Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekend Headlines: March 31-April 1, 2012

* Latin America: A new album of Selena will be released on Tuesday while fans of the late “Queen of Tejano” music recall the singer who was tragically murdered on March 31, 1995.

* Chile: The U.N.’s human rights office called on Chilean officials to pass new anti-discrimination laws in the aftermath of the attack and death of homosexual teen Daniel Zamudio.

* Argentina: Prosecutors claimed that ex-president Carlos Menem should stand trial over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 people.

* Cuba: The Cuban protester taken away by security agents before a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI was reportedly identified as a Santiago de Cuba resident named Andres Carrion Alvarez.

* Uruguay: Agriculture Minister Tabare Aguerre said that Uruguay would seek a deal to exchange rice with oil from Iran.

* Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez, who returned to Venezuela on Thursday after receiving radiation treatment in Cuba, warned that the government would seize any companies that are supposedly "financing the opposition’s destabilizing plans."

Video Source – YouTube via jgarc07 (Selena, seen her performing on Mexican TV, was 23-years-old when she was shot and killed by the president of her official fan club).

Online Sources- Corpus Christi Caller-Times, GlobalPost, The Latin Americanist, BBC News, USA TODAY, Reuters, BusinessWeek

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