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SaturdayMay 10, 2014

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Evo Morales Says Cuba to Develop Pharmaceutical Plant in Bolivia

Evo Morales Says Cuba to Develop Pharmaceutical Plant in Bolivia

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Bolivian President Evo Morales said Friday that he and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to set up a pharmaceutical plant in the Andean nation.

“We cannot go on importing medications, we cannot remain subjugated to the international monopolies that industrialize medicines,” Bolivia’s head of state said during a public event in the central province of Cochabamba.

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Cuban Refugee Launches Hunger Strike After Denied Entry to Costa Rica

Cuban Refugee Launches Hunger Strike After Denied Entry to Costa Rica

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A Cuban man who has spent the last two weeks stuck inside San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport after Costa Rican immigration authorities denied him entry said Friday that he is on his fourth day on a hunger strike.

Yorvanky Perez de Piña, a resident of Costa Rica since early 2012, was barred from entering the Central American nation on his return from visiting his ailing mother in Havana.

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Mexican Politician Released By His Kidnappers

Mexican Politician Released By His Kidnappers

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A state legislator kidnapped earlier this week in southern Mexico was released by his captors, authorities said Friday.

Olaguer Hernandez Flores, a member of the Guerrero state assembly, was abducted around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday from a casino in Chilpancingo, the state capital.

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Teachers on Strike Optimistic About New Costa Rican President

Teachers on Strike Optimistic About New Costa Rican President

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Hundreds of striking teachers gathered Friday at Costa Rica’s presidential palace, where they were received by Education Minister Sonia Marta Mora as new head of state Luis Guillermo Solis sought to set a different tone.

Teachers have hopes they will fare better with the new government and that the delays in being paid their salaries, which sparked the strike, will be resolved, the head of the ANDE union, Gilberto Cascante, told Efe.

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Polls Shows Challenger Gaining Ground in Brazil Presidential Race

Polls Shows Challenger Gaining Ground in Brazil Presidential Race

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Support for President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil’s Oct. 5 elections dropped a percentage point to 37 percent, while voter preference for leading challenger Aecio Neves jumped from 16 percent to 20 percent, according to results of a survey published Friday.

The poll was taken by the Datafolha Institute and confirms the trend reflected in other surveys released over the past month, according to which voter preference for Rousseff has waned slowly but consistently, just as support for Neves has grown.

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U.N. Criticizes Venezuela’s Excessive Use of Force Against Protesters

U.N. Criticizes Venezuela’s Excessive Use of Force Against Protesters

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The United Nations criticized Friday the excessive use of force by the Venezuelan government to break up peaceful protests in Caracas.

“We unequivocally condemn all violence by all sides in Venezuela. We are particularly concerned at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, said.

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Spain to Interrogate 11 Rail Execs Over Deadly Train Accident

Spain to Interrogate 11 Rail Execs Over Deadly Train Accident

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Eleven former executives of the Adif state-owned railway administrator have been called to testify as suspects in the July 2013 high-speed train crash in northwestern Spain that killed 79 people and left 150 others injured, judicial sources told Efe Friday.

The investigating judge will question them to determine if additional safety measures were needed at the curve where the derailment occurred.

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NASA Celebrates Best-Ever Observation of Solar Flare

NASA Celebrates Best-Ever Observation of Solar Flare

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An intense flare that emerged from the sun’s right side on March 29 was monitored by four spacecraft and a ground-based observatory, NASA said.

The event was captured by NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, Solar Dynamics Observatory and Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager spacecraft, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hinode vehicle and the National Solar Observatory’s Dunn Solar Telescope in Sacramento Peak, New Mexico.

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Mexico Admits Growth Forecast Could be Adjusted

Mexico’s finance secretary disputed talk about a possible recession but said the government may adjust its 2014 growth forecast downward later this month.

“It would be openly incorrect to say that an economy that’s growing (and doing so) faster than last year is in recession,” Luis Videgaray told reporters after unveiling a new public accounts format.

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Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull Welcome J Balvin to U.S. Tour

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull Welcome J Balvin to U.S. Tour

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Colombia’s J Balvin has received the chance of a lifetime to travel with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on their next tour of the United States.

“I want to make history,” the 29-year-old singer-songwriter told Efe in an interview. “When I die I want people to say, ‘Wow! What a legacy he left us.’”

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Former Mexican State Governor to Face Embezzlement Charges

Former Mexican State Governor to Face Embezzlement Charges

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The former governor of the central Mexican state of Aguascalientes is to go on trial for embezzlement, the judiciary said.

State Judge Margarita Zavala concluded the evidence against Luis Armando Reynoso Femat is sufficient to proceed with a trial, court clerk Roberto Ornelas said at a public hearing.

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Americans Discover Predator that Lived 13 Million Years Ago in Bolivia

Americans Discover Predator that Lived 13 Million Years Ago in Bolivia

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A student at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and his mentor discovered a predator the size of a kitten that lived in Bolivia 13 million years ago, the institution said.

This is one of the smallest specimens ever found of the Sparassodonta order, an extinct group of carnivorous mammals that was one of the principal predator species in South America during the Cenozoic Era.

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Pemex to Begin Exporting Oil to Hawaii in July

Mexican state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos said it will export crude to the U.S. state of Hawaii for the first time and that the initial shipment will be delivered in July.

PMI Comercio Internacional, Pemex’s international trading arm, signed the agreement for the first shipment of light crude, which will be sent by tanker in the first week of July to one of Hawaii’s main refineries, the company said in a statement.

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5 Young Soccer Players Killed in Bus Accident in Spain

Five youth soccer players between the ages of 12 and 15 were killed when the bus they were riding in collided with a farm vehicle in western Spain.

Thirteen others, most of them minors, were injured and taken to two nearby hospitals but none are listed in serious condition, the regional government of Extremadura said.

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SaturdayMay 10, 2014