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MondayJuly 21, 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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Colombian President Vows to Stop Future Presidents From Seeking Re-Election

Colombian President Vows to Stop Future Presidents From Seeking Re-Election

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President Juan Manuel Santos told lawmakers at the opening session of Colombia’s Congress that among the priorities of his second administration will be undoing the 2004 constitutional amendment allowing an incumbent head of state to seek re-election.

“We’re going to eliminate presidential re-election and we’re going to extend the presidential term to five or six years,” Santos said in his address to the new Congress.

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Food and Agriculture Organization Warns of Link Between Ebola, Eating Fruit Bats

Food and Agriculture Organization Warns of Link Between Ebola, Eating Fruit Bats

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People living in West African communities run the risk of contracting the Ebola virus if they consume species like the fruit bat, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, said Monday.

Officials must make greater efforts “to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species including fruit bats,” the Rome-based organization said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Regional Leader of Knights Templar Arrested

Blog del Narco: Regional Leader of Knights Templar Arrested

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A notorious cell leader of the drug cartel “The Knights Templar” who participated in six kidnappings and killings in the city of Apatzingan in Michoacan. The capture occurred yesterday afternoon on the Playas de Tijuana, and Juan Carlos Mendoza was immediately transferred to the state of Michoacán for sentencing for offenses against him. The Attorney General of the State (PGJE) Mendoza reported that Mendoza, a native of the town of Nueva Italia, sought to evade justice by hiding, and that on July 17, 2014 the Attorney General requested the collaboration of Michoacan authorities to aid in the arrest.

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Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

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More than half of the unaccompanied Central American children who are in U.S. custody after crossing the U.S. border could be found eligible for relief by a U.S. immigration judge, according to an assessment by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).  This assessment is particularly timely, as several members of Congress have proposed legislative changes that would effectively speed up deportations of the Central American children by changing reducing the opportunities for screening and immigration court review.

RAICES has provided “Know Your Rights” presentations and legal screenings for the roughly 1,200 unaccompanied children who are in custody of Health and Human Services officials at Lackland Air Force Base. Jonathan Ryan, RAICES’ executive director, writes in letters to President Obama and congressional leaders that in their review of 925 immigrants children’s intake screenings, 63 percent could qualify for forms of relief like asylum, “U visas” for victims of serious crimes, and “T” visas for trafficking victims.

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The Beach Boys Would Love to Collaborate with Bruno Mars

The Beach Boys Would Love to Collaborate with Bruno Mars

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Singer Mike Love of The Beach Boys said in an interview with Efe that the legendary Southern California rock group keeps up with the changing times and would love to work with a current phenomenon like Bruno Mars though they’re triple his age.

Vocalist Love, the main support and only founding member permanently performing with the legendary band, spoke with Efe ahead of The Beach Boys’ concert on Monday at the MadGarden Festival in Madrid and on Wednesday at the Starlite Festival in the southern Spanish resort city of Marbella, a place more akin to the beach environment that so inspired them.

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Real Madrid Send Some of The Best to Play on Squad for U.S. Tourney

Real Madrid Send Some of The Best to Play on Squad for U.S. Tourney

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Pepe, Xabi Alonso and Fabio Coentrao cut their vacations short to join the 20-man Real Madrid squad that will travel to the United States this week to take part in the Guinness International Champions Cup 2014, the club said Monday.

The Blancos are in Group A of the competition, along with AS Roma, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

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5 Dead in Violent Incidents in El Salvador

5 Dead in Violent Incidents in El Salvador

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A total of five people were shot to death in two separate incidents on Sunday in western El Salvador, the Attorney General’s Office, or FGR, said.

Three of the victims were killed in the town of Ciudad Arce, in central La Libertad province, at Km. 41 on the highway connecting San Salvador with the western province of Santa Ana, said the FGR on its Twitter account.

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Gunmen Attack Sandinista Bus Caravans Killing 5, Wounding 25 in Nicaragua

Gunmen Attack Sandinista Bus Caravans Killing 5, Wounding 25 in Nicaragua

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At least five people died and 25 others were wounded in attacks staged by unknown gunmen on caravans of buses carrying hundreds of Sandinista supporters, authorities of that Nicaraguan party said Sunday.

The first incident occurred about midnight on Saturday in the town of Sebaco, Matagalpa province, 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of Managua, when a group of unknown gunmen opened fire on the bus caravan, killing four people and wounding 24, the Sandinista political secretary in that region, Sadrach Zeledon, told reporters.

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48-Year-Old Spanish Climber Falls to His Death in French Pyrenees

48-Year-Old Spanish Climber Falls to His Death in French Pyrenees

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A 48-year-old Spanish climber “from the Barcelona region” died on the weekend in a fall in the French Pyrenees while he was climbing along a route near the international border on the mountain known as Pic d’Estats, the French Gendarmerie, or militarized police, reported Sunday.

The accident occurred when the mountaineer was descending along a ridge from Pic d’Estats, which rises to more than 3,000 meters (some 9,800 feet) on the border of Spain, France and Andorra, a Mountain Gendarmerie spokesman said.

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Venezuelan Mayor from Opposition Party Stabbed to Death

Venezuelan Mayor from Opposition Party Stabbed to Death

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Enrique Franceschi, the mayor of the city of Arismendi Rio Caribe, was stabbed to death on Sunday, Venezuelan prosecutors said.

“According to preliminary information, Franceschi’s lifeless body was found during the morning hours on Sunday, July 20, with multiple wounds caused by a knife, inside his home located in Rio Caribe,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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MondayJuly 21, 2014