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SaturdayApril 12, 2014

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American Alan Gross Calls of Hunger Strike After 8 Days

American Alan Gross Calls of Hunger Strike After 8 Days

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Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on subversion charges, has abandoned a hunger strike after eight days at the urging of family members, his attorney said Friday.

The 64-year-old Maryland man began the fast on April 3 to protest “inhumane” treatment behind bars and to pressure Havana and Washington into making a serious effort “to resolve this shameful ordeal,” in the words of a letter he sent his lawyer in Washington.

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Venezuela Intercepts Brazilian Private Jet

Venezuela Intercepts Brazilian Private Jet

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A private jet that took off from Brazil and entered Venezuelan airspace with its transponder deactivated was intercepted by the Andean nation’s air force, the Brazilian military said Friday.

The plane, a Learjet 25, left Brazil on Thursday without an approved flight plan, the Brazilian air force said in a statement.

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Clash Between Brazilian Police, Squatters Leads to 12 Injured

Clash Between Brazilian Police, Squatters Leads to 12 Injured

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A dozen people were hurt and 27 arrested Friday in clashes between police and some of the roughly 5,000 squatters occupying a vacant industrial property in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city.

Militants among the squatters set fire to a police vehicle, a bus and passing truck as they sought to remain on the site in the impoverished Engenho Novo neighborhood.

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Spanish Authorities Foil Immigration Scheme Involving Dominican Basketball Players

Spanish Authorities Foil Immigration Scheme Involving Dominican Basketball Players

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Fifteen Dominicans were arrested for illegally bringing into Spain some of their countrymen by having them pass for professional basketball players, Spanish police said Friday.

The police operation, rolled out in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands and in Barcelona, was launched last year after suspicions were aroused by two Dominicans who had come to Spain with contracts to play for the Guayacanes Basketball Club.

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Sexual Abuse by Priests

Pope Francis Apologizes for Sexual Abuse by Priests

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Pope Francis begged pardon Friday for the sexual abuse of children committed by “quite a few” Roman Catholic priests.

“The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regard to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed,” the pontiff told a Catholic children’s NGO.

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Colombian Mayor Killed by Ex-Husband

Colombian Mayor Killed by Ex-Husband

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The mayor of the central Colombian municipality of Norcasia was fatally shot by her former husband, who then killed himself, authorities said Friday.

Marisol Manrique, 30, was shot Thursday night and died hours later at a clinic in the neighboring town of La Dorada, the police commander in Caldas province, Col. David Benavides, said.

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8 Security-Force Members Charged for Protester’s Death in Venezuela

8 Security-Force Members Charged for Protester’s Death in Venezuela

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An officer of Venezuela’s Sebin intelligence service and seven other members of the security forces have been indicted for the Feb. 12 death of an anti-government protester, Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Friday.

Sebin inspector Jose Ramon Perdomo Camacho is accused of firing the shot that killed Bassil Dacosta, Ortega said on Union Radio.

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6.2 Earthquake in Nicaragua Blamed for 1 Death

6.2 Earthquake in Nicaragua Blamed for 1 Death

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One person is dead as a result of the magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck northeast of this capital, Nicaraguan authorities said Friday.

A 23-year-old Managua woman died of a heart attack at a capital hospital, President Daniel Ortega said at a press conference.

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Wearable Technology Sector to Grow in 2014

Wearable Technology Sector to Grow in 2014

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Wearable technology, a concept that goes from bracelets that measure physical exercise to Google Glass, will gain strength as a global market this year, according to a new study by International Data Corporation.

In 2013 this product niche “took a huge step forward,” IDC said, estimating that in 2014, triple the number of units will be distributed, more than 19 million, and by 2018 that quantity will zoom to around 111.9 million.

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Mexican Nobel Laureate Inducted Into French Legion of Honor

Mexican Nobel Laureate Inducted Into French Legion of Honor

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Mexican scientist Mario Molina, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was decorated with the Knight medal of the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande in recognition of his services to humanity.

The induction ceremony took place at Club France in the Mexican capital, where Hollande arrived Thursday for an official visit to the Aztec nation.

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Influential Lieutenant of “El Chapo” Murdered in Mexico

Influential Lieutenant of “El Chapo” Murdered in Mexico

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A former army officer reputed to have been head of security for recently captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found shot to death in western Mexico, authorities said.

The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte was found Tuesday in the municipality of La Cruz de Elota along with those of two other people, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said.

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Javier Bardem Joins Charlize Theron in “The Last Face”

Javier Bardem Joins Charlize Theron in “The Last Face”

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Javier Bardem will join the cast of “The Last Face,” the latest film to be directed by Sean Penn, with whom the Spanish actor recently collaborated in the shoot of “The Gunman.”

According to the Hollywood blog Deadline, “The Last Face” will include in the cast Bardem, South African actress Charlize Theron - Penn’s current romantic interest - and France’s Adele Exarchopoulos, star of “Blue is the Warmest Color.”

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Real Madrid-Bayern, Atletico-Chelsea to Face Each other in Champions Semis

Real Madrid-Bayern, Atletico-Chelsea to Face Each other in Champions Semis

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Real Madrid will take on Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will square off against Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, which will get underway later this month.

The matchups were determined Friday in a draw ceremony at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Pemex Signs Technology-Sharing Agreement with France’s Total

Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos has signed an agreement with French energy major Total to exchange technology related to hydrocarbon exploration and production and explore future business opportunities in non-conventional fields.

Pemex said in a statement that it inked one memorandum of understanding with Total and another with Paris-based electric utility GDF Suez coinciding with French President Fran├žois Hollande’s official visit to Mexico, which began Thursday.

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SaturdayApril 12, 2014