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SaturdayApril 5, 2014

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Venezuelan Narcotics Agency Seizes Over 3 Tons of Cocaine

Venezuela’s ONA counternarcotics agency said Friday that it seized 3,175 kilos (6,993 lbs.) of cocaine last week in the western state of Zulia, bordering on Colombia.

“Good intelligence work led to the detection of this camp with its five laboratories for processing cocaine and storing coca paste,” ONA director Alejandro Keleris said during a press conference.

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Judge Declares Mexican Airline Bankrupt, Orders Sale of Assets

Judge Declares Mexican Airline Bankrupt, Orders Sale of Assets

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Mexican airline Mexicana de Aviacion, which suspended its operations in August 2010 and had been seeking a investor to get it back in the skies, was declared in a “state of bankruptcy” on Friday, the Federal Judicial Council, or CJF, said.

The bankruptcy ruling by a Mexico City-based district judge also affects the airline’s subsidiaries, budget airlines Click and Link, and its maintenance plant, one of the largest in the Americas, according to the CJF.

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39 Protesters Have Died in Venezuela Since February

39 Protesters Have Died in Venezuela Since February

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Venezuela’s attorney general said that 39 people have now been killed in protests against the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro since Feb. 12.

“We have 39 fatalites from acts of violence…31 were civilians and eight were police and military personnel,” Luisa Ortega told a press conference.

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Mexican Government to Disarm Militias in Michoacan

Mexican Government to Disarm Militias in Michoacan

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The Mexican government is preparing to disarm the self-defense groups who have been battling the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan since February 2013, officials said.

Authorities will also remove the barricades the militias have erected in several communities, according to the federal commissioner for Security and Comprehensive Development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes.

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International Tourists Arriving in Cuba Up 7 Percent in Early 2014

International tourist arrivals to Cuba rose 7 percent annually in January and February to 636,146 travelers, accounting for 21 percent of the 3 million visitors the government expects to receive this year.

The number of foreign visitors in the year’s first two months was up from the 593,344 tourists received in January and February 2013, National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI, figures show.

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Police Arrest Teen Allegedly Responsible for 10 Murders in Guatemala

Police Arrest Teen Allegedly Responsible for 10 Murders in Guatemala

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A 17-year-old male suspected in at least 10 murders were arrested Friday in this capital, Guatemala’s PNC national police said.

Hector Antonio Florian Ramirez was apprehended by police and investigators from the Attorney General’s Office in Guatemala City’s La Barreda neighborhood, PNC spokesman Pablo Castillo said.

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Dominican Doctors Confirm Presence of Chikungunya Virus

Dominican Doctors Confirm Presence of Chikungunya Virus

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The Dominican Health Ministry said Friday that tests taken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed the presence of the chikungunya virus in the southern province of San Cristobal.

Blood samples from people affected by fever and intense joint pain tested positive for chikungunya, which is transmitted by mosquite bites and causes symptoms similar to dengue, Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo Nuñez said.

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Discovers Possible Ocean on One of Saturn’s Moons

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When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft flew over the frozen ice cap of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s 60 moons, and encountered water vapor issuing from its south pole, scientists began suspecting the existence of an ocean, according to an article in Science magazine.

And where there is water, scientists say, there could be, or has been, life.

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Cuban Government Reacts to USAID’s “Cuban Twitter” Project

Cuban Government Reacts to USAID’s “Cuban Twitter” Project

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The Raul Castro government demanded Friday that the United States call off its “illegal and covert” actions against Cuba, in an official reaction to news that the U.S. Agency for International Development sought to create a Twitter-like social network on the Communist island.

“This shows once again that the United States government has not given up its subversive plans against Cuba, that it is determined to create destabilizing situations to wreak changes in our political order,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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Real Madrid’s Jese Facing Complications of Knee Surgery

Real Madrid’s Jese Facing Complications of Knee Surgery

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Real Madrid said Friday that Jese Rodriguez will travel to Germany for further tests after suffering inflammation in his surgically repaired knee.

Dr. Ulrich Boenisch will conduct the review at the Hessingpark-Clinic in Augsburg, where the 21-year-old Spanish forward underwent surgery on March 20 after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his right knee two days earlier.

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Puerto Rican Film Festival Celebrates “Made in Europe”

Puerto Rican Film Festival Celebrates “Made in Europe”

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The 5th Made in Europe Film Festival brings to Puerto Rico the best of the seventh art from the Old World in a project designed for cultural exchange.

The event is organized by the Puerto Rican branch of Alliance Française, whose director, Anne Chays, told Efe that the festival seeks enrichment from both sides of the Atlantic by showing European films in the Caribbean and promoting works created on the island in Europe.

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SaturdayApril 5, 2014