State Dept tells refugee agencies to downsize U.S. operations

(Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pare back the number of offices across the country authorized to resettle people in 2018 as President Donald Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States.

In T&T: Three in court for murder of reserve cop

(Trinidad Guardian) Three men accused of murdering Special Reserve Police officer Richard Babwah and robbing the owner of a Chinese restaurant appeared in court jointly charged with the crimes yesterday.

Jamaican jungle safe from mining – for now

MOORE TOWN, Jamaica,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Jamaican pledge to protect a mountainous jungle region from mining is a long-sought victory by an unlikely alliance of greens and the descendants of runaway slaves who claim the land.

Siblings in Piarco heist granted bail

(Trinidad Guardian) Siblings Kizzy Bernard, 38, and brother Kenol Singh, 32, of Longdenville, Chaguanas, who were charged in connection with the recent 5.5 million heist at the Piarco International Airport, were both yesterday granted bail by a Chaguanas magistrate totalling $.5 million.

Transgender slain; cops arrest guard

(Trinidad Guardian) Almost two weeks after the death of transgender woman Keon Alister Patterson in Port-of-Spain, another transgender woman, Keil Lensay, was murdered in Debe on Monday.

No bail for Piarco heist accused

(Trinidad Guardian) Kizzy Bernard, the lone woman accused in the $5.5 million robbery at the Piarco International Airport, was yesterday denied bail by an Arima magistrate.

OAS says Honduran presidential election should be redone

TEGUCIGALPA,  (Reuters) – The Organization of American States (OAS) said late on Sunday that Honduras should hold new presidential elections, after the electoral tribunal declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the bitterly contested Nov.

Missing T&T man killed, burnt: Two charged

(Trinidad Express) Two men are due to appear before a Rio Claro Magis-trate yesterday charged in connection with the charred remains of a missing man found along Pato Trace, Biche, on December 8.

In T&T: Man charged with sister-in-law’s murder

(Trinidad Express) A Manzanilla man is expected to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate in connection with the December 9 shooting death of his 44-year-old sister-in-law and the wounding of her 18-year-old daughter and two others, at a bar in Manzanilla.

T&T woman freed of twins drowning

(Trinidad Guardian) A 62-year-old mother of five walked out the Sangre Grande Magistrate’s Court a free woman on Friday after 12 years and six months awaiting trial.

Chile’s Pinera wins presidency as opponent concedes

SANTIAGO,  (Reuters) – Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera won Chile’s presidency yesterday, with his centre-left opponent Alejandro Guillier conceding the election as Chile followed other South American nations in a political turn to the right.

Cuban refugees living on the street in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Cuban  refugees who have been living outside the United Nations office on Keate Street, Port of Spain in tents made out of tarpaulin yesterday denied media reports that they were offered assistance for housing by the Living Water Community (LWC) and refused.

T&T woman stalked to her death

...suspected killer also found dead

(Trinidad Express) Samantha Isaacs began her Friday night celebrating her 27th birthday with friends.

CDB approves US$29M for Antigua, US$65.5M for BVI

-to address hurricane damage

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$29 million in funding to Antigua and Barbuda and US$65.5 million to the British Virgin Islands (BVI)  to aid recovery efforts after the passage of hurricanes Irma, Maria and Jose in September.

In T&T: Bandit, 15, slain, cop wounded

(Trinidad Guardian) Three days after PC Richard Babwah was killed during a shootout with bandits, another officer was shot under similar circumstances in Marabella.

In T&T: Bandit, 15, slain, cop wounded

(Trinidad Guardian) Three days after PC Richard Babwah was killed during a shootout with bandits, another officer was shot under similar circumstances in Marabella.

Brazil tops Places to Watch for deforestation, satellites show

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazil topped the list of the world’s most important Places to Watch for deforestation on Wednesday, in a new initiative that uses near real-time satellite to highlight forest loss.