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Drug Violence Rocks Tourist Mecca of Acapulco
By Mariela Rosario | 06/10/2009 - 17:10

Another day, another story of violence in Mexico spurred by the ongoing war between the government and drug cartels. But now, the violence has spilled over into the tourist destination of Acapulco, causing dozens of frightened visitors to flee their hotels and head home.


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Violent Protests Rock Dominican-Haitian Border
By Mariela Rosario | 06/02/2009 - 09:40


Violent protests disrupted the Dominican-Haitian border
recently after authorities destroyed fruits and vegetables they were growing on protected land. This border area conflict is just the latest in a string of incidents that has heightened tension on the island of Hispaniola.


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Four Latino Tourists Found Murdered in Tijuana
By Mariela Rosario | 05/15/2009 - 11:30

Four young Latinos who crossed into Tijuana for a night of partying were found murdered in the border city, U.S. officials confirmed yesterday.


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Lynching of Haitian Man Highlights Tension in Dominican Republic
By Mariela Rosario | 05/11/2009 - 13:00

Carlos Nerilus, a Haitian man living in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, was lynched and beheaded last week by an angry mob. The incident was allegedly sparked by Nerilus's attack on his employer the day before, a construction foreman identified as Pascual de Leon.


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NY Teen Rearrested for Hate Crime
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 09:45

20-year-old Grigory Korostyshevskiy of Staten Island, New York was recently rearrested on hate crime charges, on accusations that he beat a Mexican immigrant with a belt, just a few short weeks after it seemed as though charges would be dismissed.


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Two PA Teens Acquitted in Hate Crime Murder of Luis Ramirez
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2009 - 10:00

Two teens, accused in the fatal beating of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania back in July of 2008, were recently acquitted of all serious charges by an all white jury. Brandon Piekarsky, 17, was acquitted of third-degree murder and Derrick Donchak, 19, was acquitted of aggravated assault. Charges of ethnic intimidation against both teens were also dropped.


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Armored Car Sales Booming in Brazil
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/05/2009 - 17:30

A gripping fear of crime has put many Brazilians in the market for armored cars. The NY Times spoke to João Neves, the owner of a small marketing agency, who said that after being robbed twice in traffic he decided to purchase an armored vehicle as extra protection. “Even though the [economic] crisis does exist, I consider my well-being and my security a priority,” Mr. Neves told The Times.


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Dozens Die in Guerrero, Mexico On Eve of President Obama's Visit
By Mariela Rosario | 04/16/2009 - 17:30

President Obama was expected to focus heavily on helping Mexico curtail the drug-related violence that has been plaguing the country for the last few years during his visit to the beleaguered country today. It was obviously an appropriate topic to be discussing as on the eve of Obama's visit, soldiers were forced into a deadly gun battle with heavily armed drug gangsters in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, resulting in the deaths of dozens of people. 


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VIDEO: Nicole Richie Raises Awareness for the Women of Congo
By Mariela Rosario | 04/16/2009 - 13:55

Nicole Richie sat down with experts John Prendergast of the Enough Project and Kimberly Pinkson of the Eco Mom Alliance to talk about the gruesome situation that has, unfortunately for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo, become a daily reality. In Congo, rape has become the weapon of choice in a war that has been ravaging the area for years. From baby girls to grandmothers, no one is safe. 


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Arrest Made In Murder of Sandra Cantu
By Mariela Rosario | 04/13/2009 - 18:00

As reported previously, the body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was found last week, shoved into a suitcase and floating in an irrigation canal not far from where she lived with her family in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in northern California. Police had been searching for the little girl for weeks and this past Friday made a shocking arrest in her murder case.


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