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SaturdayAugust 2, 2014

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Panama, Canal Contractors Finalize Details

Panama, Canal Contractors Finalize Details

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The Panama Canal Authority and the GUPC consortium hired to build a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway sealed on Friday an accord that envisions completion of the project by December 2015.

Representatives of the parties signed the pact a day after their self-imposed deadline, sources with the authority, known by the Spanish initials ACP, told Efe.

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Obama Acknowledges U.S. Tortured People After 9/11

Obama Acknowledges U.S. Tortured People After 9/11

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President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that U.S. officials “did some things that were wrong” in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,” he said during an unscheduled session with reporters in the White House press room.

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Members of Mexican Teachers’ Union Trash Ruling-Party Offices

More than 60 members of the militant CNTE teachers union destroyed regional offices of Mexico’s governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in the southern state of Oaxaca, a party spokesman told Efe Friday.

“They attacked the offices. They knocked down the main door with a pickup truck, broke windows, furniture, and they cut up the entire telephone system,” Rodolfo Romero said from Oaxaca city, the state capital.

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Japan Loans Brazil $700 Million

Japan Loans Brazil $700 Million

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met here Friday with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as part of a visit in which loan deals amounting to $700 million were signed for Brazil’s agri-business and oil sectors.

The leaders presided over the signing of two credit agreements: Mizuho Bank’s $500 million loan to Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras and a $200 million loan from a group of Japanese companies to finance agricultural projects.

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Nicaraguan Singer Enoc Zavalla Dies in Shooting, Age 35

Nicaraguan Singer Enoc Zavalla Dies in Shooting, Age 35

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Singer-songwriter Enoc Zavalla was fatally shot in Managua’s nightclub district, Nicaragua’s National Police said Friday.

Zavalla, 35, was a member of the group Xolo Mancontal and served as vice president of the Association of Artists and Singer-Songwriters.

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Economists Cut Forecast for Mexico’s 2014 Growth

Economists Cut Forecast for Mexico’s 2014 Growth

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Economists last month lowered their forecast for Mexico’s 2014 growth to 2.56 percent, down from 2.65 percent in June, a central bank survey showed Friday.

In the Bank of Mexico’s July survey, those Mexican private-sector economists also downwardly revised their forecast for the country’s growth in 2015 from 3.87 percent to 3.85 percent, although they raised their 2016 forecast from 4.1 percent to 4.15 percent.

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Legislators Ban Media from Crime Scenes in Western Mexico

Legislators Ban Media from Crime Scenes in Western Mexico

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Legislators in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa passed a measure that bars reporters from crime scenes and sharply limits the press’ ability to cover issues of public safety and criminal justice.

The proposal, submitted by state Gov. Mario Lopez, was unanimously approved Thursday night, though one lawmaker admitted later that she voted for the bill without having read it.

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Chile Unveils $4 Billion Funding Plan for Codelco

Chile’s government said Friday it will capitalize state-owned miner Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, with $4 billion during the 2014-2018 period.

Of the total, $3 billion will come from Treasury-issued debt and the remaining $1 billion from reinvestment of the company’s profit, Finance Minister Alberto Arenas said at a press conference.

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NASA Chooses Spanish Instrument for Mars 2020 Mission

An instrument package developed at Spain’s Centro de Astrobiologia will be part of the rover that NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020.

The Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, or MEDA, was selected from among roughly 60 proposals for a tool to collect meteorological data on the red planet, Spain’s CSIC scientific research council said.

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Roselyn Sanchez Debuts New Song, “Pick Up Your Game”

Roselyn Sanchez Debuts New Song, “Pick Up Your Game”

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Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez returns to the music scene with the release of the video for “Pick Up Your Game,” a song that grew out of her role in the cable television series “Devious Maids.”

Rapper Flo Rida collaborated in the production, which premieres Friday.

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39 Pre-Columbian Pieces Returned to Colombia From Belgium

39 Pre-Columbian Pieces Returned to Colombia From Belgium

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Colombia has recovered 39 pre-Columbian pieces that were found in Belgium, the Andean nation’s foreign ministry said.

The items were delivered to the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, which certified their authenticity and their status as elements of Colombia’s cultural heritage.

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Pemex Begins Constructing Tugboat at Mexican Shipyard

Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos announced the start of construction of a tugboat at the Pacific port of Mazatlan, part of its program to modernize its minor fleet.

The keel-laying for the first of two tugboats to be built at the SENI shipyard in Mazatlan, each 31.5 meters (103 feet) in length with an 11.2-meter beam and capable of reaching a speed of 12 knots, took place on Thursday, Pemex said in a statement.

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SaturdayAugust 2, 2014