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Venezuelans vote for Maduro’s "Chavista" socialism

MadurowinsCARACAS, Venezuela, Monday April 15, 2013 - Caribbean heads of government breathed a collective sigh of relief on Sunday night as Venezuelans voted to honor Hugo Chavez's dying wish for  Nicolas Maduro to continue his socialist revolution.

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VENEZUELA - Maduro and Capriles make last appeal before Sunday's election

venezuela electionxCARACAS, Venezuela — Interim president Nicolas Maduro and opposition challenger Henrique Capriles made their final speeches to voters as official campaigning closed ahead of Venezuela’s election.

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UK Follows Cuban 5 Case, Foreign Secretary Says

William HagueLondon, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) British Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed that his government follows the case of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, the Campaign of Solidarity with the Caribbean nation in the United Kingdom (UK) reported.

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Cuba emphasizes Human Rights in social reinsertion of prisoners

cuban-prisonersHavana, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban State says it prioritizes respect to human rights and reinsertion of prisoners to society, guaranteed through several programs, assured here today authorities of the penal system.

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UN calls for elections in Haiti

haiti national palaceUNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council has called on Haiti’s political leaders to break a 16-month impasse that has prevented the holding of long overdue elections.

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New report on deadly Honduras counter-drugs operation raises new questions regarding U.S. role

counter narco opsWashington, D.C.- A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Rights Action raises new questions regarding a May 11, 2012 DEA-related counter-narcotics operation in which four Afro-indigenous civilians were killed and others were wounded in Honduras’ Moskitia region.

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Warning issued against abuse of solitary confinement

WASHINGTON, Mar. 14,CMC – The United Nations expert on torture has called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the practise of solitary confinement and its harmful effects in the Americas, including the Caribbean.

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Bulk of Haiti earthquake aid went to U.S. firms, organizations

nationalpalace gettyA new report on American aid to Haiti in the wake of that country’s devastating earthquake finds most of the money went to U.S.-based companies and organizations.

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Venezuela’s interim leader launches inquiry into Hugo Chavez 'poisoning'

chavez-getty-webVenezuela’s interim leader has opened an investigation into the death of Hugo Chavez, amid speculation the late president’s cancer was the result of an elaborate poisoning plot by foreign enemies.

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SURINAME: Former Rebel Leader Ronnie Brunswijk wants to run for president in 2015

Ronnie-BrunswijkPARAMARIBO, Suriname, April 7, - Former rebel leader, Ronnie Brunswijk has announced that he will be making a bid for the presidency in the 2015 election.

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Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis I

Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis IVatican City, Wednesday 13 March 2013 - At 7.06pm, a rain-swept but packed St Peter’s Square erupted with a mix of joy and not a little shock as clouds of white smoke told the crowds – and the rest of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics – that a new pontiff had been chosen on just the second day of voting.

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WikiLeaks reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez

chavez 4WikiLeaks released a 2006 State Department cable detailing the Bush administration's strategy for undermining Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez by supporting opposition groups.

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Venezuela diplomats expelled by US in tit-for-tat row

Maduro-nominatesThe United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, following the expulsion of US attaches from Caracas. The Venezuelans were asked to leave a day after President Hugo Chavez's funeral, US officials said on Monday. The two countries have not had ambassadors in each other's capitals since 2010.

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Latin America, Caribbean at different digital speeds—Eclac

Montevideo, Uruguay—Speaking at the opening of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, alicia-barcena, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac) said: “The region must advance towards a digital economy in the interests of structural change and equality.”

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Ecuador Criticizes ICHR for Tolerating Blockade on Cuba

Quito, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa criticized harshly the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today, for tolerating that its headquarters are in the United States, the country that has maintained the blockade against Cuba for more than half a century.

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130 Prisoners Involved in Hunger Strike Guantanamo Bay

huelga-hambre-base-naval-guShaker Aamer confirmed his lawyer Clive Stafford that last Friday the 66 prisoners at the so called Camp V joined the protest movement, and there are increasingly more prisoners involved.

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Venezuela announces April 14 presidential elections

maduro capriles afpA presidential election to replace late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will be held on 14 April, the country's electoral commission has said. The announcement follows the appointment of Mr Chavez's favoured successor, Nicolas Maduro, as acting president. Hugo Chavez died on 5 March after a long battle with cancer.

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Vere Bird Jr. dies

vere bird jr2ST JOHN’S, Antigua –Vere Bird Jr., the first son of the island’s first prime minister Vere Cornwall Bird and the elder brother of former prime minister Lester Bird, has died at the age of seventy six.

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CARICOM leaders mourn Hugo Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 5, 2013 - Heads of Government in the Caribbean on Tuesday, paid tribute to a fallen friend of the Region, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez who passed following a courageous battle with cancer.

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CARICOM will continue to stoutly defend its interests in Arms Trade Treaty Talks

arms treaty confabUNITED NATIONS,  New York, NY March 25, 2013- The Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty wrapped up its first of a two-week session Friday at Headquarters in New York, building on the work of the July 2012 Conference. The session has been designated as "final" to reflect the overwhelming commitment to conclude the arms trade treaty process and reach an agreement and produce a balanced, robust and effective arms trade treaty.

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Venezuela says Chavez receiving chemotherapy

chavez-y-daughtersCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez has been receiving chemotherapy since recovering from a severe respiratory infection in mid-January and "continues his battle for life," his vice president said late Friday.

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