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SundayJuly 27, 2014

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Panama Canal Expansion Moving Forward Despite Contractor Disagreement

Panama Canal Expansion Moving Forward Despite Contractor Disagreement

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The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, and the GUPC consortium tasked with expanding the interocean waterway, on the weekend issued communiques from which it can be deduced that the project is moving forward despite the fact that the two entities have significant disagreements.

Both parties insist that they are putting every effort into ensuring that the project to build a third set of locks is finished by the end of 2015 and the Canal begins operating with them in the first quarter of 2016, but the GUPC needs liquidity and ACP administrator Jorge Luis Quijano says that his group will not provide funds for the GUPC demands and the companies making it up “must continue to govern themselves in accord with the contract’s dispute resolution mechanisms.”

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Spain Backs Egyptian Initiative for Gaza

Spain Backs Egyptian Initiative for Gaza

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Spain and Egypt agreed Sunday to maintain “an ongoing, permanent and real-time dialogue on the evolution” of the Middle East, especially the Gaza Strip, with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo offering his full backing to Cairo’s peace initiative for the conflict-ridden zone.

Garcia-Margallo expressed his support for the measure at the meeting he held with Egyptian President Abdelfatah al Sisi at the Egyptian presidential palace.

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Spanish Firms Launch Online Education Platform

Spanish Firms Launch Online Education Platform

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Spain’s Telefonica and Banco Santander on Sunday presented in Rio de Janeiro a global higher education platform that will offer free online courses in Portuguese and Spanish.

The MiriadaX platform was presented at a press conference participated in by Telefonica CEO Cesar Alierta and Banco Santander chief Emilio Botin on the eve of the 3rd International Meeting of Universia Deans, which will take place this week in this Brazilian city.

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National Government, Provinces at Odds Over New Energy Legislation in Argentina

The Argentine government’s decision to push for a new Hydrocarbons Law to spur investment in this sector has sparked a hidden fight with the provinces, the true owners of the underground oil and gas.

Informal discussion of the bill, which - if approved - would replace a 1967 law, began two months ago with a push from the state-run YPF petroleum company.

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Mexican Politician Gunned Down in Michoacan

Mexican Politician Gunned Down in Michoacan

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The leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Nuevo Urecho, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was gunned down by hitmen suspected of being on the payroll of a drug cartel, state prosecutors said.

Arturo Alejandro Ramos was walking down a street Friday night in Zuracuaretiro, a city next to Nuevo Urecho, when he was shot, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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Police Arrest Romanian for Cloning Debit Cards in Mexico

Police Arrest Romanian for Cloning Debit Cards in Mexico

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A Romanian man was arrested by the Mexican Federal Police in Reynosa, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, in connection with a scheme to clone debit cards, the National Security Commission said.

Cristian Badea was arrested in response to a request from the security department of a Mexico City-based financial institution, the commission said in a statement.

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Mexican States Issue Heat Advisories

Mexican States Issue Heat Advisories

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Several states, including Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Coahuila and Guerrero, have issued heat advisories to residents as temperatures rise above 37 C (98.5 F), the Mexican National Water Commission, or Conagua, said.

“For this year, 2014, based on the monthly forecasts, it is expected that the midsummer heat will be moderate; however, it could be intense in some regions,” the Conagua said in a statement.

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Gunmen Kill 5 People At Bar in Sao Paulo

At least five people were shot and killed Saturday and another was wounded by gunmen at a bar in the Brazilian city of Carapicuiba, in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. at a bar in the Parque Ariston neighborhood, where the masked killers broke in and opened fire indiscriminately, Brazilian police said.

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Puerto Rico Plagued by Drought

Puerto Rico Plagued by Drought

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Drought conditions continue worse than usual in Puerto Rico due to the drastic lack of rainfall over most of the island, except for the eastern and northwestern regions.

The director of the state emergency management office, Miguel Rios, said in a press release that the latest results of the federal Drought Monitor show that in the short term and based on the forecast, drought conditions are expected to prevail until the end of July.

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Ramiro Valdes Warns of Subversive Use of New Technologies in Cuba

Ramiro Valdes Warns of Subversive Use of New Technologies in Cuba

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Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdes warned Saturday about the use of new technologies to carry out internal subversion on the island, and made a call “to preserve” the nation’s unity because the revolution “is not over.”

“Today new, unconventional forms of warfare are being applied and the new technologies are being used as instruments of subversion, with young people their primary target,” Valdes said in a speech at a ceremony on Cuba’s “National Rebellion Day,” attended by Cuban President Raul Castro.

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Guillermo del Toro Presents “The Book of Life” at Comic-Con

Guillermo del Toro Presents “The Book of Life” at Comic-Con

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Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro presented at Comic-Con “The Book of Life,” the first work by compatriot Jorge Gutierrez, who explores the roots of that Latin American country’s folklore to tell a story of love beyond death.

This is an animated movie arrayed in the traditional aesthetic of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, which dates back to pre-Columbian days.

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Rahm Emanuel Offers Shelter for Central American Children in Chicago

Rahm Emanuel Offers Shelter for Central American Children in Chicago

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The city of Chicago has offered temporary shelter for up to 1,000 unaccompanied, undocumented Central American children who crossed the southern border to enter the country over the past few months, local media reported Saturday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the daily Chicago Tribune that the influx of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador has become a humanitarian crisis “that we can no longer ignore.”

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SundayJuly 27, 2014