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WednesdayMay 14, 2014

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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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HRW: Thousands of Children Work in U.S. Tobacco Fields

HRW: Thousands of Children Work in U.S. Tobacco Fields

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Thousands of children, most of them the offspring of Hispanic immigrants, are working up to 60 hours per week in the tobacco fields in the southern United States where they are exposed to nicotine and pesticides, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

“We work almost all year,” Celia, who began working on tobacco farms in North Carolina when she was only 12, told Efe.

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Brazilian Experts Forecast Gradual Economic Recovery

Brazilian Experts Forecast Gradual Economic Recovery

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Brazil’s finance minister said Wednesday the global economy has begun to recover and that will give the South American country a boost and enable it to continue to grow at a modest clip.

Nevertheless, Guido Mantega said he foresees a “painful transition” for the world economy following “capitalism’s biggest crisis in years.”

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Blog del Narco: MX Feds to Increase Security Forces on Drug Route into US

Blog del Narco: MX Feds to Increase Security Forces on Drug Route into US

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The federal government is deploying more security forces units in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and will “completely” purge the state’s law enforcement agencies in an effort to stop a spike in drug-related violence, Mexican Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

Osorio Chong announced the expanded deployment Tuesday in the border city of Reynosa, unveiling a “new phase” of the federal security strategy for Tamaulipas aimed at restoring to residents “the peace and safety they deserve.”

The surge in drug-related violence in the border state is due “to a large extent to the unraveling of criminal organizations as a result of the Mexican state’s actions,” Osorio Chong said.

Operations launched by federal and state security forces have led to a “weakening” of the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas, the two largest drug cartels operating in Tamaulipas, Osorio Chong said.

The progress made against these criminal organizations, however, “has not been sufficient,” the official said.

The security strategy will now focus on three areas, with the first being the “dismantling of the composition and operations of the criminal organizations,” Osorio Chong said.

The security forces will also focus on sealing off the routes used to smuggle people, drugs, firearms and cash, and on ensuring that local law enforcement agencies are efficient and trustworthy, Osorio Chong said.

The Attorney General’s Office will establish regional offices across the state “to deal with and investigate crimes more effectively,” the official said.

Patrols will be stepped up at ports, airports, customs posts, border crossings and highways, with inspections of prisons and nightspots where criminal activities occur being expanded, Osorio Chong said.

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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Homeless Man Set on Fire, Killed in Bogota

Homeless Man Set on Fire, Killed in Bogota

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A homeless man was killed in Bogota by unknown attackers who doused him with gasoline while he was sleeping and then set him on fire, Colombian authorities said Wednesday.

The attack occurred on May 2 and the victim, identified as Marco Tulio Sevillano, died a few days later in a hospital as a result of the serious burns he suffered.

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Google Fiber Initiative Coming to San Juan

Google Fiber Initiative Coming to San Juan

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Puerto Rico plans to invest $17 million starting in July to create an ultrafast fiber-optic network to deliver Internet service in San Juan.

The project, which is similar to the Google Fiber initiative, is aimed at attracting creative enterprises and tech firms from the island and outside to revitalize the capital.

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Former Honduran President Wounded in Shooting

Former Honduran President Wounded in Shooting

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Honduran former President Mel Zelaya, now a lawmaker and leader of the main opposition Libre party, on Tuesday denounced a shooting attack that left a Tegucigalpa city councilman wounded.

“We are deeply dismayed by what our country is experiencing,” said Zelaya upon repudiating the attack on Rafael Barahona, who was shot in the left arm by unknown attackers as he was driving home on Monday night.

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Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts

Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts

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News stories and NGO reports continue to document the plight of “unaccompanied children,” and their complex legal issues were brought to the attention of Congress when Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee last month that the Department of Justice needs to do more to address the problem of unaccompanied children in immigration courts.

Most unaccompanied children are undocumented youth who make the treacherous journey to the United States without their families. They are frequently fleeing violence in their countries or homes. These kids often end up in immigration court, where a government attorney will argue that they should be deported, even though some of the children do not have attorneys of their own to argue their cases.

And just as children are ill-equipped to undertake the journey to the United States on their own, they similarly are not able to navigate the complexities of the immigration court process without assistance.

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Dilma Rousseff Guarantees Right to “Peaceful Protest” During World Cup

Dilma Rousseff Guarantees Right to “Peaceful Protest” During World Cup

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President Dilma Rousseff repeated Tuesday that Brazil is “a democratic country” and that its government guarantees the right to “peaceful protest” during the World Cup soccer competition, which begins June 12.

“If people want to protest, they can perfectly well do so, but democracy does not signify vandalism nor harming the rest of the population,” Rousseff said during a visit to the construction site of the Sao Francisco River diversion.

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Experts Believe They’ve Discovered Santa Maria From Columbus’ Maiden Voyage

Experts Believe They’ve Discovered Santa Maria From Columbus’ Maiden Voyage

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U.S. experts believe they have found Christopher Columbus’ vessel Santa Maria on the ocean floor near Haiti in what could be one of the most important underwater finds ever made, British newspaper The Independent reported.

A team headed by underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford believes that the remains of the approximately 19-meter-long (62 feet) vessel are lying north of the coast of Haiti in 10 to 15 feet of water, a conclusion reached after analyzing photographs taken during a previous research project more than 10 years ago, along with other photos from a more recent reconnaissance expedition.

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Police Arrest Suspect in Warlord’s 2004 Killing in Colombia

Police Arrest Suspect in Warlord’s 2004 Killing in Colombia

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Colombian police on Monday captured the suspected shooter in the 2004 slaying of Carlos Castaño, founder of the now-defunct AUC federation of rightist militias.

The arrest of Manuel Salvador Ospina Cifuentes was made in Medellin, capital of the northwestern province of Antioquia, and he is now scheduled to be transported to Bogota, the head of the national police’s Criminal Investigation division told reporters.

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WednesdayMay 14, 2014