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Woman who hit Venezuela leader with mango rewarded with new home

Woman who hit Venezuela leader with mango rewarded with new home

CARACAS, (Reuters) - A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela .

Venezuela probes ex-minister accused of corruption in Spain ferry buys

Venezuela probes ex-minister accused of corruption in Spain ferry buys

CARACAS, (Reuters) - A former minister in President Nicolas Maduro’s government denied in an interview published yesterday accusations of corruption during the purchase of three ferries from Spain and said he was being hounded for denouncing currency crimes .

Jailed opposition mayor may be granted home arrest in Venezuela

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities requested yesterday that jailed opposition mayor Antonio Ledezma be granted home arrest due to medical problems, a move that could soften international pressure over his case .

Barbados economy grows

(Barbados Nation) Minister of Fiannce Chris Sinckler is convinced the economy “has begun a turnaround” and that Barbadians are now witnessing the economic recovery they have longed for .

Bullied boy, 8, writes T&T Education Ministry

(Trinidad Express) An eight-year-old boy has written a letter to the Education Ministry asking for protection against bullying from fellow classmates at the Happy Hill Hindu School in Gasparillo .

Haiti’s politicians scramble to register  for overdue elections

Haiti’s politicians scramble to register for overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Candidates from as many as 125 political parties in Haiti yesterday rushed to meet a deadline to register to run in the country’s long-overdue elections later this year .

Bullied boy, 8, writes T&T Education Ministry

(Trinidad Express) An eight-year-old boy has written a letter to the Education Ministry asking for protection against bullying from fellow classmates at the Happy Hill Hindu School in Gasparillo .

Haitian drug trafficker has sentence slashed for cooperation

MIAMI, (Reuters) - A convicted Haitian drug trafficker whose allegations of government corruption contributed to the ouster of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, is set to be released from prison after his 27-year sentence was cut in half, his lawyer said on Monday .

Haiti’s Justice Ministry appeals release in high-profile kidnap case

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Haiti’s Justice Minister has appealed a court decision tossing an indictment against two alleged gang leaders following a storm of protest over the politically charged case involving a friend of the family of President Michel Martelly .

U.S. cancer institute, software firm reach deals in Cuba

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UWI principal scoffs at ganja fears

UWI principal scoffs at ganja fears

(Jamaica Gleaner) Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Archibald McDonald, has moved to quell fears that the decriminalisation of marijuana will result in an increase in the number of emergency medical cases at hospitals in Jamaica .

Colombia’s FARC rebels vow to maintain unilateral ceasefire

HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia’s FARC guerrillas pledged yesterday to maintain their unilateral ceasefire despite an attack by the rebels last week that killed 11 government soldiers, saying peace talks with the government should not be broken for any reason .

In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo seeks to open doors to trade

In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo seeks to open doors to trade

HAVANA (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana yesterday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island .

Venezuela praises T&T, Caribbean leaders for standing against US executive order

Venezuela praises T&T, Caribbean leaders for standing against US executive order

(Trinidad Guardian) - Venezuelan Ambassador Coromoto Godoy-Calderon has praised Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for supporting the repeal of the US executive order against Venezuela at the recent Summit of the Americas .

Barbados PM attacks Cave Hill Principal

(Barbados Nation) PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart last night launched a scathing attack on principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, accusing him of a “singular exhibition of bad, bad manners” .

T&T car dealer shot dead, wife critical

(Trinidad Express) Gunmen ambushed a businessman and his family outside the family home in Caroni last night .

Two Cubans lose bids to become first opponents elected to office

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Two Cuban dissidents yesterday lost in their attempts to become the first openly declared political opponents to win election in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, each failing in races for the municipal assembly .

Report slams senior T&T cops over `total policing’

Report slams senior T&T cops over `total policing’

(Trinidad Express) In an unprecedented action which could lead to the humiliation of the top office holder in the Police Service, the report on the March 23 day of “total policing” has called for the acting Commissioner of Police and the three deputy Commissioners to formally apologise to the nation .

Three boys, man shot dead in Jamaica

Three boys, man shot dead in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Three students and a 35-year-old Clarendon man were on Wednesday night shot dead in the Monymusk Housing Scheme, Hayes in the parish .

Caribbean Court of Justice celebrates tenth anniversary

(Trinidad Express) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has said that over the past ten years 160 matters have been filed and 140 disposed in its appellate jurisdiction .



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