<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:40:53 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case]]> http://gazette.com/hong-kong-woman-gets-6-years-in-indonesian-maid-abuse-case/article/feed/208944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hong-kong-woman-gets-6-years-in-indonesian-maid-abuse-case/article/feed/208944?custom_click=rss

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.

Law Wan-tung was sentenced after her conviction earlier this month on eight charges of assault, grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation against 24-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in a case that highlighted the vulnerabilities of migrants working as domestic staff across Asia and the Middle East.

Law, 45, had no reaction as the sentence was handed down by District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock, who said "the seriousness of the charges and circumstances of the offences means a lengthy prison time is appropriate.

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]]> HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.

Law Wan-tung was sentenced after her conviction earlier this month on eight charges of assault, grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation against 24-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in a case that highlighted the vulnerabilities of migrants working as domestic staff across Asia and the Middle East.

Law, 45, had no reaction as the sentence was handed down by District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock, who said "the seriousness of the charges and circumstances of the offences means a lengthy prison time is appropriate.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:32:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan data signal slow recovery despite lower energy costs]]> http://gazette.com/japan-data-signal-slow-recovery-despite-lower-energy-costs/article/feed/208917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-data-signal-slow-recovery-despite-lower-energy-costs/article/feed/208917?custom_click=rss TOKYO (AP) — Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.

Weak retail sales and a cooling of already slow inflation underscored the fragility of the recovery of the world's third-largest economy. It also raised the potential for further monetary stimulus from the central bank.

Core inflation, excluding volatile food prices, was 2.2 percent, compared with 2.5 percent the month before and the lowest in 10 months. Excluding energy costs and food, the consumer price index rose 2.1 percent, level with the previous two months.

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.

Weak retail sales and a cooling of already slow inflation underscored the fragility of the recovery of the world's third-largest economy. It also raised the potential for further monetary stimulus from the central bank.

Core inflation, excluding volatile food prices, was 2.2 percent, compared with 2.5 percent the month before and the lowest in 10 months. Excluding energy costs and food, the consumer price index rose 2.1 percent, level with the previous two months.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:32:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal]]> http://gazette.com/despite-spat-with-us-israeli-leader-fighting-iran-nuke-deal/article/feed/208963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/despite-spat-with-us-israeli-leader-fighting-iran-nuke-deal/article/feed/208963?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his signature achievement: preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. But the centerpiece of the visit, a much-hyped speech to Congress arguing against the international community's emerging nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, has been overshadowed by a damaging battle with the White House and electoral intrigue back home.

By accepting a back-door invitation from House Speaker John Boehner that bypassed the White House, Netanyahu has inserted himself into the heart of the bitter U.S. partisan divide and seen his already troubled relations with President Barack Obama's administr

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]]> JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his signature achievement: preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. But the centerpiece of the visit, a much-hyped speech to Congress arguing against the international community's emerging nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, has been overshadowed by a damaging battle with the White House and electoral intrigue back home.

By accepting a back-door invitation from House Speaker John Boehner that bypassed the White House, Netanyahu has inserted himself into the heart of the bitter U.S. partisan divide and seen his already troubled relations with President Barack Obama's administr]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:32:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal]]> http://gazette.com/hollande-tours-typhoon-hit-philippines-ahead-of-climate-deal/article/feed/208671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hollande-tours-typhoon-hit-philippines-ahead-of-climate-deal/article/feed/208671?custom_click=rss

GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.

Hollande arrived in Guiuan town, where Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall before claiming more than 7,300 lives, after he and President Benigno Aquino III launched an international appeal to back efforts to seal the climate change accord in Paris in December.

Hollande warned that there will be no deal if wealthy countries don't commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight global warming.

"There will be no agreement concluded in Paris if the countries, the poorest countries, are not convinced th

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]]> GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.

Hollande arrived in Guiuan town, where Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall before claiming more than 7,300 lives, after he and President Benigno Aquino III launched an international appeal to back efforts to seal the climate change accord in Paris in December.

Hollande warned that there will be no deal if wealthy countries don't commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight global warming.

"There will be no agreement concluded in Paris if the countries, the poorest countries, are not convinced th]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:32:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change]]> http://gazette.com/australian-laws-on-storing-phone-internet-records-to-change/article/feed/208962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australian-laws-on-storing-phone-internet-records-to-change/article/feed/208962?custom_click=rss CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A parliamentary committee has recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telephone companies and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies.

A key recommendation made by the Intelligence and Security Committee on Friday is that the law specifies exactly what personal data is to be retained.

The bill to retain so-called metadata for a minimum two years has been drafted as a counterterrorism measure to help law enforcement agencies prosecute extremists who plot terror attacks online and through telephone communications.

But the bill does not specify what metadata is and experts differ on definition.

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]]> CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A parliamentary committee has recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telephone companies and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies.

A key recommendation made by the Intelligence and Security Committee on Friday is that the law specifies exactly what personal data is to be retained.

The bill to retain so-called metadata for a minimum two years has been drafted as a counterterrorism measure to help law enforcement agencies prosecute extremists who plot terror attacks online and through telephone communications.

But the bill does not specify what metadata is and experts differ on definition.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:32:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Afghan avalanches, flooding taking toll across the country]]> http://gazette.com/afghan-avalanches-flooding-taking-toll-across-the-country/article/feed/208965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afghan-avalanches-flooding-taking-toll-across-the-country/article/feed/208965?custom_click=rss

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say that severe conditions and lack of machinery are hampering efforts to reach people trapped, injured or dead after avalanches and flooding across large swaths of the country.

Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, says soldiers are distributing relief supplies Friday to people in areas unreachable by road.

He says that 165 people are known to have died in Panjshir province, 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of the capital Kabul, when avalanches buried homes in the Panjshir valley.

"Helicopters are dropping medicines, blankets and other necessary item to remote areas of the Panjshir, where the roads remain impassable b

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]]> KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say that severe conditions and lack of machinery are hampering efforts to reach people trapped, injured or dead after avalanches and flooding across large swaths of the country.

Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, says soldiers are distributing relief supplies Friday to people in areas unreachable by road.

He says that 165 people are known to have died in Panjshir province, 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of the capital Kabul, when avalanches buried homes in the Panjshir valley.

"Helicopters are dropping medicines, blankets and other necessary item to remote areas of the Panjshir, where the roads remain impassable b]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:31:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Gunman kills 3, found dead in South Korean city: police]]> http://gazette.com/gunman-kills-3-found-dead-in-south-korean-city-police/article/feed/208925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gunman-kills-3-found-dead-in-south-korean-city-police/article/feed/208925?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in three days, police officials said.

Shooting incidents are rare in South Korea, which tightly controls gun possession, and the two deadly shootings this week will likely trigger a debate on whether the country should tighten its control on hunting weapons that can be legally owned.

A police official from Hwaseong City, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules, said the victims included a policeman who was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene. The official said the suspect, 75, is believed to be the brother of an 86-year-old victim, whose

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]]> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in three days, police officials said.

Shooting incidents are rare in South Korea, which tightly controls gun possession, and the two deadly shootings this week will likely trigger a debate on whether the country should tighten its control on hunting weapons that can be legally owned.

A police official from Hwaseong City, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules, said the victims included a policeman who was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene. The official said the suspect, 75, is believed to be the brother of an 86-year-old victim, whose ]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:17:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Fijians get to design new flag as nation ditches Union Jack]]> http://gazette.com/fijians-get-to-design-new-flag-as-nation-ditches-union-jack/article/feed/208948?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fijians-get-to-design-new-flag-as-nation-ditches-union-jack/article/feed/208948?custom_click=rss

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fijians will get the opportunity to design a new flag as the country prepares to ditch Britain's Union Jack.

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced Friday the Pacific island nation was launching a two-month competition starting Monday to find the best replacement flag. He said a panel of citizens will chose the best designs, with the final decision going to lawmakers.

He said the winning designer will get to hoist the new flag on Oct. 10 — the 45th anniversary of the nation's independence.

Fiji's current flag features the Union Flag, commonly called the Union Jack, in the canton, or top left corner.

In a speech earlier this month, Bainimarama said that the flag's symbol

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]]> WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fijians will get the opportunity to design a new flag as the country prepares to ditch Britain's Union Jack.

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced Friday the Pacific island nation was launching a two-month competition starting Monday to find the best replacement flag. He said a panel of citizens will chose the best designs, with the final decision going to lawmakers.

He said the winning designer will get to hoist the new flag on Oct. 10 — the 45th anniversary of the nation's independence.

Fiji's current flag features the Union Flag, commonly called the Union Jack, in the canton, or top left corner.

In a speech earlier this month, Bainimarama said that the flag's symbol]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:02:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince]]> http://gazette.com/prince-william-strikes-a-friendly-contrast-to-japans-prince/article/feed/208946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prince-william-strikes-a-friendly-contrast-to-japans-prince/article/feed/208946?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Britain's Prince William, on his second day of his four-day trip to Japan, is having tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.

Members of the Japanese imperial family lead a highly cloistered life, guarded by the moat-surrounded stone walls of the palace. Their media coverage is just as tightly orchestrated and controlled.

And that has created a respectful distance between the family and the general public.

Don't count on regular Japanese clamoring to get the same dress or jewelry spotted on Naruhito's wife Masako, the same way many around the world do for Kate's.

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — Britain's Prince William, on his second day of his four-day trip to Japan, is having tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.

Members of the Japanese imperial family lead a highly cloistered life, guarded by the moat-surrounded stone walls of the palace. Their media coverage is just as tightly orchestrated and controlled.

And that has created a respectful distance between the family and the general public.

Don't count on regular Japanese clamoring to get the same dress or jewelry spotted on Naruhito's wife Masako, the same way many around the world do for Kate's.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:17:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Syria expels 2 key UN humanitarian staffers]]> http://gazette.com/syria-expels-2-key-un-humanitarian-staffers/article/feed/208887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syria-expels-2-key-un-humanitarian-staffers/article/feed/208887?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government has expelled two key United Nations humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries.

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the decision could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.

A message from Valerie Amos, seen late Thursday by The Associated Press, says the expulsions this month "set a worrying precedent for all humanitarian staff in Syria, in that any staff member in contact with armed opposition groups for the purpose of negotiating access is potentially under threat of being declared persona non grata.

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]]> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government has expelled two key United Nations humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries.

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the decision could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.

A message from Valerie Amos, seen late Thursday by The Associated Press, says the expulsions this month "set a worrying precedent for all humanitarian staff in Syria, in that any staff member in contact with armed opposition groups for the purpose of negotiating access is potentially under threat of being declared persona non grata.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:17:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Boat capsizes off Macau, 15 people missing]]> http://gazette.com/boat-capsizes-off-macau-15-people-missing/article/feed/208943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boat-capsizes-off-macau-15-people-missing/article/feed/208943?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — A suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau on Friday, leaving 15 people missing, the Macau government and Chinese state media said.

Those aboard included the captain, two crew members and 16 suspected illegal immigrants, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. Four people swam to safety, all of whom were from mainland China, Xinhua said.

The Macau government's information bureau said in a statement that the marine authorities had been notified that a ship had sunk at 5:50 a.m. local time. It said the boat had been carrying more than 10 people, including people suspected of illegally entering Macau.

Marine authorities dragged the vessel back to the

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — A suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau on Friday, leaving 15 people missing, the Macau government and Chinese state media said.

Those aboard included the captain, two crew members and 16 suspected illegal immigrants, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. Four people swam to safety, all of whom were from mainland China, Xinhua said.

The Macau government's information bureau said in a statement that the marine authorities had been notified that a ship had sunk at 5:50 a.m. local time. It said the boat had been carrying more than 10 people, including people suspected of illegally entering Macau.

Marine authorities dragged the vessel back to the ]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:46:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Venezuela newspaper that opposed Chavez ends daily edition]]> http://gazette.com/venezuela-newspaper-that-opposed-chavez-ends-daily-edition/article/feed/208941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/venezuela-newspaper-that-opposed-chavez-ends-daily-edition/article/feed/208941?custom_click=rss CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by the late President Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a shortage of newsprint and what it says is a pattern of government harassment.

Starting Sunday, Caracas-based Tal Cual will be available at newsstands only once a week.

Readers will still be able to get the paper's biting editorials and sarcastic headlines daily online, Tal Cual said in a statement Thursday.

Under the giant headline 3/8Hello Hugo,3/8 Tal Cual burst on Venezuela*s media scene in 2000, when some in the country's mainstream media were still enamored with the charismatic Chavez.

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]]> CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by the late President Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a shortage of newsprint and what it says is a pattern of government harassment.

Starting Sunday, Caracas-based Tal Cual will be available at newsstands only once a week.

Readers will still be able to get the paper's biting editorials and sarcastic headlines daily online, Tal Cual said in a statement Thursday.

Under the giant headline 3/8Hello Hugo,3/8 Tal Cual burst on Venezuela*s media scene in 2000, when some in the country's mainstream media were still enamored with the charismatic Chavez.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:46:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka]]> http://gazette.com/unidentified-attackers-hack-us-blogger-to-death-in-dhaka/article/feed/208936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unidentified-attackers-hack-us-blogger-to-death-in-dhaka/article/feed/208936?custom_click=rss DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent U.S. blogger, known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh's capital, police said Friday.

The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, took place late Thursday when he and his wife Rafida Ahmed, who was seriously injured in the attack, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University.

It was not known who was behind the attack, but Roy's family and friends say he was a prominent voice against religious fanatics and received threats in the past. No groups have claimed the responsibility.

The local police chief, Sirajul Islam, told The Associated Press that the assailants used cleavers to atta

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]]> DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent U.S. blogger, known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh's capital, police said Friday.

The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, took place late Thursday when he and his wife Rafida Ahmed, who was seriously injured in the attack, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University.

It was not known who was behind the attack, but Roy's family and friends say he was a prominent voice against religious fanatics and received threats in the past. No groups have claimed the responsibility.

The local police chief, Sirajul Islam, told The Associated Press that the assailants used cleavers to atta]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:32:03 -0700 <![CDATA[South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-renews-license-of-2nd-oldest-nuclear-plant/article/feed/208922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-renews-license-of-2nd-oldest-nuclear-plant/article/feed/208922?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine commissioners voted to restart the Wolsong No. 1 reactor located in Gyeongju city, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of Seoul.

It was the first such decision in South Korea since safety concerns about nuclear energy and older plants were raised following the meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi reactors in 2011. South Korea's 23 nuclear power plants mostly located in the country's southeastern coast provide about one-third of it

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]]> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine commissioners voted to restart the Wolsong No. 1 reactor located in Gyeongju city, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of Seoul.

It was the first such decision in South Korea since safety concerns about nuclear energy and older plants were raised following the meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi reactors in 2011. South Korea's 23 nuclear power plants mostly located in the country's southeastern coast provide about one-third of it]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:32:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Imprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions]]> http://gazette.com/imprisoned-mexican-drug-suspects-complain-of-poor-conditions/article/feed/208907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/imprisoned-mexican-drug-suspects-complain-of-poor-conditions/article/feed/208907?custom_click=rss MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison, reportedly including top cartel leaders, complaining of poor food and bad conditions.

A commission employee who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the complaint was received Wednesday, but the commission is not allowed to discuss the details of complaints.

However, an online publication in Mexico posted excerpts from the complaint, including a facsimile suggesting it was signed by alleged drug lords Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie."

According to the website Nayaritenlinea.

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]]> MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison, reportedly including top cartel leaders, complaining of poor food and bad conditions.

A commission employee who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the complaint was received Wednesday, but the commission is not allowed to discuss the details of complaints.

However, an online publication in Mexico posted excerpts from the complaint, including a facsimile suggesting it was signed by alleged drug lords Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie."

According to the website Nayaritenlinea.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:46:47 -0700