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FridayJuly 25, 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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Endangered Sea Turtle Rescued from Poachers in Costa Rica

Endangered Sea Turtle Rescued from Poachers in Costa Rica

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Police rescued a leatherback sea turtle from the vehicle of poachers who planned to sell the animal for its meat, Costa Rica’s Security Ministry said.

The leatherback is an endangered species and the sale of its flesh or eggs is banned in Costa Rica, but on the black market both sell for very high prices.

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Alejandro Sanz Welcomes Second Child With Raquel Perera

Alejandro Sanz Welcomes Second Child With Raquel Perera

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Singer Alejandro Sanz and his wife, Raquel Perera, are the parents of a baby girl, their second child together, sources at the Ruber Clinic in Madrid told Efe on Friday.

The little girl, who will be christened Alma, was born Thursday afternoon.

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iPad Sales Failing, But Tablet Sales Rise by 11 Percent

iPad Sales Failing, But Tablet Sales Rise by 11 Percent

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Worldwide tablet sales rose 11 percent in the second quarter of 2014 over the same period last year, a figure that banishes doubts about the future of these devices despite a drop in iPad sales.

A new report by the IDC market research company places the number of tablets sold globally between April and June at 49.3 million, or 11 percent more than the volume sold in the same period of 2013.

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U.S. Weights Granting Refugee Status to Honduran Minors

U.S. Weights Granting Refugee Status to Honduran Minors

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The U.S. government is considering the possibility of granting refugee status to young Hondurans as one way of stemming the flood of unaccompanied Central American minors streaming across the border from Mexico, officials at the White House said Thursday.

The Obama administration is studying the measure, but no decision has been made on it yet and this option is one of many that are being discussed to cope with the influx, those officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Guatemalan President Calls for “Plan Central America”

Guatemalan President Calls for “Plan Central America”

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Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said in Washington Thursday that to deal with the border crisis spurred by the arrival of more than 50,000 unaccompanied underage migrants from Central America it will be necessary for the United States to implement a plan similar to Washington’s multi-billion-dollar initiative in Colombia.

“We have to see how we can deal with the crisis together, but really to get to the problem and attack it at the root, we would have to see ... a ‘Plan Colombia’ or a ‘Plan Merida’ (centered on Mexico) that would be a ‘Plan Central America.’ That ‘Plan Central America’ would have to have the resources necessary to be able to attack the causes at their base,” he said during a visit to Washington.

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Pope Francis First US Visit Confirmed

Pope Francis First US Visit Confirmed

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Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year. Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.


“Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” said the archbishop as he invited his fellow Native Americans to the 2015 celebration being held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27.

“The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week,” he said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said July 25 Pope Francis has expressed “his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families” in Philadelphia, and has received invitations to visit other cities as well, which he is considering. Those invitations include New York, the United Nations and Washington.

Some Mexican media have cited government officials saying a September trip to North America also could include stops in Mexico, but Father Lombardi said that at this moment “nothing operational has begun relative to a plan or program for a visit to the United States or Mexico. Keep in mind, there is still more than a year to go before the meeting in Philadelphia.”

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Puerto Rico to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

Puerto Rico to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

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The Puerto Rican government on Thursday announced that it will issue driver’s licenses to undocumented foreigners, a measure that could benefit more than 100,000 immigrants on the island, most of them Dominicans.

The measure is a significant step in that possessing it will now allows thousands of Dominicans and other foreign migrants lacking identification to open bank accounts, be legally hired and pay taxes.

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Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

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More often than not, anti-immigrant groups use their hateful rhetoric to blame immigrants for all of our nation’s ills. On a regular basis, restrictionist groups release reports that portray immigrants as criminals, terrorists, a threat to American workers, an economic and fiscal burden, or an obstacle to national unity, to mention just a few. The latest attack comes in the form of rumors claiming that the rise in the number of unaccompanied children from Central America is destined to result in a public health crisis. In other words, according to these unfounded rumors, these highly vulnerable children are carriers of disease and are potentially a threat to the nation’s health.

There is no question that the spike in the number of children traveling alone and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is a delicate issue—the resolution of which requires sophisticated political thinking as well as a multi-strategy approach. Because of the seriousness of this humanitarian situation, however, it is unfortunate that some groups are intentionally adding more confusion and propagating fear by putting into action their longstanding prejudice against foreigners.

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Bus Owners, Drivers Demand Relief From Security Threats in Guatemala

Bus Owners, Drivers Demand Relief From Security Threats in Guatemala

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Businessmen and drivers in Guatemala’s intercity bus sector on Thursday demanded that the authorities provide greater security for them.

Hundreds of transport workers participated in a peaceful march in the capital that initially was also attended by Congress speaker Aristides Crespo and several other lawmakers.

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Venezuelan Government Blasts Arrest of Former Spy Chief in Aruba

Venezuelan Government Blasts Arrest of Former Spy Chief in Aruba

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Venezuela denounced on Thursday the “illegal and arbitrary” arrest in Aruba of a former head of military intelligence who was traveling on a diplomatic passport.

Gen. Hugo Carvajal was detained Wednesday night at the request of the U.S. government, according to 24 Ora, a newspaper in the Aruban capital of Oranjestad.

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FridayJuly 25, 2014