TEHRAN (Reuters) – Venezuela and Iran will each invest $760 million in the other’s energy sectors under deals signed during a visit to Tehran by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Iran’s Oil Ministry website SHANA said yesterday.
(Antigua Sun) – A number of tourists, who accused the police of beating them up, were taken to court yesterday to face several charges.
(Trinidad Express) – The police officer in whose home a quantity of courtroom exhibits was allegedly found has been granted $720,000 bail by a Justice of the Peace.
Jamaica expects more airline seatsIn spite of the gloom surrounding tourism, several Caribbean nations are continuing to report increased airlift for the winter season ahead.
(Jamaica Gleaner) Bernard Coard, the former deputy prime minister of the short-lived People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) in Grenada, who was imprisoned for 26 years for the murder of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in 1983, intends to join his wife in Jamaica.
(Trinidad Guardian) Vera Bhajan, 22, the young woman from Felicity, Chaguanas, who was born without arms, has graduated from University of the West Indies (UWI) with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB).
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela will pull the plug on 29 more radio stations, a top official in President Hugo Chavez’s government said yesterday, just weeks after dozens of other outlets were closed in a media clampdown.
(Trinidad Express) The two houses of Parliament – the House of Representatives and the Senate – are expected to be summoned in historic session to vote on whether a tribunal should be appointed to investigate President George Maxwell Richards’s conduct with respect to the appointment of an Integrity Commission.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Thousands of Venezuelans marched yesterday in protests against President Hugo Chavez while thousands of his supporters held their own rallies, a sign of the sharp split in the OPEC nation over the socialist leader’s policies.
Strongman facing deportation to US controls downtown Kingston -peace institute member (Jamaica Observer) A member of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) says influential Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke has the power to prevent social disorder in downtown Kingston, should Government decide to have him extradited to the United States.
(Jamaica Gleaner) Unis McKenzie has helped raise more than 40 children and is willing to take in more.
(Trinidad Express) Tobago police have launched an investigation into the cancellation of an Independence day event entitled “Experience the Concert” featuring popular US actor and producer Tyler Perry and Pastor Donnie Mc Clurkin.
(Trinidad Guardian) Anthero Mootoo, the teenager found guilty of committing fraud in the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations, was on Thursday spared a fine or jail term.
Jamaican rapist jailed An illegal immigrant who raped a woman twice after escaping from holding cells at London’s Heathrow Airport has been jailed indefinitely in the UK.
(Jamaica Gleaner) Per-manent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Dr Alwyn Hayles, was on Wednesday unable to explain why money from the Port Authority of Jamaica’s pension fund was used to purchase a ministerial residence for transport minister Mike Henry.
-professor (Jamaica Gleaner) United States law-enforcement authorities are keeping a close watch on Jamaica as local justice officials react to a request for the extradition of reputed Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Colombian lawmakers have approved a final bill calling for a referendum to allow President Alvaro Uribe to seek re-election in May next year if he decides to run for office for a third time.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Oil major BP Plc said it has made an oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, which analysts believe could contain over 1 billion barrels of recoverable reserves, reaffirming the Gulf’s strategic importance to the industry.
HOUSTON, (Reuters) – A swanky casino on the Las Vegas strip is suing accused swindler Allen Stanford for repayment of a gambling debt of more than a quarter million dollars, according to court papers.
MIAMI, (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Erika weakened as it edged over the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean yesterday but it threatened to douse them with heavy rainfall, the U.S.
SAN CARLOS, Mexico, (Reuters) – Hurricane Jimena smashed flimsy buildings, bent trees and tore fishing boats from their moorings as it collided with Mexico’s Baja California peninsula yesterday.
(Jamaica Gleaner) An investigation is now under way at the GraceKennedy-owned First Global Bank after the discovery of trading irregularities at the institution that have resulted in predicted bond-trading losses of approximately US$19 million (J$1.68 billion).
(Jamaica Gleaner) West Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is extradited and convicted by United States authorities.
(Trinidad Express) “I will do it again.” These were the words of Diane Baptiste yesterday, after she received a national award for gallantry for fighting off a gunman in defence of her daughters.
(Jamaica Gleaner) The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has received the first allocation of money from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the special drawing rights (SDRs).