T&T lettuce farmer killed during robbery

(Trinidad Guardian) Weeks before his death, lettuce farmer Leon Bebe ranted on Facebook about how people whom he grew up with could “sit down and plan up how to kill” him because of envy and greed.

T&T dad shot dead

(Trinidad Express) The search for missing father-of-one Daniel Cooper ended yesterday morning, along an agricultural access road near Princes Town, where his body was found.

Bajan deportee suspected of multiple killings

(Barbados Nation) A Barbadian man who police in England referred to as “evil” is now attracting the attention of detectives investigating deaths of at least two people since he was deported to his land of birth.

Brazil averts “a massacre” by blocking eviction of Indians

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazil’s highest court has averted a “massacre” by blocking the eviction of 5,000 indigenous people from disputed land, one of their leaders said, in a ruling that boosted ancestral claims.

Trump cancels trip to Latin America, prompting relief and criticism

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his first official trip to Latin America, the White House announced yesterday, triggering a mix of relief and criticism from a region he has repeatedly disparaged over immigration, narcotics and trade.

T&T PM fires minister

(Trinidad Express) A day after his demotion, Darryl Smith has been dismissed as a Government Minister.

Venezuelan shot dead in T&T after robbery

(Trinidad Guardian) A Venezuelan was killed trying to escape from his abductors who snatched him while he was on his way home from work on Friday night.

Brazil lawyers press top court justice for injunction to free Lula

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – A Brazilian association of criminal lawyers requested yesterday that a Supreme Court justice issue an injunction freeing former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who began serving a 12-year sentence for bribery over the weekend.

Venezuela reopens air, sea links to Caribbean islands

VALENCIA, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuela yesterday reopened air and sea links to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, three months after cutting them off in an attempt to curb smuggling.

New evidence in data mining claims against UNC

(Trinidad Guardian) Evidence surfaced on Friday pointing fingers at the UNC political strategists debating the use of confidential information to influence potential voters in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

Lula turns himself in to Brazil police, ending standoff

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (Reuters) – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned himself in to police on Saturday, ending a day-long standoff to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption that derails his bid to return to power.

T&T PM: Public servants caused Dominica vote

(Trinidad Guardian) Public officials who usurped the authority of the political directorate and not Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses, were responsible for T&T’s recent refusal to support Dominica’s request for waiver of its dues for the Organisation of American States (OAS) last month.

Brazil judge orders ex-president Lula jailed by today

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – A Brazilian judge yesterday ordered former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours to serve a 12-year sentence for a graft conviction, likely ending the presidential front-runner’s hopes of returning to power.

Venezuela cuts commercial ties with Panama officials, firms

CARACAS/PANAMA CITY,  (Reuters) – Venezuela said yesterday it was halting commercial relations with Panamanian officials and companies, including regional airline Copa , for alleged involvement in money laundering, prompting Panama to recall its ambassador.