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MondayMay 26, 2014

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Death Toll from Bus Fire in Colombia Now Stands at 33, Mostly Children

One of the children injured in a May 18 bus fire in northern Colombia died Monday at a hospital in Barranquilla, media outlets said, raising the death toll from the incident to 33.

Dianis Lorena Tapia Garcia, 9, suffered second- and third-degree burns to the body that were treated without success at the Adelita de Char Clinic, the Barranquilla daily El Heraldo said.

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El Salvador President Acknowledges 2-Year Old Gang Truce has Collapsed

The gang truce that cut the number of murders in El Salvador by half for nearly two years has collapsed, outgoing President Mauricio Funes acknowledged Monday with less than a week left in his five-year mandate.

“The truce has failed, not only due to the decision of those who sealed it. It’s because it created a state of (public) opinion against it,” he said in an interview with Megavision television.

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As World Cup Approaches, FBI Training Brazilian Police

As World Cup Approaches, FBI Training Brazilian Police

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Fifty Sao Paulo state police officers took part in an FBI course on controlling disturbances as Brazil’s largest city prepares to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, authorities said Monday.

The five-day course provided training in crowd control strategies, the use of force, decision-making, the relationship with the media and the use of intelligence to identify possible acts of vandalism, among other issues.

The course took place just a few weeks before the start of the World Cup, which begins on June 12 with Brazil facing Croatia in the Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo.

The tourney, which ends July 13, is expected to be marked by demonstrations like those that took place in June 2013, when Brazil hosted the Confederations Cup competition.

Many in this soccer-mad country say the money going toward the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro would be better spent on improving public services.

The Sao Paulo state Public Safety Office announced Monday that activities had begun in the Integrated Monitoring Command Center, the purpose of which is to coordinate security operations during the World Cup.

Starting on June 10, the center will perform round-the-clock camera monitoring of the area around Arena Corinthians, which will be the venue at which six World Cup matches will be played.

“We have four important areas here, one of security and defense, one of civil defense and firefighters, one of agencies and one of mobility and traffic,” state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin emphasized on his visit to the command center.

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Blog del Narco: Top Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested

Blog del Narco: Top Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested

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A Gulf cartel leader in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was captured by marines, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

Juan Manuel Rodriguez Garcia was on the list of top criminal targets identified by the federal government earlier this month as part of the new law enforcement strategy for Tamaulipas, the security official said.

The Gulf cartel boss was arrested in San Pedro Garza Garcia, a city in Nuevo Leon state, where he had fled due to the stepped up federal security operations in Tamaulipas, Rubido said.

The 39-year-old Rodriguez, who was born in Nuevo Leon, was captured outside a hotel without any shots being fired, Rubido said.

The suspect was behind numerous violent acts, including the “wave of violence in the cities of Reynosa, Rio Bravo, Matamoros, Tampico and Vallehermoso,” Rubido said.

“He was responsible for smuggling drugs, money and arms across the border bridges,” Rubido said, adding that the suspect ran extortion rackets targeting other gangs that tried to use the international crossings.

Investigators suspect that the cartel boss was behind the mass kidnappings of Central American migrants, who were forced to work for the criminal organization under threat of death, the national security commissioner said.

Rodriguez took over the Gulf cartel’s leadership following the August 2013 arrest of Mario Armando Ramirez TreviƱo, but “not everyone accepted” being under his command, leading to internal fighting and “a surge in violence in Tamaulipas,” Rubido said.

The federal government said earlier this month it was deploying more security forces units in Tamaulipas and planned to purge the state’s law enforcement agencies in an effort to stop the surge in drug-related violence.

Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong announced the expanded deployment on May 13 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.”

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.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account in early 2010 and now control several lucrative territories.

The Gulf cartel, one of Mexico’s oldest drug trafficking organizations, was founded by Juan Nepomuceno Guerra in the 1970s and was later led by Juan Garcia Abrego, who was arrested in 1996 and extradited to the United States.

U.S. authorities accuse the Gulf cartel of smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States.

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Mexican Guerilla Leader Subcomandante Marcos Retires, Wants to Disappear

Zapatista National Liberation Army, or EZLN, leader Subcomandante Marcos said over the weekend that he “never lived” and his persona was simply a “strategy” to draw attention to the plight of Mexico’s Indians.

The guerrilla leader, who made his first public appearance in five years on Saturday, said in a statement that he would be known going forward as “Galeano,” the name of a recently slain comrade.

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Nearly 450 Inmates Sick with Food Poisoning at Mexican Prison

Nearly 450 Inmates Sick with Food Poisoning at Mexican Prison

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Nearly 450 inmates required medical attention in an episode of food poisoning at a maximum security prison in western Mexico, Jalisco state authorities said.

“None of the (affected inmates) is in serious condition, nor did any require medical transfer,” the state public safety office said.

Officials did not mention the name of the prison, but media accounts identified the facility as Puente Grande.

Doctors and paramedics from the Jalisco health department and the municipal fire rescue services in Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque assisted the prison medical staff in treating the inmates for vomiting and diarrhea.

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Colombian Actress Sofia Vergara Breaks Off Engagement to Nick Loeb

Colombian Actress Sofia Vergara Breaks Off Engagement to Nick Loeb

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Colombian actress Sofia Vergara said she and fiancee Nick Loeb broke up after a four-year relationship.

The 41-year-old “Modern Family” star said in a post on WhoSay, a Web site used by celebrities, that she and the businessman ended their engagement.

“Not that anyone should care, but in order to not give the press the chance to invent crazy and hurtful drama, I prefer to tell my fans personally that Nick and I have decided to be apart,” Vergara said.

Vergara indicated that the couple’s busy schedules may be to blame for the break-up.

“We have been having too many problems with figuring out how to spend time together and because of my work and now his, it’s been getting worse and worse,” Vergara said.

Vergara and Loeb got engaged in July 2012 during a trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya to celebrate the actress’s 40th birthday.

The couple planned a big wedding and talked about having children.

Vergara, a four-time Emmy nominee who launched her new fragrance, “Sofia,” last month, has a 21-year-old son from her marriage to Jose Luis Gonzalez.

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Replica of the “Haus der Musik” Coming to Mexico

Replica of the “Haus der Musik” Coming to Mexico

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Music sounds on every corner of Vienna, but there is only one place a person can go to virtually direct the philharmonic or compose a waltz - the House of Music, a groundbreaking project that will soon be duplicated in Mexico.

The new Vienna House of Music will be housed in an old textile factory in Puebla, converted into the first replica of the “Haus der Musik” with all its innovative, entertaining programs for enjoying and learning about music.

An example of its attractions is the “virtual director,” the dream of any would-be maestro who will never be able to mount the real podium of the Vienna Philharmonic.

A video of the orchestra’s musicians reacts to the rhythm and indications of the baton, and at the end rewards the director with applause if the performance was good, or jeers if it was bad.

“The idea is to send forth from the world from Vienna, the capital of music, our way of teaching sound and music,” Simon Posch, director of Europe’s only museum dedicated to this art, told Efe.

On all of its six floors, this institution linked to the Vienna Philharmonic involves visitors in the world of classical and contemporary music.

Visitors can learn all about such legendary composers as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Strauss the Younger, Mahler, and the master of atonality, Arnold Schoenberg, all with strong ties to Vienna.

After several years deciding where to found a second House of Music, a proposal come from Mexico’s Puebla state government, Posch said.

The La Constanza complex, built in 1835, is today the national seat of the Esperanza Azteca symphony orchestras, a musical project for needy youths and children.

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Colombian Presidential Election Heads to Run-off

President Juan Manuel Santos and challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga are headed to a runoff on June 15 to determine who will be Colombia’s next president.

Zuluaga won 29.26 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, while Santos came in second with 25.66 percent.

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Pope’s Historic Visits to Holy Land

Pope Francis landed Sunday afternoon at Ben Gurion International Airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on the third stop of his visit to the Holy Land.

Francis arrived by Jordanian air force helicopter from the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, where he met earlier in the day with President Mahmoud Abbas and presided at a Mass attended by some 8,000 believers on Nativity Square.

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MondayMay 26, 2014