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Cuba's new president sworn in

19 April 2018

HAVANA – A new era dawned in Cuba on Thursday when 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel was sworn in as the new president of the communist country, replacing Raúl Castro who decided to bring to an end the Castro family’s decades-long rule on the island. Díaz-Canel had... Read More

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Castro nears retirement as Cuban president; successor proposed

18 April 2018

HAVANA – Cuba’s Raul Castro moved closer to retiring as president on Wednesday as the country’s parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace him, in a shift that will usher in the island’s first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution. Castro, 86, is stepping... Read More

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Airline alliance promises lower fares, easier travel

18 April 2018

Three Caribbean airlines have formed an alliance which promises to make it easier and cheaper for travellers to move between 32 countries. Antigua-based LIAT, Air Antilles of Guadeloupe and St Maarten’s Winair have joined forces under the CaribSKY project which is... Read More

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British PM apologises to Caribbean countries

17 April 2018

LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday publicly apologised to Caribbean countries as she met with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to discuss the situation of pre-1971 Caribbean undocumented United Kingdom (UK) immigrants. Read More

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IMF issues warning to Jamaica

16 April 2018

WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday warned Jamaica that continued reform implementation will not only safeguard hard-won gains but also deliver stronger growth and job creation. The IMF Executive Board earlier this month concluded a review of... Read More

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World Bank funds to help Sint Maarten rebuild after hurricane damage

16 April 2018

WASHINGTON − The World Bank Monday signed an agreement with the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Affairs of the Netherlands, Raymond Knops, providing US$580 million to help Sint Maarten build back better and increase resilience following the devastation... Read More

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CARICOM leaders hold wide-ranging discussions with US Vice President

16 April 2018

LIMA, Peru – Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, says his country remains interested in the Caribbean and Latin America. Pence made the disclosure as he met with leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Saturday – the final day of the Summit... Read More

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Children’s Authority saddened at the murder of baby, urges parents to keep children safe

15 April 2018

PORT OF SPAIN – The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago says it is saddened at the death of a 15-month-old baby who had also been sexually assaulted and urged parents not to let their guard down in ensuring the safety of children. “While all children are... Read More

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World Bank approves funds for Dominica

15 April 2018

WASHINGTON - The World Bank has approved two emergency support operations totalling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Dominica. The Washington-based financial institution... Read More

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CARICOM Secretary General says CSME is a “work in progress”

13 April 2018

PORT OF SPAIN – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General , Irwin La Rocque says while the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) continues to be a work in progress, it is sufficiently advanced to be used more effectively by the regional private sector.... Read More

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PM Holness on working overseas trip to South America, Europe

13 April 2018

KINGSTON – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has arrived in Peru as part of an intense working trip overseas where he will hold bilateral talks with key partners as well as participate in the Summit of the Americas here and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)... Read More

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St Lucia starts process of returning prisoners to BVI and TCI

13 April 2018

CASTRIES – St Lucia has begun the process of returning prisoners to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the British Virgin Islands. The prisoners who were transferred to St Lucia last year following hurricane damage to both British overseas territories. On... Read More

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Joy in Trinidad following sexual offences ruling

12 April 2018

Cheers erupted and tears of joy were shed outside the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain yesterday as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community learned of the court’s ruling in the landmark case brought by gay activist Jason Jones... Read More

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T&T High Court rules in favour of LGBT community

12 April 2018

PORT OF SPAIN – The High Court on Thursday has ruled it unconstitutional to impede on the rights of homosexual men and other adults who engage in anal sex. The challenge against the state was brought by gay rights activist Jason Jones in 2017. However, a final... Read More

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Acting Foreign Minister wants regional countries to work together

12 April 2018

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Steve Blackett has called for an end to fragmented approaches to dealing with regional affairs. He made this appeal today, while addressing a Regional Consultation for an Effective Platform for CARIFORUM French... Read More

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Patient jailed for touching doctor’s breast

11 April 2018

PORT OF SPAIN – A magistrate has sentenced a 25-year-old patient to six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to touching the breast of a doctor treating him at the San Fernando General Hospital last week. Senior magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine imposed the... Read More

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Guyana predicting increased paddy rice production for first quarter

11 April 2018

GEORGETOWN – Guyana says it is anticipating more half a million tonnes of paddy rice from the first crop of farmer’s paddy rice cultivation. General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRB), Nizam Hassan, said they are anticipating a yield of 530 000 tonnes,... Read More

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Jamaican flight attendant who ditched drugs could soon be released

10 April 2018

LOS ANGELES — A former JetBlue flight attendant who ran from security after ditching 60 pounds of cocaine at Los Angeles International Airport has been sentenced to time served. Marsha Gay Reynolds pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to possess and distribute... Read More

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Demoted minister fired

10 April 2018

PORT OF SPAIN – Less than 24 hours after he was demoted as a Cabinet minister, the newly appoint6ed Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Darryl Smith has been fired. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Tuesday said that Smith’s... Read More

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St Kitts PM promoting CBI programme in Middle East

10 April 2018

BASSETERRE – St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris is leading a high-level delegation on a tour to promote the federation’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme in the Middle East. Harris is presently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), where... Read More

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Mother jailed for life in Guyana after poisoning her two children

10 April 2018

GEORGETOWN – A High Court judge Monday sentenced a 25-year-old mother to 98 years in jail after she was found guilty of killing her two children by giving them rat poison in 2014. Awena Rutherford, appeared before Justice Navindra Singh for sentencing after she had... Read More

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