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WednesdayApril 30, 2014

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Shoot Out Near Border City of Reynosa Leaves 14 Dead in Mexico

Two federal cops were among 14 people killed in two separate clashes between Mexican security forces and armed assailants in the northern border city of Reynosa, authorities in Tamaulipas state said.

Ten gunmen and two innocent bystanders also died, according to the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, a federal-state joint task force.

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Gael Garcia Bernal’s “The Ardor” to be Screened at Cannes Film Festival

Argentine director Pablo Fendrik’s latest film “The Ardor,” which stars Mexico’s Gael Garcia Bernal and Brazil’s Alice Braga, will be screened out of competition during next month’s Cannes Film Festival, the event’s organizers announced Wednesday.

Garcia Bernal had earlier been announced as a member of the Palme d’Or jury that will be headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion and also is made up of Carole Bouquet, Willem Dafoe, Sofia Coppola, Jia Zhangke, Nicolas Winding Refn, Leila Hatami and Jeon Do-yeon.

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Former President of El Salvador Charged with Corruption and Embezzlement

Former President Francisco Flores has been formally charged with embezzlement and other corruption-related offenses, El Salvador’s attorney general said Wednesday.

The accusation includes a request that the court order the arrest of Flores, who governed El Salvador from 1999-2004 and whose whereabouts have been unknown since January, Luis Martinez said in an interview with Telecorporacion SalvadoreƱa.

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40% Decline in Student Population in Puerto Rico Results in 100 School Closings

40% Decline in Student Population in Puerto Rico Results in 100 School Closings

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The cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico will close about 100 public schools in response to the 40 percent decline in its the student population over the past three decades.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla in his budget message for the coming fiscal year announced a reorganization plan for the education sector with which he expects to save more than $90 million.

He justified the measure by emphasizing the need to adjust to the island’s new demographic reality, given that over the past few decades its student population has been declining both due to aging and the exodus of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland in search of better opportunities.

Puerto Rico at the end of the 1980s had a student population of 716,000 in its public schools, but that number currently stands at 430,000, according to figures provided by the Teachers Association.

The association’s president, Aida Diaz, told Efe that it is not forecasting that the school closures will mean that any teachers will have to be laid off.

The closing of the schools is also being undertaken due to the physical deterioration that some of them have experienced, and authorities want to concentrate the students in the schools that are better equipped and in better repair, she said.

In addition, the governor announced in his budgetary message that school transportation services will now be managed by the municipalities.

To determine which schools will be closed, the reorganization process will take into consideration the declining student population, the condition of infrastructure and the nearness of other schools, among other factors.

Puerto Rico currently pays private bus companies some $185 million a year to transport students, a level of spending that Education Secretary Roman Melendez says is out of proportion to the services provided.

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Russian Foreign Minister in Cuba then Nicaragua, Peru and Chile

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Russian Foreign Minister in Cuba then Nicaragua, Peru and Chile

Russian Foreign Minister in Cuba then Nicaragua, Peru and Chile

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Cuban President Raul Castro and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Tuesday in Havana to review bilateral relations, Cuba’s official media said.

The two men “noted with satisfaction the excellent state of their bilateral relations, in constant development and with a promising future,” state news agency AIN said.

The Cuban president and the Russian foreign minister also exchanged opinions on current international affairs.

The meeting took place after Lavrov had official talks Tuesday with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez as part of a tour of Latin America, with Cuba as its first stop.

The tour will also take him to Nicaragua, Peru and Chile.

Speaking at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Lavrov spoke of the “brotherhood” existing between Havana and Moscow, and expressed gratitude for the island’s understanding and “stout” support of Russia with regard to the crisis in Ukraine.

Besides the meetings with Cuban dignitaries, his agenda in Havana also includes a review of the bilateral cooperation accords in such areas as energy, pharmacy, transportation and infrastructure.

Lavrov’s last visit to Cuba was in February 2010.

Russia has often repeated that Cuba is a traditional and “strategic” partner in Latin America, and in recent years has consistently boosted its investments in key sectors of the island’s economy while at the same time increasing top level political contacts.

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DREAMers in Virginia Eligible for In-State Tuition

DREAMers in Virginia Eligible for In-State Tuition

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Immigrant students included in the Childhood Arrivals program and who graduated from Virginia high schools are eligible for in-state tuition at public institutions of higher education, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday.

Mark Herring announced the policy change during an event at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The auditorium exploded with applause after Herring announced the measure, since the capacity audience was full of undocumented youths.

President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 to help the undocumented young people that the long-stalled DREAM Act was intended to benefit.

“These ‘DREAMers’ are already Virginians in some very important ways. In most cases they were raised here, they graduated from Virginia schools, and they have known no home but Virginia,” Herring said.

Nineteen states have moved in the same direction, whether via legislation or adminstrative orders, the Virginia attorney general noted.

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Teen Sisters Killed in Guatemala in Gang Warfare

Two teenaged sisters were found dead Tuesday by neighbors in a northern Guatemalan community and their family believes they were victims of gangs operating in the area.

The bodies of Yakeline, 15, and Karen, 13, were found on a plot of land in the Buena Vista III sector of the San Pedro Ayampuc municipality, 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of Guatemala City.

The sisters had several bullet wounds in different parts of their bodies, paramedics said.

The victims’ mother, who preferred to remain anonymous, said on radio station Sonora Es La Noticia that her daughters left home Tuesday morning to go to school.

She acknowledged that her daughters were acquainted with members of the Mara Salvatrucha and Mara 18 street gangs and for that reason believes they killed the girls.

“One of the gangs thought they were giving information to the other, but I know that’s not true,” said the sorrowing mother, without saying which gang was responsible for the double murder.

On April 3 two other sisters were shot by Salvatrucha members, Karla Daniela and Nancy Paola Oscal Perez, ages 17 and 14, as they were on their way to school downtown in the capital.

Karla died hours after the attack, while her sister passed away last Friday.

The three alleged perpetrators of those crimes were caught by security forces last Sunday.

Guatemala, a nation of roughly 14 million people, suffered 6,072 homicides in 2013, or an average of 16 murders a day.

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Protesting Continue in Brazil’s Shantytowns, Buses Burned

One person was hit by a bullet and nine buses were burned in a second night of protests by residents of slums here in Brazil’s second-largest city, authorities said Tuesday.

Carlos Alberto de Souza Marcolino, 20, was taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital with a bullet wound in the chest following a shootout involving police.

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Real Madrid Makes it to Champions Final With First Munich Win

Real Madrid Makes it to Champions Final With First Munich Win

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Real Madrid routed Bayern Munich 4-0 here Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal, moving one step closer to a 10th title in Europe’s elite club competition.

Winning 5-0 on aggregate, the Blancos will have to wait for the outcome of Wednesday’s contest between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea to find out who they will face in next month’s final.

The embarrassing defeat at Munich’s Allianz Arena put an end to Bayern’s hopes of becoming the first club to win back-to-back Champions League crowns.

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals apiece to inflict a career-worst defeat on Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who was Real Madrid’s nemesis during his tenure at FC Barcelona.

Tuesday also marked the first time Real Madrid has won in Munich.

The Blancos’ 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Madrid weighed heavily on Bayern in the opening minutes, as the home town fans were impatient for a goal.

Bayern’s strikers tried to oblige, but found themselves banging their heads against the visitors’ defensive wall.

Ramos’ first goal came in the 15th minute off Gareth Bale’s corner kick and his second put the Blancos ahead 2-0 on the night just five minutes later.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer started to unravel and a poor clearance set up Ronaldo’s goal in the 34th minute.

The Portuguese international entered Tuesday’s match with 14 Champions League goals in 2013-2014, already a record for a single tourney.

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WednesdayApril 30, 2014