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SundayAugust 3, 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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Poisoned Meat Kills 1 Colombian Soldier, Hospitalizes 8

Poisoned Meat Kills 1 Colombian Soldier, Hospitalizes 8

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One Colombian soldier died and eight others were hospitalized after they ate pork that had apparently been poisoned in a rural area of Arauca province, which borders on Venezuela, local media reported.

The soldiers were in a jungle area near the town of Tame and evidently ate meat that had been given to them by a young man.

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Spanish Firm Delivers Second Tuna Boat to Mexico’s Grupomar

Spanish Firm Delivers Second Tuna Boat to Mexico’s Grupomar

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Spanish shipyard Armon on Sunday delivered the tuna boat Oaxaca, the second vessel in a three-ship package, to Mexico’s Grupo Maritimo Industrial, or Grupomar.

The 78-meter (255-foot) boat is of the same type as the Gijon, which was delivered in December 2013, and the Manzanillo, a vessel that is under construction at the shipyard.

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Spanish Singer Raphael Labels Himself an “Indie” Artist

Spanish singer Raphael is facing the fact that others are thinking about his retirement, even though he is heading out on the latest tour in his decades-long career, a tour on which he will perform at the Sonorama music festival before a new audience: namely, “indie” fans.

“‘Indie’ doesn’t mean anything but independent. What I ask myself is how I didn’t go there before, because if there’s an artist who’s always done what he felt he had to do and has been his own boss, it’s me,” the 71-year-old singer said in an interview with Efe.

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Apple Co-Founder Says Colombia Must Focus on Education to Innovate

Apple Co-Founder Says Colombia Must Focus on Education to Innovate

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Colombia should focus on education to lay the foundation for a better future based on innovation, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said during a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia.inn, a news agency operated by Efe, reported.

“It is necessary for the country to educate people in science, engineering, physics and chemistry,” Wozniak said during the closing ceremony of the 1st Heroes Fest on Saturday.

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Mexico, U.S. Weigh Using Force on Border

Mexico, U.S. Weigh Using Force on Border

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Mexican and U.S. officials met to discuss the use of force by U.S. federal agents on the border in an effort to reduce violent incidents during the apprehension of migrants, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Border Patrol officials and U.S. Embassy personnel participated in the meeting, the secretariat said.

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Jon Voight Slams Cruz, Bardem for Signing Petition Critical of Israel

Jon Voight Slams Cruz, Bardem for Signing Petition Critical of Israel

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Jon Voight, who starred in the 1969 Oscar-winning film “Midnight Cowboy,” ripped Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and actor Javier Bardem for signing a letter critical of Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

“I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused,” Voight, the father of actress Angelina Jolie, said in a letter published in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Sinaloa State Legislature to Repeal “Gag” Law for Media

Sinaloa State Legislature to Repeal “Gag” Law for Media

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The state legislature of the western Mexican state of Sinaloa said it will repeal a measure, denounced by journalists as a “gag law,” that bars reporters from crime scenes and sharply limits the press’ ability to cover issues of public safety and criminal justice.

The head of the state legislature’s political coordination committee, Jesus Enrique Hernandez, said a bill has been introduced to remove the controversial article from a recently approved law governing the state’s Attorney General’s Office.

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Spanish Actor Fulfills Dream of Directing Feature Film

Spanish Actor Fulfills Dream of Directing Feature Film

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Spanish actor, screenwriter and director Hugo Stuven Casasnovas says he is fulfilling one of his dreams by directing a feature film, a crime thriller titled “Anomalous” that is due to premiere in 2015.

It is “a dream come true,” the filmmaker told Efe in Barcelona during a break in filming the picture, whose cast includes Lluis Homar, who appeared in the Pedro Almodovar films “La mala education” (Bad Education) and “Los abrazos roots” (Broken Embraces).

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Shawl Famously Worn by Frida Kahlo on Display in London

Shawl Famously Worn by Frida Kahlo on Display in London

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The traditional Mexican rebozo, or shawl, that late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo used to wear is the focus of the “Made in Mexico” exhibit that opened June 6 and will run until Aug. 30 at the Fashion and Textile Museum in the British capital.

The exhibit explores the role that fashion has played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present and highlights the rebozo as a symbol of Mexican identity.

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Mexico’s Lower House Passes Final Package of Bills for Energy Overhaul

Mexico’s Lower House Passes Final Package of Bills for Energy Overhaul

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Mexico’s lower house concluded early Saturday the process of debating and approving the secondary legislation needed to implement last year’s energy overhaul, which opens the oil sector to private investment.

The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Jose Gonzalez Morfin, brought a close to the session that began Monday and lasted nearly 74 hours. The lawmakers passed nine new bills and modified numerous other measures that will regulate all aspects of the energy sector.

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Remittances to Mexico Rise by 7.3 Percent in Early 2014

Mexico received $11.62 billion in remittances in the first half of this year, up 7.3 percent from the same period of 2013, the country’s central bank said.

The median amount per remittance in the first six months of 2014 was $294.49, compared with $295.39 in January-June 2013, the Bank of Mexico said Friday.

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House Republicans Pass Border Measures That are Bound to Fail

House Republicans Pass Border Measures That are Bound to Fail

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House Republicans passed two measures to address the influx of unaccompanied child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the bills will not have sufficient support in the Democratic-led Senate.

The largely symbolic measures were passed late Friday, on what was to have been the first day of a five-week summer recess, thanks to support from conservative Tea Party Republicans, who had refused to back an earlier bill Thursday crafted by more moderate House GOP members.

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SundayAugust 3, 2014