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SaturdayMay 31, 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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Police Arrest Female Money Manager of Guatemalan Gang

Police Arrest Female Money Manager of Guatemalan Gang

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A woman with more than $500,000 in her bank account is among four suspected members of the feared Mara Salvatrucha gang arrested Friday, Guatemala’s PNC national police force said.

Maria Jose Navas Foronda, alias “La Hard,” was apprehended on a highway in the western part of the country.

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Retired Colonel Who Tortured for Brazil Junta Also Targeted Argentine Dissidents

Retired Colonel Who Tortured for Brazil Junta Also Targeted Argentine Dissidents

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The retired army colonel slain last month after testifying that he tortured opponents of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship also admitted to engineering the “disappearance” of dissidents from Argentina, documents release Friday show.

In a statement given in March to Brazil’s Truth Commission, which is investigating the crimes of the dictatorship, Col. Paulo Malhaes said he kidnapped a reputed member of Argentina’s Montonero guerrilla group on orders from the Brazilian junta.

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Mexico Promotes Hike Through Biosphere Reserve as Tourist Option

Mexico Promotes Hike Through Biosphere Reserve as Tourist Option

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Nature and archaeology lovers have a new tourist option to consider in Mexico with the launch of a walking route through the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

The hike begins at the Muyil Archaeological zone, a settlement that reached its peak during the Late Postclassic Period (1200-1521), organizers told the media.

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Honduras Detains Cubans, Guatemalans en Route to U.S.

Honduras Detains Cubans, Guatemalans en Route to U.S.

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Honduran police detained 19 Cubans and two Guatemalans on Friday in the western part of the country as they tried to travel without documents from this Central American nation to the United States.

The group of Cubans and two Guatemalans were stopped at the Agua Caliente customs post on the border with Guatemala, deputy police commissioner Julio Matute told reporters.

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Spain Awards Alfaguara Novel Prize to Colombian Writer

Spain Awards Alfaguara Novel Prize to Colombian Writer

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Colombian writer Jorge Franco was presented in Madrid Friday with the Alfaguara Novel Prize for “El Mundo de Afuera,” which is loosely based on a kidnapping that rocked Medellin - the Andean nation’s second city - in 1971.

The award, which comes with $175,000, is considered among the most prestigious literary honors in the Spanish-speaking world.

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Bolivian President Inaugurates World’s Highest Cable-Car System

Bolivian President Inaugurates World’s Highest Cable-Car System

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Bolivian President Evo Morales on Friday inaugurated the world’s highest cable-car system, which has begun carrying passengers between this capital and the adjacent city of El Alto at an elevation of some 4,000 meters (13,115 feet) above sea level.

The transport system gives the roughly 440,000 people who travel each day between these two cities in Bolivia’s western highlands a significantly faster alternative.

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UEFA Sanctions Real Madrid for Fans’ Racism During Match

UEFA Sanctions Real Madrid for Fans’ Racism During Match

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Real Madrid faces punishment for racist conduct by fans during an April 23 Champions League match between the Blancos and Bayern Munich, UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, announced Friday.

“The Control and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of the Santiago Bernabeu for one match. More specifically, sectors 120 and 122 of the stadium will be closed for the club’s next UEFA competition home game,” UEFA said.

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SpaceX Unveils New Spacecraft for Transporting Astronauts

SpaceX Unveils New Spacecraft for Transporting Astronauts

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U.S. private company SpaceX unveiled its new spacecraft Dragon V2, created so that NASA can again transport astronauts to such destinations as the International Space Station.

SpaceX’s billionaire owner, Elon Musk, revealed Dragon V2’s characteristics during a press conference at company headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

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Aleks Syntek’s New Album Focuses on Romance

Aleks Syntek’s New Album Focuses on Romance

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Mexican singer Aleks Syntek has a summer full of work ahead of him with the U.S. launch of his new album.

The disc, “Romantico Desliz,” seeks to “praise human goodness and get back to believing in people,” the artist told Efe in an interview.

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CEO of Mexican Oil Services Firm Arrested in Bank-Fraud Case

CEO of Mexican Oil Services Firm Arrested in Bank-Fraud Case

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Mexican prosecutors carried out an arrest warrant for oil services company Oceanografia’s chief executive officer, who was already being held in preventive detention in a fraud case affecting Citigroup’s Mexican unit Banamex.

Amado YaƱez will be brought before a Mexico City judge who had ordered his arrest for his alleged “participation in committing crimes that are under investigation in the case of the Oceanografia company,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

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London Gallery Displays Art of Late Mexican-American Actor Anthony Quinn

London Gallery Displays Art of Late Mexican-American Actor Anthony Quinn

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A collection of paintings and sculptures by late Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn, whose “true passion” was art, as his widow Katherine told Efe, is being exhibited in the British capital until June 8.

This is the first time a public gallery in Britain has shown works by Quinn (1915-2001), who throughout his life combined the artist’s brush with the movie screen and took up sculpture after turning 50.

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Police Arrest 6 Suspects in Anti-Terror Raids at Spanish North African Enclave

Police Arrest 6 Suspects in Anti-Terror Raids at Spanish North African Enclave

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Police have dismantled a ring in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla that recruited and sent jihadist terrorists to Mali and Libya, arresting six people thus far in the ongoing operation.

The detainees include the “first Spanish jihadist” to have returned from the conflict in Mali, according to Spain’s Interior Ministry, which said the suspect passed through training camps run by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa in that country.

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SaturdayMay 31, 2014