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Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Mexico about to deepen its regional relations?

September 2, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Mexico about to deepen its regional relations? As the year proceeds, Mexico, the world’s 13th largest economy, is expected to rebalance its international trade relationships. It is likely to do so irrespective of the outcome of meetings underway with Canada and the US on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or President Trump’s...

Press freedom organisation rejects expulsion of more TV channels in Venezuela

August 26, 2017
Press freedom organisation rejects expulsion of more TV channels in Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has rejected the elimination in Venezuela of Colombian television channels RCN and Caracol Televisión and declared that this confirms that the government of President Nicolás Maduro has taken on "the dark shape of a dictatorship that despises...

Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean

August 21, 2017
Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- An Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday found that the system still lacks a well-defined centre of circulation, and so far there is no indication of winds to tropical storm force. However, according to the National Hurricane...

Tropical Storm Franklin brings heavy rain to Belize and Mexico

August 9, 2017
Tropical Storm Franklin brings heavy rain to Belize and Mexico MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Franklin moved across the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday bringing heavy rain to northern Belize and area of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the northwest Caribbean

August 8, 2017
Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the northwest Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Franklin formed in the northwest Caribbean late Sunday night and is expected to strengthen some more before landfall. A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the coast of Mexico from...

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

Tropical systems continue to strengthen

June 19, 2017
Tropical systems continue to strengthen MIAMI, USA -- Two tropical systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami continued to strengthen on Sunday, with a corresponding increase in the likelihood of cyclone formation. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in...

Caribbean leaders condemn US withdrawal from Paris Climate Change Agreement

June 3, 2017
Caribbean leaders condemn US withdrawal from Paris Climate Change Agreement SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, was one of many leaders from the region and around the world that have condemned the announcement on Thursday by President Donald Trump that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. “Climate change is a...

Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service

June 3, 2017
Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has published its initial flight schedule of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, beginning November 5, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals. Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement...

OAS general assembly to be held in Cancun, Mexico

May 13, 2017
OAS general assembly to be held in Cancun, Mexico WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday agreed to change the venue of the next general assembly of the organization to the city of Cancun, in Mexico. The dates will stay the same: June 19 to 21. The proposal, presented by...

Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling'

April 19, 2017
Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticised as "meddling" a joint statement by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela's government to "guarantee the right to peaceful protest". In their joint statement, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

Call for murder of Mexican journalist to be solved 'firmly and promptly'

April 19, 2017
Call for murder of Mexican journalist to be solved 'firmly and promptly' MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) onTuesday condemned the murder of journalist Máximo Rodríguez Palacios in Mexico, and reminded the authorities of their duty to investigate promptly and severely punish those responsible for the crime to prevent impunity triumphing.

Mexican journalist held at US border for past two months

April 7, 2017
Mexican journalist held at US border for past two months PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the US authorities to admit Mexican journalist Martin Méndez Pineda into the United States. The target of death threats in the southwestern state of Guerrero, Méndez has been awaiting a response to his political asylum request...

Deadly month for journalists in Mexico

April 1, 2017
Deadly month for journalists in Mexico PARIS, France (RSF) -- As Mexico becomes more hostile than ever for media personnel, with three murders of journalists and two attempted murders in March alone, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has sounded the alarm yet again and urged President Enrique Peña Nieto to find a lasting...

Mexico commits US$5 million to construct hospital in Dominica

March 25, 2017
Mexico commits US$5 million to construct hospital in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The government of Mexico has informed the government of Dominica that it is committing US$5 million (EC$13.5 million) for the construction of the Marigot Hospital.  Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mexico's Ambassador to Dominica, Luis Manuel Moreno...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

IAPA condemns attacks on and intimidation of journalists in Colombia and Mexico, cyber attacks in Venezuela

March 15, 2017
IAPA condemns attacks on and intimidation of journalists in Colombia and Mexico, cyber attacks in Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has condemned acts of aggression and intimidation against journalists in Colombia and Mexico, and online attacks on a Venezuelan independent portal, matters that will be taken up at the organization's midyear meeting to be held...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

Mexico hands over drug lord in move viewed as 'farewell gift' to Obama

January 23, 2017
Mexico hands over drug lord in move viewed as 'farewell gift' to Obama MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- A few hours before Donald J. Trump‘s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, the Mexican government announced that it would turn over Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo” Guzmán, who was wanted by US law enforcement. Before being recaptured...

Islamic terrorists said to raise cash in Caribbean and Latin America to attack US

January 10, 2017
Islamic terrorists said to raise cash in Caribbean and Latin America to attack US MADRID, Spain -- According to a new report released by Spain’s defence ministry, some Latin American and Caribbean countries and islands are hotbeds of Islamic terrorism where groups like ISIS and Hezbollah operate freely and raise large sums of money to finance terrorist activities.

Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean

January 6, 2017
Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional customer service to the Cayman Islands, beginning June 4, 2017. The carrier filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International...

OECS and Mexico collaborate on sustainable strategic tourism master plans

November 30, 2016
OECS and Mexico collaborate on sustainable strategic tourism master plans CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission met with representatives from the government of Mexico to explore collaborating to develop sustainable strategic tourism master plans (SSTMP) in OECS member states. The ambassador of Mexico...

Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era

November 11, 2016
Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean and Latin America are lapping-up the results of the most controversial US presidential election ever, which served-up what the world had been told was the most tasteless or distasteful candidate as the one Americans liked most.  But long before his surprise...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

Haitians cautioned against using Guyana to Mexico cross-country route to reach US

October 24, 2016
Haitians cautioned against using Guyana to Mexico cross-country route to reach US MEXICALI, Mexico -- Hundreds of Haitians who usually fly or ship-smuggle their way into Guyana, in order to get across the border to Brazil en route to the US-Mexican border are being warned to desist from doing so, as the United States is no longer accepting them. This is as a result of...

Trump's visit to Mexico leaves bitter aftertaste

September 17, 2016
Trump's visit to Mexico leaves bitter aftertaste MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- US Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña. Peña had invited both of the US race's main candidates, though Democratic Party candidate...

Mexico woos the Greater Caribbean to talk business in Cancun

September 9, 2016
Mexico woos the Greater Caribbean to talk business in Cancun CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Latin American investors are bent on boosting business ties in the Greater Caribbean, with companies in two major business capitals looking to forge new and better, stronger and deeper ties with their smaller hemispheric neighbours to the south.

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