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The sweetest Colombia’s beauty contest

The sweetest Colombia’s beauty contest | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Bogotá, Colombia (NTN24) – The national beauty contest of the jaggery or “El Reinado de la Panela” is one of the most important and traditional event of Colombia where the contenders just need to express their natural beauty.
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Latino Catholics in the U.S. embrace Catholic Church's new Argentinian pope | PRI.ORG

Latino Catholics in the U.S. embrace Catholic Church's new Argentinian pope | PRI.ORG | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
The growing U.S. Hispanic population is largely Catholic, just like much of Latin America, so many of them were particularly excited by the choice of an Argentinian, a latino, as the next pope.
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Bodies found in Cancun appear to be linked to drug dealing, authorities say

Bodies found in Cancun appear to be linked to drug dealing, authorities say | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Authorities in Mexico say the killings of five men and two women in the resort town of Cancun appear to be linked to the drug trade.
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Same-sex marriage bill awaits president's signature in Uruguay

Same-sex marriage bill awaits president's signature in Uruguay | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Uruguayan senators voted 28-3 in favor of a same-sex marriage measure on Tuesday.
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At this point, the president's signature is all the bill needs to become law in Uruguay.

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Detainees, U.S. guards clash at Guantanamo Bay

Detainees, U.S. guards clash at Guantanamo Bay | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Guantanamo Bay detainees wielding "improvised weapons" clashed Saturday with guards, an episode that occurred amid simmering tensions at the U.S. military base.
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Inmates at the U.S.'s Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba have been restless lately.  This news is following a hunger strike that many prisoners have been taking part in lately.

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Nicolas Maduro wins 'narrow' victory

Nicolas Maduro wins 'narrow' victory | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Venezuela's acting president has been declared the winner in the election to replace Hugo Chavez, while the opposition refuse to accept the result without a recount.
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Has the United States ever had an election so close that there needed to be a recount?

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In Peru's capital, a reformist mayor fights for survival in recall vote

In Peru's capital, a reformist mayor fights for survival in recall vote | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
After becoming the first woman ever elected to run Peru's capital, Susana Villaran did what no modern predecessor had dared: She tried to bring order and transparency to a metropolis plagued by widespread corruption and a chaotic, patronage-thick...
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When leaders make lots of big changes, there will always be those that are thrilled and those who are upset.

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Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto faces tough start

Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto faces tough start | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
The BBC's Will Grant examines the challenges and expectations facing Mexico's incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto.
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Get a feel for what challenges Mexico's new president faces.

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Indigenous issues: Former president of Guatemala will face trial for genocide | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link

Indigenous issues: Former president of Guatemala will face trial for genocide | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Former president of Guatemala to face trial; The People’s Summit and CELAC-EU summit take place in Chile; Costa Rica gives green light to Monsanto’s GM
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Laura Hartline's comment, February 16, 2013 12:04 PM
Definition of genocide: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genocide?s=t
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A Latin American Pope? Some say it’s about time

A Latin American Pope? Some say it’s about time | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
With Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he is abdicating at the end of February, speculation has already begun on who … Read More
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What do you think?  Could the next Pope be from Latin America?

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First photos of ailing Chavez released amid lengthy absence

First photos of ailing Chavez released amid lengthy absence | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Venezuelans got the first glimpse in more than two months of ailing President Hugo Chavez in photos the government released in a televised announcement.
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For Spanish 3/4

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About 2 Million Without Running Water in Chile - ABC News

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About 2 Million Without Running Water in Chile
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Too much rain means too little water for about 2 million Chileans. Heavy rains and warm weather have melted snowy peaks in the Andes mountains, causing landslides and nearby rivers to flood.
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Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled - MiamiHerald.com

Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled MiamiHerald.com The number of prisoners held on political charges in Cuba doubled to 90 in the past 10 months despite the government's preference for short-term detentions to...
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Costa Rica: UN condemns violence against indigenous populations | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link

Costa Rica: UN condemns violence against indigenous populations | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Costa Rica: UN condemns violence against indigenous populations; Pope criticizes in-vitro ruling; Forest fire season starts  UN condemns violence against
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Flooding kills at least 46 people in Argentina

Flooding kills at least 46 people in Argentina | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Flash floods killed at least 46 people and forced about 1,500 residents to evacuate the Argentine city of La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires province, government officials said on Wednesday.
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Obama to visit Mexico, Costa Rica in May

U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Mexico and Costa Rica in May, officials said Wednesday.
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Imposing central Mexican volcano spews ash skyward

Imposing central Mexican volcano spews ash skyward | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano rumbled Saturday with explosions and expulsions of ash and gas.
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Clashes at Chile student protests

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Students in Chile resume their protests for education reforms, with more than 100,000 people taking to the streets.
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Chilean college students have been protesting for months for changes to the education system.

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Costa Rica: Popular initiative bans hunting for sport | Pulsamerica

Costa Rica: Popular initiative bans hunting for sport | Pulsamerica | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Costa Rica: Popular initiative bans hunting for sport; Central Bank decision encounters resistance; Puntarenas Carnival starts Popular initiative bans
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The first of three stories on this web article.  There's a lot of talk about how to use guns in the United States right now too.  What do you think about this?

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Social media campaign wants to remind you: It's Colombia, not Columbia

Social media campaign wants to remind you: It's Colombia, not Columbia | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
A social media campaign spells out the differences between Colombia and Columbia.
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Spelling matters...

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Laura Hartline's comment, February 21, 2013 9:39 AM
Here's the facebook page mentioned in the article: http://www.facebook.com/itscolombianotcolumbia
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Ecuador president wins re-election

Ecuador president wins re-election | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa calls for "another four years of revolution" as he is re-elected for a third term with more than 50% of the vote.
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Costa Rica: New law strengthens measures against human trafficking | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link

Costa Rica: New law strengthens measures against human trafficking | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
 New law strengthens measures against human trafficking; Free Trade Agreement with Colombia nearly ready; medical profession against Law on Salary
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Laura Hartline's comment, February 16, 2013 11:48 AM
This link takes you to a page with 3 different stories. This headline is for the first story, Spanish 2 students. :)
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Mexican government says bird flu outbreak hits 582,000 chickens in central Mexico

Mexican government says bird flu outbreak hits 582,000 chickens in central Mexico | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Mexico's animal health agency says a bird flu outbreak at seven farms in central Mexico has affected as many as 582,000 chickens.
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This would be an interesting story to follow.  I'm sure Mexicans are worried based on what happened in western Mexico in 2012.  

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Chile's Pinera visits fire victims

Chile's Pinera visits fire victims | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera visits Valparaiso, after one of the most destructive forest fires in decades, promising to re-house victims.
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Possible Spanish 3/4 Current Events Article

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Latin America is enjoying the good times - at last - BBC News

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Latin America is enjoying the good times - at last
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The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean grew by 3.1% last year, comfortably outstripping global growth of 2.2%.
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Panama: Peasant protests against hydroelectric project suffer repression | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link

Panama: Peasant protests against hydroelectric project suffer repression | Pulsamerica: Impartial, Direct, Independent | The Impartial Latin American News Link | News from the Spanish-speaking World | Scoop.it
Peasant's protesting against hydroelectric project suffer repression; Economic freedom index worsened; Murder rates decrease, but robberies
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