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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 […]

Three students and man executed in Jamaica

Three students and a 35-year-old Clarendon man were on Wednesday night shot dead in the Monymusk Housing Scheme, Hayes in the parish. The police have identified them as: 14-year-old Raymond Givens, a student of the Bustamante High School; Ricardo Brisco, also 14 years old, of Garvey Maceo; and 15-year-old Alex Turner of Central High. Turner was […]

Tough road ahead as US and Cubs mend ties

(WSJ) Aides to U.S. President Barack Obama faced a problem rare in six years of meetings with foreign leaders when they secretly prepared for his momentous encounter with Cuban President Raúl Castro. The standard backdrop—the flag of each nation—wasn’t permitted. The lack of formal diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba preclude it, leaving the […]

Brazilians protest against government corruption

(BBC) Hundreds of thousands of people have joined peaceful demonstrations across Brazil against government corruption. Crowds were generally smaller than in March when more than 1.5 million people turned out. They allege involvement of the governing Worker’s Party in bribery at the state oil firm Petrobas. President Dilma Rousseff denies involvement and has been exonerated in an […]