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More violence in Venezuela

Fresh violence has erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Masked protesters burned effigies of the president after a rally called “Resurrection of Democracy”. Police responded to petrol bombs in the Chacao district with tear gas and water cannon. More than 40 people […]

Bananas under threat in the Caribbean
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Bananas under threat in the Caribbean

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned Caribbean banana producing countries to be on their guard against the introduction of the fusarium wilt disease. This is known as the most destructive to the banana industry. The FAO says that the disease has already spread from Asia to […]

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Nobel Prize-winning author passes

Gabriel García Márquez, the influential Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” has died. The 87-year-old literary giant was treated this month for infections and dehydration at a Mexican hospital. García Márquez, a native of Colombia, is widely credited with helping […]

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OECS Export Development Unit works with regional entrepreneurs to promote trade with French Caribbean

The OECS Export Development Unit (EDU) says it is working with regional entrepreneurs to further promote trade with the French Caribbean following a successful fact finding business mission to the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. A statement from the St. Lucia-based OECS Secretariat said that during the mission, representatives […]

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Official reports from South Korean authorities that texts and social media posts from survivors trapped inside the sunken ferry were fake were met by disgust, anger and shock from families of the people onboard the vessel. Messages such as “I am still alive… in the cafeteria please help me my […]

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Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission concedes that anti-doping procedures in 2013 fell short of international standards

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has conceded that some procedures carried out while collecting samples for testing last year were not consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standards. JADCO made its concession in a statement on Wednesday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) blasted Jamaican anti-doping […]

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Desperate search for missing students on sunken ferry continues

The desperate, massive search for ferry passengers of a sunken ferry in the Yellow Sea off the coast of southwest Korea continues as almost 300 remain missing. Hope remains that those trapped on board are still alive. The passenger, most of whom are students, reached out to parents and relatives […]

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Wildfires in Chile claim 12 lives, consume 2,000 homes

At least 12 persons are dead after wildfires in Chile consume 2,00 homes in Chile. That country’s Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo reported that 8,000 people are homeless as a result of the blaze. Earlier, Chile’s National Emergency Office’s website, citing police, had said that at least 16 people were dead. […]

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Hundreds missing after ferry sinks off South Korea

Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea. The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. Among those on board were high school students on […]

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World Bank: Caribbean economies “holding steady”

The World Bank says that Caribbean and Latin America have been holding steady, despite tighter external condition. This week the Washington-based financial institution said while international investors shift their focus back to advanced economies, particularly the United States, as a result of monetary policy normalization, emerging economies face much tighter […]