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NARCO NEWS:  980-foot Long  Drug Tunnel Found Under U.S.-Mexico Border

NARCO NEWS:  980-foot Long Drug Tunnel Found Under U.S.-Mexico Border

Mexican authorities are reporting that they have discovered a 980-foot long narco tunnel between Tijuana, Mexico and the U.S. The tunnel was found by the Mexican military on Friday inside a house in Tijuana. A Santa Muerte alter was also found inside the Tijuana house. continue reading »

Crime Fighting Female Judge, Mother of Three, Shot 21 Times in Rio de Janeiro

Crime Fighting Female Judge, Mother of Three, Shot 21 Times in Rio de Janeiro

47 year-old Judge Patricia Acioli was shot 21 times outside of her home in the municipality of Rio de Janiero. The crime fighting judge was known for her tough stance on corruption in the Brazilian military. continue reading »

Honduras and Canada Sign Free Trade Agreement

Honduras and Canada Sign Free Trade Agreement

The Central American country of Honduras has signed a free trade agreement with Canada this Friday. The trade agreement aims to open up both countries exports and boost investment. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s  Flag and Its Flora & Fauna Now Featured on U.S. Stamp

Puerto Rico’s Flag and Its Flora & Fauna Now Featured on U.S. Stamp

This week the U.S. Post Office introduced its newest postage stamp featuring the Puerto Rican flag and the San Pedrito bird with the island’s mountain as the back drop. Other stamp flags were also introduced this week. continue reading »

Argentina and Uruguay Move Forward on Historic Bid for 2030 World Cup Games

Argentina and Uruguay Move Forward on Historic Bid for 2030 World Cup Games

In 1930 the first FIFA World Cup took place in Uruguay since the country was celebrating the centenary of its first constitution and the team had just won the ’28 Summer Olympics. It played against Argentina defeating them 4-2, but the two teams couldn’t even agree on which ball to use so they ended up using both. continue reading »

Walmart Brings VUDU’s Movie Streaming Service to iPad

Walmart Brings VUDU’s Movie Streaming Service to iPad

More than 20,000 blockbusters, Hollywood classics and independent films can be instantly streamed through VUDU.com on iPad. continue reading »

Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

As the Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry has walked both sides of the immigration line, at one point implementing a Texas-style Dream Act that some say was the model for the national act. On the other hand, he’s authorized local police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they come in contact with. continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba: The Narrow Width

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba: The Narrow Width

I felt a shock on learning that Diana Nyad would make an attempt to swim across the Florida Straits. I recalled the days in 1994, when my neighborhood of San Leopoldo was swarming with people building improvised rafts on which to launch themselves into the sea. continue reading »

Cross-Cultural Legal Transactions Can Easily Get Lost in Translation

Cross-Cultural Legal Transactions Can Easily Get Lost in Translation

When Frank Perdue launched his poultry company’s marketing slogan, “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken,” it was a huge success in the United States. But its rollout in Mexico reportedly raised eyebrows and produced giggles instead. Apparently, the Spanish translation gives the slogan a raunchy sexual connotation. continue reading »

US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that part of the Obama administration's overhaul of the health care system is unconstitutional. A divided three-judge panel Friday struck down the provision of the law that requires all Americans to pay for health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty. continue reading »

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

Cry room supporters argue that other parishioners deserve a chance for prayer and meditation without the interruptions of a hungry newborn’s cries or inappropriate discussions of bodily functions right at the moment of consecration. Mommies and daddies can relax in cry rooms, they say, and avoid the guilt of knowing their progeny are disturbing their fellow Christians. continue reading »

Brazilian President’s Approval Rating Drops Amid Political Scandal

Brazilian President’s Approval Rating Drops Amid Political Scandal

A poll shows that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's personal approval rating has declined since March. A Ibope poll released this week shows President Rousseff's popularity fell six percentage points to 67 percent. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed described the president's administration as good. In an earlier survey, the approval rating for her government stood at 56 percent. Ms. Rousseff took office January 1. continue reading »

Celebrations of Fidel Castro´s 85th Birthday Last  All Week

Celebrations of Fidel Castro´s 85th Birthday Last All Week

A music concert by 22 artists from nine countries will take place on the eve of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday, Saturday, August 13. continue reading »

Persecution of Paraguay Indians Exposed to UN (VIDEO)

Persecution of Paraguay Indians Exposed to UN (VIDEO)

UN officials have been warned of the imminent threat against the lives of Paraguay’s last remaining uncontacted tribe ahead of their meeting today that will assess the country’s racial discrimination record. continue reading »

ICE Clears Itself of Misconduct in Internal Investigation, Draws Ire from Immigrant Rights Groups

ICE Clears Itself of Misconduct in Internal Investigation, Draws Ire from Immigrant Rights Groups

As if immigrant rights groups needed another reason to distrust the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cleared its agents of any wrongdoing in a recent internal investigation into reports of abuse. continue reading »