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ThursdayMay 15, 2014

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Televisa Bringing Vargas Llosa’s “La Fiesta del Chivo” to TV

Televisa Bringing Vargas Llosa’s “La Fiesta del Chivo” to TV

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Mexican media giant Televisa announced the start of shooting on a television series inspired by Mario Vargas Llosa’s “La Fiesta del Chivo,” a novel about Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1891-1961).

The international cast is led by Mexico’s Julio Bracho as Trujillo and also features “El Mariachi” star Ivan Arana along with Colombia’s Eileen Moreno and Diana Hoyos.

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Former Owner of Mexicana de Aviacion Asked for Asylum in the U.S.

Former Owner of Mexicana de Aviacion Asked for Asylum in the U.S.

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Gaston Azcarraga Andrade, the fugitive former president and owner of Mexicana de Aviacion airline, which was declared bankrupt in April, asked for asylum in the United States after his visa expired, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office reported Wednesday.

“We learned through U.S. authorities that his tourist visa was expired. As a result, I understand that what (Azcarraga) requested ... was asylum,” said Mariana Benitez, the assistant prosecutor for international matters in the AG’s Office.

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Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez to Launch Digital Newspaper Next Week

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez to Launch Digital Newspaper Next Week

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Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez said Wednesday that on May 21 she will launch her new independent digital newspaper, 14ymedio, with which she wants “to tell about Cuba from inside Cuba.”

“14ymedio is being born with nothing to hide. The information with regard to its editorial line, ethical commitments and finances, will be able to be read on the Web page that will be operating starting next May 21,” she announced on her blog Generacion Y.

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Blog del Narco: 9 Cartel Members Killed in Veracruz Shootout

Blog del Narco: 9 Cartel Members Killed in Veracruz Shootout

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Nine suspected criminals died in shootouts with the security forces in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, officials said Thursday.

State police, army troops and marines launched an operation in Banderilla, a city about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Mexico City, to capture a gang of suspected kidnappers, state and VI Military Region officials said.

The criminals opened fire on security forces members, setting off a series of shootouts in Banderilla, located outside Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz.

The shootouts started at 1:00 a.m. and lasted 45 minutes, leaving nine people, including two women, dead, officials said.

Police, soldiers and marines rescued a person being held captive by the gang.

Security forces members seized two vehicles and firearms in the operation.

Veracruz has been plagued by a turf war between rival drug cartels that has sent the murder rate skyrocketing in the past few years.

The Gulf, Los Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels, as well as breakaway members of the once-powerful Familia Michoacana organization, are fueling the violence in the state.

Veracruz, Mexico’s third most populous state, is coveted as a key drug-trafficking corridor to the United States, officials say.

The port city of Veracruz will be the site of the 24th Ibero-American Summit of heads of state and government and will host the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games later this year.

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El Salvador’s President-Elect Says U.S. Anti-Drug Outpost to Remain

El Salvador’s President-Elect Says U.S. Anti-Drug Outpost to Remain

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The former leftist guerrilla set to become El Salvador’s president on June 1 said Wednesday that he told Washington that his government will maintain the U.S. counternarcotics monitoring post in the Central American nation.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren said he communicated his decision at the meeting he held Monday in the U.S. capital with the State Department’s top official for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, and the assistant secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield.

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Portugal Investigating Brazil Coach for Tax-Fraud

Portugal Investigating Brazil Coach for Tax-Fraud

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The head coach of Brazil’s national soccer team, Luiz Felipe Scolari, is under investigation in Portugal for “alleged fiscal infractions,” the Iberian nation’s Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

The ongoing investigation will look into potential tax fraud from 2003 to 2008, a spokesman for the AG’s office said. That period coincides with the five years that the Brazilian manager served as coach of Portugal’s national squad.

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American Explorer Hopes Spain, Haiti Will Cooperate on Santa Maria

American Explorer Hopes Spain, Haiti Will Cooperate on Santa Maria

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The U.S. marine explorer who thinks he’s found the wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ flagship off the coast of Haiti said Wednesday he was confident that there would be cooperation between the Spanish and Haitian governments in excavating the remains of the sunken vessel that he says is the Santa Maria.

“I think it’s extremely important that there be cooperation between the two countries,” Barry Clifford said after a press conference in New York in which he formally announced the find he believes is the Santa Maria.

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Antonio Banderas May be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic

Antonio Banderas May be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic

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Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff.

Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish language film, titled “Call Me Francesco,” with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has made some of Italy’s highest-grossing movies.

Valsecchi’s Rome-based production house, Taodue Film, confirmed the news Wednesday , and a spokeswoman said the company was looking to shoot the film in various locations, including Argentina and Italy.

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Teachers Strike Affects 9 Million Colombian Students

Teachers Strike Affects 9 Million Colombian Students

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Roughly 9 million Colombian public school students could not attend classes on Wednesday due to a teachers strike.

“Today ... the teachers on the national level are on strike,” said the leader of the Fecode union, Luis Grubert, at a press conference in Bogota.

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Bolivia Increases Natgas Exports to Argentina

Bolivia began increasing its natural gas shipments to Argentina this month ahead of the Southern Hemisphere winter and has the capacity to meet potential demand of 19 million cubic meters (670 million cubic feet) per day, state-owned energy firm YPFB said.

Bolivia had been exporting an average of 15.5 million cmd of natural gas to Argentina through the end of last month, while that volume now stands at 17 million cmd.

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ThursdayMay 15, 2014