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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 .

Brazil’s Rousseff lets Obama off the hook for NSA spying

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff said the Obama administration was not directly responsible for U .

Man charged with killing six members of same Texas family

Man charged with killing six members of same Texas family

SPRING, Texas, (Reuters) - A man accused of fatally shooting four children ages 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home disguised as a FedEx delivery man while looking for his former wife was charged with capital murder yesterday .

Four houses destroyed in Barbados fire

(Barbados Nation) Fire roared through the Richmond, St Michael district yesterday destroying four houses and damaging two as at least six people were displaced .

Ex-Guatemalan leader Portillo to be freed from US prison in Feb

Ex-Guatemalan leader Portillo to be freed from US prison in Feb

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo is scheduled to be released from a U .

Brazil’s World Cup debacle hurts but not an election game changer

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Brazil’s World Cup trouncing by Germany threw a bucket of cold water on a nation that was starting to feel good about hosting the tournament but the humiliating defeat is unlikely to be a game changer in October’s presidential election .

Jamaica cabinet takes charge of power generation procurement

(Jamaica Gleaner) KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government of Jamai-ca and the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) have signed off on an amendment to the company’s licence, to allow the Cabinet to manage the procurement pro-cess through the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) .

No arrest in murder of Dana Seetahal…67 days later

(Trinidad Express) With today marking 67 days since the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, her relatives are questioning why no one has been arrested and charged with her death .

U.S. to put child migrants on fast track in deportation hearings -official

U.S. to put child migrants on fast track in deportation hearings -official

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States plans to give priority to child migrants over adults in deportation hearings as part of a broader initiative to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally, a Justice Department official told Reuters .

Nicaragua approves route for $40 bln canal linking oceans

MANAGUA, (Reuters) - A Nicaraguan committee approved a proposed route on Monday for a $40 billion shipping channel across the Central American country that would compete with the Panama Canal .

Smallpox vials from 1950s found in U.S. lab storage room

CHICAGO/ATLANTA, (Reuters) - Stray vials of the deadly smallpox virus from the 1950s have been discovered at a federal lab near Washington, U .

Shocked Brazilian media condemn ‘Disgrace of Disgraces’

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazilian newspapers and websites were unanimous yesterday that the national team’s 7-1 hammering by Germany in the World Cup semi-final was the greatest shame in the country’s illustrious footballing history .

Amazon rainforest grew after climate change 2,000 years ago -study

OSLO, (Reuters) - Swathes of the Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2,000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that challenges common belief that the world’s biggest tropical forest is far older .

China says broad consensus reached on new BRICS bank

China says broad consensus reached on new BRICS bank

BEIJING (Reuters) - The five BRICS nations have reached a broad consensus on their $100 billion development bank though some differences remain, a senior Chinese diplomat said yesterday ahead of a summit in Brazil next week to be attended by President Xi Jinping .

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 .

Powerful quake rocks Guatemala, Mexico, killing at least 4 people

GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook the Guatemalan border with Mexico today, killing at least four people, damaging dozens of buildings and triggering landslides .

Barbados’ Queen Elizabeth Hospital facing worst crisis ever – doctors

(Barbados Nation) Doctors say the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is facing its worst crisis ever .

Five policemen facing charges

(Trinidad Guardian) Five policemen were Friday facing charges after they were held following allegations made against them .

Ex-cop dies days after police beating

(Trinidad Guardian) Relatives of retired police officer Anderson Kenneth Alexander, 59, who died 11 days after he was allegedly beaten by the police, are confused that an autopsy could not determine his cause of death .

Canada court strikes down limits on refugee claimant health care

OTTAWA, (Reuters) - A top Canadian court yesterday invalidated the Conservative government’s decision to limit health coverage for many people in the country making refugee claims, declaring the federal action to have been shocking and outrageous .

Questions raised over former Jamaica Top Cop’s US visa

Questions raised over former Jamaica Top Cop’s US visa

(Jamaica Observer) Infor-mation Minister Sandrea Falconer says the Govern-ment has not been notified if the United States Embassy has revoked the visa of embattled outgoing Police Commissioner Owen Ellington .

Caribbean Airlines flight denied landing in Florida, passengers stranded

(Jamaica Gleaner) Several Caribbean Airlines passengers were Thursday night left stranded at the Norman Manley Inter-national Airport in Kings-ton after the flight, destined to Fort Lauderdale, was denied landing by United States Border Control, while mid air .

South Florida sea level rise needs urgent action – task force

MIAMI, (Reuters) - South Florida’s coastal real estate may become uninsurable as the sea level rises unless Miami’s county government takes urgent action, a task force said on Tuesday .

Caribbean Airlines flight denied landing in Florida, passengers stranded

(Jamaica Gleaner) Several Caribbean Airlines passengers were last night left stranded at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after the flight, destined to Fort Lauderdale, was denied landing by United States Border Control, while mid air .

Union: CAL inaction cause of sick-out

(Trinidad Express)  Two days after pilot sick-out action caused chaos and cancellations for Caribbean Airlines Ltd, the majority recognised union Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots Association (TTALPA) finally released a statement yesterday on the matter to say it cannot sanction industrial action .

International pressure over police killings may have forced out Jamaica Top Cop

International pressure over police killings may have forced out Jamaica Top Cop

(Jamaica Gleaner) Hit hard by the severity of pressures being applied by significant international partners, the Portia Simpson Miller administration might have been forced to ensure that Police Commissioner Owen Ellington be immediately stripped of his position, following a series of alleged mishaps in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), according to Gleaner sources .

Phones, shoes to face scrutiny as airport security tightened -U.S.

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, U .

Arthur becomes first hurricane of 2014 Atlantic season

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Arthur became the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season today after sparking evacuations, closing beaches and tourist sites and disrupting Independence Day celebrations along parts of the U .

Jamaica raises US$800m from external bond market

Jamaica raises US$800m from external bond market

(Jamaica Gleaner) Days after Jamaica got a ringing endorsement from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) top officials, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips and his debt management team took a chance on the international bond market, and got reception beyond expectations .

Hit by slime, Caribbean corals could vanish in two decades-report

OSLO, (Reuters) - Most coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next two decades, hit by the loss of fish and sea urchins that eat a slime of coral-smothering algae, a U .



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