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SaturdayJuly 12, 2014

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Argentina’s Sabella to Step Down Following World Cup Final

Argentina’s Sabella to Step Down Following World Cup Final

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Alejandro Sabella plans to step down as coach of the Argentine national team following the squad’s World Cup final against Germany, his agent said Friday.

“I am sure that Alejandro is not going to continue with the national team. He dreamed of this his whole life, he sought it and he worked for it. But he has given Argentina everything he had to give,” Eugenio Lopez said.

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U.S. Immigration Courts Face Backlog of Over 375,000

U.S. Immigration Courts Face Backlog of Over 375,000

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The backlog of cases in U.S. immigration courts reached a record high of 375,503 last month, according to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

To date in fiscal year 2014, which began last Oct. 1, there have been 50,000 cases more than in the same period in fiscal year 2013.

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Embraer to Partner with Saab on Fighter Jets for Brazil Air Force

Embraer to Partner with Saab on Fighter Jets for Brazil Air Force

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Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer will partner with Sweden’s Saab in the development and manufacture of 36 Gripen NG fighter jets for Brazil’s air force, the two companies said in a press release Friday.

Embraer and Saab, which was awarded a $4.5 billion fighter-jet contract from Brazil late last year, signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in joint program management for the Brazilian air force’s so-called F-X2 Project.

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Restoration Work Completed on Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

Restoration Work Completed on Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

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The Christ the Redeemer statue that crowns Corcovado mountain, under repair since February after being damaged by lightning, was presented completely restored Friday, two days before this Brazilian metropolis hosts the 2014 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany.

To mark the occasion, the Catholic archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta, said Mass in the statue’s chapel and blessed the workers.

Corcovado, considered one of the present-day Seven Wonders of the World, had already been repaired on three other occasions and these latest works cost 1.9 million reais ($863,000), paid entirely by Italian tire-maker Pirelli.

Clezi Thadeu, an engineer charged with repairing the monument, told Efe that “the protection system has been improved” so that the figure of Christ the Redeemer will not be damaged by the next lightning bolts that strike the enormous statue.

The Rev. Omar Raposo, rector of the sanctuary located at the feet of the gigantic figure of Christ, said the government contributed no money for the repairs because “it is the church’s private property.”

In return for his financial contribution, Pirelli may use the image of Christ the Redeemer for corporate purposes for three years, though he must received previous approval from the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro.

More than 300,000 tourists have visited Corcovado to date during the World Cup, which began June 12.

A vote is being taken on Twitter with regard to the World Cup final next Sunday in which users can choose whether the monument should be illuminated with Argentina’s colors or Germany’s during the game.

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4 Die in Plane Crash in Mexico

Four people were killed and two others badly injured when their small aircraft crashed in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexican authorities said Friday.

The plane, which was headed to Veracruz city from the northern Gulf coast port of Tampico, when down Thursday night in a mountainous area near the town of Alto Lucero.

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Latino Lawmakers Oppose Expedited Deportation of Young Migrants

Latino Lawmakers Oppose Expedited Deportation of Young Migrants

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Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said Friday they are roundly opposed to expedited deportation of immigrant children and they asked President Barack Obama to safeguard the young migrants’ rights to due process.

At a press conference in Washington, Rep Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said he favored approving the supplementary funds requested by Obama to address the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, but only as long as “we do not short-circuit justice for the children.”

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Rio Prepares for World Cup Final With Massive Security Operation

Rio Prepares for World Cup Final With Massive Security Operation

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The Brazilian city of Rio will deploy the largest security operation in its history to guarantee public order and safety during the 2014 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany.

“It is a great responsibility not only to organize the World Cup final but also to have so many dignitaries and foreign visitors at the event,” Rio de Janeiro state Public Safety Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame said Friday.

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Corrupt Honduran Cops Arrested in Double Murder

Corrupt Honduran Cops Arrested in Double Murder

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Three police officers were arrested in connection with last weekend’s murder of two women at a restaurant on Tegucigalpa’s south side, Honduran authorities said Friday.

National Police director Ramon Sabillon told reporters that those in custody are active agents of the force’s DNSEI investigative unit.

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Soldiers Capture Regional Drug Chief in Mexico

Soldiers Capture Regional Drug Chief in Mexico

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Army soldiers captured a regional boss of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel in the central state of Puebla, Mexico’s defense department said.

Gonzalo Martin Souza and associate Jose Bahena Salgado were taken into custody Thursday in Puebla city, the state capital, in a 12-hour-long operation that also led to the seizure of 24 kilos of cocaine, three vehicles and $250,000 in cash.

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Penelope Cruz Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in Spy Comedy

Penelope Cruz Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in Spy Comedy

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Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is joining the cast of “Grimsby,” a spy comedy with Sacha Baron Cohen, the online edition of The Hollywood Reporter said.

The movie will be directed by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) with a cast including Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Annabelle Wallis.

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Most of 52,000 Child Migrants Now with Family Members in U.S.

Most of the 52,000 Central American minors who entered the United States illegally since October 2013 are now staying with family members in this country, though they remain subject to deportation, the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families said.

Ninety-six percent of the migrants processed through the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program have been given over to family members, HHS spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe said.

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Venezuela Auto Industry Faced With “Unprecedented Crisis”

Venezuela Auto Industry Faced With “Unprecedented Crisis”

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Venezuela’s auto industry is facing an “unprecedented crisis” after vehicle sales plunged 83 percent due to manufacturers’ inability to access the dollars they need to purchase imported components, the National Chamber of Commerce for Auto Parts, or Canidra, said.

Assemblers sold just 6,200 vehicles in the first quarter of 2014, a steep drop of 83 percent compared to the same period last year, while auto-parts importers have reported a similar decline in sales, Canidra President Jose Cinirella said in an interview with private TV network Televen.

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SaturdayJuly 12, 2014