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TuesdayMay 13, 2014

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Obama Says Time Running Out to Pass Immigration Reform

Time is running out to pass immigration reform before the approach of the mid-term elections effectively precludes congressional action, President Barack Obama said Tuesday during a meeting with leaders of law enforcement.

The president wants to give another push to the immigration debate and once again called on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to bring to a vote something compatible with the bipartisan bill that was approved by the Senate a year ago.

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Bolivian Mob Lynches Alleged Killer, Burning Him Alive

An enraged mob tortured and then burned alive a man accused of having committed a murder in a peasant community in western Bolivia, police reported Monday.

Lenard Olivera Cerruto, 35, died around midnight Sunday in the town of San Antonio, near Caranavi in La Paz province.

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Number of Foreign Visitors to Mexico Up by 10 Percent from Last Year

Mexico welcomed 3.7 million foreign tourists in the first quarter, a figure that was up 10.1 percent from the same period in 2013, the Tourism Secretariat said.

Some 3.4 million foreign visitors arrived in Mexico during the January-March 2013 period, the secretariat said, citing National Migration Institute, or INM, figures.

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Mayor-Elect in Ecuador Gunned Down

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa condemned the murder of the mayor-elect of the coastal city of Muisne and asked his compatriots to prevent violence from taking over the country.

“We won’t allow violence to take over. Most of us are good,” Correa wrote Monday on Twitter.

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Narco Training Camp for Knights Templar Found in Sierra Madre Mountains

Police found a camp apparently used by the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel to train gunmen in western Mexico, security officials said.

The “narcocamp” was discovered in a remote area in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains of Michoacan state near El Pitayo, a town outside the city of Tumbiscatio, a Michoacan Public Safety Secretariat spokesman told Efe.

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Colombian Teachers Announce Strike

The Fecode union representing Colombia’s public school teachers announced plans for a strike after failing to reach an agreement with the government on pay, healthcare and teacher evaluation.

The decision was taken because of the “stubborn refusal of the government of President Juan Manuel Santos to give a response that satisfies the demands and expectations of the teachers’ union,” Fecode said in a communique.

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Mexico’s President Set to Visit Spain Next Month

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to visit Spain June 9-10 in an effort to bolster political dialogue at the highest levels, trade and investment, Mexican diplomats told Efe Tuesday.

Foreign Relations Secretariat officials traveling with Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, who wrapped up a two-day visit to Portugal on Tuesday, confirmed the dates for Peña Nieto’s visit to Madrid.

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California’s Undocumented Use Fewer Health Services Than U.S.-Born Residents

Contrary to the drumbeat of criticism leveled against undocumented Americans that they are a drain on the economy for overusing hospital emergency rooms, a new study released this week found that their rate of emergency room utilization is half that of U.S. citizens.

“Most people who go to the emergency room have insurance and are not worried about providing documents,” noted the study’s lead author, Nadereh Pourat, director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “The undocumented who end up in the emergency room have often delayed getting any care until they are critically sick.”

Researchers also found that undocumented immigrants’ average number of doctor visits was lower: 2.3 for children and 1.7 for adults, compared with 2.8 visits for U.S.-born children and 3.2 for adults.

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Mexican Billionaire and Cemex CEO Lorenzo Zambrano Dies at 70

Cemex chairman and CEO Lorenzo H. Zambrano died in Madrid, the company said. He was 70.

“The operations and management of the group will continue normally” following Zambrano’s death on Monday, the company said in a filing with Mexican securities regulators.

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Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Co-Leader Killed in Gunfight with Police

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Co-Leader Killed in Gunfight with Police

Photo: Galdino Mellado Cruz, alias "Z-9"

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A founder of the ultraviolent Los Zetas drug cartel was killed in a gunfight with security forces in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican government said Monday.

Galdino Mellado Cruz, alias “Z-9,” was cornered last Friday at a residence in the border city of Reynosa, the head of Mexico’s National Security Commission, Monte Alejandro Rubido, told a press conference.

Mellado, reinforced by gunmen who arrived at the home in several SUVs, resisted the federal forces, leading to a battle that left him and four of his associates dead, along with one soldier.

Forensic investigators identified Mellado’s body at the scene based on fingerprints and physical features, Rubido said.

The 41-year-old Mellado, according to Rubido, was the “second-in-command of a criminal group” operating in the area of Reynosa, which sits just across the border from McAllen, Texas.

The initial raid in Reynosa led to the arrest on Saturday of four other members of the same criminal organization and the seizure of assault rifles, grenades and 500 rounds of ammunition, Rubido said.

Two of the three top Zetas bosses have been taken out of commission since the summer of 2012.

Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias “Z40,” was captured last July, less than a year after Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano died in a shootout with Mexican troops.

Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with several other former members of an elite, U.S.-trained special operations unit.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account in early 2010 and now control several lucrative territories.

Tamaulipas has been terrorized in recent years by a brutal battle for supremacy between the Gulf outfit and the Zetas.

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TuesdayMay 13, 2014