Caribbean & International

New Florida-Cuba Ferry set to begin

(BBC) Passenger ferries could be set to run between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years after the US government approved new services. Services between the two countries stopped when the US imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960. But Washington announced the restoration of diplomatic ties in December […]

TT Prime Minister says no one will jumbie her to call early elections

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday she will not be “jumbied” into calling an election date. Instead, Persad-Bissessar said her Government will be moving another motion of censure against Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley to have him suspended from the Parliament for the controversial “emailgate” issue. The Prime Minister walked with three files […]

Pope Francis to vist Cuba in September

Pope Francis will travel to Cuba in September ahead of his visit to the US, the Vatican has announced. In a statement, it said the Pope would be in Cuba on “the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba”. The pontiff is credited with helping bring about last December’s diplomatic thaw after the […]

DEA Chief to step down after agents attend sex parties in Colombia

US Drug Enforcement Administration director Michele Leonhart is to step down following allegations that agents attended sex parties funded by cartels. Her retirement was announced by Attorney General Eric Holder. The move follows a justice department report last month alleging that drug agents attended parties with prostitutes, some funded by local drug cartels, in a […]

Execution murders continue across Jamaica

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Three persons were shot one fatally in the Braeton area of Portmore, St Catherine early Saturday morning. The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Businessman Jamey Ridley of a Kingston 8 address. OBSERVER ONLINE understands that the incident occurred at a fish fry about 1:30 am, where patrons were gathered when […]

Argentina launches lawsuit against Falkland oil drillers

(BBC)  Argentina has begun legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands. Daniel Filmus, Argentina’s minister for the islands – called the Malvinas locally – announced the case in London. The companies involved are Falkland Oil and Gas, Premier Oil, Rockhopper, Edison International and Noble Energy. Mr […]

Two Cuban dissidents stand in local municipal vote

(BBC)  For the first time in Cuba, at least two government opponents will be standing on Sunday in municipal elections. Hildebrando Chaviano is an independent journalist and lawyer, and Yuniel Lopez a member of an outlawed political party, the Independent and Democratic Cuba Party. The two men are standing for places on local councils in […]