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Venezuela tells US embassy in Caracas: Cut staff by 80 per cent

Venezuela tells US embassy in Caracas: Cut staff by 80 per cent

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela yesterday ordered the US embassy in Caracas to reduce staff from 100 to 17 amid the worst diplomatic flare-up between the two ideological foes since socialist President Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2013 .

Missing ten found alive on Venezuelan island

(Trinidad Express) Alive! Ten people on a fishing boat bound for Tobago who went missing on Friday afternoon, were found alive in Venezuelan waters yesterday .

US agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

HAVANA (Reuters) - The most important US agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings yesterday, hoping to find potential business partners and urge the US Congress to lift the trade embargo against the Caribbean nation .

Cuba signals readiness to fast-track US diplomatic ties

MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official .

Venezuela to charge 8 police in young men’s disappearance, death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Eight policemen in Venezuela are to be charged after two young men were taken into custody then found shot dead in bushes, the country’s public prosecutor’s office said yesterday .

Assuria acquires second T&T insurance company

(Trinidad Guardian) Surinamese company, Assuria NV has acquired a second insurance company in Trinidad and Tobago .

Henville’s husband charged with murder

Henville’s husband charged with murder

(Trinidad Guardian) Sheldon Henville, husband of Point Blank TV host Marcia Henville, has been charged with her murder and is expected to appear before a Tunapuna magistrate tomorrow .

Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers, most roads open

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazilian police cracked down on striking truckers yesterday, arresting protesters and ending roadblocks in all but two states after demonstrations turned violent and slowed food deliveries in Latin America’s largest economy .

As Venezuela coffee output sinks, it swaps oil to import Nicaraguan beans

NEW YORK/MANAGUA, (Reuters) - Venezuela, once a proud exporter of premium coffee, has been reduced to swapping crude oil for growing volumes of Nicaraguan coffee beans to make sure worsening economic turmoil does not prevent people from getting their caffeine fix .

Venezuela military questions 4 U.S missionaries over aid, group says

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan military officers are questioning four American missionaries after they took part in a health initiative and distributed medicine in a coastal village, the head of a Venezuelan evangelical group said yesterday .

Republic Bank donates TT$5.3m to help sick children in Caribbean

(Trinidad Express) Republic Bank has donated CDN$1 million (TT$5 .

Water from T&T Caroni plant declared safe after scare

(Trinidad Express) Minister of The Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh yesterday afternoon announced that the water coming from the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, was now safe, according to World Health organisation Standards .

Argentine judge says no evidence government tried to derail bombing probe

Argentine judge says no evidence government tried to derail bombing probe

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - There is no evidence that President Cristina Fernandez tried to whitewash Iran’s purported involvement in a deadly 1994 bombing, an Argentine judge told Reuters in an interview yesterday after dismissing the case .

Thousands of T&T residents warned not to drink from oily contaminated supply, 60 schools closed

(Trinidad Express) THE Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) on Tuesday night shut down its Caroni Water Treatment Plant after an oily sheen was seen in the water .

Cuba says fast track to restoring ties ‘depends on U.S.’

HAVANA/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Cuba would agree to restore diplomatic relations with the United States in time for the April Summit of the Americas if Washington quickly and convincingly removes the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Cuban official said yesterday .

Protests continue in Venezuela as teen shot by police is buried

Protests continue in Venezuela as teen shot by police is buried

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ve-nezuela, (Reuters) - Sporadic protests flared in different parts of Ven-ezuela yesterday, a day after a policeman shot dead a teenager during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in the volatile city of San Cristobal .

Jamaica ganja law gets green light

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — The much anticipated amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act was passed in the House of Representatives yesterday .

Sources: Dana Seetahal was killed with Galil rifle

(Trinidad Express) On the night of May 4, 2014, when senior counsel Dana Seetahal was shot dead, the killer who came almost face to face with her used a Galil rifle .

Venezuelan President wants to become family with T&T

(Trinidad Express) The time has come for Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela to move from simply being “good neighbours” to becoming “good sisters and brothers”, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said .

TCL records TT$97m loss for 2014

(Trinidad Express) Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) has recorded major losses for financial year 2014 .

New Marriott heralded as boost to beleaguered Haiti hotel market

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Haiti’s meager hotel offerings got a major boost yesterday with the inauguration of a brand new Marriott in the heart of the capital, the latest in a series of modern additions to the impoverished Caribbean island’s hospitality sector .

Cuba honours 5 spies who served long prison terms in U.S.

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Cuba President Raul Castro yesterday pinned medals on five spies, declaring them national heroes for infiltrating right-wing exile groups that plotted against Havana and for then enduring long prison terms in the United States .

Brazil judge in Batista case seen driving tycoon’s seized Porsche

Brazil judge in Batista case seen driving tycoon’s seized Porsche

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) - The Brazilian judge presiding over criminal proceedings against charismatic entrepreneur Eike Batista, once Brazil’s richest man, was seen yesterday driving a Porsche belonging to the fallen tycoon that had been seized by the court .

Concerns raised in Suriname on vulnerability of Chinese computers

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Computers manufactured by Lenovo, a Chinese firm, contain secret software which make the devices vulnerable to cyber attacks and even espionage by outside parties .

As states tighten belts, Brazil edges closer to recession

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian states and cities are scrambling to raise taxes and cut spending after years of excesses, nudging an already weak national economy closer to recession .

Police on Dana probe: Not so fast

(Trinidad Express) - The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) yesterday advised caution in the reporting on the progress of the investigation into the murder of attorney Dana Seetahal .

Woman collapses, dies during Sigma Run

(Jamaica Observer) - Thirty-six-year-old Alicia Prince yesterday collapsed and died on Sunday while participating in the annual Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run .

Maduro for energy talks in T&T

Maduro for energy talks in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is expected to arrive in T&T tomorrow to hold high-level bilateral talks with Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine .

Kenny Anthony recommends bipartisan approach to governance

(Barbados Nation) CASTRIES – Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny D .

Haitian activists call on United States to halt deportations

MIAMI, (Reuters) - Wildrick Guerrier, a refugee from the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, died in a Haitian jail in 2011, 10 days after the United States revoked his temporary permission to stay in the country and deported him and 26 other men .

British minister pledges new criminal offence for those aiding tax evasion

LONDON, (Reuters) - A new criminal offence should be introduced to clamp down on tax evasion, a senior figure in Britain’s finance ministry said yesterday in the wake of a scandal surrounding HSBC .

T&T cops may charge six in Dana Seetahal murder

(Trinidad Express) A man in prison custody is now assisting police with details into the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal .

Caracas mayor to appeal ‘unfounded’ charges, lawyer says

Caracas mayor to appeal ‘unfounded’ charges, lawyer says

CARACAS (Reuters) - The mayor of Vene-zuela’s capital Caracas will fight charges of plotting violence against the socialist government, his lawyer said yesterday, denouncing the accusations as baseless .

Cuba frees Canadian businessman Tokmakjian after 3 years in jail

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has freed Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian after more than three years in jail, his company said yesterday, resolving a case that had strained Cuban-Canadian relations and alarmed foreign investors .

Haiti holds official funeral for victims of Carnival tragedy

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti’s president and prime minister attended a rare official funeral yesterday for the victims of a Carnival stampede that killed 17 people earlier this week, accompanying relatives of the dead and hundreds of other mourners at the open air ceremony on a main city avenue .

Gold refinery opens in Suriname

(De Ware Tijd) Zanderij - Now that the Kaloti Mint House has become operational, Suriname has secured a leading role in the gold industry in the region .

Jamaica’s UTech partners with Colorado lab on ganja research

(Jamaica Observer) THE University of Technology Jamaica, (UTech) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ganja Labs, USA — a subsidiary of Ganja Inc — to collaborate on research in science, technology and best practices in the cultivation of medicinal marijuana under controlled and secure conditions .



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