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  • UNITED STATES – VISA – US begins new multiple-entry visa program for Cubans

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The US Department of State says it has begun a new multiple-entry visa program for Cubans. “The Obama administration believes these measures, in addition to others, will increase people-to-people contact, support civil society in Cuba and enhance the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people,” said the State Department in a statement. The…

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  • UNITED STATES-COURT-American convicted for directing funds to offshore account in Nevis

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States Department of Justice says a US citizen has been convicted for directing funds to an offshore account in Nevis. On Wednesday, the department said Jimmie Duane Ross of Lehi, Utah, and formerly of Sevierville, Tennessee, was convicted of five counts of tax evasion following a jury trial in the US District Court for the…

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  • CUBA-RIGHTS-Amnesty International wants immediate release of five prisoners of conscience

    LONDON, CMC – The London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has called on Cuban authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release five men named as prisoners of conscience. Amnesty International said the cases of the five men – Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio Planas Robert and the brothers Alexeis, Diango, and Vianco Vargas Martín – are “indicative of the continuing…

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  • NEW YORK-COURT-Grand jury refuses to re-indict NYPD cop for killing Jamaican teenager

    NEW YORK, CMC – A grand jury here has refused to re-indict a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who last year shot dead a Jamaican youth in his own home. Police officer Richard Haste was indicted in June 2012, four months after the shooting death of Ramarley Graham, 18, in his Bronx, New York home on February 2, 2012.…

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  • Obama cancels meeting with Russia’s Putin over Snowden decision

    WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday canceled a Moscow summit with President Vladimir Putin planned for next month in retaliation for Russia’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The move marks a stark low point in U.S.-Russian relations and raised questions about the “reset” in ties that Obama embarked on in his…

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  • Britain opens world’s second-largest offshore wind farm

    LONDON,  (Reuters) – The world’s second-largest offshore wind farm, capable of generating enough electricity to power over half a million homes, was opened officially off England’s east coast yesterday. Energy and Business Minister Michael Fallon opened the 500 megawatt Greater Gabbard wind farm off the Suffolk coast, a 1.3 billion pound ($2 billion) project that is a 50-50 joint venture…

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  • Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, govt joins clean-up

    TOKYO, (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said yesterday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The revelation amounted to an acknowledgement that plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has yet to come…

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  • UNITED STATES-POLITICS-US proud to call Jamaica “a partner and friend”

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States Tuesday said it is “proud to call” Jamaica a “partner and friend” as the island celebrates its 51st anniversary of political independence from Britain. “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend warm wishes to the people of Jamaica on the occasion of your 51st year of independence…

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  • CARIBBEAN-WEATHER-Forecasters predict “slightly” lower active 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season

    OLORADO, CMC – Weather forecasters at Colorado State University (CSU) have lowered their prediction for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. “We continue to anticipate an above-average season in 2013, although we have lowered our forecast slightly due to anomalous cooling in the eastern subtropical and tropical Atlantic,” said Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray in their latest prediction.  “We…

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  • CARIBBEAN-MIGRATION-Haitian nationals among 69 migrants repatriated by US Coast Guard

    MIAMI, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says it has repatriated 69 migrants including 26 Haitian nationals. It said the crew of the cutters, William Flores and Sitkinak, also repatriated 43 Cuban migrants. “These repatriations are a result of five separate interdiction cases throughout the Caribbean Sea,” The Coast Guard said in a statement.

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