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ThursdayMay 22, 2014

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Spain Named No. 2 Destination in World for Shopping Tourism

Spain Named No. 2 Destination in World for Shopping Tourism

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Spain in 2012 was, after France, the country where foreign tourists spent the most money and it is continuing to consolidate its image as a shopping destination, above all among tourists from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

This is one of the conclusions of a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization released on Wednesday based on figures compiled by the Global Blue consulting firm that indicate tourists in 2012 spent about $1 billion on purchases in Spain, of which 48 percent was concentrated in Barcelona and 31 percent in Madrid.

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Blog del Narco: 35 People Rescued after Being Kidnapped and Ransomed for Months

Blog del Narco: 35 People Rescued after Being Kidnapped and Ransomed for Months

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Five people were arrested in an operation to free 35 captives in the southern state of Guerrero, a Mexican federal official said.

The rescue was carried out May 13 near the village of Huasquial, anti-kidnapping task force coordinator Renato Sales said.

Marines, Guerrero state police and agents from the federal Attorney General’s Office found 24 men and 11 women with their hands bound, he said.

The four men and a woman guarding the captives were taken into custody.

Sales said the suspects confessed to being part of a criminal outfit active in the Tierra Caliente region, which straddles the states of Guerrero, Michoacan and Mexico.

The captives, including a pregnant woman and a minor, were taken to a secure location where they received food, medical attention and psychological counseling, he said, adding that a number of them were suffering from malnutrition, anemia and untreated injuries.

Several had been in captivity for as long as six months, according to sources in the AG’s office, who said the gang continued to hold some captives even after their families paid ransoms.

Arrest warrants have been issued for four other suspects, the sources said.

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Secretary of State John Kerry Travels to Mexico

Secretary of State John Kerry Travels to Mexico

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday kicked off his first visit to Mexico, where he presided over the launch of a bilateral higher-education, research and innovation forum aimed at boosting North American competitiveness.

Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade also was on hand for the launch of the event, which is aimed at increasing student mobility, consolidating links among researchers and developing joint research and innovation projects.

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Authorities Discover 9 Bodies in Clandestine Graves in Mexico

At least nine bodies have been found in four clandestine graves in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, officials told Efe Wednesday.

A spokesperson from the state Attorney General’s Office said the bodies’ advanced state of decomposition indicates these victims died “at least a year ago.”

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Mass Deportations are Alienating Young Latino Voters from the Democratic Party

The United States government has been deporting large numbers of undocumented migrants as of late, and the majority of them are Latino. In addition to negatively affecting the individuals removed from the country, this policy also affects many people who remain, such as US-citizen family members. Drawing on a study of U.S.-born Latinos who are the children of immigrants, Michael Jones-Correa, Alex Street and Chris Zepeda-Millán find that when young Latino citizens become aware of the Obama administration’s deportation policies, they view the Democratic Party as significantly less welcoming. Given that partisan attachments formed by young adulthood tend to persist through voters’ lives, this suggests that current deportation policies have the potential to alienate Latino voters from the Democratic Party for decades.

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Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Denounces Blockade on New Online Publication

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Denounces Blockade on New Online Publication

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez on Wednesday said on Twitter that the island’s communist government locally blocked her new online publication 14ymedio by redirecting viewers to another Web page.

“We’ve been born and we’re already having our first ‘attack’ on digital networks from #Cuba on the URL http://14ymedio.com redirected to another site,” Sanchez said.

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Joint Mexico-U.S. Animated Film “El Americano” Coming to Theaters in 2015

Joint Mexico-U.S. Animated Film “El Americano” Coming to Theaters in 2015

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“El Americano 3D,” billed as the first major U.S.-Mexican animated co-production, will be released in the first quarter of 2015, Variety magazine reported.

Lisa Kudrow, known for her work on the hugely popular TV series “Friends,” heads an ensemble voice cast that also includes teenage actor Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), Cheech Marin (“Spy Kids”), Kate del Castillo (“La reina del sur”), Erik Estrada (“CHiPS”), and Mexican-American actor and director Edward James Olmos, who is also a co-producer.

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Police Bust “Narco-Pizzeria” in Argentina

Argentine police on Wednesday busted a band of drug traffickers who sold marijuana and cocaine at a “narco-pizzeria,” hiding the illegal merchandise in the food and alerting their drug customers to that fact by using the name of actress Dolores Fonzi, authorities said.

The band ran a shop in Lanus, on the outskirts of the capital, where police found 83 grams of cocaine, 83 grams of marijuana, a revolver, a shotgun, photos of the actress and 2,500 pesos ($310) in cash.

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Spain Honors “Mafalda” Creator with Communications Prize

Spain Honors “Mafalda” Creator with Communications Prize

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Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, known by his pen name Quino and for his comic strip “Mafalda,” has been named as this year’s recipient of Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

“Quino’s work holds enormous educational value and has been translated into many languages, a fact that reveals its universality. His characters transcend all geographical settings, ages and social conditions,” according to the minutes of the jury.

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ThursdayMay 22, 2014