Nicaragua Total Abortion Ban Challenged by Cancer Patient
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/24/2010 - 09:00

Nicaragua’s total abortion ban is being challenged by a cancer patient who wants to terminate her pregnancy so that she can receive treatment. Doctors at the state hospital in Leon (55 miles west of Managua) have refused to give her medical care because it would harm the 10-week-old fetus. The local paper La Prensa then published the patient’s sister’s request bringing the case to the public’s attention.

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Immigration Laws Lead to Fatal Family Separation
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2010 - 12:00

The NY Times recently ran a heartbreaking story about Elizabeth Drummond and Segundo Encalada, a couple who were married with children when Encalada was forced by immigration officials to take a "voluntary departure" back to Ecuador. A lawyer advised the Drummond-Encalada family that the process of obtaining a visa from a United States Consulate in Encalada's native Ecuador would take two months to a year.

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Seven Year Old Samba Queen Stirs Controversy in Brazil
By Mariela Rosario | 02/09/2010 - 13:54

Some people are up in arms about a recent report that the Viradouro samba school has selected seven-year-old Julia Lira to be their Queen for the huge annual Carnival parade in the Sambodromo. Julia's father, Marco Lira, is the owner of the samba school and her mother, Monica Lira, is a police official. Both parents think it is totally acceptable for their daughter to take on the role, even though it is normally reserved for women in their late teens and twenties.

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Camila Alves Enforces "Cuarentena" with Matthew McConaughey
By Mariela Rosario | 02/03/2010 - 09:45

Although the stunning Camila Alves has already been spotted out and about after giving birth to Vida, her 3-week old baby girl with boyfriend Matthew McConaughey—she is still holding off on a lot of postpartum activities. As a matter of fact, in a recent interview with, the model and new host of Shear Genius on Bravo revealed that she is enforcing the time honored Latina tradition of the “cuarentena.”

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What's-His-Name to Star Opposite Jennifer Lopez in New Romantic Comedy
By Monica Herrera | 04/08/2009 - 16:11

Further proving that someone in Hollywood is out to sabotage Jennifer Lopez's career, CBS Films has decided to cast Alex O'Loughlin, a virtual unknown, as her male co-star in the upcoming romantic comedy, Plan B (or The Back-Up Plan, depending on whether you're reading Variety or The Hollywood Reporter).

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Thalía Wants to Have Another Baby
By Monica Herrera | 04/01/2009 - 11:26

Thalía is ready to expand her brood. The Mexican star, who just released a book about pregnancy entitled Thalía: ¡Radiante!, tells Siempre Mujer that she'd love to repeat the experience she had giving birth to her first daughter, 18-month-old Sabrina Sakaë: "Being pregnant changed my life forever. It was something magical, special, that put me in touch with the universe," said the singer.

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Sweet Dreams
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/16/2009 - 11:00

Dessa's bedtime routine every night goes something like this: dinner, bath, lotion, PJ's, two books and then down for the night—in our bed. Yep, you read that right. Dessa doesn't sleep in her own bed and never has. It didn't happen accidentally and it's not a once in awhile thing. I always knew that I wouldn't put Dessa in a crib (unless she asked for it). It didn't seem natural to me. I had just carried her inside me for 9 months and then, when she finally arrived, I was going to kick her out? I don't think so.

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Video: Salma Hayek Breastfeeds Baby Boy in West Africa
By Monica Herrera | 02/11/2009 - 10:15

Salma Hayek has given new meaning to the word generosity, breastfeeding an ailing baby boy in West Africa and allowing TV cameras to capture the experience.

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Meet Ricky Martin's Twins!
By Monica Herrera | 12/10/2008 - 08:41

Well it's about time! Ricky Martin introduced his twin sons to the world this morning via a beachside photo spread in the new issue of People Magazine. The boricua star is pictured cradling 4-month-old Matteo and Valentino Martin alongside la playa in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and per usual, he's got nothing but beautiful, spiritually enlightened words to share. "Everything they do, from smiling to crying, feels like a blessing," says Ricky.

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By Latina Staff | 12/08/2008 - 17:26

Kids are what make the holidays the extra-special, warm and fuzzy occasion that they are. While we adults see all the merrymaking through jaded eyes, they're just thrilled to be unwrapping boxes with their new favorite things inside! Which is why our favorite part of the holiday season is choosing gifts for the little ones.

Start here for our roundup of presents for babies, toddlers, tweens and teens,
all with budding interests and personality traits of their own. Happy shopping!

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