Dorkys Ramos

World Leaders Discuss Long Term Plans for Haiti

The United States and other allies of Haiti met in Montreal on Monday to discuss long-term plans to help the devastated country. Nineteen foreign ministers and organizations committed to a 10-year effort to reconstruct Port-au-Prince, and although they still don’t know the amount of damage the earthquake caused or how much money is needed to rebuild, U.S.


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Doctors in Peru Amputate Wrong Foot of Patient

Doctors in Callao, Peru amputated the wrong foot of an 86-year-old man and then had to cut the right one off too. Jorge Villanueva had been fighting off an ulcer on his right foot since Jan. 4 and had to go into surgery when it worsened on Saturday, The Huffington Post reports. When his daughter, Carmen Villanueva, discovered the botched operation, doctors performed the second amputation the following day.


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Push Made to Count Latinos in 2010 Census

With the 2010 Census around the corner, there’s a real push to encourage Latinos to participate in this year’s count since the Hispanic community is typically shy when it comes to reporting themselves to the Census Bureau fearing penalties, jail time or deportation if they’re undocumented.


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6 Venezuelan TV Channels Taken off the Air for Disobedience

On Saturday, the Venezuelan government took six cable TV channels off the air for disobeying a law requiring them to air government messages. Last week, 24 channels—including RCTV—were redefined as national rather than international broadcasters, meaning they are now forced to carry President Hugo Chavez’s addresses and campaign materials throughout this election year.


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Cuba Performs State-Sponsored Sex Changes

After ending a long-time ban on sex-change operations back in 2007, the Cuban government has begun to cover the procedure by their universal health care system, Mariela Castro (President Raul Castro’s daughter), told The Washington Post on Tuesday’s fifth Cuban Conference on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy.


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Mexico Captures Infamous Drug Lord "El Teo"

On Tuesday, infamous drug lord Teodoro “El Teo” García Simental was captured by Mexican authorities. He was one of Mexico’s and the U.S. government’s most wanted men and a $2.1 million reward was offered for tips leading to his arrest. After five months of intelligence work, Mexico’s Federal Police located García Simental near the Las Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Baja California Sur.


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Mexican Drug Cartel Stitches Rival's Face On Soccer Ball

Last Friday, the body of 36-year-old Hugo Hernandez was found in seven pieces on the streets of Los Mochis along with a threat from one drug cartel to another: “Happy New Year, because this will be your last.” As if dismembering his body weren’t sick enough, his kidnappers also skinned his face and stitched it onto a soccer ball.


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Found: Lost Civilization of the Amazon

Archeologists have a discovered a whole ancient civilization lying underneath the upper Amazon basin. With the unfortunate loss of thousands of square miles of forest, scientists were able to use satellite imagery to locate a network of roads and structures that spans more than 250 km from northern Bolivia to the state of Amazonia in Brazil, The New Yorker reports. So far, researchers have documented 210 structures that might have been constructed in the third century AD.


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Cuba Rebuffs Inclusion on U.S. Terrorism Black List

Cuba’s definitely not celebrating their inclusion in the U.S. terrorism black list. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington said their government has been cooperating with international efforts to fight terrorism and spokesman Alberto Gonzalez pointed out that Cuba “has complied, is complying and will comply with the internationally recognized security measures for these cases.” He added that Cuba’s record is clean, that it’s never fostered terrorist groups nor can the U.S.


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Afro-Cuban Santeria Priests Predict Social Unrest

According to Afro-Cuban priests, a change is gonna come to the island this year. Santeria priests, also known as babalawos, have predicted social and political unrest, power struggles and treachery and have asked that aging leaders (here’s looking at you Fidel and Raul) give up their grip on the country and give the younger generation a chance.


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