Caribbean & International

Ousted Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister to challenge Elections Results

(Trinidad Guardian)  While former Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley was sworn in as Prime Minister during a ceremony at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was challenging the result of Monday’s general election and asking that it be declared null and void. She also chastised the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) for […]

Venezuela extends Colombia border closure

(BBC) Venezuela has extended a partial border shutdown with Colombia and sent another 3,000 troops to the area in a crime crackdown. Mr Maduro has shut a crossing in the state of Zulia and declared an emergency in three of its cities. He says the border area has been infiltrated by Colombian paramilitaries and criminal […]

Dr. Rowley discharges Kamla from Office as PNM wins T&T elections

(T&T Guardian) The People’s National Movement’s fourth leader, Dr Keith Rowley, now Prime Minister-elect, will be T&T’s second Tobago-born Prime Minister following yesterday’s 2015 general election victory. Rowley follows Tobago-born late Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson into history in this regard. Mammoth cheers from supporters went up at PNM’s Balisier House headquarters at 11.40 pm […]

Former Guatemala President arrested moments after resigning from office

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala’s Otto Perez resigned as president and was jailed on Thursday while a judge weighs charging him in a corruption scandal that gutted his government and plunged the country into a political crisis days before a presidential election. In an emergency session, Congress approved Perez’s resignation after the retired general quit […]

The cars of the Cuban trade embargo

(BBC)  Two things have arguably shaped modern Cuba above all others – Fidel Castro and Washington’s answer to him… its decades-long trade embargo. When US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Cuba on Friday to unveil the new US embassy he will find one effect of the embargo staring him in the face, on […]

Chile Mines Turn to Renewable Energy

(WSJ)   CALAMA, Chile—The three industrial boilers at the state-owned Codelco mine high in the mountains here once consumed 67,000 barrels of diesel a year to turn out shiny copper sheets for export. Now, the job is powered by nearly 3,000 solar panels that take advantage of the Atacama Desert’s cloudless blue sky. As the cost […]

Suriname’s Bouterse sworn in for second presidential term

(Reuters)  Desi Bouterse,  a former military ruler convicted of drug trafficking in the Netherlands, was sworn in for a second five-year term as president of Suriname on Wednesday. Bouterse’s National Democratic Party (NDP) in May won a slim majority in the small South American country’s National Assembly. The country’s parliament then automatically ratified the 69-year-old’s […]

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