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WednesdayJune 11, 2014

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Blog del Narco: Authorities Find 18 Bodies in Northern Mexico

The bodies of three people were found in a highland area of the northwestern Mexican municipality of San Ignacio, bringing to 18 the number of murder victims discovered this week in Sinaloa state, officials said.

The three bodies were found Tuesday in the community of El Guayabo, sources in the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office told Efe.

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Intel Plans “Mega Laboratory” to Test Products in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s government and Intel Corp. said the U.S.-based tech giant planned to open a “mega laboratory” in the Central American country to test new products.

The announcement was made on Tuesday during Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis’s tour of the United States.

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2 Cuban Tennis Players Defect to U.S.

2 Cuban Tennis Players Defect to U.S.

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Two members of Cuba’s national tennis squad defected after taking part in a regional Davis Cup qualifying event in Puerto Rico and have already arrived in Miami, the news Web site Cafefuerte reported Wednesday.

Randy Blanco, 21, and Ernesto Alfonso, 24, abandoned the Cuban delegation in the Puerto Rican city of Humacao and arrived at the Miami International Airport around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, according to a source close to the athletes.

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Spanish Parliament Approves Abdication Law

Spanish Parliament Approves Abdication Law

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The lower house of Spain’s Parliament on Wednesday voted by a wide majority to pass the law approving the abdication of King Juan Carlos, whose son, Crown Prince Felipe, will ascend to the throne next week.

Passage of the law required strong support from lawmakers since it deals with the position of head of state, and members of Parliament from Spain’s two largest parties - the governing Popular Party, or PP, and the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, or PSOE, - provided solid backing for the legislation.

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Father Decapitates Teenage Daughter with a Machete in Nicaragua

A man in a jealous rage used a machete to decapitate his 14-year-old daughter in a rural community in Nicaragua’s Autonomous North Atlantic Region, or RAAN, because she had left the family home to live with her boyfriend, the National Police reported Tuesday.

The RAAN assistant police chief, Benjamin Lewis Matute, told Efe that the incident occurred in the remote town of Akawasito, 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Bilwi, or Puerto Cabezas, the capital of the northern Caribbean coastal province.

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Arizona Activists Hail Removal of Border Patrol Watchdog

Arizona Activists Hail Removal of Border Patrol Watchdog

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Activists and the families of people slain by U.S. Border Patrol agents described on Tuesday as a step forward the removal of the internal affairs director of Customs and Border Protection.

“This is a significant step forward but we don’t want to leave it at that, we want to see real reforms enacted within the CBP system and the Border Patrol,” Eugenia Carrasco, representative of the Human Rights Coalition in Arizona, told Efe.

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Brazil Expecting to Harvest 192 Million Tons of Grain this Year

Brazil Expecting to Harvest 192 Million Tons of Grain this Year

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Brazil, one of the world’s leading agricultural producers, expects a record grain harvest this year of 192.3 million tons, up 2.2 percent from 2013, the IBGE statistics agency said Tuesday.

Production will grow chiefly because of a larger area under cultivation, with an increase of 5.9 percent from 53 million hectares (131 million acres) in 2013 to 56.1 million hectares (138.5 million acres) in 2014, the IBGE said.

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Colombia Talks with 2nd Rebel Group

Colombia Talks with 2nd Rebel Group

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The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, the ELN, disclosed Tuesday that they have been holding exploratory talks with an eye toward opening peace negotiations.

The exploratory talks were begun in January “after a series of contacts and meetings that had been taking place since the 2013,” according to a joint communique released by the office of President Juan Manuel Santos.

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WednesdayJune 11, 2014