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WednesdayApril 9, 2014

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Darth Vader Inspires Brazilian Police’s Masks for World Cup

Darth Vader Inspires Brazilian Police’s Masks for World Cup

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Police units in the 12 Brazilian states where matches will be played during the 2014 soccer World Cup in June received masks inspired by Star Wars character Darth Vader to equip their anti-riot officers, the firm that provided the gear reported.

The masks - which besides being designed to have a psychological effect protect the officers against gas attacks, allow them to withstand high temperatures and have a visor that does not fog up and a voice amplifier - were presented at the LAAD International Public and Corporate Security Fair, the largest of its kind in Latin America and which kicked off Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolivian President Fires Mining Minister Amid Conflict

Bolivian President Fires Mining Minister Amid Conflict

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Deadly clashes last week after the new Mining Law was passed led to the dismissal Tuesday of Bolivia’s minister of mines.

Early Tuesday morning President Evo Morales designated Cesar Navarro to replace Mario Virreira.

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1 in 4 Pregnant Teens in the U.S. is Hispanic

1 in 4 Pregnant Teens in the U.S. is Hispanic

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released the most recent figures for teenage pregnancies, which historically have been higher among Hispanics.

The report says that one in four teen births in the United States is to a girl between the ages of 15 and 17.

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The Best Signs From Anti-Deportation Rally

The  Best Signs From Anti-Deportation Rally

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Thousands of immigration activists rallied in 62 cities across the United States on Saturday to pressure President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants. Some deportation monitors and activists have marked April 5th as the day that the Obama administration likely reached its two millionth deportation.

In the nation’s capitol, hundreds of activists gathered in a park in the predominantly immigrant neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant before marching two miles south to the White House. As they marched, advocates shouted “two million, too many,” “up up with education, down, down with deportation,” “not one more,” and carried pictures of immigrants who have been deported. Several also carried signs with Obama’s face on them that read, “Deporter In Chief.”

Cesar Magallon, a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant, told ThinkProgress that he had attended the rally because, “deportation is always in the back of my mind … As a queer man, I’m afraid that if I go back to [Mexico], I will be murdered. That has happened in the past [to others]. This administration has supposedly stopped deporting ‘low-priority’ people, but we know that we see in our community every day, trans and queer men and women are still being deported.”

Frederico F. told ThinkProgress that he brought his young son to the rally because they wanted to “tell President Obama to stop deportations that tear families apart. It’s really important for my family to be together.”
Here are 15 of the best pictures from Saturday’s rally in Washington, D.C.:Image

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Protesters Take Hunger Strike to Front of White House

Protesters Take Hunger Strike to Front of White House

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With the aim of getting President Barack Obama to listen to their requests that he stop deportations, three people on Tuesday began a hunger strike in front of the White House.

They told Efe that they will continue with their protest as long as their health permits.

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EU Officials To Begin Negotiating Deal with Cuban Government This Month

EU Officials To Begin Negotiating Deal with Cuban Government This Month

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The European Union and Cuba will hold the first round of negotiations to reach a political and cooperation accord on April 29-30 in Havana, EU sources told Efe on Tuesday.

This first session will focus mainly on “establishing the methods and a road map for the negotiations,” one official said.

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Alan Gross Continues on Hunger Strike, Demands Release from Cuban Jail

Alan Gross Continues on Hunger Strike, Demands Release from Cuban Jail

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Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba after being convicted of subversion, began a hunger strike on April 3 to demand both Havana and Washington for his release, his attorney said Tuesday.

“I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions, and inaction by both governments, not only regarding their shared responsibility for my arbitrary detention, but also because of the lack of any reasonable or valid effort to resolve this shameful ordeal,” Gross told his U.S. legal team.

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Church in Town of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Birthplace to be Restored

Church in Town of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Birthplace to be Restored

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The church at Aracataca, the birthplace of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, will be restored by the government as part of a renovation plan for places that inspired “magical realism,” officials said.

The government plans to spend 250 million pesos (about $130,000) on restoration studies and designs for the San Jose parish church on the Plaza Bolivar in Aracataca, a city in the Caribbean province of Magdalena.

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17 Die in Series of Shootouts Across Northern Mexico

At least 17 people have died in a series of shootouts that started over the weekend in Tampico, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, and continued into this week, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said.

The shootouts began around 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the neighboring city of Madero and spilled over into the streets of the port city of Tampico.

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WednesdayApril 9, 2014