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MondayApril 21, 2014

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Amazon River Tour Boat Sinks, Leaving 2 Dead and 3 Missing

Patrol boats belonging to the navies of Peru and Colombia on Monday are seeking three people who have been missing for nearly two days since a tourist boat sank on a stretch of the Amazon River that runs through the Peruvian region of Loreto, authorities said.

Seventeen-year-old Carol Milagros Majipo Perez and an as-yet-unidentified woman died when the boat carrying 20 people hit a submerged tree trunk and foundered. Some of the missing passengers are said to be minors.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Ashes Brought to Palace of Fine Arts as Mexico Says Good-Bye

The ashes of Colombia’s Gabriel Garcia Marquez were brought on Monday to this capital’s Palace of Fine Arts, where hundreds were waiting to pay their respects to the Nobel prize-winning writer who called Mexico home for the last three decades of his life.

The remains were delivered to the palace by the author’s widow, Mercedes Barcha, sons Gonzalo and Rodrigo, and the chairman of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts, Rafael Tovar.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING: Argentine Authorities Bust Designer Drug Ring

Argentine security forces busted a band that sold designer drugs in Buenos Aires in an operation in which they seized 50,000 Ecstasy tablets and $500,000 in cash, Argentina’s security secretary said Monday.

Eight people were arrested on Sunday during several raids in which law enforcement authorities also seized two machines used to manufacture the pills, luxury vehicles and gold ingots, Sergio Berni told a press conference.

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Mexican Authorities Rescue 60 Kidnapped Migrants Near U.S.-Mexico Border

Army troops rescued 60 migrants who were being held captive by a gang in Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, a city in the northeastern Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, officials said.

A member of the criminal organization, identified as Manuel Abelardo Figueroa, and two suspected accomplices were arrested in the operation, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said.

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California Families Seek Help Against Deportations

A California immigrant rights group said Monday that deportations have led to a significant increase in the number of families turning up at its offices lately looking for help.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, received appeals from “desperate community advocates and families desperately seeking solutions to indefensible, cruel, and unjust immigration actions by the Obama Administration and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” the organization’s political director said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Sends out Recruiting Fliers in Mexico City

Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Sends out Recruiting Fliers in Mexico City

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” We will pay you in dollars! Stop living in the old neighborhood and hop on the Metro! Choose your car or truck ! Interested?  We’ll tell you how. ” This is the message written in the Cartels recruiting propaganda, which was released Monday by the newspaper Reforma.

The headline read:  “Important Notice, The Gulf Cartel Has a Job for You!”  . According to the newspaper, the fliers are distributed at night and the Attorney General of the Federal District is in the process of investigating its source.

At the end of the message the following message is written: “Join us- if you were once part of the Union, you are welcome!”

In July 2013, the Attorney General of the Federal District issued an arrest warrant for Ricardo López Castillo ” The Moco “, the criminal group La Union and one of the major drug dealers in Tepito, who was related to the disappearance and murder of 12 young of Heaven bar in the Zona Rosa.
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REPORT:  15,000 Left Homeless from Valparaiso Chile Fire

As many as 15,000 people have been left homeless by the fire that burned for more than a week in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, killing 15 and destroying some 3,000 homes, the official coordinating the response to the disaster said Monday.

“We’re talking about from 12,000 to 15,000 people made homeless,” Andres Silva said in an interview on Radio Cooperativa, adding that by Wednesday there ought to be a more detailed registration of the impact on the hills of the Pacific coast city, where housing suffered the worst damage in Valparaiso’s history.

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Atletico Madrid Gets Ready for First Leg of Champions League

The Uruguayan who leads the stingiest defense in La Liga exuded a winning mentality Monday as he and his Atletico Madrid teammates geared up for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Chelsea.

“You have to win,” Diego Godin said in an interview with Agencia EFE. “To win, to win however you can and, if they don’t score goals against you, even better.”

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It’s Official- Good Friday to be Cuban Holiday Beginning Next Year

It’s Official- Good Friday to be Cuban Holiday Beginning Next Year

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After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.

Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18.

However, it said those who work in services such as sugar cane harvesting, shipping and receiving, transportation, health care, tourism and other services, would not be granted the holiday.

After Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, religious holidays and practices were outlawed.

Religious processions and Christmas were reinstated after John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998.

The Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops announced on their website that this past week they broadcasted a passion play on Wednesday evening from the Cathedral of Havana.

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MondayApril 21, 2014