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Latin American presidents to discuss Venezuela unrest, Ecuador says

QUITO, (Reuters) - Latin American presidents will meet next week to discuss the unrest in Venezuela that has left at least 20 dead and convulsed the South American OPEC nation, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said late on Thursday .

Cuba agrees to open talks with EU on new political accord

Cuba agrees to open talks with EU on new political accord

HAVANA,  (Reuters) - Cuba accepted a proposal by the European Union to open negotiations on a new political accord, saying yesterday it was willing to discuss human rights as part of discussions that would end what it considers a one-sided relationship with Europe .

Two dead in Venezuela violence as protests drag on

CARACAS,  (Reuters) - A Venezuelan soldier and a motorcyclist died in a confused melee sparked by the opposition’s barricading of a Caracas street, officials said yesterday, boosting the death toll from nearly a month of violence to 20 .

LIAT shake-up on the way

(Barbados Nation) LIAT WILL LOOK at cutting some of its most unprofitable routes over the next three months as part of a programme to fix the cash-strapped airline .

Jewish sect members held in T&T were fleeing to Guatemala

(Trinidad Express) AN application for a habeas corpus writ to have nine members of a Canadian ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect released from detention in Trinidad and Tobago was yesterday dismissed by a High Court judge in Port of Spain .

Venezuela’s Chavez remembered with pomp and protests

Venezuela’s Chavez remembered with pomp and protests

CARACAS,  (Reuters) - Followers of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez flooded the streets of Venezuela yesterday for the anniversary of his death, an emotional but welcome distraction for his successor from violent protests raging for the last month .

T&T `hero’ dies after rescuing two children from drowning

T&T `hero’ dies after rescuing two children from drowning

...Nicholas Seucharan could not even swim, still he went

(Trinidad Express) In the ultimate act of selflessness a 26-year-old Tabaquite man died on Monday, after rescuing two children from drowning in Mayaro .

Port of Spain Mayor Tim Kee: Too much vulgar behaviour

(Trinidad Express) All the soca songs say wine down low and jam on a bumper, and while masqueraders eagerly follow these instructions, Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee finds their behaviour “vulgar and reprehensible” .

Jailed opposition leader calls for more Venezuela protests

Jailed opposition leader calls for more Venezuela protests

CARACAS (Reuters) - Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez urged sympathizers yesterday to maintain street protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the country’s foreign minister prepared to meet the United Nations Secretary General .

Cuban dissidents say political arrests top 1,000 in February

HAVANA (Reuters) - Politically motivated arrests in Cuba topped 1,000 for a third straight month in February as the result of wider public demonstrations against the one-party state, a leading human rights organisation said yesterday .

Suriname’s Carifesta expenses under scrutiny

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – President Desi Bouterse has ordered an investigation to find out the real extent of the expenses made for Carifesta XI .

Venezuela opposition musters thousands for march despite Carnival holiday

CARACAS,  (Reuters) - While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital yesterday, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign .

Over 2,000 lbs of ganja seized at Kingston port

(Jamaica Gleaner) A man has been arrested and over J$10 million worth of ganja seized following a two-day operation by the police at the Kingston Container Terminal in the capital city .

Offer made for CLICO Barbados

(Barbados Nation) CLICO policyholders may be getting a dream offer from a North American firm, which wants to buy all of the assets of Clico International Life (CIL) Insurance Limited and repay the principal sums to the policyholders and investors in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean .

Jamaica opposition spokesman urges Gov’t to beware of deals with China

(Jamaica Gleaner) Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett is urging the Government to address concerns by some Jamaicans that a heavy Chinese economic infusion into Jamaica could negatively affect the country's sovereignty .

Venezuela foreign minister to meet Ban Ki-moon in Geneva

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela said yesterday its foreign minister will meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva on Tuesday amid growing international calls for dialogue between political players to ease the OPEC nation’s worst unrest in a decade .

Venezuela unrest chokes transport, worsens economic woes

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Anti-government protests in Venezuela have left some 1,500 trucks that distribute about half the country’s vegetables sitting idle in the western city of La Grita, waiting for roads blocked by demonstrators to be re-opened .

Cuban agent released from U.S. prison gets hero’s welcome

HAVANA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro and top leaders of the Cuban government and Com-munist Party greeted a Cuban intelligence agent with a hero’s welcome upon his return to Havana on Friday, a day after his release from a U .

Colombian rebels want U.S. to participate in peace talks

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Colombia’s FARC rebels asked for the United States to join its peace talks with the Colombian government, saying yesterday it would speed up the process because Washington was making all the important decisions anyway .

Suriname foreign minister tones down attack on US envoy

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Lackin, at a press briefing yesterday, presented a much weaker version of the harsh words uttered by President Desi Bouterse on Tuesday .

Brazil’s top court overturns some convictions in political corruption case

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) - Brazil’s Supreme Court overturned racketeering convictions against former leaders of the ruling Workers Party yesterday, reducing their prison sentences in the country’s biggest political corruption case .

Carnival holiday may take heat out of Venezuela crisis

CARACAS,  (Reuters) - Venezuelans began a week-long national holiday yesterday as some protests still simmered, but President Nicolas Maduro’s government was hoping the break would take the heat out of the nation’s worst unrest in a decade .

Venezuela unrest shakes up opposition

CARACAS, (Reuters) - One month ago, Henrique Capriles was Venezuela’s undisputed opposition leader, espousing a vision of dialogue and measured dissent towards the socialist government .

Suriname company named in gold scandal

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Kaloti Jewelry International is likely involved in doubtful gold transactions .

Pope, U.N. urge calm and dialogue amid Venezuela unrest

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UWI Professor sees PetroCaribe backlash

(Trinidad Guardian) Unrest in neighbouring Venezuela can have consequences not only for T&T but also for neighbouring Caricom states involved in Petrocaribe and oil energy arrangements with Venezuela, says UWI Professor Anthony Gonzales .

Trinidad opens Embassy in China

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica – Trinidad and Tobago has established an embassy in the People’s Republic of China .

T&T girl murdered

(Trinidad Guardian) Renee T’Anna Lazarus spent her last moments with her older brother discussing how she could better her life through education .

China to sell long range border patrol vessel to TT

(Trinidad Express) The Office of the Prime Minister disclosed yesterday that China has agreed to deliver a Long Range Vessel to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, to increase maritime border security and fights arms and drug smuggling .

T&T signs agreement with China Harbour for transshipment port

(Jamaica Observer)  KINGSTON, Jamaica — Trinidad and Tobago yesterday signed an agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) of the People’s Republic of China for the development of an economic zone and a transshipment port and dry-docking facilities .

Guyanese nominated for T&T literary prize

(Trinidad Express) Poet Roger Robinson, novelist Robert Antoni and writer Carole Boyce Davies represent Trinidad and Tobago alongside writers from four other Caribbean countries on the long list for the 2014 OCM (One Caribbean Media) Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature .

Jet Blue to launch second T&T route in May

(Trinidad Express) Four hundred and thirty four thousand visitors arrived in Trinidad and Tobago last year, Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma said yesterday .

Paulwell hints at clearer days for ganja this year

Paulwell hints at clearer days for ganja this year

(Jamaica Gleaner) - Marijuana advocates in Jamaica are on a high after Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell signalled to stakeholders that the use of marijuana in specific quantities is on the parliamentary agenda for decriminalisation in the upcoming legislative year .

CAL to airlift Trinis from Venezuela

(Trinidad Guardian) - The government is preparing a contingency plan involving Caribbean Airlines to evacuate any T&T nationals and staff of this country’s Caracas Embassy out of strife-torn Venezuela if the situation there deteriorates further, acting Foreign Affairs Minister Roodal Moonilal has said .

Jamaica to decriminalize ganja - Minister

Jamaica to decriminalize ganja – Minister

(Jamaica Observer) Jamaica will this year join a virtual tidal wave of countries across the globe in decriminalising ganja, forerunner to the establishment of a medicinal marijuana industry estimated to be worth billions of dollars .

Jamaica can earn US$800m from sea island cotton

(Jamaica Observer) Jamaica can potentially earn US$800 million (J$85 .

In T&T: Two burnt to death in exploding car

In T&T: Two burnt to death in exploding car

(Trinidad Guardian) Five days after Kesav Ragoo, 20, survived an accident which claimed the life of soldier Junior La Barrie, he and one of his friends were burnt to death after the car in which they were travelling crashed and burst into flames near their Freeport homes on Saturday .

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