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TuesdayApril 15, 2014

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Separate Shootouts throughout Veracruz Leaves 4 People Dead

At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday.

State police launched several operations on Monday night to find and arrest members of criminal organizations, setting off the shootouts, Veracruz state officials told Efe.

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Paraguayan Authorities Take Down Major International Drug Trafficking Ring

Paraguayan police, in coordination with authorities in Israel and Brazil, took down an organization that was smuggling cocaine to the Middle East and Africa, Paraguay’s Senad counternarcotics agency said Tuesday.

Five people were arrested, but reputed ringleader Juan Carlos Da Rosa remains at large.

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FARC Guerrillas Blow Up Highway Conneting Colombia and Ecuador

Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas blew up a portion of the main road linking their country with neighboring Ecuador, authorities said Tuesday.

The explosives were apparently hidden in a sewer pipe, Temistocles Ortega, governor of the southwestern province of Cauca, told Blu Radio, as was the case in an April 1 FARC attack at another point of the Panamericana highway.

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Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an “exceptional” measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012.

The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday “every year,” Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.

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From Buenos Aires to World Stage: Pope Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking

From Buenos Aires to World Stage: Pope Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking

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As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future pope dragged the hidden problem of human slavery into broad daylight.

He held annual open-air Masses in the city’s Constitution Square for and with victims of human trafficking—many of them children accompanied by their enormous burlap sacks stuffed with recyclable cardboard.

In his homilies, he denounced their oppressors, as he did in 2010 when he condemned the “great mafia of very elegant people”—the traffickers and those who profit from the illegal trade—whose “money is stained with blood.”

Now, as leader of the universal church, Pope Francis is dragging the blight of human trafficking onto the global stage, calling it “a crime against humanity” and decrying the world’s indifference.

The United Nations estimates 2.4 million people are trafficked at any given time and their exploitation generates $32 billion in annual profits for criminals. The Global Slavery Index estimates nearly 30 million people worldwide are living in slave-like conditions.

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Blog del Narco: Knights Templar Leader Claims to Operate Under Code of Honor but Little Proof

Blog del Narco: Knights Templar Leader Claims to Operate Under Code of Honor but Little Proof

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One minute La Tuta speaks of the Knights Templar leading with dignity and respect then he gives a contradictory interview.  “If things go wrong with a person, I have to kill all the family” said “La Tuta” cynically to foreign journalist who asked him a series of questions in an interview.  Boasting of the impunity that he has enjoyed, the capo claims to be the ultimate benefactor to Michoacán. Claiming he is respectful and he and his “boys” respect a code of honor that clearly says Do Not KILL INNOCENT, this is far from the truth. When responding as “La Tuta” he said,”The family of the person with who is found guilty of a offense has to die. “ The interviewer goes on to call La Tuta a liar, a cowardly murderer, and a demented psychopath.

The Knights Templar have been known to massacre anyone who gets in the way of their drug trafficking. Although they profess to be concerned about harming innocent people, that is not their record.  The truth is that Tuta and his chiefs do not care who they kill, the gunmen are without dignity and many times are thought to be on drugs leaving them brainless.  The reporters wish to combat the Templar’s lies by reporting they are liars and that they kill and harm thousands of innocent people including women and children annually.

Residents continue to call on the Federal Government to aid them in ridding the area of the Knights Templar.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Students Unhappy about Proposed Budget Cuts at Universtiy of Puerto Rico

The student government at the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico has requested a meeting with the island’s government about a possible budget cut at UPR.

The request for talks with Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla is to find out first hand whether the administation plans to cut up to $150 million from the next budget for Puerto Rico’s largest institution of higher education, student government president Christian Arvelo told Efe Monday.

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Urges President to Halt Deportations

The Obama administration should change its deportation policy to protect undocumented immigrants who have family members who are U.S. citizens, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says.

“We should look at people who have been here for more than 10 years, who do not have a serious criminal record and who have family members who are United States citizens,” Castro, one of the Democratic Party’s highest-profile Latinos, said in an interview with EFE.

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TuesdayApril 15, 2014