NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

BENGALURU/SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration’s saber-rattling.

T&T schoolboy critical after beating

(Trinidad Express) A 17-year-old Tobago schoolboy is fighting for his life in hospital after he was beaten into unconsciousness at school on Wednesday.

T&T judge grants injunction stopping highway project

(Trinidad Guardian) Environmental activist group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) has obtained an interim injunction barring the Government from continuing work on the first phase of the $400M Churchill Roosevelt Highway Extension to Manzanilla.

Rogue ex-policeman, six others die in Venezuela forces raid

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez was killed in a police operation on Monday along with six other anti-government militants, the interior minister said yesterday, spurring opposition complaints of human rights violations.

Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A Brazilian court yesterday ordered the world’s largest iron ore miner Vale SA to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil.

T&T guard gunned down at fast food outlet

(Trinidad Guardian) Robbers shot dead a security guard at a Church’s Chicken outlet at the newly opened O’Meara Plaza in Arima on Saturday night after they became enraged that they were unable to open the cash register.

Fake oil reports with T&T DPP

(Trinidad Guardian) Energy Minister Franklin Khan said yesterday that the reports coming out of two independent investigations into A&V Oil and Gas Ltd have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.

Ballot box key to bridging Latin America’s stark social divide

TEPIC, Mexico,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Elections across Latin America could help clean up rampant corruption fuelling the region’s deep social and economic divide as millions vote this year, while Venezuela’s crisis poses the biggest humanitarian threat, analysts and aid workers said.