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TuesdayAugust 19, 2014

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New Snake Species Discovered in Brazil

Scientists from four Brazilian institutions announced Tuesday the discovery of a new species of non-venomous snake that inhabits the savannas in the central part of the country.

The new serpent has been dubbed Atractus spinalis and belongs to the Dipsadidae family, which ranges through several countries of the Americas and some Caribbean islands.

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Women Who Sought Refuge in AZ Church Will be Deported

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to suspend the deportation order for an undocumented Mexican immigrant who sought refuge in an Arizona church almost two weeks ago.

Rosa Robles Loreto has remained in Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church since Aug. 7 to evade a deportation order imposed after her immigration was discovered during a traffic stop.

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Former Brazil President Lula Campaigns for Dilma Rouseff’s Re-election

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, one of Brazil’s most popular politicians, came all-out Tuesday in favor of the campaign to reelect his successor, Dilma Rousseff, assuring voters they can support her without qualms.

With the campaigns for the Oct. 5 elections starting Tuesday on television, the ideal medium for getting political messages across in Brazil, Lula burst onto the small screen with a powerful message in favor of a second four-year term for his political protege.

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Blog del Narco:  Photos Show Michoacan Mayor’s Meeting with Cartel Members

A Mexican news agency has posted photos on its Web site showing the mayors of Patzcuaro and Huetamo, two cities in the western state of Michoacan, meeting with Caballeros Templarios drug cartel boss Servando Gomez.

An anonymous sender provided two photos taken from a video to the Quadratin news agency, which posted the images on its Web site.

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Valle de Bravo’s Kidnapping Problem

At least seven people have been kidnapped in Valle de Bravo, a popular tourist town in central Mexico, with three of the victims already released, state officials said Tuesday.

Three kidnappings have been reported in recent days, Mexico state Government Secretary Jose Manzur said.

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Cuba’s Tourism Revenue Grows by 4 Percent

International tourism generated $1.08 billion in revenues for Cuba in the first half of 2014, an increase of 4 percent over the same period last year, the National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI, said Tuesday.

Cuba earned a total of $1.8 billion from tourism last year.

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Pablo Escobar’s Girlfriend Arrested for Drug Smuggling

Chilean police arrested a girlfriend of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) on suspicion of running a group that smuggled drugs into the country from neighboring Bolivia and Peru.

Magaly Cueto Melgar, a 51-year-old Bolivian national, was apprehended in possession of 550 grams of cocaine.

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Investors to Bid on Power Projects in Mexico Valued at $4.9 Billion

Investors can now bid on 16 power projects expected to draw about $4.9 billion in investment, the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, said.

The projects will allow the power agency to “offer better quality service at a lower cost for the benefit of all Mexicans,” CFE chief Enrique Ochoa said.

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Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed Tuesday in a traffic accident in Argentina’s Cordoba province, police told Efe, adding that a fourth Bergoglio family member was in critical condition at a hospital.

The victims are members of the family of the pontiff’s 35-year-old nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, who is being treated for his injuries.

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TuesdayAugust 19, 2014