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MondayAugust 25, 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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Guatemala Declares Drought Emergency

The Guatemalan government declared Monday a state of public emergency in the country’s 22 provinces as a result of the prolonged drought that has affected more than 200,000 families and caused agriculture losses in the millions.

President Otto Perez Molina made the announcement on Twitter.

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Joran Van der Sloot Transferred to Maximum-Security Prison in Peru for Threatening Warden

Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year sentence for the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman, was transferred to a maximum-security prison for threatening the warden of the penitentiary where he was being held, officials told Efe Monday.

Van der Sloot, notorious as the chief suspect in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old U.S. student Natalee Holloway in Aruba, responded with threats when an illegal cellphone was confiscated from him, officials of the Inpe prisons administration said.

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Alleged Rapists Buried Alive by Mob in Guatemala

Three suspected rapists were killed by an enraged mob in a community in the northwestern province of Huehuetenango, Guatemala’s PNC national police said Monday.

The incident occurred in Yalamciop, a village near the town of San Mateo Ixtatan, where residents burned alive three men whom they had accused of rape and kidnapping.

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Mining Project Threatens Mexico’s Pristine Los Tuxtlas Reserve

A mining project linked to the expansion of the Mexican Gulf port of Veracruz threatens North America’s largest jungle preserve, which would be the source of 2 million cubic meters of basalt rock.

Grassroots organizations and scientists, especially those from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, are warning that the project will harm the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, which is already plagued by poachers and traffickers of exotic wildlife.

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Florida Authorities Rescue Distressed Haitian Immigrants, One Found Dead in Water

One migrant died, two were rescued from the waves and 17 others were detained after arriving early Monday morning on a South Florida beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The two immigrants rescued from the water are of Haitian origin, Coast Guard spokesperson Marilyn Fajardo told Efe, adding that another immigrant was detained and later transported by emergency personnel to a hospital.

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Why Groups Are Suing the Government over Rushed Deportation Process for Mothers and Children

Why Groups Are Suing the Government over Rushed Deportation Process for Mothers and Children

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As families from Central America flee violence and persecution to seek refuge in the United States, hundreds of mothers and their children apprehended after crossing the border have been locked up at an isolated detention center in Artesia, New Mexico—hours from the nearest major metropolitan area. Two hundred and eighty women and children have been deported from the Artesia facility, the Los Angeles Times reports, mostly to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The Obama administration has begun to fast-track the deportations of the families and children who crossed the border seeking safety from the death threats, rape, and other abuses in their home countries.

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Colombian Military Hacks President’s Email

Colombian military personnel linked to former President Alvaro Uribe spied on President Juan Manuel Santos’ emails, arrested computer programmer Andres Fernando Sepulveda said in an interview in the current issue of Semana magazine.

When asked about who spied on Santos’ email, Sepulveda, who worked on the campaign of former presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga - the presidential candidate of the center-right Democratic Center party, an Uribe vehicle, in the 2014 presidential vote - responded that it was “Andromeda.”

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Over 3,000 Dominicans Displaced by Heavy Rains and Flooding

At least 3,603 people have been displaced, 606 homes damaged or destroyed and 23 communities cut off as a result of intense rains over the past two days in the Dominican Republic, emergency authorities said Sunday.

The rain caused flooding throughout the eastern and northeastern portions of the country, the COE emergency operations committee reported, adding that two bridges, an electrical substation and a hospital had been damaged.

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¡Felicidades! Uruguay on Your 189th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Uruguay on Your 189th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Uruguay is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in 1516 and stayed for close to 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1811 when national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas launched a revolution for freedom that was marked by the key Battle of Las Piedras.  The country declared itself independent from Spain on 1825 some 14 years later.

Uruguay enjoys acclaim as one of the top 100 country’s with the highest quality of life in the world and being one of the least corrupt in South America.  The country was once known as Oriental Republic of Uruguay and is home to 3.5 million plus people that will be celebrating today with fireworks, parades and concerts that will take place throughout the country.

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MondayAugust 25, 2014