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Co-pilot appears to have crashed Germanwings plane deliberately – French prosecutor

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PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES, (Reuters) - The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said today .

EU, Cuba to speed up talks, seek deal by end of 2015

EU, Cuba to speed up talks, seek deal by end of 2015

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The European Union and Cuba agreed to speed up the pace of talks on improving bilateral relations, hoping to reach the basics of a deal by the end of 2015, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday .

U.S. bets on Brazil, extends new invitation to Rousseff

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - The Obama administration has again invited Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas .

U.S. questions Bajan move to restructure sugar

(Barbados Nation) The United States has questioned why Barbados is moving to devote “a large amount of scarce resources” to restructure the sugar industry .

Australian podiatrist found stabbed to death in Bahamas

Australian podiatrist found stabbed to death in Bahamas

[caption id="attachment_327912" align="alignright" width="211"] Phillip Vasyli[/caption]NASSAU, Bahamas, (Reuters) - An Australian podiatrist who invented a successful line of orthotics was found stabbed to death yesterday in an exclusive Bahamian gated community, police said .

Barbados to become a republic – PM

(Barbados Nation) Barbados will soon be switching from a monarchical system of government to republican status, dumping the Queen as its head of state .

T&T must confront racial divide – Samaroo

(Trinidad Guardian) T&T must confront the racial divide if it is to move forward as a society .

1.1 million kilograms of onions is our aim – Jamaica Agriculture ministry

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Ministry of Agriculture says it expects to harvest some 1 .

Four killed in T&T crash

Four killed in T&T crash

(Trinidad Express) THEIR village is named for joy and celebration but yesterday, only sadness was to be found in the streets of Felicity, Chaguanas, where four young friends yesterday lost their lives in a shocking car crash, minutes away from their homes .

Venezuelan pharmacy says managers freed pending trial

CARACAS (Reuters) - Pharmacy chain Farmatodo said yesterday that two of its managers have been freed from jail pending trial on charges in an emblematic case of what President Nicolas Maduro calls Venezuela’s “economic war .

PNM leader: Uproar over ‘dog and cat’ statement a distraction

(Trinidad Express) Opposi-tion Leader Dr Keith Rowley is calling on citizens not to be distracted by the “cat” comment controversy which he has labelled as a matter of “very little public interest .

Petrobras scandal prosecutors seek tougher anti-corruption laws

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Prosecutors who uncovered Brazil’s biggest corruption case called yesterday for tougher prison sentences and more legal powers to crack down on rampant graft that costs taxpayers more than the annual budget for education and health .

U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The Obama administration’s new rules governing fracking on federal lands drew swift criticism from all sides yesterday, with green groups calling the measures “toothless” and the energy industry slamming “unnecessary” regulation of a drilling process that has brought the United States to the cusp of oil and gas self-sufficiency .

Top Mexican journalist says president’s office backed her firing

Top Mexican journalist says president’s office backed her firing

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - A Mexican journalist fired from her popular radio show after helping uncover a conflict of interest scandal that embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday that she believes his office backed her dismissal .

Woman strips on flight from Jamaica, arrested

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, after she allegedly stripped, exposing herself on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica .

Woman strips on flight from Jamaica, arrested

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was yesterday arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, after she allegedly stripped, exposing herself on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica .

Lifestyle of late Argentine prosecutor Nisman stokes new scandal

Lifestyle of late Argentine prosecutor Nisman stokes new scandal

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - The Argentine prosecutor found dead after accusing the president of whitewashing a deadly 1994 bombing embezzled state funds to take prostitutes on lavish vacations, the government said yesterday, deepening the scandal over his death early this year .

Three killed in Jamaica attack

(Jamaica Observer) The police have stepped up patrols in New Haven, St Andrew, where five people were shot — three fatally — in a brazen attack by gunmen in the community Tuesday night .

Economic downturn pushes Brazilians into informal economy

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Mounting job losses are pushing more and more Brazilians into the informal economy as self-employed workers, leaving them vulnerable to what could be the country’s worst recession in 25 years .

Bajans will have to bear more of education cost – PM

(Barbados Nation) Government does not plan to reduce the opportunities for people to advance by education and other means, but in the future Barbadians should expect to carry “a little more of the burden” of the cost of such projects .

Former Uruguay Foreign  Minister to be new OAS head

Former Uruguay Foreign Minister to be new OAS head

Former Foreign Minister of Uruguay Luis Almagro was yesterday elected as the next Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) .

Fired T&T official  apologises for racist rant

Fired T&T official apologises for racist rant

(Trinidad Express) Fired board member of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) Jaishima Leladharsingh yesterday apologised for posting racist statements on Facebook .

Citigroup will not appeal U.S. court ruling blocking Argentine bond payments

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc will not appeal a U .

CCJ reserves judgment in Maurice Tomlinson immigration case

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has reserved judgement in the application filed by human rights and gay rights advocate, Maurice Tomlinson, who is challenging the immigration laws of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize .

Barbados can’t afford all its free social services – AG

(Barbados Nation) Barbados?as a small developing nation cannot afford to provide all the free social services that are being offered currently .

Obama to meet Caricom Heads in Jamaica

Obama to meet Caricom Heads in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday said the Government is pleased to welcome the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the shores of Jamaica .

2010-2014: T&T AG’s Ministry spent $353m in legal fees

(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of the Attorney General paid some $353 .

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said yesterday without disclosing what may have been agreed .

2010-2014: T&T AG’s Ministry spends $353m in legal fees

(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of the Attorney General paid some $353 .

Cuba, US renew talks while  differing over Venezuela

Cuba, US renew talks while differing over Venezuela

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States renewed talks on restoring diplomatic relations yesterday, this time amid secrecy and with the longtime adversaries differing sharply over Venezuela, Cuba’s closest ally .

Rousseff to survive Brazil protests, but economy could suffer

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Huge demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff over the weekend will make it harder for her to fix Brazil’s finances and repair the economic damage from a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA .

Organised crime is biggest security and humanitarian threat to Colombia – UN

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia’s criminal gangs pose the biggest threat to Colombians and are responsible for human trafficking, rights abuses and for forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes each year, the United Nations said .

Chinese firm threatens legal action over probe into failed T&T housing scheme

Chinese firm threatens legal action over probe into failed T&T housing scheme

(Trinidad Guardian) Contractor China Jiangsu International Corp T&T Ltd has issued a pre-action protocol letter threatening litigation against the Las Alturas Towers Commis-sion of Enquiry (CoE) if the firm is not removed as a party in the probe into the failed multi-million dollar project .

Venezuela stages military exercise to counter US ‘threat’

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela yesterday staged a military exercise to counter an alleged US threat, deploying soldiers and partisans across the country to march, man shoulder-fired missiles and defend an oil refinery from a simulated attack .

EU plans high-level visit to Cuba as ties with West warm

EU plans high-level visit to Cuba as ties with West warm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is to visit Cuba this month in the latest sign of warming relations between the Communist-ruled island and the West .

Opponent of Maduro commits suicide in jail – authorities

CARACAS (Reuters) - An opponent of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro committed suicide in jail, where he had been locked up on charges of fomenting street violence against the socialist government, the Interior Minister said on Friday .

Hurdle for CWC deal

(Trinidad Guardian) T&T’s telecommunications regulator on Thursday expressed deep concerns about the possible impact Cable & Wireless Communications’ proposed US$3 billion acquisition of Columbus International would have on the competitive environment for the telecom industry in T&T .



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