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ThursdayJune 12, 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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Blog del Narco: Guatemalan Police Arrest 3 Drug Traffickers Along Mexican Border

Blog del Narco: Guatemalan Police Arrest 3 Drug Traffickers Along Mexican Border

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A Guatemalan man thought to have headed a ring that trafficked in drugs and people and two of his alleged accomplices, one of whom is a police officer, were arrested by authorities near the border with Mexico on Wednesday.

National Civil Police spokesman Pablo Castillo told reporters that Julio Cesar Serrano Samayoa, alias “El Finquero,” was arrested at his home in the village of Chimusinique, located about 257 kilometers (159 miles) from Guatemala City, on the border with Mexico.

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American Actress Eva Longoria to Receive Humanitarian Award

American Actress Eva Longoria to Receive Humanitarian Award

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American actress, director and producer Eva Longoria will receive the Women in Film organization’s Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award on Wednesday evening, joining a list of past honorees including George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ted Turner, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Elizabeth Taylor.

Created in 1979, the award is bestowed on individuals who “have demonstrated enlightened support for the advancement of equal opportunity for all and devotion to the improvement of the human condition,” the organization says on its Web site.

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Cuban Exiles Claim Opposition Figure Arrested “With Violence”

Cuban Exiles Claim Opposition Figure Arrested “With Violence”

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The Cuban Democratic Directorate exile group in Miami on Wednesday reported the arrest “with violence” in Cuba of opposition figure Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known as “Antunez,” and his wife, Yris Perez Aguilera, after authorities “raided their home.”

“We’re issuing a call for help for Antunez, his wife and all human rights activists who are suffering repression on the island,” said the group in a communique.

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Spain Calls for Closer Cooperation Between U.N., Regional Organizations

Spain called before the U.N. Security Council for expanded cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in peacekeeping operations with the aim of guaranteeing the “efficacy” and “coherence” of those missions.

Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Gonzalo de Benito defended the cooperation in his speech during a discussion about the future of peacekeeping operations organized by the U.N.‘s main decision-making body.

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Metro Employees Call Off Strike in Rio

Metro Employees Call Off Strike in Rio

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Rio de Janeiro metro employees accepted the salary hike proposal offered by management and cancelled the strike they had threatened to call on the eve of the inaugural match of the 2014 soccer World Cup being hosted by Brazil, labor leaders said Wednesday.

The threat of a metro workers’ strike remains open however, in Sao Paulo, where the soccer tourney will begin on Thursday with the match between Brazil and Croatia.

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Taxi Drivers Across Europe Protest Uber Application

Thousands of taxi drivers in large European cities protested Wednesday against smartphone car-paging applications like Uber, although the European Commission defended them as beneficial to consumers.

San Francisco-based Uber, which has become the target of the European taxi drivers’ wrath, said the protests were out of proportion and sought only to maintain the status quo and close the door to new consumer alternatives.

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4 People Murdered While Planning to Leave Cuba with Foreign Assistance

Four people were murdered in Cuba in a case presumably related to the group’s alleged plan to leave the country “with help from abroad,” Cuban authorities reported Wednesday, adding that they have arrested six people linked to the case.

The Interior Ministry said in an official statement that on Tuesday afternoon “the bodies of four people who had been violently killed were found on the NiƱa Bonita farm in the town of Playa Baracoa ... in Artemisa province.”

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Circuses Protest Law that Would Ban Animals Performing in Mexico City

Circuses Protest Law that Would Ban Animals Performing in Mexico City

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Hundreds of circus workers took to Mexico City’s streets to protest a law that would ban circuses from using animals at performances in the Federal District.

Circus owners and workers marched on Tuesday from the Buenavista district to the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main plaza, to demand a meeting with Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

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ThursdayJune 12, 2014