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  • Council approves bill to prevent deportation of Caribbean immigrants

    NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — The Council of the City of New York has passed a bill that will prohibit the New York Police Department (NYPD) from turning over Caribbean and other immigrants charged with low-level crimes to US federal authorities. “When your fingerprints are taken at arrest, you're charged. You're not guilty,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn, following the…

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  • New study warns of the impact of sea level rises on coastal wetlands

    WASHINGTON, CMC – A new World Bank study says a rise in sea levels by a meter from climate change could destroy more than 60 per cent of the Caribbean and the developing world’s coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation. The study says this will lead to economic losses of about US$630 million annually. The World…

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  • UNITED STATES-IMMIGRATION- US official in charge of deportations steps down

    WASHINGTON, CMC – A top United States Department of Homeland Security official in charge of deportations has stepped down in the aftermath of a flap over the release of Caribbean and other detainees. Gary Mead’s departure comes after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency on Monday released hundreds of immigrants from jails and detention centers across the country. ICE…

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  • America must not ‘dictate’ to world, new defense chief says

    WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary yesterday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, promising to renew old U.S. alliances and forge new ones without attempting to “dictate” to the world. Addressing Pentagon employees shortly after a small, closed-door swearing-in ceremony, Hagel spoke optimistically, if vaguely, about global challenges ahead and the…

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  • CARIBBEAN-MIGRANT-United States frees Caribbean detainees

    WASHINGTON, CMC – In a move clearly designed to save money, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it has released a number of Caribbean and other immigrant detainees from jails and detention centers across the country. ICE said that the move comes as automatic US federal budget cuts loom on March 1. “In order to make…

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  • White House mulls new global food aid approach – send cash

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House may soon propose the biggest change in US food aid since the programmes were created during the Cold War – donating cash for hunger relief instead of shipping American-grown food thousands of miles to global trouble spots, say farm groups and charities. Reformers have argued for years that cash donations, the method used by…

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  • Obama urged to back tough arms trade treaty at UN talks

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Three dozen arms control and human rights groups have written to US President Barack Obama ahead of new arms-trade negotiations at the United Nations next month, urging him to back a tough treaty that would end loopholes in international weapons sales. Arms control campaigners say one person every minute dies worldwide as a result of armed…

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  • US denies plans to remove Cuba from terror list

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States has denied reports that it plans to remove Cuba from a list of countries that support terrorism. “I saw that report. Let me say firmly here it is incorrect,” US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters here. “This department has no current plans to remove Cuba from the state sponsor of terrorism list.…

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  • Supreme Court declines to block deportation of legal Caribbean immigrants

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The US Supreme Court has declined to block the deportation of thousands of Caribbean and other immigrants who over two years ago were not warned by their lawyers that, when they pleaded guilty to serious crimes, they would be targeted for deportation. The law calls for mandatory deportation for Caribbean and other immigrants, including lawful permanent residents,…

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  • OAS completes work on Caribbean Registry and Identity System

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The implementation of a Caribbean Civil Registry and Identity System (CCRIS) has been completed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The announcement was made by St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), La Celia Prince. CCRIS was developed to facilitate birth registration and to provide uniform vital statistics in the Eastern…

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