Your Weekly Latino News & Pop Culture Digest

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With the news cycle moving so quickly, it’s hard to keep tabs on everything. So by the end of the week, you may feel like you’ve missed out on a lot. To help remedy that, we’ve gathered everything that happened this week that should have been on your radar.

From news to pop culture, here are eight stories you might have missed.


Latinos along the US-Mexico border have their citizenship brought into question.

A Washington Post report found that the government is denying passports to Latinos born in the US, near the Mexico border. The investigation found that it’s affecting Latinos who were delivered by midwives, with the government accusing them of having fraudulent birth certificates. And though the Trump Administration is facing backlash, past governments have also questioned the citizenship of Latinos born in the US.

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Here's a first look at National Geographic Latinoamérica's bioseries episode about Gustavo Cerati.

National Geographic Latinoamérica’s upcoming docuseries, BIOS, will feature an episode about Soda Stereo frontman Gustavo Cerati. The network released a 30-second teaser this week.

Learn more here.


The Puerto Rican government updates the death toll.

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane María nears, the Puerto Rican government has finally updated the death toll. A George Washington University is now placing the number at 2,975, confirming what many had said for months. This update has come with much backlash for Ricardo Roselló’s administration.

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The Argentine peso hit historic lows.

On Thursday, Argentina’s Central raised its benchmark interest rate to 60 percent in an attempt to keep investors from panicking with the way President Mauricio Macri has handled the economic crisis. Instead, the peso lost nearly one-fifth of its value.

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The UN criticized the Nicaraguan government.

Nicaragua is still in the midst of political upheaval, and as the government continues to repress its critics – sometimes through violent means – the United Nations has spoken out. “Repression and retaliation against protesters continues in Nicaragua as the world looks away,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, in a statement.

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Manu Ginobili retires.

Argentine basketball player Manu Ginobili has retired. He explained his decision in an essay for La Nación. “I can’t say this was a hasty or unexpected decision,” Ginobili wrote. “I’m 41 years old. I’ve been stretching a little bit this basketball thing, right? In my head, last season was at all times ‘the last one.’ I never said it publicly because I didn’t want to limit my options. I wanted to leave the door open for any changes in my mind or to see if I still felt the physical and mental strength needed to face a new season.”

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Brazil suggested it might limit the number of Venezuelans who enter the country every day.

Currently, about 700 to 800 Venezuelans enter Brazil every day. This week, President Michel Temer announced that his government was considering reducing the number to anywhere between 100 and 200. The government denied that this move is about “closing off the entry of Venezuelans to Brazil” and more about smoothing the process.

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Presidents Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto reach preliminary trade deal.

This week, Trump – who has repeatedly said he’d end the North American Free Trade Agreement – announced he reached a new deal with EPN, which did not include Canada. Trump, who is in a hurry to sign a deal before Andrés Manuel López Obrador becomes president, said Thursday that Canada has “no choice” but to make a deal at some point.

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