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SundayJuly 6, 2014

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Raul Castro Says Focus is on Gradual Reforms in Cuba

Raul Castro Says Focus is on Gradual Reforms in Cuba

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President Raul Castro defended the “gradual” nature of his government’s reforms, emphasizing the need to “ensure order” and avoid mistakes that would distort the aims of the plan to update Cuba’s socialist economy.

“Gradualness is not a whim and ... I do not want to postpone the changes we must implement. On the contrary. It’s about a need to ensure order and avoid gaps that would lead us directly to mistakes that would distort the proposed objectives,” Castro said in an address to lawmakers.

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Mexican Police Kill 3 Gunmen in Shootout

Police killed three suspected gunmen in a shootout in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, state officials said.

The shootout occurred on Saturday in Orizaba, a city about 270 kilometers (167 miles) east of Mexico City.

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Thousands Kick Off Spain’s San Fermin Festival

Thousands Kick Off Spain’s San Fermin Festival

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Thousands of people turned out Sunday in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona to celebrate the start of the San Fermin festival, known around the world for its daily running of the bulls.

The city’s Red Cross director fired the traditional “chupinazo” rocket before a large crowd at noon to officially mark the start of the festival, which runs until July 14.

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Spanish Sculptor Xavier Mascaro Presents Exhibit in Mexico

Spanish Sculptor Xavier Mascaro Presents Exhibit in Mexico

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Spanish sculptor Xavier Mascaro, who says he is “fascinated by Mexican culture,” is exhibiting his work for the first time in Mexico.

The 18 pieces on display in Mexico City were inspired by the country’s pre-Columbian civilization and seek to create “a bridge between the past and the future,” Mascaro said.

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The Netherlands Head to Semifinals, Knock Out Costa Rica in Penalties

The Netherlands Head to Semifinals, Knock Out Costa Rica in Penalties

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The Netherlands prevailed over Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties here Saturday in their World Cup quarterfinal after a scoreless 120-plus minutes that featured an epic performance by Ticos’ goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Costa Rica’s Cinderella story ended when Dutch substitute keeper Tim Krull - sent in with seconds left in overtime - turned aside Michael Umaña’s shot.

Krull had earlier stopped Bryan Ruiz, while Celso Borges, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Christian Bolaños all converted for Costa Rica.

Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt connected for the Netherlands.

The Costa Rican keeper came into the match having allowed only 2 goals in four matches.

Navas made several spectacular saves, stopping Van Persie and Sneijder in quick succession in the 21st minute, and he also got some help from the posts and crossbar.

Costa Rica’s hero was pressed again in the closing minutes of overtime, as the Dutch - losers in previous World Cup penalty shootouts - sought to end the match with a goal.

The Netherlands will face Argentina in the semifinal, a reprise of the 1978 final that brought the South American side the first of their two World Cups.

The Dutch, who lost to Spain in the 2010 final, are still looking for their first title.

The host nation, five-time World Cup winner Brazil, will square off with three-time champion Germany in the other semifinal.

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Spanish Woman Who Stabbed Young Daughter’s Teacher Faces Murder Charge in France

Spanish Woman Who Stabbed Young Daughter’s Teacher Faces Murder Charge in France

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The Spanish woman of Moroccan origin who stabbed her daughter’s teacher to death in the southern French town of Albi has been accused of homicide, local media reported Saturday.

The assailant identified in the national press as Rachida, 47, was admitted Friday, the day of the killing, to a psychiatric center by order of the prosecution, which said she showed signs of “psychic problems that had blurred her judgment” in her moment of aggression.

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Pope Calls on Europe to Welcome Refugees

Pope Calls on Europe to Welcome Refugees

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Pope Francis lamented Saturday the tragedies that have caused the death of hundreds of immigrants so far this year in the Mediterranean, and called on European institutions to be more generous when dealing with refugees.

“I hope the competent institutions, especially in Europe, will be more courageous and generous when dealing with refugees,” the pope said, according to a communique from the Holy See.

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Central American Ministers Analyze Child Emigration to U.S.

Central American Ministers Analyze Child Emigration to U.S.

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Foreign ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras met in the Salvadoran capital to analyze the actions their countries should take in the case of children traveling illegally to the United States, officials said Saturday.

The meeting behind closed doors began at 9:00 a.m. in San Salvador, a spokesperson for the Salvadoran Foreign Ministry told Efe without specifying the place or giving any further details.

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3 Dead, 1 Missing in Miami Boat Collision

3 Dead, 1 Missing in Miami Boat Collision

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Three people died and one went missing after three boats collided in waters off Miami on Friday night during the Independence Day celebrations, local media reported Saturday.

Miami firefighters rushed to Dinner Key Marina around 11:00 p.m. after getting a call about three boats crashing into each other off Coconut Grove, a tourist area of Miami.

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Argentina Advances to Semis After Defeating Belgium

Argentina Advances to Semis After Defeating Belgium

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Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal of the 2014 World Cup was the margin of victory here Saturday as Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 in their quarterfinal match.

The Argentines will be returning to the semifinals for the first time since 1990, when the South American team ended up losing in the final to Germany.

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Nicaragua Tourism Grew 8.3 Percent So Far in 2014

Nicaragua Tourism Grew 8.3 Percent So Far in 2014

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Nicaragua welcomed 545,174 foreign visitors in the first five months of this year, which represents a growth of 8.3 percent over the same period in 2013, according to figures released by the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, or Intur.

Between January and May 2013, Nicaragua received 503,077 foreign tourists, which means that in the same period this year there was “a substantial increase” of 8.3 percent, the executive president of Intur, Mayra Salinas, told reporters.

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Pamplona Gets Ready For the Popular Running of the Bulls

Pamplona Gets Ready For the Popular Running of the Bulls

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On the eve of its popular San Fermin festival, Pamplona has everything ready for the enjoyment and excitement of some 200,000 locals plus thousands attracted from all parts of Spain and all over the world.

Sunday at noon the “chupinazo” rocket will blast off from the central balcony of city hall to mark the beginning of the festival, which will continue until July 14.

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SundayJuly 6, 2014