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Greeks take initiative to protect their cultural heritage

Athens, Nov 11 (EFE).- Years of Depression-like economic woes and the lack of public money for restoration of archaeological sites have led many Greeks to take a personal role in preserving their country's rich cultural heritage. Rebuilding ancient theaters. That was the objective Stavros Benos, Greece's culture minister in the late 1990s, had in mind in 2008 when he founded Diazoma. "I was only a few weeks in the job (of culture minister) when I felt desperation on verifying the limitations of the state and of myself, as minister, to protect Greek monuments," he told Efe.

Mexico's Miss World candidate, from "ugly duckling" to beauty

Bali, Indonesia, Sep 25 (EFE).- Marilyn Chagoya, who as a little girl was considered the "ugly duckling" of the class, wants to make her mark as the first Mexican to win the upcoming Miss World competition on the Indonesian island of Bali. "In school they called me 'the monster' and now I'm representing the beauty of the Mexican woman," the native of Poza Rica, Veracruz, told Efe, adding that if she becomes Miss World she intends to raise international awareness with regard to school bullying.

Actor Daniel Arenas says he won't get stuck in heartthrob roles

Miami, Sep 20 (EFE).- The star of the telenovela "Corazon Indomable" (Indomitable Heart), Colombia's Daniel Arenas, told Efe in an interview that he has no wish to get stuck in heartthrob roles.

Dozens arrested in security operation outside Cairo

Cairo, Sep 19 (EFE).- Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen Thursday during an operation in a town on Cairo's outskirts, where 48 people have been arrested thus far. Police and army soldiers took back control of Kerdasa's main streets from Islamist groups as a result of the raids, although there were still pockets of armed resistance in some areas, security spokespersons told Efe. The 48 detainees included the three main suspects in an Aug. 14 attack on the town's police station that left nearly a dozen law-enforcement officers dead, state television said.

Mexican designer Seco's collection inspired by New York and Shanghai

New York, Sep 9 (EFE).- Mexican designer Ricardo Seco's "Power" collection for spring-summer 2014 features a fusion of urban and Asian fashions inspired by New York and Shanghai. The New York-based designer rolled out his collection Sunday night at New York Fashion Week. "With this collection, I am talking about that man and the cities that represent power in the world. I think it's time to tally up and take into account the best of those cities, even though they are on different continents," Seco told Efe.

Pope urges G20 nations to avoid military solutions in Syria

Vatican City, Sep 5 (EFE).- Pope Francis sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg urging world leaders to eschew military solutions to the conflict in Syria. "To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution," the missive read.

Austria offers teachers "professor" titles to end labor dispute

VIENNA (Reuters) - In Austria, where a title before one's name is a huge status symbol, the government is offering to elevate all schoolteachers to "professor" to help settle a 12-year labor dispute. Schoolteachers who dug in their heels against any reform of working conditions have been asked to work longer hours under more flexible conditions in exchange for a range of benefits including "professor" titles.

Winner of "La Voz Kids" dreams of Broadway

Miami, Jul 30 (EFE).- After becoming the first winner of Telemundo's "La Voz Kids," a Spanish-language version of NBC's "The Voice" for contestants ages 7-14, Paola Guanche said that her greatest wish is to act in a Broadway musical. But before her arrival on the Great White Way, the 12-year-old wants to "go back to school with my friends." "They're very happy and proud. They always told me I was going to win. But now I want to go back to school, because for me studying comes first," Paola told Efe.

Activists protest in Denver to prevent sick grandmother's deportation

Denver, Jul 9 (EFE).- Leaders of pro-immigrant organizations in Colorado, accompanied by religious groups and members of the community, protested Tuesday in Denver to prevent the deportation of a Hispanic immigrant who needs medical care. Maria Molina Cano, 51, in 2010 received a deportation order when it was discovered that she was working using documents that belonged to another person.

Hike in consulates' resources requested to prep for immigration reform

Los Angeles, Jul 3 (EFE).- Mexican and Central American consulates in the United States are registering an increase in requests for official documents and, according to the Central American Resource Center, they must increase their available resources to be prepared if immigration reform is passed. "We know that right now, before the passage of immigration reform, the consulates are very full," the executive director of CARECEN, Martha Arevalo, told Efe on Wednesday.
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