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U.N. Honors CIAT Project That “Saved” Rice Crops in Colombia

U.N. Honors CIAT Project That “Saved” Rice Crops in Colombia

Research by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT, which saved some 1,800 hectares (4,400 acres) of rice from the drought in northern Colombia, has been awarded a prize by the United Nations as one of the best ideas for dealing with climate change worldwide. continue reading »

Spanish Priest Gets Suspended Sentence in El Salvador Gang Case

Spanish Priest Gets Suspended Sentence in El Salvador Gang Case

A Spanish priest who pleaded guilty to aiding gang members in El Salvador was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison, but will not have to spend any time behind bars, a Salvadoran judicial spokesperson told Efe. continue reading »

Chelsea’s Mourinho Admires Barça Coach Luis Enrique

Chelsea’s Mourinho Admires Barça Coach Luis Enrique

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expressed admiration for his Barcelona counterpart, Luis Enrique, but declined to comment on the players who left his former club, Real Madrid, during the summer transfer window. continue reading »

PEW Hispanic: Number of Undocumented has Remained Stable Since 2009

PEW Hispanic: Number of Undocumented has Remained Stable Since 2009

The number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States has remained stable since the 2007-2009 recession and half of them have lived in this country for at least 13 years, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. continue reading »

Messi Shares Childhood Photo With Facebook Fans

Messi Shares Childhood Photo With Facebook Fans

A childhood photo of FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has received tens of thousands on Facebook, a Spanish sports magazine reported. continue reading »

Honduras Raises Flag on Disputed Island, Angers El Salvador

Honduras Raises Flag on Disputed Island, Angers El Salvador

The Salvadoran government spoke out on Thursday to criticize the ceremonial raising of the Honduran flag on a Pacific island claimed by both nations. continue reading »

Brazil’s Auto Industry See 22 Percent Drop in Production

Brazil’s Auto Industry See 22 Percent Drop in Production

Automakers in Brazil produced 265,900 vehicles in August, a 22.4 percent decline from the same month of 2013, the Brazilian Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers, or Anfavea, said Thursday. continue reading »

Colombia: Technology is the Key to Fighting Poverty

Colombia: Technology is the Key to Fighting Poverty

Technology must be leveraged as a key tool for fighting poverty and helping spur businesses that can boost the social inclusion of very low-income Colombians, who make up 30.6 percent of the population, the deputy information and communications technology minister said. continue reading »

Women in Mexican Prisons Face Sexual Torture, Says Amnesty International

Women in Mexican Prisons Face Sexual Torture, Says Amnesty International

Mexico has not fulfilled its international obligations regarding prevention and punishment of sexual violence against women in custody, Amnesty International said on Thursday. continue reading »

Greek Arms Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Trying to Sell to FARC

Greek Arms Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Trying to Sell to FARC

A New York federal court on Wednesday sentenced Greek citizen Ioannis Viglakis to 10 years behind bars for trying to sell arms to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, judicial authorities said. continue reading »

Fashion Elite Celebrate Carolina Herrera in NYC

Fashion Elite Celebrate Carolina Herrera in NYC

Hollywood notables such as Lucy Liu, Renee Zellweger and Seth Meyers joined the elite of New York's fashion community on Wednesday for an event honoring Venezuelan-born designer Carolina Herrera. continue reading »

Sofia Vergara Named Top-Earning Actress For Third Consecutive Year

Sofia Vergara Named Top-Earning Actress For Third Consecutive Year

Colombian-born Sofia Vergara, for the third consecutive year, is the highest-earning television actress in the United States, Forbes magazine said Wednesday. continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Urges Obama to Act Swiftly on Immigration

Rep. Gutierrez Urges Obama to Act Swiftly on Immigration

Immigration activists agreed on Wednesday that it is "imperative" for President Barack Obama to act as soon as possible on immigration given the failure of Congress to approve comprehensive reform in that area. continue reading »

Chile to Spend $510 Million on Rebuilding Valparaiso After Fire

Chile to Spend $510 Million on Rebuilding Valparaiso After Fire

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday announced a $510 million plan to rebuild the sectors of town affected by the devastating fire that swept through the coastal city of Valparaiso in April. continue reading »

Eva Longoria Says Apple Store Employees Accessed Private Data

Eva Longoria Says Apple Store Employees Accessed Private Data

Actress Eva Longoria charged that employees of an Apple Store accessed her personal data in a case that intensifies the controversy over the hacking of personal online information after the publication on the Internet of racy and intimate photographs of about 100 celebrities. continue reading »