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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ convicted in US court

12 February 2019

NEW YORK – The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a US court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colourful decades-long... Read More


Rap scores Grammy breakthrough while girl power rules awards show

11 February 2019

LOS ANGELES – This is America, Childish Gambino’s searing indictment of police brutality and racism, scored a breakthrough for rap on Sunday at the Grammy awards, where the top prize went to country artist Kacey Musgraves. Read More


Prince Philip gives up licence

11 February 2019

LONDON – The Duke of Edinburgh is to voluntarily give up his driving licence, Buckingham Palace has said.It comes after the 97-year-old duke apologised over a car crash near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in which his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after... Read More


Mandela’s life and legacy celebrated in London exhibition

09 February 2019

LONDON – For a man who spent nearly three decades in prison, the passage of time was no doubt important to Nelson Mandela. So it is perhaps fitting that an exhibition opening in London on Friday about his life and legacy features his watch, which was always kept... Read More


France withdraws Italian envoy after war of words

07 February 2019

PARIS/ROME – France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday, a remarkable diplomatic split between neighbours and European Union allies, after what it described as “repeated, baseless” attacks by Italian political leaders against France. Read More


Pompeo reassures allies of US commitments in Syria, Iraq

06 February 2019

WASHINGTON – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday reassured allies that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria was not “the end of America’s fight” and called on them to recommit to permanently defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Read More


Soap opera star Kristoff St. John, dies at 52

05 February 2019

Actor Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young & the Restless, has died, according to his attorney Mark Geragos. He was 52. Read More


Oh dam! Aussie town flooded

04 February 2019

SYDNEY – Officials in the Australian city of Townsville are deliberately flooding several neighbourhoods after record rainfall that has swollen a dam beyond capacity.Residents in and around the north-eastern city have been warned of “risk to life” and “unprecedented... Read More


Venezuela crisis: US sending aid 'at Guaidó's request'

04 February 2019

The US says it is sending aid to crisis-hit Venezuela following a request from Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader who has declared himself interim president. Read More


Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela 'an option,' Russia objects

03 February 2019

CARACAS - U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.” Read More


UK PM’s office denies report of June 6 election plan

03 February 2019

LONDON − British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office denied a report in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that the prime minister’s advisors were considering scheduling a national election for June 6. Read More


Ivory Coast ex-president Gbagbo freed by Hague court

02 February 2019

THE HAGUE − Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was freed from detention by the International Criminal Court on Friday, under the condition that he will stay in the country that accepts to take him in and that he will return to the court when asked to do so.... Read More


UK stockpiles drugs as no-deal Brexit feared

02 February 2019

LONDON − With just 56 days until Britain leaves the EU, Jo Elgarf has begun stockpiling food in case politicians fail to strike an exit deal, but she says she cannot do the same with vital drugs her disabled daughter needs. Read More


Colder than the South Pole: US Midwest gripped by deep freeze

31 January 2019

CHICAGO − A blast of polar air brought record-low temperatures to much of the United States Midwest on Wednesday, cancelling trash pick-ups, halting the mail and forcing residents who pride themselves on their winter hardiness to huddle indoors. Read More


Singer James Ingram dies at 66

29 January 2019

James Ingram, the soulful, smooth voice behind R&B hits like Just Once and I Don’t Have The Heart, has died at the age of 66. Ingram’s long-time friend and creative partner, Debbie Allen, confirmed the news of his passing to CNN on Tuesday. Read More


Assault on Empire actor Smollett investigated as hate crime

29 January 2019

Chicago police on Tuesday said they were investigating an assault on Empire actor Jussie Smollett as a possible hate crime after two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck. Read More


Palestinian prime minister, government resign

29 January 2019

RAMALLAH, West Bank − Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas. Read More


US charges China’s Huawei with bank fraud, stealing trade secrets

29 January 2019

WASHINGTON − The United States on Monday charged China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, its chief financial officer and two affiliates with bank and wire fraud to violate sanctions against Iran in a case that has escalated tensions with Beijing. Read More


May asked her lawmakers to support call for alternative to Northern Irish backstop

28 January 2019

LONDON − Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday asked her lawmakers to support a proposal which calls for the Northern Irish backstop in her Brexit deal with Brussels to be replaced with alternative arrangements. Read More


Death toll rises to 58 as hope dims after Brazil dam collapse

28 January 2019

BRUMADINHO, Brazil − Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 people and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster.... Read More


Trump announces deal with lawmakers to end government shutdown

25 January 2019

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Friday he has reached a tentative agreement with U.S. lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 35th day, with a senior Democratic aide saying money the president... Read More


With more public servants set to go home next month, do you think that the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation programme (BERT) is working?