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Published on LatinoLA: July 31, 2009

RIP: Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua

Gidget, the chihuahua featured in a number of Taco Bell campaigns, died last week at age 15.

A car bomb injured around 60 people and caused major damage to a police barracks in northern Spain today. The attack has been attributed to ETA

Venezuela froze its relations with Colombia this week recalling Venezuela's ambassador to Colombia and most of the embassy staff. Hugo Chavez also threatened to take over Colombian companies operating in Venezuela.

A judge ruled against Televisa's request to broadcast its shows in the U.S. over the internet, citing the Televisa's request as a violation of its distribution deal with Univision. Televisa plans to appeal the decision.

Calle 13 released their documentary "Sin Mapa" this week. The documentary follows the group on a journey through Latin America visiting Colombia, Venezuela and Peru.

The U.S. revoked the visas of four coup leaders in Honduras, renewing its efforts to secure the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya is currently installed in Nicaragua, near the border with Honduras.

Jose Hernandez will be the first astronaut to send bilingual Twitter updates from space when he makes his first flight in August aboard space shuttle Discovery. Follow Hernandez Twitter updates at: Astro_Jose.

The Obama administration has taken down electronic billboards that were placed in 2006 outside the American diplomatic mission in Havana. The billboards were used to project pro-democracy messages and to criticize the Castro regime.

Billboard Magazine's Leila Cobo will release her first book, "Tell Me Something True" on October 1st. The book tells the story of a Colombian-American woman that discovers the truth about her deceased mother's past.

According to Venezuela's interior ministry, the country's kidnapping rate has surpassed that of Colombia and Mexico with 2 abductions per 100,000 inhabitants. In the town of Barinas, that rate soars to 7.2 kidnappings per 100,000 inhabitants.

Winners of Argentina's Premios Gardel were announced via a press release last week in lieu of the swine flu precautions. Luis Alberto Spinetta took home this year's Gardel de Oro and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs were named "Personalidad del A??o".

According to new data released by the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of immigrants from Mexico has declined sharply since mid-decade and continues to decrease through early 2009. The flow of immigrants going back to Mexico, however, has remained stable.

The seventh annual Hispanic Television Summit will take place September 23-24th in New York.

Alicia Keys has teamed up with Alejandro Sanz on the track "Looking for Paradise" which will be on Sanz' upcoming album, slated for release in November.

The Gran Telescopio Canarias was inaugurated last week by King Juan Carlos in the Canary Islands. Planning for the $185 million telescope, one of the world's most powerful, began in 1987.

Billboard will hold its annual Regional Music Summit October 8-9th in Los Angeles. Alejandro Fernandez will be featured in this year's superstar Q&A session.

Latina.com has published its Top Ten hottest summer reads from Latino writers. "The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zaf??n, "Names I Call My Sister" by Mary Castillo, Berta Platas, Lynda Sandoval and Sofia Quintero and "A Happy Marriage" by Rafael Yglesias are among the list.

Banda El Recodo lead singer Luis Antonio Lopez, "Mimoso", announced that he is leaving the group after 11 years to pursue a solo career.

NBC Universal will offer a free preview day of mun2 to all multiplatform video programming distribution partners on August 12th when the bilingual youth network will air English-language coverage of the Rumbo Al Mundial World Cup qualifier between Mexico vs. USA. The match will air simultaneously on Telemundo with Spanish-language coverage.

Ad Age's 2009 Hispanic Fact Pack, the publication's annual guide to Hispanic media and marketing, is now available for download online at:http://adage.com/hispanic/article?article_id=138133

Aventura's "The Last" has sold more copies than any other Latin album released this year, holding the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart for seven consecutive weeks.

Univision Radio will not renew its contract for Portable People Meter ratings in Miami, San Diego and Phoenix. Univison has been among a group of broadcasters pushing for an FCC investigation of the PPM and its effect on minority radio.

Anarcumbia artist Amandititita married Kinky keyboardist Ulises Lozano last week. Lozano is also producing Amandititita's new album set for release in October.

The Latin Media and Entertainment Commission of New York will host the Convergence 2009 Digital & Social Media Conference on October 14th.

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