his mother is part of the drug cartel Knights Templar and has threatened him. The video was uploaded on March 28.

The young man said that his mother has been involved with the drug cartel for 4 years. He says his mother has gained power by being sexually involved with the leaders. He also states that he and his father, who suffers from diabetes, have been threatened, and are very worried.

“I do not know what to do. This is the last option left me (...) if anyone can help me and my dad, please share the video.” He goes on to state that the police have not been helpful although they have been asked several times.  IN closing- He says that if anything happens to him- it will have been at the hands of his mother. “If anything happens to me you know who it was.”

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Veteran Panamanian Journalist Killed in Robbery

Veteran Panamanian Journalist Killed in Robbery

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Veteran Panamanian journalist Ramon “Monchi” Cano was fatally shot early Tuesday in a robbery at his home in the western city of David, Telemetro television said.

Cano, 80, was surprised by assailants as he was leaving his residence to anchor the program “5 News Stories and an Opinion” on Ondas Chiricanas radio.

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WednesdayApril 2, 2014