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Venezuelan journalist freed after one-week kidnap

CARACAS (Reuters) - A high-profile Venezuelan journalist was freed on Monday after a week-long kidnapping that thrust attention once again on the South American nation's endemic violent crime. Nairobi Pinto, 32-year-old head of correspondents for private TV station Globovision, was found "safe and sound" in the town of Cua, about 60 km (38 miles) south of Caracas, authorities said. "She's alive, she's fine," said her TV station, which for years was a vehemently anti-government broadcaster until a change of ownership in 2013.

Venezuelan journalist freed after one-week kidnap

CARACAS (Reuters) - A high-profile Venezuelan journalist was freed on Monday after a week-long kidnapping that thrust attention once again on the South American nation's endemic violent crime. Nairobi Pinto, 32-year-old head of correspondents for private TV station Globovision, was found "safe and sound" in the town of Cua, about 60 km (38 miles) south of Caracas, authorities said. "She's alive, she's fine," said her TV station, which for years was a vehemently anti-government broadcaster until a change of ownership in 2013.

Venezuelan sees end of civil war threat through dialogue

Caracas, Mar 31 (EFE).- Venezuela's foreign minister said Monday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro sees dialogue with the opposition as the way to end the threat of civil war, the dream of only small minority faithful to a conservative sector of the United States. Willingness to hold talks "exists in a large part of the opposition," where there are also "those who dream of an armed conflict, of a civil war that, thanks be to God and to the will of the majority of our people, we don't want," Elias Jaua told Globovision TV.

Mexican writer Jose Emilio Pacheco dies at 74

Mexico City, Jan 27 (EFE).- Mexican novelist and poet Jose Emilio Pacheco, who won the Cervantes Prize, died over the weekend, his daughter, his family said. He was 74. Pacheco, who died on Sunday, fell in his room and hit his head two days before his death, the writer's wife, Cristina Pacheco, said Monday. The writer, however, did not want to go to the hospital after the home accident, Cristina Pacheco, who is also an author, told MVS radio.

Spain's top diplomat urges cultural pacts with LatAm

Madrid, Nov 25 (EFE).- Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo was on hand here Monday for the inauguration of the Center for Mexican Studies and used the occasion to stress the importance of sharing diplomatic, trade and cultural representations with the countries of Latin America. The center, a unit of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, will be established in the offices of the Cervantes Institute in Madrid.

Del Castillo touts importance of "La Reina del Sur" in her career

Los Angeles, Nov 8 (EFE).- Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is coming back as the drug kingpin in "La Reina del Sur" (Queen of the South), the most-watched series in the history of Telemundo, to be relaunched by the network starting Nov. 11. "The reason they're airing it again is because fans asked for it. Surveys were taken and the winner was "La Reina..." the artist said in a meeting with Efe at the Telemundo studios in Burbank, California.

Venezuela's Globovision faces possible fine for "creating anxiety"

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's telecoms regulator says it will seek to fine the TV station Globovision for allegedly provoking anxiety with a news report about shortages of motor vehicles and basic goods. CONATEL director Pedro Maldonado announced Monday what would mark the ninth fine against Globovision in recent years. Maldonado said that, if approved by the agency, Globovision could be fined up to 10 per cent of annual revenues Globovision had no immediate comment.

Fans honor Celia Cruz on 10th anniversary of her death

New York, Jul 17 (EFE).- Devoted fans of singer Celia Cruz flocked to her mausoleum in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery to mark the 10th anniversary of her death. The powerful voice of the Cuban-born "Queen of Salsa" rang out at the site where she rests alongside husband Pedro Knight. "Quimbara," "Cucala" and "La vida es un carnaval" were among the songs selected by Woodlawn historian Cristiana Peña for the observance, which was organized in coordination with the Celia Cruz Foundation.

Teaching Spanish comes to Shanghai

Shanghai, May 14 (EFE).- The Beijing branch of Spain's Cervantes Institute this week will introduce itself as a teaching institution for Spanish in Shanghai, the hub of the Chinese economy, in an alliance with state-owned China International Intellectech Corporation, or CIIC. "The important thing is to make Spanish publicly known, which is the value we have," the director of the Beijing Cervantes Institute, Inmaculada Gonzalez Puig, told Efe.

Spanish actress Sara Montiel dies

Madrid, Apr 8 (EFE).- Spanish actress and singer Sara Montiel died Monday at her home in Madrid, apparently of natural causes, emergency services officials told Efe. She was 85. An ambulance from Madrid emergency services rushed to attend the artist, but paramedics could do nothing to save her life. Montiel was one of Spain's most internationally renowned actresses and singers when Hollywood scarcely knew the Spanish movie industry existed.
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