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MondayMay 19, 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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Military Delegation from China Visits Cuba

The chief of the general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is leading a delegation on an official visit to Cuba, state television here said.

Cuba’s top military officer, Gen. Alvaro Lopez Miera, on Sunday welcomed Gen. Fang Fenghui and the other visiting Chinese brass.

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Immigration Expected to be Decisive Issue in Close Congressional Races

A survey of voters who will decide this year’s most competitive congressional races found 71 percent support for immigration reform, online publication Politico said Monday.

The SocialSphere-designed poll was carried out in English and Spanish by Gfk among 867 likely voters during the period May 2-13 and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.1 percentage points.

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Brazil’s Economic Forecast for 2014 Revised Downward

Private sector analysts have revised their 2014 growth forecasts for Brazil’s economy downward to 1.62 percent from 1.69 percent last week, the Central Bank said Monday.

Analysts revised their 2014 inflation estimate upward to 6.43 percent from 6.39 percent, while the 2015 inflation forecast remains at 6 percent.

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Kate Castillo &La Reina del Sur Star Asks Families to Stay Away From Elephant-Abusing Circus

Kate Castillo &La Reina del Sur Star Asks Families to Stay Away From Elephant-Abusing Circus

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This morning, in advance of Ringling Bros.’ and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ first show in Mexico (on May 28), actor Kate del Castillo sent a letter on PETA’s behalf asking Arena Monterrey and Arena Ciudad de México not to host the cruel circus again. In her letter, del Castillo shares her PETA Latino video exposé of the circus, in which she requests, “If you’re thinking about going to a circus that uses animals, please reconsider,” and goes on to reveal how Ringling Bros. beats elephants in order to force them to perform.

“Most performers would love to sell out an arena, but elephants in the circus would surely trade in a packed audience for a life of freedom with their families,” del Castillo writes. “I hope to hear that you’ll do the right thing and decide never to host Ringling Bros. again.”

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Church Bus Catches Fire in Colombia, Killing 30 Mostly Children

Church Bus Catches Fire in Colombia, Killing 30 Mostly Children

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At least 30 people, most of them children, burned to death and another 14 were injured when a bus caught fire in the northern Colombian town of Fundacion, authorities said.

The police commander for Magdalena province, where the accident occurred, Col. Adan Leon, gave Noticias Caracol the preliminary casualty count while investigators were still examining the scene.

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Brazil Prison Uprising Ends, Inmates Release Family Hostages After Demands Met

Inmates at the maximum security prison in the city of Aracaju, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Sergipe, on Sunday released 125 relatives and four prison guards they had been holding hostage for the past 26 hours, authorities said.

Two of the guards had minor injuries but the rest of the hostages were unharmed after a lengthy negotiating session conducted by the police and members of the public entities responsible for the prison system and judiciary.

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Mexican Authorities Capture Beltran Leyva Cartel’s Top Boss

The Beltran Leyva drug cartel’s top boss in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero was captured by federal security forces, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

Leonor Nava Romero was wanted on murder, kidnapping and extortion charges, Rubido said.

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Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

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As a growing number of states and counties end or limit their cooperation with immigration detainers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he is taking a “fresh look” at Secure Communities, a program that started in 2008 that allows local law enforcement to share fingerprints of people booked in jails with federal immigration officials. In theory, Johnson told PBS News Hour that Secure Communities should be a way for local and state authorities to work with federal agents and identify undocumented immigrants who are convicted of crimes and thus considered priorities for removal. But “the program has become very controversial,” Johnson said in the interview. “And I told a group of sheriffs and chiefs that I met with a couple days ago that I thought we needed a fresh start.”

This week, counties in Washington state, California, and Pennsylvania became the most recent to limit when local law enforcement will honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. A federal court ruled in April that an Oregon county “violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause,” which spurred the detainer policy changes in several Oregon, Washington, and Colorado counties. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state joined in altering its policy, announcing that jail staff will not book any person “solely because of an ICE detainer, and must not delay the normally scheduled release of an inmate because of an ICE detainer,” under the new policy, according to the Bellingham Herald. Whatcom Sheriff Bill Elso said the county “does not and has not” booked people in the county jail because of a detainer request, but previously, they had delayed discharging inmates for up to six hours.

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Chicago’s 7th Annual Alcyone Festival Set to Feature Play by Mexico’s Sabina Berman

Chicago’s Halycon Theatre will feature the work of Sabina Berman, the award-winning Mexican playwright amongst others at its 7th Annual Alcyone Festival.

The Alcyone Festival celebrates female playwrights and to date has presented over 30 works by women.  This year’s festival runs from May 29 through June 22 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4541 N. Spaulding Ave. in Chicago, and will feature works around the theme of Inspirations. 

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NELSON BALIDO: Confusion Reigns in Border Security Debate

When we hear Congress call for securing our border, what exactly does that mean? What should it mean?

Cries from misinformed politicians for more security might poll well in some districts come election time, but the real issues about border security go beyond having more people on patrol or more surveillance equipment monitoring desolate areas. It’s about ensuring a process of reliable checks and balances is put in place.

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MondayMay 19, 2014