A second woman has come forward claiming to have an illegitimate child from Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo. Last week, Lugo acknowledged that he is the father of a two-year-old with Viviana Carrillo. Benigna Leguizamon had a child in 2002 that she now claims is Lugo's as well.
French authorities arrested ETA leader Jurdan Martitegi last week.
Carlos Pascual was named U.S. Ambassador to Mexico this week. Pascual was formerly Ambassador in the Ukraine and advisor to the White House Security Council.
Manuel Rosales, an opposition leader who ran against Hugo Chavez in 2006, has sought asylum in Peru as he faces corruption charges in Venezuela.
XTREME has partnered with mun2 for a new reality series "XTREME: On the Verge". The show follows the daily lives of the duo and will also live online at holamun2.com.
According to new data from HispanicMagazineMonitor, advertising in Hispanic magazines for the first quarter of 2009 was down 27% compared to the same titles last year. Ad pages were also down 24%. Despite the downward trend, 131 new brands/campaigns and 32 new advertisers were identified in the first quarter of 2009.
Mario Lopez has written a children's book entitled "Mud Tacos!" with his sister Marissa Lopez-Wong. The book hits stores in October.
Myrka Dellanos' husband, Ulysses Alonso, was arrested this week and later released on bail in Miami after Dellanos reactivated charges of domestic abuse originally filed in August of last year. Alonso is scheduled to appear in court on May 11th.
A shootout in Guerrero last week between Mexican troops and a convoy of gunmen left 15 of the gunmen and one soldier dead.
American Latino TV announced nominees for its' "American Latino TV Awards". Julieta Venegas, Gustavo Santaolalla, Danny Trejo, Tony Alva, Francisca Valenzuela, Perez Hilton, In the Heights and Lucha Va Voom are among this year's nominees in a variety of categories. Online voting is hosted at: www.AmericanLatinoAwards.com
Colombian authorities arrested one of the country's most-wanted drug lords, Daniel Rendon Herrera, during a jungle raid last week.
Pablo Raul Alarcon, Sr. was honored with a Billboard Hall of Fame Award today. The posthumous award was accepted by Alarcon's son, Raul Alarcon, Jr.
MySpace Latino will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Friday with a special Show Secreto in Miami featuring Flex, Alexis y Fido, Reik, Da'Zoo, Afrobeta and Los Hollywood.
Priests in Northern Mexico have become targets of drug violence and are being extra cautious after Durango archbishop Hector Gonzalez Martinez stated that everybody except the authorities know that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman lives near Guanacevi, Durango.
"Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent" by Eduardo Galeano jumped from number 60,280 on Amazon's list of top sellers to number 14 last week after Hugo Chavez gave a copy of the book to President Obama at the Summit of the Americas.
Helio Castroneves, Brazilian race car driver and former "Dancing with the Stars" champion, was acquitted last week on charges of tax evasion.
Hugo Chavez said this weekend that he would restore Venezuela's ambassador in Washington in hopes of a "new era" in relations.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault will hold a wedding party this weekend at a palace in Venice, following the civil ceremony that took place back in February. Luis Miguel, Prince, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are rumored to be among those invited.
According to a recent article in the Austin American Statesman, Austin recently initiated a quality-of-life study focusing on Hispanics living in the city. Latinos are the biggest and fastest growing minority group in Austin, making up 36% of the city's population. The study shows that the educational gap between Hispanics and Anglos is the second largest out of 29 cities across the country and the median family income is less than half of Anglos, with a poverty rate of 23.1% in 2007.
American Latino TV and LatiNation this weekend will feature Ugly Betty's Tony Plana, actor Danny Trejo, Pilar Diaz and NOFX.
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