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T&T man shot dead in road rage

(Trinidad Express) A driver was shot dead following an argument over a minor accident on the highway today .

Gas leak forces T&T companies to cut production

(Trinidad Express) Some of the country’s biggest industrial plants were forced to shut down operations on Wednesday after being alerted that their power supply had to be unplugged as a result of the rupture of the Cross Island Pipeline .

Venezuela’s Machado vows to fight assassination plot charges

Venezuela’s Machado vows to fight assassination plot charges

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado yesterday vowed to fight an expected indictment alleging she was involved in a plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, calling the charges an attempt to silence critics of the socialist government .

Brazil next finance chief pledges balanced growth, fiscal discipline

Brazil next finance chief pledges balanced growth, fiscal discipline

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Brazil’s incoming finance minister Joaquim Levy vowed to cut spending and clean up the country’s finances yesterday, aiming to rebuild trust with investors after years of weak growth and erratic economic policies .

Mexico president vows to reform police, battle organized crime

Mexico president vows to reform police, battle organized crime

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto yesterday proposed simplifying Mexico’s chaotic police structure and a new law to stop collusion between officials and gangs as he tried to defuse anger over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September .

Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

(CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged next week with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, the state prosecutor’s office said yesterday .

Defense in Brazil’s Petrobras probe trying to change court

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Defendants in a bribery investigation involving Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras are trying to move the probe to the country’s Supreme Court, which has a reputation for moving slowly and letting cases drag on for years .

With DEA on the job, Seetahal’s killers can’t escape – security minister

(Trinidad Express) Every person who was involved in the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal will be caught even though it may take a long time, National Security Minister Gary Griffith has said .

Peru crackdown on illegal gold leads to new smuggling routes

LIMA, (Reuters) - A crackdown on illegal gold mining in Peru has spawned new smuggling routes through its porous border with Bolivia with some gangs using human mules, armored cars and light aircraft to evade capture .

UWI to focus on science and technology

(Barbados Nation) Having put the focus on other faculties in preceding eras, principal Sir Hilary Beckles said they had taken a decision to bring science and technology, and medicine, into focus .

Suspect in Brasso Seco murders held

Suspect in Brasso Seco murders held

(Trinidad Express) - For over a month, residents of Brasso Seco hid in their homes, shied away from the media and were even afraid to talk to the police amid fears that the man believed responsible for the disappearance and deaths of three of their fellow villagers remained on the run and presumably still in the area .

Colombia rebel chief says peace talks suspension destroyed confidence

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos “destroyed” confidence in the peace process by suspending talks and violated the terms of an agreement that brought the rebels to the negotiating table, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono said .

New lottery scamming trend identified in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) - A United States professor who chairs Business and Financial Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism is reporting that a new trend is developing in lottery scamming in Jamaica .

T&T mom shot and killed outside bar

T&T mom shot and killed outside bar

(Trinidad Express) A 33-year-old Freeport woman was gunned down outside a bar on Sunday night .

Jamaica PM calls on rich to stop stealing electricity

(Jamaica Observer) Prime Minister Simpson Miller has warned privileged members of the society to desist from stealing electricity, while noting that it was not only the poor who is involved in electricity theft .

Suspect in Trinidad triple murder held

Suspect in Trinidad triple murder held

(Trinidad Express) The Police Service on Sunday announced the captured of Azmon Alexander, a person of interest in the murders of a man, woman and baby .

Digicel in breach of Internet neutrality principles – Eastern Caribbean telecoms authority

(Jamaica Gleaner) Telecommunications company Digicel has been found to be in breach of the principle of Internet Neutrality in the Eastern Caribbean .

German couple chopped to death in Tobago

German couple chopped to death in Tobago

(Trinidad Express)An elderly German couple who have been com­ing to vacation in Toba­go for several years were found hacked to death along Minis­ter’s Bay, Bacolet Beach, yesterday morning .

In wake of threats over Petrotrin oil spill- Security increased

(Trinidad Guardian) Security at Petrotrin installations was beefed Friday night as the state-owned oil company raised its threat alert after a cryptic warning was issued in a video posted on Youtube from the group Anonymous T&T .

Two found dead on Tobago beach

(Trinidad Express) The bodies of a man and woman believed to be murdered were found on a beach in Bacolet, Tobago at around midday .

St Kitts opens up huge greenhouse

St Kitts opens up huge greenhouse

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica – St Kitts and Nevis has established what they say is the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean at 24 metres tall and covering more than 14,000 square feet .

Jamaica AG begs  forgiveness again for  his flexi rape ‘joke’

Jamaica AG begs forgiveness again for his flexi rape ‘joke’

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica: Senator A .

Brazil’s Rousseff struggling to limit Petrobras scandal’s damage

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff expects a bribery scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras to deteriorate in coming months, aides say, with arrests possible for some political allies and potentially serious damage to an economy that is already struggling .

Schools closed in Barbados because of flooding

(Barbados Nation) Parents and guardians are advised that as a result of the flash flood warning currently in effect for Barbados, there will be no school today .

East Coast of T&T heavily flooded

(Trinidad Express) Torrential rainfall swept across the east coast of Trinidad yesterday for the sixth consecutive day, worsening an already grim situation along the Manzanilla Mayaro Road, and in communities near the Ortoire River .

OAS chief concerned about rounding up of illegal immigrants in The Bahamas

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica – Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza has expressed concern about the rounding up of illegal immigrants in The Bahamas .

Miner granted bail over Mahdia wounding

A gold miner was yesterday granted $900,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with wounding .

Controversy rages in Jamaica over gov’t purchase of cultural village

(Jamaica Observer) Four umbrella church groups have welcomed Monday’s resignation of two members of the National Housing Trust (NHT) board over the Outameni affair, while charging that purchasing the Trelawny-based attraction “is immoral” and shows “poor stewardship of the resources of our people” .

Colombia FARC negotiators say fate of captured general in hands of leadership

HAVANA/BOGOTA, (Reuters) - Colombian rebel peace negotiators in Havana cannot order the release of an army general captured by their comrades and will defer to the group’s top commander back home, a leader of the FARC negotiating team said on Wednesday .

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

HAVANA, (Reuters) - A Cuban doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease and was being sent to Geneva for treatment, officials said, the first Cuban known to have contracted the potentially deadly haemorrhagic fever .

Catastrophic damage to Manzanilla-Mayaro Rd in T&T after heavy rain

(Trinidad Express) The catastrophic collapse of part of the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road on Sunday as a result of flood waters that carved a new watercourse was inevitable, and if rain were to continue to fall regularly, there would be more damage .

Barbados and US sign FATCA agreement

(Barbados Nation) THE GOVERNMENT of Barbados is committed to the implementation of global standards for the supervision and regulation of the international business and financial services sector .

Jamaica man charged with eight counts of murder

(Jamaica Gleaner) The police are claiming a major breakthrough in the investigation of killings in St Catherine, after three men were charged, including one with eight counts of murder .

Catastrophic damage to Manzanilla-Mayaro Rd in T&T after heavy rain

Catastrophic damage to Manzanilla-Mayaro Rd in T&T after heavy rain

(Trinidad Express) The catastrophic collapse of part of the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road on Sunday as a result of flood waters that carved a new watercourse was inevitable, and if rain were to continue to fall regularly, there would be more damage .

Jamaican judge elected to International Court of Justice

(Jamaica Gleaner) - Jamaican jurist, Patrick Lipton Robinson was elected yesterday to serve as a judge in the International Court of Justice .

Brazil’s Rousseff tries to boost US ties but state visit up in the air

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled a White House trip last year in anger over US spying revelations, now wants to improve ties and reschedule the state visit - but some US officials warn it might not be that easy .

Venezuela says OPEC to ‘increase coordination’ in face of oil price fall

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will increase coordination in the face of the fall in oil prices, the South American government said in a statement yesterday, without elaborating .



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