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  • CARIBBEAN-RIGHTS-Caribbean countries yet to ratify convention allowing children to complain directly to UN about human rights abuses

    UNITED NATIONS, CMC – No Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country has yet ratified an agreement that went into effect Monday, allowing children the right to complain directly to the United Nations about alleged violations of their rights. UN child rights experts Monday hailed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure that came…

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  • Tobago to get increase of British Airways flights from London

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Express – Tobago will see an increase in British Airways flights from London, Gatwick from one to two per week effective October 2014. Diane Corrie, commercial manager Caribbean British Airways, said yesterday that the increase was in response to “heightened demand in leisure travel from the UK to Tobago”. Noting that Tobago was “growing…

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  • CARIBBEAN-POLITICS-Spain seeking regional support for seat on UN Security Council

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Spain is seeking the assistance of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-2016 period. Spain's Ambassador Manuel Quesada met with Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and delivered a letter from Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy. The diplomat said Madrid has had a long relationship with CARICOM and also…

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  • Back to the drawing board with the UK?

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – THE BBC reported last week that the United Kingdom’s economy dipped 0.3 per cent during the last quarter of 2012. The report went on to suggest that the decline has fuelled fresh fears that the economy could re-enter recession. That would not only be bad news for Britons, but also for Barbados and many of the tourism…

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  • European recovery gathering momentum

    LONDON—While the US economic outlook has become murkier because of the partial shutdown of the government, the picture in Europe—so long the laggard of the global economy—has brightened. Another round of economic data yesterday provided evidence that Europe’s recovery from recession is becoming broad-based and self-sustaining. Particularly encouraging was the news that retail sales across the eurozone rose a forecast-busting…

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  • UN underscores contribution of Caribbean migrants

    UNITED NATIONS, CMC – United Nations officials have underscored the plight of Caribbean and other migrants, stressing that countries should increase efforts to protect their rights while finding ways to integrate their contributions to society into the post-2015 development agenda. “Evidence clearly shows that migration contributes significantly to development,” the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, told reporters here on Wednesday on…

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  • Caribbean lagging in wireless broadband use — UN report

    UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — With nearly two out of every five people in the world expected to be online by the end of the year, more than two-thirds of those living in developing countries, including the Caribbean, will not have access to the Internet, says the United Nations in a global survey of broadband access. The report, the second produced…

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  • Lesson for our legislators in that UK vote on Syria

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Observer – BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron is fighting for his political life and the legitimacy of his Tory party after Conservative members crossed the dreaded political divide and joined with the Opposition Labour party in voting no to Cameron's plan of participating with the United States in a military strike on Syria. The planned military action is…

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  • Study finds poverty reduces brain power

    LONDON, (Reuters) – Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday. The mental strain could be costing poor people up to 13 IQ (intelligence quotient) points and means…

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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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