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FridayAugust 22, 2014

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Mexican Grad Student Develops Voice-Recognition Software

Mexican Grad Student Develops Voice-Recognition Software

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A graduate student in the engineering department is developing voice-recognition software for use in investigations and court cases, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, said.

Jose Trangol’s program would help analyze evidence in court cases, where voice recordings are often used to prove a suspect’s innocence or guilt.

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Brazil Seeks to Raise At Least $5.36 Billion in 4G License Auction

Brazil Seeks to Raise At Least $5.36 Billion in 4G License Auction

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Brazil’s government expects to raise at least 11.8 billion reais ($5.36 billion) in a Sept. 30 auction of six fourth-generation (4G) wireless licenses.

The Anatel telecommunications regulator published the auction terms Thursday in the official gazette, establishing the minimum bid required to compete for each of the licenses.

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Argentina, Russia Announce Food-Export Deal

Argentina, Russia Announce Food-Export Deal

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Argentina on Thursday announced a series of accords with Russia that pave the way for food exports amounting to as much as $18 billion.

The agreements were reached during an Argentine trade delegation’s visit to Russia this week headed by Industry Minister Debora Giorgi and Agriculture Minister Carlos Casamiquela.

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Colombia’s FARC, ELN Attacks on Oil Infrastructure Cause $531 Million in Losses

Nearly 100 attacks by leftist rebels on Colombian oil infrastructure this year have cost the Andean nation roughly 1 trillion pesos ($531 million), an industry group said.

The president of the Colombian Petroleum Association, Francisco Jose Lloreda, said the attacks are causing a drop in royalty payments to towns and thus reducing the funds available for education, health and sanitation projects.

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Mexico’s Governing Party Wants Referendum on Decreasing Size of Congress

Mexico’s Governing Party Wants Referendum on Decreasing Size of Congress

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The governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said it would hold a referendum in 2015 to ask voters whether they support eliminating 100 seats in the lower house of Mexico’s Congress and 32 in the Senate.

The goal is to cut public spending and make it easier to reach agreements in Congress, PRI chairman Cesar Camacho said.

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Mexican Government to Loan Farmers Over $3 Billion

Mexican Government to Loan Farmers Over $3 Billion

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Mexico’s government plans to provide farmers with 44 billion pesos ($3.35 billion) in loans this year on preferential terms, President Enrique Peña Nieto said.

The president spoke during the official launch Wednesday of Financiera Nacional de Desarrollo, a development bank created as part of the financial system reforms implemented in January.

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Mexican Congress Urges Gov’t to Cancel Mine Concession After Toxic Spill

Mexican Congress Urges Gov’t to Cancel Mine Concession After Toxic Spill

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Mexico’s Congress has urged the federal government to cancel Grupo Mexico’s concession for a large copper mine in the northwestern state of Sonora after acid spilled into two rivers.

The Permanent Committee, which assumes legislative duties when Congress is in recess, called for a halt to operations at the Cananea mine while authorities assess the damage caused by the spill of 40,000 cubic meters (10.5 million gallons) of copper sulfate acid solution into the Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers.

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Pope Francis Phones Family of Slain U.S. Journalist

Pope Francis Phones Family of Slain U.S. Journalist

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Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers.

The call to the Foley family in Rochester, New Hampshire, came in the afternoon New Hampshire time. Father Lombardi released no additional details.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials confirmed a graphic video released Aug. 19 that showed Islamic State fighters beheading Foley, a 1996 graduate of Marquette University who had been a freelance journalist for the past several years, mostly in the world’s trouble spots. In 2011, he was kidnapped on a Libyan battlefield and held captive in Tripoli for 45 days.

Sometime in late 2012, he went missing in Syria. The last time his family heard from him was before Thanksgiving that year.

The Islamic State militants said they killed Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on their strongholds, and the group threatened to kill another U.S. hostage also shown in the video.

President Obama called Foley’s parents, John and Diane Foley, Aug. 20 before addressing the nation about their son’s death and told them: “We are all heartbroken.”

When the president was making his televised remarks about James Foley’s death, his parents spoke to reporters on the front yard of their home.

“We thank God for the gift of Jim. We are so, so proud of him,” said Diane Foley.

She added that he was “a courageous, fearless journalist—the best of America.”

John Foley told reporters: “We think his strength came from God,” and his wife interjected: “We know it did.”

His father also described how their son not only wanted to humanize the wars he was covering but would also “take a bullet” for any of his colleagues.

“It’s not difficult to find solace,” his father added, saying he knows his son is “in God’s hands.”

He said it is now up to others to “pick up the gauntlet” and continue the work his son was doing.

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Judge Rules Shakira’s “Loca” was Illegally Copied From Dominican

Judge Rules Shakira’s “Loca” was Illegally Copied From Dominican

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A federal judge in New York has ruled that Colombian singer Shakira’s 2010 hit “Loca” was illegally copied from a song by Dominican songwriter Ramon Arias Vazquez, whose author rights are owned by Mayimba Music.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein said both “Loca” and Dominican musician Edward “El Cata” Bello Pou’s “Loca con su tiger,” which inspired it , were copied from Arias Vazquez’s earlier song.

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FridayAugust 22, 2014