(Jamaica Gleaner) The Cayman Islands is to introduce genetically engineered mosquitoes to reduce the insect population in the fight against vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus.
(Trinidad Express) A Guyanese mother was one of two people who appeared in court on Tuesday charged with stealing stuffed toys including those of television characters “Spongebob” and “Barney” from a mini-mart.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s chances of remaining in office plummeted yesterday after a key senator recommended the leftist leader face an impeachment trial and a top prosecutor said she should be included in a vast corruption investigation.
RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) – Mining companies Vale SA and BHP Billiton were hit with a 155 billion-real ($43.5 billion) civil lawsuit for the collapse of a dam at a mine last year that killed 19 people and caused damage that prosecutors said was comparable to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
(Jamaica Observer) Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams on Monday disclosed that Jamaica is receiving help from the United States to track down the killers of two American missionaries whose bodies were found in a remote part of Boscobel, St Mary, between Saturday and Sunday.
OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canada’s government is doing a bad job of weeding out fraudulent citizenship applications and this means ineligible people can obtain Canadian passports, the country’s top watchdog said yesterday.
(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said on Monday it was “quite likely” that the contractor—Brazilian firm Construtora OAS—will have to be fired from the multi-billion-dollar Point Fortin Highway extension project.
(Trinidad Guardian) The common-law wife of former Centrin worker David Francis broke down in tears yesterday after she was given the go ahead to cremate her husband after a High Court judge discharged an injunction filed by Francis’ estranged wife.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Hundreds of tourists and a handful of emotional Cuban-Americans yesterday arrived on the first US cruise ship to sail to Havana in more than 50 years, spilling onto the cobbled streets of the old city where they were warmly greeted by residents.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America’s largest country starting yesterday afternoon, the second such incident against the popular messaging application in five months.
(Reuters) – Honduran authorities have arrested four people in connection with the murder of award-winning environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres, the attorney general’s office said in a statement yesterday.
(Trinidad Guardian) Government has begun statistical groundwork for decriminalising of marijuana possession, says Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi. He told the T&T Guardian he is reviewing the Dangerous Drugs Act and wide consultation is planned before any policy decision is taken.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night increased the country’s minimum wage 30 percent, amid rampant inflation that has destroyed purchasing power in the crisis-hit country.