Caribbean & International

Brazil links Zika fever to birth defects

(BBC)  The Brazilian health ministry has confirmed a link between a mosquito-borne virus from Africa, Zika Fever, and a high incidence of birth defects. The fever, it said, is behind a spike in cases of micro-encephalitis – an inflammation of the brain contracted in the first months of pregnancy. It has recorded two adult deaths […]

U.S signs multi million assistance package with CARICOM

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed a total of US$165 million to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to help with curbing crime and violence among youths, controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic and climate change initiatives. USAID and CARICOM signed accords on Tuesday for the multimillion dollar development assistance to help the Eastern and […]

Colombia lifts same-sex adoption limits

(BBC) Colombia’s constitutional court has lifted restrictions on same-sex couples adopting children. Until now, same-sex couples could only adopt a child if it was the offspring of one of the partners. But in a historic ruling on Wednesday, the court instructed adoption agencies not to discriminate against gay men and lesbians. It said gay couples […]

Belize’s PM wins third term

(BBC) Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow has won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in snap elections in the small Central American nation. Mr Barrrow, 64, called the election in September, more than a year ahead of schedule. Belize is heavily dependent on aid from Venezuela, which also offers it oil at discounted prices. […]

Murder of Jamaican family linked to lottery scam

(AP) Attackers killed six members of the same family and set their clapboard home on fire in northern Jamaica, and the island’s security minister on Friday linked the massacre to the island’s international lottery scam crime rings. The Jamaica Constabulary Force said the dead in the Logwood section of Hanover parish included two teenagers and […]

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