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Caricom welcomes "thawing" of US-Cuba relations

Caricom welcomes "thawing" of US-Cuba relations

Statement by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) welcomes the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba and the move towards...

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Caribbean News Desk for Weds Dec 17, 2014

Caribbean News Desk for Weds Dec 17, 2014

Washington/Havana, Dec 17 (EFE).- A prisoner swap between Cuba and the United States, and the release of American contractor Alan Gross by Havana opened the way Wednesday for the two countries to...

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Martelly has met with political leaders to end Haiti crisis

16 December, 2014

Martelly has met with political leaders to end Haiti crisis

Port-au-Prince, Dec 16 (EFE).- Haitian President Michel Martelly has met legislative, judicial and political leaders to discuss the appointment of a new prime minister and moves towards overcoming the current political crisis in the country...

Nearly 5,000 immigrants died in 2014 searching for a better life

16 December, 2014

Nearly 5,000 immigrants died in 2014 searching for a better …

Geneva, Dec 16 (EFE).- Nearly 5,000 migrants lost their lives this year in hope of finding a better deal for themselves and their families in another country, making 2014 the deadliest year ever for migrants, according to a report released ...

LatAm is worst region for gun crime, U.N. says

16 December, 2014

LatAm is worst region for gun crime, U.N. says

Quito, Dec 16 (EFE).- The head of the Firearms Team of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, said Tuesday in Quito that Latin America is the region that most uses guns to commit violent crimes."Latin America is the region where guns...

CARICOM hosts regional monitoring and evaluation workshop on Strategic Plan

16 December, 2014

CARICOM hosts regional monitoring and evaluation workshop on…

A two-day Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop to provide training in the use of  the CARICOM online Monitoring and Evaluation Tool began on Monday, 15 December 2014, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.  The ...

CARICOM to partner with WICB for “Pitch in Schools Project”

16 December, 2014

CARICOM to partner with WICB for “Pitch in Schools Project”

 A new era for cricket in schools across the CARICOM region is about to begin with an innovative initiative from the CARICOM Secretariat called the “Pitch in Schools Project”, the Guyana-based Caribbean Community Headquarters said in a...

Fmr. policeman who allegedly killed Agricola youth shot dead

15 December, 2014

Fmr. policeman who allegedly killed Agricola youth shot dead

A former police corporal, who was wanted for the murder of a teenager at Agricola, Greater Georgetown was one of two persons shot and killed by his former colleagues during an armed robbery on the East Coast Demerara on Monday evening. Dead...

Listen to Caribbean News Desk for Dec 15, 2014

15 December, 2014

Listen to Caribbean News Desk for Dec 15, 2014

Port-au-Prince, Dec 15 (EFE).- Ex-Haitian prime minister Laurent Lamothe has thanked those who supported him during the country's recent political unrest which led to his stepping down at the recommendation of a special committee."I leave t...

New York Times: Cuban economy in a dilemma

15 December, 2014

New York Times: Cuban economy in a dilemma

New York, Dec 15 (EFE).- The New York Times said Monday in an editorial that the Cuban economy is in a dilemma and facing the need to push economic reforms but having to deal with the resistance of the "old guard" and the danger that Havana...

Cayman Islands relaxes immigration policy for business visitors

15 December, 2014

Cayman Islands relaxes immigration policy for business visit…

San Juan, Dec 15 (EFE).- The Cayman Islands government has approved amendments to its immigration policy to allow short-term business travelers to remain in the country for up to 10 working days without the need to obtain a work permit.The ...

7 Die in Brazil in head-on crash of bus and tanker truck

15 December, 2014

7 Die in Brazil in head-on crash of bus and tanker truck

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (EFE).- At least seven people died Monday in a crash between a public transport bus and a tanker truck loaded with fuel on a highway in the northeastern Brazilian state of Piaui, officials said.The crash occurred arou...

Caribbean health agency urges action on antimicrobial resistance

15 December, 2014

Caribbean health agency urges action on antimicrobial resist…

San Juan, Dec 15 (EFE).- The Caribbean Public Health Agency has asked regional governments to implement plans to combat antimicrobial resistance, which threatens to undermine the effectiveness of treatments for common infections and injurie...

St. Lucia offers condolences to kin of 3 killed in ship fire

15 December, 2014

St. Lucia offers condolences to kin of 3 killed in ship fire

San Juan, Dec 15 (EFE).- The government of St. Lucia on Monday offered condolences to the families of three people who died last week in a fire aboard a cruise ship docked in Castries."I wish to offer the greatest support on behalf of the p...

Cuba plans to open nursing homes for people with Alzheimer's

15 December, 2014

Cuba plans to open nursing homes for people with Alzheimer's

Havana, Dec 15 (EFE).- Cuba, a country affected by an aging population, is planning to open nursing homes for people with Alzheimer's starting in 2015, according to officials in the Public Health Ministry, or MINSAP, as cited by local media...

Caribbean News Desk radio programme: Guyana's opposition wants High Court to stop unauthorised govt spending

12 December, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio programme: Guyana's opposition wan…

Guyana’s Opposition Leader, David Granger has moved to the High Court to stop what he regards as the unauthorized spending of monies from the Treasury on projects and programmes that have not been approved by the House. Granger’s A Partners...

"Gone with the Wind" premiered 75 years ago

12 December, 2014

"Gone with the Wind" premiered 75 years ago

By Fernando MexiaLos Angeles, Dec 12 (EFE).- Seventy-five years have gone by since "Gone with the Wind" premiered on Dec. 15, 1939 in Atlanta, a moment that crowned with success the many years it took to make one of Hollywood's most ambitio...

New non-stop flights link Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic

12 December, 2014

New non-stop flights link Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic

San Juan, Dec 12 (EFE).- Regional airline InterCaribbean Airways this weekend begins new non-stop services linking Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with Haiti.Scheduled services will begin Dec. 13 between Kingston's Norman Manley Internat...

Cuba says it's committed to expanding computerization, Internet access

12 December, 2014

Cuba says it's committed to expanding computerization, Inter…

Havana, Dec 12 (EFE).- Computerizing daily activities and expanding Internet access are priorities for Cuba, according to Communist party daily Granma, which said the island is making progress in those areas "steadily but unhurriedly."In a ...

St. Kitts and Nevis eyes criminal justice reform

12 December, 2014

St. Kitts and Nevis eyes criminal justice reform

San Juan, Dec 12 (EFE).- St. Kitts and Nevis is working on a legislative reform to improve aspects of the justice system ranging from courtroom procedures to rehabilitation of offenders, the government said Friday.The attorney general and j...

Caribbean News Desk radio programme: 3 Killed in fire aboard cruise ship docked in St. Lucia

11 December, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio programme: 3 Killed in fire aboard…

Castries, Dec 11 (EFE).- Three people died Thursday as the result of a fire in the engine room of a cruise ship docked here in the capital of St. Lucia. Killed were two contractors and a member of the crew of the Insignia, a port auth...

Brazil murder suspect confesses to 41 other killings

11 December, 2014

Brazil murder suspect confesses to 41 other killings

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 11 (EFE).- A man arrested after the stabbing death of a woman in the Rio suburb of Nova Iguaçu has confessed to 41 additional homicides, Brazilian police said Thursday.Sailson Jose das Graças, 26, told investigators that...

Execs charged in Brazil corruption scandal

11 December, 2014

Execs charged in Brazil corruption scandal

Sao Paulo, Dec 11 (EFE).- Prosecutors on Thursday formally charged a total of 35 people, including 22 executives from six of Brazil's leading construction companies, for their alleged role in a massive kickback scandal centered on state-con...

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone says fear an ally against Ebola

11 December, 2014

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone says fear an ally against Ebola

Havana, Dec 11 (EFE).- Fear of contagion keeps medical personnel battling Ebola in West Africa from taking unnecessary risks, one of the Cuban doctors working in Sierra Leone said in an interview appearing Thursday in Communist Party daily ...

Jamaica gets U.N. help against drug smugglers

11 December, 2014

Jamaica gets U.N. help against drug smugglers

San Juan, Dec 11 (EFE).- The government of Jamaica announced on Thursday the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to implement the Airport Communication Project, or AIRCOP, at the country's two main airports to c...

Guyanese is new ACP Secretary General

10 December, 2014

Guyanese is new ACP Secretary General

Guyanese  Dr.Patrick Gomes was Wednesday appointed Secretary General of the 79-nation African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, the Foreign Ministry here announced. “The ACP is at a critical juncture and experience and wise leadership...

Caribbean News Desk radio program: Cuba to continue renewing passports in U.S. despite banking issue

10 December, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio program: Cuba to continue renewing…

Washington, Dec 10 (EFE).- The Cuban Interests Section in Washington announced Wednesday a three-month extension of passport-renewal services in the United States, which have been hampered by the mission's lack of a local bank.Cuba's diplom...

Malala and Satyarthi call for education while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize

10 December, 2014

Malala and Satyarthi call for education while accepting the …

Malala and Satyarthi call for education while accepting the Nobel Peace PrizeOslo, Dec 10 (EFE).- Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, aged 17, and the president of the Global March Against Child Labor, Kailash Satyarthi of India, defended ...

Homicides are 3rd leading cause of death for males aged 15-44

10 December, 2014

Homicides are 3rd leading cause of death for males aged 15-4…

Geneva, Dec 10 (EFE).- The World Health Organization, WHO, released a report Wednesday stating that 475,000 people were murdered in the entire world in 2012, and identifying homicide as the third leading cause of death for males aged 15-44....

El Salvador president to Cuba for checkup after falling ill in Mexico

10 December, 2014

El Salvador president to Cuba for checkup after falling ill …

San Salvador, Dec 10 (EFE).- Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren traveled to Cuba for "his periodic medical checkup" after suffering health problems on Monday in Mexico, the Salvadoran government said Wednesday."Sanchez Ceren, after...

Brazilian police accused of racketeering

10 December, 2014

Brazilian police accused of racketeering

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 10 (EFE).- Brazilian police on Wednesday busted a violent gang comprising at least five police officers that controlled three Rio de Janeiro shantytowns.Authorities said 15 suspected gang members were arrested in the fir...

Venezuelan gov't confirms deaths of 48 prison inmates from poisoning

10 December, 2014

Venezuelan gov't confirms deaths of 48 prison inmates from p…

Caracas, Dec 10 (EFE).- Venezuelan Penitentiary Services Minister Iris Varela confirmed Wednesday the deaths of 48 inmates in a prison in the western part of the country after they consumed a cocktail of medications during a riot or strike ...

Latin America on the path to defeat hunger, U.N. agency says

10 December, 2014

Latin America on the path to defeat hunger, U.N. agency says

Santiago, Dec 10 (EFE).- Latin America is on course to reduce hunger by half ahead of the target date established in the Millennium Development Goals, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday.The FAO's 2014 report on food a...

Taiwan losing ground to Beijing in the Caribbean

10 December, 2014

Taiwan losing ground to Beijing in the Caribbean

By Natalia BonillaSan Juan, Dec 10 (EFE).- Taiwan is losing ground in the Caribbean, one of its traditional strongholds, as global economic powerhouse China expands its presence in the region, experts told Efe on Wednesday."Globalization ha...

Caribbean News Desk radio programme: Transparency activists hit Guyana streets against corruption

09 December, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio programme: Transparency activists …

Activists of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) on Tuesday- International Anti-Corruption Day- marched through the streets of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, to pressure government to address corruption.The theme of this year’s Unit...

Obama: CIA torture did not help U.S. efforts against terrorism

09 December, 2014

Obama: CIA torture did not help U.S. efforts against terrori…

Washington, Dec 9 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the use of torture by the CIA on suspected terrorists during the past decade did not help the efforts against terrorism or the country's national security interests, af...

Vatican to survey dioceses on marriage annulment, treatment of homosexuals

09 December, 2014

Vatican to survey dioceses on marriage annulment, treatment …

Vatican City, Dec 9 (EFE).- The Vatican intends to consult Roman Catholic dioceses about the possibility of making the marriage annulment process free of charge and eliminating "unfair discrimination" against homosexuals, with a survey whos...

Venezuela seizes some $3 mn on board vessel from U.S.

09 December, 2014

Venezuela seizes some $3 mn on board vessel from U.S.

Caracas, Dec 9 (EFE).- Venezuelan authorities seized "at least $3 million" hidden in a vehicle being transported on a Lebanese-flagged vessel that arrived in the capital's port from the United States, the state-run press reported Tuesday."T...

Study: US Immigration relief is of limited help to farm workers

09 December, 2014

Study: US Immigration relief is of limited help to farm work…

Chicago, Dec 9 (EFE).- A study released on Tuesday warns that President Barack Obama's recent executive action on immigration offers only "minimal benefits" to immigrants who work in agriculture in the U.S. Midwest, most of whom are of Mexi...

Brazil had 3,701 gay marriages in 2013, the 1st year such unions were legal

09 December, 2014

Brazil had 3,701 gay marriages in 2013, the 1st year such un…

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 9 (EFE).- Brazil celebrated 3,701 gay weddings in 2013, the first year a judicial decision authorized same-sex marriage, officials announced Tuesday.Of all gay marriages last year, 52 percent were between women and 48 pe...

Caribbean Court of Justice to hear Belize nationalization case

09 December, 2014

Caribbean Court of Justice to hear Belize nationalization ca…

San Juan, Dec 9 (EFE).- The Caribbean Court of Justice will take up on Wednesday the nationalization case pitting the government of Belize against British Caribbean Bank and businessman Dean Boyce.The court will spend three days listening t...

Jamaica's Atkinson is 1st black woman to win world swimming title

09 December, 2014

Jamaica's Atkinson is 1st black woman to win world swimming …

San Juan, Dec 9 (EFE).- Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson said she will never forget the moment she became the first black woman to win an international swim title after prevailing in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the Fina World Swimmi...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Caricom and Cuba should build regional transportation system; Cuba wants intra-regional tariffs scrapped

08 December, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Caricom and Cuba should buil…

The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) is proposing the building of a transportation system with Cuba to maximize trade across the region. The idea was placed on the table of the one-day summit of Cuban President Raoul Castro and his C...

Dominica's ruling party wins 4th straight term with fewer seats

08 December, 2014

Dominica's ruling party wins 4th straight term with fewer se…

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Monday retained power in the Caribbean island of Dominica for a fourth straight term but with fewer seats in an election that his opponent charged was “tainted” with irregularities. Addressing the nation, Sk...

Accused sex offender detained in U.S. Virgin Islands

08 December, 2014

Accused sex offender detained in U.S. Virgin Islands

San Juan, Dec 8 (EFE).- A man wanted in Florida on suspicion of committing a sexual offense was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix.The program director at the C...

Navy seizes over 1 ton of cocaine in southwestern Colombia

08 December, 2014

Navy seizes over 1 ton of cocaine in southwestern Colombia

Bogota, Dec 8 (EFE).- The navy seized nearly 1,200 kilos of cocaine hidden around the mouth of the Mira River in Nariño, a province in southwestern Colombia, navy spokesmen told Efe.The cocaine belonged to the Daniel Aldana column of t...

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