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Tropical Depression seen hitting Lesser Antilles Wednesday night – NHC

(Reuters) - The second tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to approach the Leewards and Windwards tonight, the U .

Venezuela moves squatters from ‘Tower of David’ slum

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families yesterday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world’s tallest slum .

Malaysia quietly worked back channels to secure bodies, black boxes

KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) - As Western leaders increasingly pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists, and Moscow itself, over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little .

Cuba prosecutes Canadian after he denounced corruption – company

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has prosecuted and is likely to send Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian to prison after he denounced corruption in the Havana government’s awarding of contracts, his company said yesterday .

CCJ judge gets $$ to hire driver

(Trinidad Express) -A judge at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), accused by his driver of attempting to sell two complimentary tickets to a Carnival event, has been given an additional allowance to privately hire a driver of his choosing .

Spanish police arrest suspected Colombian crime lord

MADRID (Reuters) - Police in the Spanish region of Alicante said yesterday they had arrested a 40-year-old man who they identified as the head of the military wing of a violent Colombian drug cartel and one of Colombia’s most wanted criminals .

Big drop in murders as World Cup captivates Jamaican criminals

(Jamaica Observer) BILLED as The Greatest Show On Earth', the 2014 World Cup, which kicked off June 12 with host nation Brazil facing European rivals Croatia, kept Jamaican criminals so busy that murders dropped by 70, or 12 per cent during the month-long soccer fiesta .

All Suriname fishers must have vessel monitoring system

PARAMARIBO — Fishermen who lack the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) will not be eligible for a license .

Criminal charges recommended against head of collapsed Hindu Credit Union

(Trinidad Express) The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is being asked to determine whether 22 criminal charges should be laid against Harry Harnarine for fraud and larceny during his tenure as president of the Hindu Credit Union (HCU) .

Three children killed in Jamaica blaze

(Jamaica Gleaner) Three children died in an early morning fire which destroyed their home in Negril, Westmoreland yesterday .

Fidel Castro blames Ukrainian government for taking down plane

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro blamed the “warmonger” government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for shooting down a Malay-sian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine .

China, Brazil close plane, finance, infrastructure deals

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - China and Brazil sealed their expanding commercial partnership yesterday with a $5 billion credit line for Brazilian miner Vale and the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer .

T&T Top Cop condemns soldiers’ actions

(Trinidad Guardian) Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams is condemning soldiers going out on patrols and carrying out operations on their own .

Six T&T cops charged over burning of boy in station

(Trinidad Express) Six police officers who appeared in court on Wednesday charged with setting fire to a teenager were granted a total of TT$300,000 bail by a San Fernando magistrate .

Uproar in T&T Muslim community over senator's claim

Uproar in T&T Muslim community over senator’s claim

(Trinidad Express) Five leaders of Islamic organisations have called on Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi to provide proof that he is a descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad .

Former Jamaica PM slams US on extrajudicial killings

(Jamaica Gleaner) Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has come out swinging against the United States, declaring that nation lacks the moral authority to cite human-rights abuses as reasons to withdraw support to the Jamaican security forces .

Cops protecting drug blocks—T&T AG

(Trinidad Guardian) If brothels and drug blocks did not have police protection, they could not flourish, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday .

Six T&T cops charged over burning of boy in station

(Trinidad Express) Six police officers who appeared in court yesterday charged with setting fire to a teenager were granted a total of TT$300,000 bail by a San Fernando magistrate .

Two killed in drive-by shooting at Curacao airport

The Caribbean Media Corporation is reporting that two people were killed and others injured in a drive-by shooting late Tuesday at the Curacao international airport .

DNA tests for all T&T law enforcement officers, deportees

(Trinidad Express) Government makes no apologies whatsoever for taking the position that all deportees, all law enforcement officers and all private security officers must be subjected to mandatory DNA testing .

Jamaica hospital patient shot dead after attacking another

(Jamaica Gleaner) July 15, was a morning of trauma for the staff and patients of the male surgical ward at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester .

Brazilian son of ex-slave may be world’s oldest person -rest home

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) - A Brazilian rest home for the elderly believes it may be home to the world’s oldest person, a former agricultural labourer born in a runaway slave community, who is identified in documents stating he was born 126 years ago at a time when Brazil still had an emperor .

T&T judge in landmark ruling on transparency in gov’t procurement

(Trinidad Express) High Court judge Justice Frank Seepersad has delivered a landmark ruling supporting transparency in actions of the State in the expenditure of public funds .

Young activist Malala to visit T&T on July 31

Young activist Malala to visit T&T on July 31

(Trinidad Express)  SEVENTEEN-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai will visit Trinidad and Tobago on July 31 .

Suriname MPs demand more details on questionable Chinese contract

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – Parliament and society are interested in the details on the contract the government signed last year with a Chinese housing firm .

Bloody weekend in T&T claims six lives

Bloody weekend in T&T claims six lives

(Trinidad Guardian) Another bloody weekend in T&T leaves six dead in 24 hours .

Guyanese woman pleads guilty to attempting to export ganja

(Jamaica Gleaner) KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Guyanese woman accused of attempting to export approximately seven pounds of ganja to Curacao is to reappear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s court today for sentencing .

Jamaica non-traditional agri exports up

(Jamaica Observer) Last year, Jamaica exported more yam than traditional agricultural exports combined .

Three chikungunya cases in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Chikungunya, commonly known as CHIKV, has entered 26 Caribbean countries and “it is spreading at one country per week”, Dr James Hospedales, executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), said yesterday .

Bloody weekend in T&T claims six lives

Bloody weekend in T&T claims six lives

(Trinidad Guardian) Another bloody weekend in T&T leaves six dead in 24 hours .

Illegal guns flooding Trinidad

(Trinidad Express) Several high-powered rifles are among the cache of 359 guns that have either been smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago along its coastal boarders or were locally built by cold-blooded killers over the last six months .

Triple murder rattles St Kitts

Three persons were killed in St Kitts-Nevis today in what police said seemed to have been targeted killings .

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba’s struggling offshore oil exploration yesterday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island .

Rusal could lose Jamaica bauxite licences, Mining Minister fed up

(Jamaica Gleaner) ALUMINIUM GIANT UC Rusal says it is seeking the Jamaican Government’s “support” to reopen the Kirkvine and Alpart plants, but Mining and Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell said he has lost patience with the Russian company and has signalled that he is prepared to go even further to revoke its licences for mining at Ewarton .

Unemployed T&T man with cancer kills wife, then commits suicide

(Trinidad Express) Two weeks after losing his home and business in a court battle with relatives, a terminally ill cancer patient set fire to two properties yesterday, before driving to Mosquito Creek, La Romaine, where he shot and killed his wife, then himself in a suspected suicide pact .

Stand-off over shutdown of T&T Immigration Division deepens

(Trinidad Express) Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Labour and former trade unionist Errol McLeod is seeking to have Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke sent to jail .

Howai: TT$100m loss for CAL

(Trinidad Express) State carrier Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is projecting a loss of just under TT$100 million for its financial year 2013, Finance Minister Larry Howai has said .

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