Iran, Venezuela swap $760M energy investments

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.

Police, tourists brawl 5

(Antigua Sun) – A number of tourists, who accused the police of beating them up, were taken to court yesterday to face several charges.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

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.

Coard to make Jamaica home base

(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.

Armless girl graduates with law degree 1

(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).

Chavez minister vows more Venezuela radio closings

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.

Opposition in historic action to probe President over Integrity fiasco

(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.

Divided Venezuelans march for, against Chavez

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.

‘Dudus holds the key’ 2

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.

Tobago cops probe concert that never came off

(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.

CXC cheat put on probation

(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.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

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.

Pensions paid for Jamaica minister’s house 1

(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.

US eyeing reaction to request for Jamaica drug lord 2

-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.

Q+A: What happens now with Uribe’s re-election bid

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.

BP makes “giant” oil find in Gulf of Mexico

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.

Vegas casino sues Stanford over big gambling debt

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.

Hurricane Jimena batters western Mexico

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 bank probing irregularities that could lead to US$19M loss

(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).

T&T awards mom who fought off gunman

(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.