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SundayAugust 17, 2014

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Mexican Businesses Agree to Reopen After Protests, Looting

Shopkeepers, gasoline station owners and hoteliers have reached an agreement with officials in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca to reopen their businesses, which were closed following protests by teachers that ended with vandalism and looting.

At least 48 service stations in the Valles Centrales, the region where the like-named state capital of Oaxaca is located, closed to protest looting by National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, union members during protests on Friday.

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MO Governor Declares State of Emergency, Curfews in Ferguson

MO Governor Declares State of Emergency, Curfews in Ferguson

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Saturday and ordered a curfew in Ferguson, the town where a week ago a policeman killed a young African-American, which has provoked disturbances almost every day since then.

Michael Brown, 18, died in a violent confrontation with police last Saturday, a racially tinged shooting that has infuriated many of the residents of Ferguson, a mostly black St. Louis suburb.

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Nearly 1 in 4 Cubans Above the Age of 15 is An Habitual Smoker

Nearly 1 in 4 Cubans Above the Age of 15 is An Habitual Smoker

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Some 24 percent of people over 15 years old are habitual smokers in Cuba and half the population is exposed to tobacco smoke at home, at work or in public places, official Cuban media reported.

Among women, the percentage of smokers is around 16 percent, while among men it jumps to 31 percent, the coordinator of the working group on lung cancer at the Public Health Ministry, Patricia Varona, told the official AIN news agency.

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Google Acquires Startup that Analyzes Photos to Create Urban Guides

Tech giant Google has purchased the startup Jetpac, creator of software that analyzes the pictures cybernauts post on the Internet and works up urban guides from the information it extracts from them, the Jetpac Web site said.

Founded in 2011 with headquarters in San Francisco, Jetpac compiles information from the photos that users post on social networks - for example on Instagram, the property of Facebook - and by means of an advanced system of artificial intelligence, creates guides with the information it extracts from them.

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Mexican Police Arrest Man Suspected of 18 Homicides

Mexican Police Arrest Man Suspected of 18 Homicides

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Police have arrested a man suspected of involvement in at least 18 homicides, the top prosecutor in the central state of Mexico said.

In a press conference attended by representatives of Mexico’s Defense and Navy Secretariats, Mexico state Attorney General Alejandro Gomez Sanchez said the arrest was made thanks to investigative work by police attached to his office.

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Jazz, Flamenco Are Highlight of New York Flame Festival

Jazz, Flamenco Are Highlight of New York Flame Festival

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Jazz has its blues, flamenco its laments, both are rich in improvisation, and now there is an occasion that brings these two styles together - the Flame Festival in New York, where four Spanish artists living in the city show the results of their musical fusion.

The Cornelia Street Cafe in West Village is the scene over the weekend of this dialogue under the baton of Rebeca Vallejo, the vocalist and composer who will close the festival with her performance on Sunday.

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Over 300,000 Abandoned Dogs Live On Streets of Bolivia

Over 300,000 Abandoned Dogs Live On Streets of Bolivia

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More than 300,000 abandoned dogs live on the streets of Bolivia, a country of 10 million inhabitants, officials said.

The expert in animal-transmitted infections at the Bolivian Health Ministry, Grover Paredes, said in a statement to state news agendy ABI that there are 300,000 stray dogs in the country and urged that the “indiscriminate sale” of animals be controlled to put an end to that situation.

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Odebrecht-Led Consortium Wins Colombian River Contract

Odebrecht-Led Consortium Wins Colombian River Contract

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Colombia’s government has awarded a consortium led by Brazilian engineering giant Odebrecht a 3.5-trillion-peso ($1.3-billion) contract to improve the navigability of the Magdalena River, the Andean nation’s longest.

The project will be carried out along a 908-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the river between the town of Puerto Salgar and the Caribbean port city of Barranquilla.

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Biologists Discover New Bat Species Native Only to Bolivian Savannas

Biologists Discover New Bat Species Native Only to Bolivian Savannas

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Brazilian biologist Ricardo Moratelli discovered in Bolivia a new species of golden bat that only lives on the savannas of that country, the director of the Biodiversity and Genetics Center of Cochabamba, Luis Fernando Aguirre, told Efe.

The new species, dubbed “Myotis midastactus,” has golden-yellow fur that is short, wooly and shiny, and its skull is larger than that of other similar species.

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4 Children Rescued From Mexico Shelter Allegedly Committed Suicide

4 Children Rescued From Mexico Shelter Allegedly Committed Suicide

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The Mexican agency attending to children who were rescued last month from a squalid shelter in the western state of Michoacan called on prosecutors to investigate reports that four of the minors committed suicide in recent weeks.

Other victims of the “La Gran Familia” shelter, taken over by the government amid sexual and physical abuse allegations, “tell us that four children committed suicide,” Julio Hernandez Barros, an attorney and member of the government’s Executive Commission on Victim Attention, or CEAV, told Efe.

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SundayAugust 17, 2014