Accredited Third States

  • Region urged to maximise natural resources

    CARACAS—According to a new ECLAC document launched yesterday, Latin American countries must review and strengthen institutions and instruments to maximize the contribution of natural resources to regional development, particularly in the current cycle of high prices. The report Natural resources within the Union of South American Nations: Status and trends for a regional development agenda was presented by Antonio Prado,…

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  • Biden heads to Brazil after ‘brutal’ discussions in Caribbean

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday after what he and leaders of the mostly English-speaking 15-member Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic called “frank” discussions on issues of mutual interests. “It was completely open, completely frank and completely straightforward — even where we disagreed,” Biden said before heading to Brazil, where he will spend three…

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  • CARIBBEAN-RIGHTS-US claims several Caribbean countries discriminate against Rastafarians, Muslims

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States says several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas, are engaged in discriminatory practices against Rastafarians, voodoo practitioners and Muslims. In its International Religious Freedom Report for 2012, the Department of State says while there were no reports of abuses of religious freedom in Haiti, some members of…

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  • CUBA-POLITICS-St. Lucia PM underscores importance of diplomatic relations with Cuba

    HAVANA, Cuba, CMC – St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony began a five-day official visit to Cuba on Monday praising the Caribbean Communist country for support to his island “with no strings attached”. Anthony met with the President of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Kenya Serrano as well as mothers of five Cubans imprisoned in the United…

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  • Decline in food production

    HAVANA, Cuba, CMC – The Cuban government says it has seen a dramatic and unexplained drop in the harvest of vegetables and fruit in the first three months of the year. In a report, the Cuban National Statistics Office (ONE) gave no reason for the production decline, despite government reforms to increase production in the Spanish-speaking country that spends more…

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  • Human rights group claims prosecution of Caribbean migrants hurting families

    WASHINGTON, CMC – A major international human rights group says the skyrocketing criminal prosecutions of Caribbean and other migrants for illegally entering or reentering the United States carry huge human and financial costs. In a report released here on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch said imprisoning migrants with minor or no criminal records before deporting them often affects people seeking to…

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  • Three held in multi-million dollar cocaine bust in Caribbean Sea

    MIAMI, United States (CMC) — United States federal prosecutors have indicted three foreigners in a US$27 million cocaine bust in the Caribbean Sea. They said Beat Jegge of Switzerland and Daniel Velazquez and Julio Claro Alvarez of Colombia were arrested by US Coast Guard officers after their suspicious boat was interdicted somewhere off the Panama coast. Authorities said the men…

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  • Brazil offers better terms for infrastructure investors

    BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil is sweetening terms for major infrastructure contracts to whet investor appetite and draw private capital and expertise needed to upgrade its deficient roads, railways and ports, the man in charge of planning the projects said on Tuesday. Bernardo Figueiredo said Brazil needs to double its current level of investment in infrastructure to at least 80 billion…

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  • UNITED STATES-IMMIGRATION-US Senate committee approves immigration measure

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. The bipartisan vote sends the s most significant immigration policy changes in decades to the full Senate for further deliberation. Debate is anticipated to commence there next month. The 13-5 vote approved the measure authored by four Democrats and four Republicans,…

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  • CUBA-TECHNOLOGY-US firm says Cuba activates fibre optic cable link with Jamaica

    MAINE, CMC – An American company that monitors global Internet traffic, says Cuba has activated a branch of its submarine fibre optic cable that connects to Jamaica, giving it greater bandwidth and a backup in case the main leg to Venezuela is not available. Senior analyst at Renesys Corporation, Doug Madory, said that the company has noticed that ETECSA, the…

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