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Cuban agent urges prisoner swap for US contractor like Afghan deal

HAVANA (Reuters) - A Cuban intelligence officer recently released from a US prison said yesterday that a similar deal to the one that freed US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl should be negotiated in the case of jailed US contractor Alan Gross and three Cuban agents behind bars in the United States .

Cop dressed as a female to catch serial rapist

Mandeville, Manchester (Jamaica Observer) — A policeman who dressed as a female to catch serial rapists was one of two officers who received top awards in the Manchester parish .

US mum on whether it spied on Barbados cellphone calls

(Barbados Nation) The United States National Security Agency (NSA) has refused to confirm or deny if it has been eavesdropping on Barbadian cellphone calls .

Trinidad boys shot dead execution-style

(Trinidad Express) A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy and his 15-year-old brother, both believed to be instrumental in seve­ral robberies in the Port of Spain area, were yesterday killed when gunmen entered their family’s home, forced them to lie down and shot each one in the head .

Cuba experiments with wholesale market for farmers

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Cuba opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades yesterday, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area and the latest market-oriented reform for the communist-run island .

T&T indentured immigrant Sogaree dies at 110

T&T indentured immigrant Sogaree dies at 110

(Trinidad Express) Indentured immigrant, 110-year-old Sogaree Jattan, died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex on Saturday .

High-profile Venezuelan prisoner ends hunger strike

CARACAS, (Reuters) - An imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition ended a hunger strike yesterday after demands for his release due to frail health were rejected .

‘Don’ cut down by gunmen

Three others injured in daring daylight attack

(Jamaica Observer) Tashoy Lawrence had only a few weeks ago cheated death when he escaped from a burning car that had overturned as he made his way to a funeral .

Rushdie in Jamaica

Rushdie in Jamaica

Controversial author Sir Salman Rushdie checks his messages and e-mails at Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth yesterday as he prepares for his participation today at the Calabash International Literary Festival .

Obama accepts US  veterans affairs chief  resignation with ‘regret’

Obama accepts US veterans affairs chief resignation with ‘regret’

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned yesterday following a meeting with President Barack Obama that came amid a firestorm of outrage over delays in medical care for U .

T&T Sports Minister silent  party probe of ganja video

T&T Sports Minister silent party probe of ganja video

(Trinidad Express) Sport Minister Anil Roberts has effectively blocked the Congress of the People (COP) from investigating a “ganja video” showing a man resembling a Government minister rolling a joint .

Argentina clinches landmark debt repayment deal with Paris Club

PARIS/BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - Argentina reached an agreement yesterday with the Paris Club of creditor nations on repaying overdue debts in a landmark deal that helps the country put its record default behind it and should open up much-needed sources of international financing .

PJ urges tolerance - Former prime minister calls for understanding in gay debate

PJ urges tolerance – Former prime minister calls for understanding in gay debate

(Jamaica Gleaner) Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson is urging that the debate over Jamaica’s buggery law be framed within the context of current world trends and the realities that various differences exist in the society .

Mutilated body of man found in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) The gruesome discovery of a naked body yesterday morning transformed the usually tranquil Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens cemetery in St Peter into a murder scene .

T&T Sport Minister blocks probe of ganja video

(Trinidad Express) Sport Minister Anil Roberts has effectively blocked the Congress of the People (COP) from investigating a “ganja video” showing a man resembling a Government minister rolling a joint .

100 jobs go as Bajan hotel closes for redevelopment

(Barbados Nation) As many as 100 workers from Amaryllis Beach Resort will lose their jobs when the hotel closes in six days .

T&T cops launch probe of racist placards

(Trinidad Express) A police investigation has been launched into the issue of people bearing placards with racist slogans, acting Superintendent Joanne Archie has said .

PJ Patterson: Jamaica’s moral decline deteriorating ‘beyond belief’

(Jamaica Gleaner) Former Prime Minister P .

Big drop in T&T road deaths – Transport Minister

(Trinidad Express) There has been “a massive 22 per cent drop” in road fatalities between 2010 and 2013 .

Controversy in Barbados over Benny Hinn fee

(Barbados Nation) It will cost in excess of Bds$300 000 to stage the two-day crusade here next month featuring celebrity evangelist Benny Hinn .

U.S. business leader praises growth of free enterprise in Cuba

U.S. business leader praises growth of free enterprise in Cuba

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The head of the U .

Emblematic Venezuelan prisoner begins hunger strike for freedom

CARACAS, (Reuters) - An imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition went on a hunger strike yesterday, demanding he be released due to frail health .

PNP activist murdered in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) Montego BAY, St James — The killing of prominent People’s National Party (PNP) activist Kenley ‘Bebe’ Stephens has left the party’s organisation in St James in shock .

Sea grass threatens fishing along Suriname coast

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Large masses of floating sea grass have affected fishery along the entire Suriname coast causing the catch to drop significantly .

CAL blames Timehri airport workers for drug find

(Trinidad Guardian) Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says cocaine found aboard a flight which landed in Guyana over the weekend was stashed there by employees working on the ground at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport .

Suriname Moravian Church sells building to Chinese investors

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Financial gain from Kersten seems to be bigger than the religious and historical interests to retain the Kersten building .

PNP activist murdered in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) Montego BAY, St James — The killing of prominent People's National Party (PNP) activist Kenley 'Bebe' Stephens has left the party's organisation in St James in shock .

Church leaders, students protest against firing of Bain

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jamaica Gleaner) - Church leaders clad in black as well as students of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and other Jamaicans yesterday morning stepped up their protest against the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Resource Training Network (CHART) by the UWI .

Mind your own business, Venezuela foreign minister tells Kerry

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s foreign minister yesterday rebuked his US counterpart, John Kerry, for criticizing the handling of street protests and reiterated accusations Washington wants to topple the socialist government .

Colombia presidential candidates seek alliances for runoff

BOGOTA (Reuters) - President Juan Manuel Santos and opposition challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga scrambled yesterday to win the support of candidates eliminated from Colombia’s presidential election and gain the upper hand ahead of a runoff vote next month .

T&T Imam recounts 55-day Venezuelan horror

T&T Imam recounts 55-day Venezuelan horror

(Trinidad Guardian) Spending hours in a “stink" morgue, being called “Taliban”, thinking of getting shot in the head by officers—memories of Venezuela that have left Hamza Mohammed, imam of the Montrose mosque, still trembling today .

Five-star hotel, convention centre for Trinidad south

(Trinidad Express)  A five-star hotel, convention centre and administrative  centre will be constructed in South Trinidad, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced yesterday .

T&T National Security Minister: LifeSport Fund financing criminals

(Trinidad Express) Last week, the Sunday Express reported on the growing force of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen in Carapo under Imam Hassan Ali and his son, Rajaee Ali .

Media Association slams CoP’s comments

(Trinidad Guardian) The Media Association of T&T (MATT) has issued a statement condemning acting Police Com-missioner Stephen Williams’s comments on death threats against journalist Mark Bassant .

Tewarie: Jack wanted me to approve $5.5M contract

(Trinidad Guardian) Former National Security minister Jack Warner sought to get Planning Minister Bhoe Tewarie to approve an invoice in 2012 for $5 .



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