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Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico on Tuesday presented its strategy for promoting itself as a medical tourism destination, especially among the Hispanic population of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, to whom it will offer medical care ranging from dental treatment to liposuction or weight-loss surgery at prices that can be as much as 60 percent lower than in the continental United States. continue reading »

White House Hesitating on Executive Action on Immigration

The White House acknowledged Tuesday that President Barack Obama might not fulfill the pledge he made in June to announce exective action on immigration matters before the end of summer. continue reading »

STUDY: Spanish Speakers Express Themselves More Positively

STUDY: Spanish Speakers Express Themselves More Positively

Spanish-speakers tend to express themselves in a more positive way than do the speakers of other languages, according to a study published by the University of Vermont. continue reading »

“Cantinflas” Movie Makes Strong Showing in Box Office

“Cantinflas” Movie Makes Strong Showing in Box Office

"Cantinflas", the biopic about Mexican actor Mario Moreno, premiered in the United States with a total box-office of $3.2 million and the highest average number of moviegoers per movie theater that screened it. continue reading »

Nicaragua Suspends Search for Trapped Miners

Nicaragua Suspends Search for Trapped Miners

Search efforts for seven miners missing for five days in an abandoned gold mine located in the northern Caribbean municipality of Bonanza have been suspended, Nicaragua's DGB fire-rescue service said Tuesday. continue reading »

The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform legislation would give a majority of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and work authorization. But with immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Mexican Cartel Takes Blow with $300 Million of Cocaine Seized in Peru

Blog del Narco: Mexican Cartel Takes Blow with $300 Million of Cocaine Seized in Peru

Seized Cocaine was displayed in dozens of blocks of 25 kilos each in a hangar at the police airport in Lima. The drugs arrived in the morning on a cargo plane from Trujillo, 560 kms north of the Peruvian capital. The seizure is the largest seizure ever recorded in Peru, a country considered by the UN, along with Colombia, one of the largest producers of this alkaloid with about 320 tones of cocaine annually. continue reading »

Mariachi Barbie Makes her Debut in Mexico

Mariachi Barbie Makes her Debut in Mexico

The latest Barbie doll will be dressed in Mexico's traditional mariachi costume and wide-brimmed sombrero as it joins the 2014 Barbie Dolls of the World Collection, the doll's manufacturer, Mattel, said. continue reading »

Minimum Wage in Argentina Increases by 31 Percent

Minimum Wage in Argentina Increases by 31 Percent

The Argentine government raised the minimum wage by 31 percent to 4,400 pesos ($523) a month, according to a decision published Tuesday in the official gazette. continue reading »

New $9.2 Billion Airport Coming to Mexico City

New $9.2 Billion Airport Coming to Mexico City

The Mexican government expects to spend 120 billion pesos ($9.17 billion) building a new airport for this capital, President Enrique Peña Nieto said Tuesday. continue reading »

Did Narcos Call Argentine’s Presidential Office?

Did Narcos Call Argentine’s Presidential Office?

The Argentine government on Monday released a technical report in response to a judge's request for information on alleged telephone calls made by drug traffickers to numbers within the executive branch. continue reading »

Colombia Receives Nearly 700 Pre-Columiban Artifacts Repatriated from Spain

Colombia Receives Nearly 700 Pre-Columiban Artifacts Repatriated from Spain

Colombia's Foreign Ministry on Monday publicly presented a total of 691 pre-Columbian artifacts repatriated from Spain in recent weeks. continue reading »

Diego Maradona Leads Group of Retired Soccer Stars Honoring Pope Francis

Diego Maradona Leads Group of Retired Soccer Stars Honoring Pope Francis

Former greats such as Diego Armando Maradona, Roberto Baggio, Diego Simeone, Carlos Valderrama and Ivan Zamorano put on a show here Monday at an interfaith charity match inspired by Pope Francis, an avid soccer fan. continue reading »

Cuba Experiencing a Teacher Shortage as School Year Begins

Cuba Experiencing a Teacher Shortage as School Year Begins

Cuba begins Monday its 2014-2015 school year with almost 2 million students in 10,366 schools and close to 172,000 teachers, 93 percent of the number that administrators say are needed. continue reading »

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Empaque to U.S. Concern for $1.22 Billion

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Empaque to U.S. Concern for $1.22 Billion

Dutch brewer Heineken said it signed an agreement to sell its Mexican packaging business to U.S.-based Crown Holdings for $1.22 billion. continue reading »