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FridayApril 4, 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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Team of Spanish Surgeons Perform Double-Arm Transplant

Team of Spanish Surgeons Perform Double-Arm Transplant

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A team of Spanish surgeons has successfully performed the second-ever double-arm transplant in Spain and the fifth in the world on a 41-year-old man who was having complications after being severely electrically burned.

A team of more than 20 people took part in the 12-hour procedure at Hospital La Paz de Madrid.

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U.S. Acknowledges “Cuban Twitter” Project

The government acknowledged Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development launched a project in Cuba to create a Twitter-like social network to increase Cubans’ access to information but rejected describing the program as covert.

“Suggestions this was a covert program are wrong,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily briefing.

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1.5 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Puerto Rico

1.5 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Puerto Rico

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A Dominican citizen was arrested on Thursday after 1,400 kilos (3,083 lbs.) of cocaine he was transporting in a 40-foot boat was seized from him, the Puerto Rico Police Department said.

Leonardo Perez Meson was arrested after his boat ran aground on the seashore in the southern town of Patillas, the PRPD said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Recruits Children into Ranks

Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Recruits Children into Ranks

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It has long been known that the Drug Cartels in Mexico recruit very young children. These pictures show young boys carrying machine guns and other weapons.

The Gulf Cartel (Spanish: Cártel del Golfo, Golfos, or CDG) is a criminal syndicate and drug trafficking organization in Mexico. They are perhaps the oldest organized crime group in the country. Currently based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

Their network is international, and are believed to have dealings with crime groups in Europe, West Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and the United States. Besides drug trafficking, the Gulf Cartel operates through protection rackets, assassinations, extortions, kidnappings, and other criminal activities.

The Gulf Cartel is known for intimidating the population and for being “particularly violent.”
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Former Miss Universe, Stefania Fernandez brings awareness of Venezuela’s Frail Condition

Former Miss Universe, Stefania Fernandez brings awareness of Venezuela’s Frail Condition

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Former Miss Universe (Venezuela 2009), Stefanía Fernández, was photographed crying bloody tears, bruised up, covered in dirt, bound, and gagged with a grief-stricken look in her eyes while wearing her crown to illustrate the raw pain the people of her country of Venezuela are currently undergoing.

This image is part of a photo shoot by fashion photographer, Daniel Bracci for the Un Mundo sin Mordaza campaign (meaning a world without a gag indicating that *Your Voice is Your Power*). An organization promoting freedom of speech and paying tribute to Venezuela’s fallen killed by the government’s militia when they were fighting for peace.

There’s nothing beautiful about the atrocities being practiced by Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro enforcing the law by annihilating peaceful protesters and residents who do not support his political views and oppose his human rights violations. Since he took office Venezuela’s condition has only gone downward with inflation up by 57% and the country is in a chaotic situation. Maduro demands his soldiers to terrorize those who are not with him. And the people have had enough. Daniel Bracci (see image below) is pictured holding a sign with four hashtags that read #rediseñandounpais (redesigning a country), #fashion4peace, #prayforvenezuela and #iamyourvoicevenezuela.ImageImage

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City Warns Beckham He Cannot Build Stadium at PortMiami

City Warns Beckham He Cannot Build Stadium at PortMiami

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David Beckham’s plans to build a soccer stadium in the southwest corner of PortMiami face legal obstacles because the city deeded that land to Miami-Dade County more than two decades ago on condition it be exclusively used for port purposes, Mayor Tomas Regalado told Efe.

“The clause is very specific and very clear from a legal standpoint. It says that if the port’s lands are not used for port purposes that property reverts to the city of Miami,” the Miami mayor said.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Seeks Treatment for Respiratory Infection

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Seeks Treatment for Respiratory Infection

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Acclaimed Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez was hospitalized this week in the Mexican capital with a respiratory infection and is expected to be discharged in a few days, his son said Thursday.

The 87-year-old Garcia Marquez, who has lived in this capital for decades, is undergoing treatment at the Salvador Zubiran National Institute of Health Sciences and Nutrition, Gonzalo Garcia Barcha told reporters at the entrance to the hospital.

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Gisele Bündchen Wows at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Gisele Bündchen Wows at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen took center stage on the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week, winning over her countrymen with her sensuality in designs by Colcci.

Bündchen dazzled the crowd during a show that featured creations with a tropical flavor.

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Brazilians Purchased 35.6 Million Smartphones in 2013

Brazilians Purchased 35.6 Million Smartphones in 2013

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Smartphone sales more than doubled in Brazil in 2013, surging to a record 35.6 million units and surpassing sales of conventional cell phones for the first time, consulting firm IDC Brazil said.

Sales of smartphones were up 123 percent last year, compared to 2012, when 16.1 million units were sold, IDC Brazil said in a report.

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Mexican Politician Calls Sex Scandal a Smear Campaign

Mexican Politician Calls Sex Scandal a Smear Campaign

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The high-level member of Mexico’s governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, caught up in a sex scandal said Thursday someone tried to blackmail him and the allegations against him were the product of a “media campaign.”

“This is a lie. This is very strong media persecution,” Cuauhtemoc Gutierrez de la Torre, who served as the PRI’s leader in Mexico City until Wednesday, told a radio station.

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FridayApril 4, 2014