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  • Cuba called on to free American contractor

    GENEVA, Switzerland, CMC – A branch of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has urged Cuba authorities to immediately free jailed US government subcontractor Alan Gross, claiming that the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island’s judicial system is not independent or impartial. The UNHRC’s Task Force on Arbitrary Detention also charged that the national security law under which Gross was charged was…

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  • Heat, Flood or Icy Cold, Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide

    WORCESTER, England — Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace. Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years.…

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  • A Celebration That Accentuated an Absence

    CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez is famous for speeches that last for hours, and Thursday should have been a special day for the loquacious socialist to let loose. But even with a parade of foreign dignitaries in town to laud him and a large, boisterous crowd on the day he was to be sworn in for a triumphal new…

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  • Study reveals that US spent billions on Caribbean immigration enforcement

    WASHINGTON, CMC – A new study has found that last year the Obama administration spent more on immigration enforcement affecting the Caribbean and other countries than on all the other major federal law enforcement agencies. The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, in its 182-report said the US government spent nearly US$18 billion on immigration enforcement. It pointed out…

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  • India’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – In the movie, The Life of Pi, when the protagonist’s father seeks to reinforce his argument for the family’s move to Canada, he proudly declaims, “We will sail like Columbus!” The teenage Pi wryly reminds him, “But Columbus was looking for India!” And we all know that is why our region is called the West Indies. Almost…

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  • Latin America worries about U.S. economy

    The fiscal debate in the United States has become a recurrent issue that keeps the world, and Latin America and Caribbean economies in particular, in suspense. The agreement reached a few days ago offers breathing room, by preventing the United States economy from being figuratively dragged over the edge by its fiscal imbalance. The bad news is that this solution…

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  • Government denounces move by opposition to repeal benefits to former heads of state

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government has criticised the decision by the opposition to introduce legislation aimed at repealing the benefits afforded to former heads of state. A bill to repeal the Former Presidents (Benefit and Other Facilities) Act had its first reading in the National Assembly on Thursday and follows a promise made by the opposition grouping, A…

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  • Bahamas hoping to capitalise on CHTA marketplace

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas says it is hoping to use the upcoming Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Marketplace to boost tourist arrivals to the country. Tourism Minister Obie Wilchombe, speaking at a news conference to launch the January 20-22 event, said the overall goal is to increase the number of stopover visitors in 2013 from 1.6 to…

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  • Govt plans to urge CARICOM to decrease duties on cement

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Government plans to lobby CARICOM for a decrease in the duties on cement, Trade Minister Vasant Bharath said yesterday. He spoke about the 9.5 per cent increase announced by Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference. Bharath said Cabinet approved two options for dealing with the cement price hike. The first was to…

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  • Trade Unions accuse PM of attacking Civil Servants

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC- President of the Trade Union Federation (TUF) Julian Monrose has accused Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of attacking Civil Servants by accusing them of being greedy, unproductive and unpatriotic. The TUF President was responding to this weeks’ address to the nation in which Prime Minister Anthony outlined the islands fiscal situation in response to public servants demands…

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