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FridayMay 23, 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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Guatemala Ex-Pres. Sentenced to 5 Years for Money Laundering in U.S.

Guatemala Ex-Pres. Sentenced to 5 Years for Money Laundering in U.S.

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Guatemalan former President Alfonso Portillo was sentenced here Thursday to five years and 10 months behind bars for money laundering, federal prosecutors said.

Portillo was extradited to New York in May 2013 from Guatemala to face charges of conspiring to launder money he obtained illegally during his 2000-2004 mandate.

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Vatican Spokesman: Letter Sent to Argentine President from Pope is Fake

Vatican Spokesman: Letter Sent to Argentine President from Pope is Fake

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An Argentine bishop who is a close associate of Pope Francis, said Thursday that the letter the pontiff allegedly sent recently to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, and the contents of which were made public on Thursday by the Buenos Aires government, is a fake.

“It was done with a great deal of malice,” said Monsignor Guillermo Karcher, the Vatican spokesman, to Argentine television channel C5N.

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Brazil Gov’t to Spend $216 Million on Conservation Efforts in Amazon

Brazil Gov’t to Spend $216 Million on Conservation Efforts in Amazon

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Brazil plans to spend 477 million reais (about $216 million) to bolster monitoring and conservation efforts in protected areas in the Amazon, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said.

The protected areas cover 60 million hectares (148.15 million acres) divided into 95 preserves, and 20 other areas still in the process of being created are also included in the project, the environment minister said.

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Dilma Rousseff Sees Support Rising in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff Sees Support Rising in Brazil

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Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff has a lead of 20 percentage points over her main challenger in the race for Brazil’s Oct. 5 elections, a poll released Thursday shows.

Forty percent of those surveyed by firm Instituto Ibope said they planned to vote for Rousseff, compared with 20 percent for Aecio Neves.

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Blog del Narco: President Announces Expansion of Citizen Patrols

Blog del Narco: President Announces Expansion of Citizen Patrols

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced plans for a new citizens patrol to bolster public safety in the troubled western state of Michoacan, where existing rural militias were recently absorbed into a force under army control.

“We have established coordination with the state government to make a citizen force, another level of force, precisely to further strengthen the capacity of the security institutions in the state of Michoacan,” he said during an official visit to the region.

Meeting with residents in Tepalcatepec, Peña Nieto recalled that the town was the birthplace in February 2013 of the armed militias organized to protect communities from criminals, notably the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) cartel.

“It was then that we decided to create the rural force, which will come to replace the municipal forces that are institutionally weak after some of their elements were co-opted by organized crime,” he said.

The Mexican government, Peña Nieto said, supports the idea of citizens’ self defense, but insists it must be implemented through institutional channels.

Substantial portions of Michoacan were effectively under the control of the Templarios until mid-January, when the federal government mounted an offensive with the aim of smashing the cartel and bringing the militias to heel.

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Uruguay’s Suarez Says He’ll Play in Rio Despite Recent Surgery

Uruguay’s Suarez Says He’ll Play in Rio Despite Recent Surgery

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Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez left a hospital in this capital Thursday in a wheelchair after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee, but he appeared in good spirits and promised his countrymen that he would be ready to compete in the World Cup.

The star of the Uruguayan national team - and of English club Liverpool, where he scored 31 goals to lead the Premier League - has already returned to his home in Montevideo.

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J.J. Abrams Invites “Star Wars” Fans to Donate to Unicef, Enter to Win Film Role

J.J. Abrams Invites “Star Wars” Fans to Donate to Unicef, Enter to Win Film Role

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The director of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” J.J. Abrams, has invited fans of the epic space saga to donate money to Unicef and enter a drawing for the chance to appear in the upcoming film.

The money raised through the “Star Wars”: Force for Change initiative - created by Disney; production company Lucasfilm, founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas; and Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot - will benefit the United Nations Children’s Fund’s Innovation Labs and its programs, which benefit underprivileged children worldwide.

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Former President of Venezuela Jaime Lusinchi Dies, Age 89

Former President of Venezuela Jaime Lusinchi Dies, Age 89

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Jaime Lusinchi, who was Venezuela’s president from 1984-1989, died at a hospital in Caracas, his Accion Democratica party said. He was 89.

“With sorrow we share that our comrade, former President of the Republic of Venezuela Jaime Lusinchi, just died. Peace be upon his soul,” AD chairman Henry Ramos Allup wrote late Wednesday on Twitter.

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101 Injured, 5 Arrested in Mexico City Protest

A total of 101 people were injured, including 20 listed in serious condition, and five others were arrested when police moved in to take control of a Mexico City neighborhood from demonstrators opposed to a water project, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said.

Residents opposed to the water project in San Bartolo Ameyalco, a town in the Mexico City borough of Alvaro Obregon, put up barricades, set fires, threw bottles at police and used sticks and stones to attack officers, the secretariat said.

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