Caribbean & International

CSME, Crime and Security and Correspondent Banking to top CARICOM Agenda at Guyana Meeting

The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), crime and security and correspondent banking are among the issues to be discussed at CARICOM’s 28th Intercessional Heads of Government meeting. The two-day meeting will be hosted in Guyana at the CARICOM Secretariat, Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara on February 16 and 17. At a press briefing on Monday, CARICOM […]

U.S. sanctions Venezuela’s vice president as “drug trafficker”

(CBS News)  WASHINGTON — The U.S. sanctioned Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Monday, calling him a “prominent Venezuelan drug trafficker.” In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated El Aissami as “a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) […]

CARICOM stands firm with Haiti as new President is sworn in

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), President David Granger welcomes the democratic renewal represented by the Inauguration of the 58th President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise. The Guyanese Head of State, who just attended the Opening of the National Assembly for the Constitutional Swearing-In Ceremony of the new Haitian President, in an […]

Top Brazil Judge dies in plane crash

(BBC)  A prominent Brazilian Supreme Court judge has died in a plane crash. Two other bodies were found at the crash site in the sea near Paraty, some 250km (160 miles) south of Rio de Janeiro. Teori Zavascki, 68, was overseeing a massive corruption investigation at the state oil company, Petrobras. Dozens of politicians have […]

Brazil jail riots: Amazonas governor asks for help

(BBC)  Brazil  –  The governor of Amazonas, the state in northern Brazil where at least 64 inmates have been killed in prison riots since 1 January, has asked the federal government for help. Governor Jose Melo said Amazonas police were “at their physical and psychological limit” and federal troops should be sent as reinforcements. State […]