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ThursdayMay 8, 2014

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Man Accused of Cyber Spying on Colombian Government to Remain in Custody

Man Accused of Cyber Spying on Colombian Government to Remain in Custody

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A man arrested for conducting a clandestine cyber-espionage operation targeting the Colombian government’s negotiations with leftist guerrillas will remain in custody pending trial, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Andres Felipe Sepulveda was detained Tuesday when agents from the Attorney General’s Office raided two office buildings on Bogota’s north side in an operation to shut down the illegal spying.

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Blog del Narco: Ten Members of Elite Police Unit in Tamaulipas Arrested for Links to Cartel

Blog del Narco: Ten Members of Elite Police Unit in Tamaulipas Arrested for Links to Cartel

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Ten members of an elite police unit in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas were arrested on charges that they had links to a criminal organization and handed over to federal prosecutors, state officials said.

The state police officers are suspected of having ties to a gang that operates in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, the Tamaulipas Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement.

The officers were riding in patrol cars in an area outside their assigned sectors when they were arrested, the secretariat said.

“The initial questioning established that there are indications that the state police officers colluded with a criminal group, so it was decided to arrest them and turn them over to federal prosecutors to determine whether there is enough evidence to make a case,” the secretariat said.

The secretariat said last October that the special police units had been deployed in Tamaulipas’s 43 municipalities to “provide security and peace of mind to residents.”

The officers “passed a screening process to perform their jobs with strict compliance with human rights, but especially with a willingness to serve and protect society,” the secretariat said.

Federal security forces have expanded their presence in recent days in Tamaulipas, a border state that has experienced a spike in drug-related violence.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States for years.

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Spain Predicts Greater Job Creation As Economy Recovers

Spain Predicts Greater Job Creation As Economy Recovers

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Spain’s industry, energy and tourism minister said here Wednesday he expects the rate of job creation in his country to pick up as the economic recovery takes hold.

Even so, Jose Manuel Soria told reporters that unemployment - currently hovering at around 26 percent - remains “a very serious problem” that Spain is trying to solve while also striving to correct other imbalances.

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Families of Immigrants Beg Obama to Stop Deportations

Families of Immigrants Beg Obama to Stop Deportations

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Immigrant mothers on Wednesday visited Washington to deliver more than 1,000 postcards on which they are urging President Barack Obama to use his executive power to halt deportations.

Coinciding with the May 11 celebration of Mother’s Day, immigrant mothers traveled to Washington from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco to make their request.

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PEW Hispanic Reports Growing Number of Latinos Leaving Catholic Church

PEW Hispanic Reports Growing Number of Latinos Leaving Catholic Church

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The majority of Hispanics in the United States continue to practice Catholicism, but the numbers of Latinos describing themselves as Protestant or unaffiliated are rising, the Pew Research Center says in a study released Wednesday.

The proportion of Latinos who consider themselves to be Catholics fell 12 percentage points over the past four years, from 67 to 55 percent.

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Builders Call on Chile to Invest $58 Million in Infrastructure

Builders Call on Chile to Invest $58 Million in Infrastructure

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Chile needs to invest $58.12 million in infrastructure between 2014 and 2018 to maintain its current level of competitiveness, the Chilean Construction Chamber said Wednesday.

That figure appears in the “2014 Critical Infrastructure for Development Report,” which proposes that the government cover 54 percent of that total and the private sector the remaining 46 percent.

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Latino Catholic Group ims to Bring Faith to All Life’s Aspects

Latino Catholic Group ims to Bring Faith to All Life’s Aspects

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The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders’ national conference this August aims to achieve a “spiritual revolution” by helping Latino Catholics bring their faith into all aspects of life through serving their communities.

“Faith cannot be something independent or separated from our daily lives. It really has to be the prism through which we see everything,” Diana Richardson-Vela, president of CALL, told CNA.

“We’re truly looking for the participants to take this calling to heart. Their faith life should be their compass for everything, from their faith formation, their family life, and their work.”

The CALL conference will be held Aug. 14-17 at the St. Regis Houston Hotel. The event features speakers and interactive workshops, as well as opportunities to attend Mass, go to Confession, and participate in social events.

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Report Predicts 7.8 Million Hispanics Will Vote in November

Report Predicts 7.8 Million Hispanics Will Vote in November

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A total of 7.8 million Hispanics - coincidentally representing 7.8 percent of the electorate - will vote in the legislative elections in November, according to a new report from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.

Six months prior to the elections, the number of Latino voters will increase by 1.2 million, or 17.7 percent, compared with the 2010 mid-term elections, when 6.6 million Hispanics went to the polls, according to NALEO figures.

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Enrique Peña Nieto Says Mexico Plans to Invest $14 Billion in Tourism Industry

Enrique Peña Nieto Says Mexico Plans to Invest $14 Billion in Tourism Industry

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Mexico plans to invest 180 billion pesos ($13.8 billion) in tourism infrastructure to turn the country into a global power in the industry, President Enrique Peña Nieto said.

“Mexico has everything necessary to become a tourism power at the global level,” the president told industry leaders gathered at the 39th Tourism Fair in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

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Brazilian President Acknowledges Inflation Poses Problem

Brazilian President Acknowledges Inflation Poses Problem

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President Dilma Rousseff acknowledged that higher inflation means “not all is right” with Brazil’s economy, although she said consumer prices are “under control” and rejected opposition forecasts of a crisis in 2015, the media reported Wednesday.

“This story about how everything’s going to explode in 2015 is absurd. It’s ridiculous,” Rousseff said Tuesday night at a dinner with female journalists at the Alvorada palace, her official residence.

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