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Venezuela used military and economic threats to release drug trafficker

Venezuela used military and economic threats to release drug trafficker

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A top official in Aruba said on Monday that Venezuela used economic and military pressure on two Dutch islands in the Caribbean in order to secure the release of accused drug trafficker General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who had been arrested in Oranjestad.

Dominica opposition boycotts parliament


Dominica opposition boycotts parliament ROSEAU, Dominica -- Hard on the heels of similar action by the opposition party in Bermuda, opposition United Workers Party (UWP) parliamentarians in Dominica have decided not to participate in parliamentary proceedings in support of its senator, Danny Lugay, who has been suspended.

Mercosur summit begins, Paraguay questions Guyana and Suriname association


CARACAS, Venezuela -- "The Paraguayan government will present its objections on six of the 183 resolutions adopted by the Mercosur during its absence from the bloc," said deputy foreign minister Federico González on Monday, after participating in the farewell ceremony of...

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Curacao lottery boss arrested in murder probe


Curacao lottery boss arrested in murder probe WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- At 6:40 on Tuesday morning, Curacao lottery boss, Robby dos Santos, the owner of Robbies Lottery was arrested by the investigation team in charge of the probe into the intellectual authors of the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels.

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Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected


Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Monetary conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) improved during the year ending March 31, 2014. However, credit conditions tightened further as was evidenced by the widening of the interest rate spread during the same period.


European Council president visits Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

European Council president visits Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On Sunday, July 20, 2014, the honorary consul of Belgium in the Dominican Republic, Marc Bautil, hosted a reception for the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and his wife, during a five-day visit to the Caribbean, for the 25th anniversary of...

A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture


A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture NAIROBI, Kenya -- The access to finance is and has been a debilitating factor in the progress of agricultural development across the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. Farmers from the regions have called on governments to address the financial strategies for better access by...

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Montserrat's natural assets can help build film industry, says Oscar-nominated filmmaker


Montserrat's natural assets can help build film industry, says Oscar-nominated filmmaker BRADES, Montserrat -- Award-winning filmmaker Behn Zeitlin says Montserrat can capitalize on its natural assets to build a film industry. Zeiltin, the Oscar-nominated director of Beast of the Southern Wild, has been visiting the island since September 2013 in preparation for his next feature film.

Caribbean medical facility welcomes regional neighbours

Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A new medical facility in the Caribbean is offering affordable, world-class services to its neighbours as an alternative to the rising health care costs typically found throughout the region and North America. Founded by Narayana Health's Dr Devi Shetty...


Commentary: Battle of Independence - Caribbean-style


Commentary: Battle of Independence - Caribbean-style In a recent speech by the Guyanese acting foreign minister celebrating the 238th independence anniversary of the USA, Priya Manickchand also made some observations with respect to the country’s relations with the United States. The minister stated: “… even though we are an independent nation...

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Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 7


St Lucia can be a regional and international literary and arts centre with links to Burkina Faso and other nations in Africa. Have a look at the left side on our map, the small claw of the big gandy and we see it firmly anchored in Burkina Faso. This land locked African country, with fewer natural resources...


Letter: Who's really running the UWP in St Lucia?


Current events within the United Workers Party (UWP) in St Lucia have many thinking how many political babies are in there playing with people lives and the reputation of a 50-year-old institution built by strong men and women of goodwill with the late Sir John Compton.

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Letter: We are not Diaspora but citizens of Belize


I have always held you in high regards for the service you have provided in the Belize Defence Force to defend our country. Like you and I there are thousands of natural born Belizean citizens who have served in the uniformed services in Belize and now reside in the United States.

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