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MondayJuly 28, 2014

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Argentina Pays $642 Million on Foreign Debt

Argentina on Monday made an initial payment of $642 million to the wealthy nations of the Paris Club, as per the debt refinancing agreement with that entity signed last May, authorities said.

“On this date, the Economy and Public Finances Ministry ... made the payment of ... $642 million corresponding to the initial payment of principle owed to the creditor nations comprising the Paris Club,” said the ministry in a communique.

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CA Governor Jerry Brown:  Unaccompanied Migrants a Humanitarian Issue

Visiting California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed here Monday with Mexico’s top diplomat that the massive flow of unaccompanied children from Central America into the United States is a humanitarian issue, not a question of security or law enforcement.

Brown and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade expressed their mutual interest in working in favor of the migrants during a joint press conference.

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Lionel Messi Continues to be Investigated for Tax Evasion

Soccer icon Lionel Messi remains at risk of a criminal trial for tax evasion after a Spanish judge on Monday rejected prosecutors’ recommendation to shelve the case against the FC Barcelona striker.

While the prosecution eventually concluded that the blame for the tax-dodging scheme lay with the Argentine international’s father and agent, Jorge Messi, the magistrate said he was not convinced that Leo Messi knew nothing of his dad’s machinations.

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U.S. Government Allocates $91M to Address Puerto Rico Housing Shortage

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will allocate $91 million to more than two dozen Puerto Rican municipalities to alleviate the constantly increasing housing shortage caused by the economic crisis that has prevailed on the island for almost seven years.

The Puerto Rican representative to Congress in Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, announced the HUD plan on Monday.

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Foreign Tourists Spending in Spain Increases by 7.8 Percent

Foreign tourists who visited Spain in the past six months spent 26.35 billion euros ($35.4 billion), up 7.8 percent from January-June 2013 and new record for any six-month period, the government said Monday.

Visitors from Britain led with an outlay of 5.21 billion euros, an increase of 10.2 percent, followed by Germans, whose spending rose 9.4 percent to 4.39 billion euros, and people from the Scandinavian countries, whose expenditures rose 7.1 percent to nearly 2.8 billion euros, the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade said.

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Chicago Prepares to Take 1,000 Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The Chicago municipal government has begun working with humanitarian organizations to outfit shelters in the Windy City where 1,000 Central American child migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border unaccompanied will be housed and cared for.

Aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he was consulted in early July by the federal government regarding the possibility of preparing one or several shelters with heating, air conditioning and a minimum total area of 90,000 square feet.

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Blog del Narco: El Chapo and La Barbie Hunger Strike A Victory

Blog del Narco: El Chapo and La Barbie Hunger Strike A Victory

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was regarded as the “Worlds Most Powerful” drug dealer has won his first battle at the maximum security prison El Altiplano. Along with “La Barbie”, the two initiated a hunger strike that quickly spread throughout the prison.

Authorities quickly conceded on a couple of the demands. Prisoners will be given new shoes and clothing, they will be served more food but it will be the same poor quality, and they will allow prisoners to purchase more goods from the prison store, like toilet paper.

Strikers will also be allowed to make 3 attempts to make phone calls to their families. Previously if the call was not connected or the line was busy they had to wait 9 days to try the call again.
With 2/3 of the prison population participating in the strike it has now been called off.
Read more at Blog del Narco

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Mexican Authorities Rescue 44 People Kidnapped Inside Drug Rehab Center

A total of 44 people, including seven minors, were rescued by federal and state authorities at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, state prosecutors said.

Five people were arrested on kidnapping charges, the Mexico state Attorney General’s Office said.

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Human Rights Watch Denounces Police Torture in Brazil

Human Rights Watch on Monday reported 64 cases of torture and human rights violations by Brazilian police over the past four years.

The report was sent by HRW to the office of President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s Congress and the media.

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Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

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Across the United States, county after county continues to alter policies to limit compliance with immigration detainers because of constitutional concerns. A spate of federal rulings found that detainers were not mandatory, so local officials increasingly seem to be coming to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which ask officers to hold people for 48 hours past when the person would have been released, are not worth the risk. “Very simply, it’s a violation of the 4th Amendment,” said Nevada attorney Jerry Stuchiner, a former immigration officer.

Clark County, Nevada, home to Reno, decided this month to stop complying with detainers. Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie told local media that officials will not hold undocumented immigrants for ICE unless federal agents have a warrant. Gillespie said the change was not about taking a stand on immigration reform, but instead “has more to do with a situation we’ve found ourselves in and this is the best thing to do until the feds figure it out.”

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Colombian Rebels Blow Up Aqueduct

At least 16,000 residents in part of the central Colombian province of Meta are without potable water after the leftist FARC guerrillas dynamited a portion of a local aqueduct, media outlets said.

The people most heavily affected by the attack by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, were residents of the municipalities of Granada and Fuentedeoro.

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MondayJuly 28, 2014