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Evangelicals challenge Catholic Church's dominance in Brazil

If Pope Francis wants to see firsthand the challenges the Vatican faces in Latin America, he should visit Rio’s notoriously violent slums. Here the youth are restless and evangelical church halls run by homegrown Protestant pastors appear on every second block, a pattern repeated on the poor periphery of most Brazilian cities. ... Read more»

Border roundup

Supreme Court looks at Az as injured men, explosives found in desert

Border roundup: Arizona proposition becomes a test case for voter registration laws, family green cards face restrictions, injured men and explosives are found in the desert and Mexican towns and newspapers respond to cartel violence.... Read more»

Vatican denies Pope Francis stayed silent in Dirty War

The Vatican is hitting back at critics who have charged that Pope Francis didn't do enough during Argentina's Dirty War. A spokesman called the accusations "defamatory" and told reporters today that they "must be clearly and firmly denied."... Read more»

First Latin American pope speaks softly, carries allegedly dark past

The 266th pope, and the first ever from Latin America, has one lung, rides the subway, reads Dostoevsky and has been described as both a moral compass and a sellout to Argentina’s former Dirty War leaders.... Read more»

Researchers: Kids' mental health affected by deportation surge

An unprecedented surge in deportations in recent years has affected tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of American children. The traumatic experience of losing a parent for an entire childhood is certain to have a profound impact on the mental health of these U.S. citizen children, according to researchers.... Read more»

Texas lawmakers: Mexico falling short on water pact

Sounding the alarm over a 70-year-old treaty that governs the release of water to Texas by Mexican officials, state and federal lawmakers say that Mexico is again falling short on its part of the agreement and that water users in the Rio Grande basin are feeling the impact.... Read more»

Man with throat slashed found at border; 2 dead in Mexico

A Mexican man whose throat had been cut was found by Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed. Sources said three others with slashed throats were found by Mexican authorities just over the border, two of whom were dead.... Read more»

Habemas papam Franciscum

First non-European pope in 1,200 years named after St. Francis

For only the second time in history, the Roman Catholic Church is headed by a man not from Europe. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday, the second day of a papal conclave. Naming himself after Francis of Assisi, the new pope is also the first Jesuit to be elected to the Throne of St. Peter.... Read more»7

Tucson tech could eye border from on high

Anchored within proposals for a new national immigration policy is a call for more high-tech security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Parts of that technology – including an 80-foot tower bristling with sensors and cameras – could be developed and tested at the UA Science and Technology Park. ... Read more»

Shakeup proposed for Mexican TV, phone markets

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has sent a long-awaited telecommunications reform bill to Congress that proposes to shake up the TV and telephone markets. The proposed legislation could threaten Carlos Slim’s status as the world’s richest man.... Read more»

Another Mexican newspaper stops reporting on organized crime

Mexican newspaper Zocalo said it would no longer publish stories on organized crime due to safety concerns for its journalists and their families.... Read more»

Mexico: Jalisco state tourism minister shot dead in Guadalajara

Authorities believe the killing of Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez, recently appointed tourism minister of Jalisco state, may have been related to his business activities. ... Read more»

Border & immigration news roundup

Chavez dies, Mexican journalist killed, Brewer loses in court

Border roundup: The world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez, Gov. Brewer loses in court, Arizona Republicans propose voting restrictions and the border economy continues to cross international lines... Read more»

Chavez's last words: 'I don't want to die'

The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's last words were reportedly: "Yo no quiero morir, por favor no me dejen morir." In English, they read: "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die."... Read more»

Mexico's energy reform drawing interest from Texas oilmen

The Mexican ruling party's recent decision to adopt a platform that could open up the country's giant oil monopoly to private investment has caught the attention of some industry gurus in Texas, who say the move bodes well for U.S. business interests.... Read more»

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