Carribbean News

Mexico vigilantes in deadly clash

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17 December 2014 Last updated at 12:18 A vigilante stands guard on a bridge during a blockade. Tensions between rival vigilante groups have been running high in Michoacan At least 11 people have been killed in clashes between rival vigilante groups in Michoacan state, western Mexico. The two groups confronted each other in the town […]

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VIDEO: ‘Nobody was expecting’ Cuba-US deal

World leaders have welcomed a historic move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations. Ordinary people have been giving their reaction too – Raul Marchena-Margadan is from Cuba but moved to the UK in 2001.He told the BBC that the thaw would speed up many […]

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Colombia protesters oppose ‘amnesty’

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14 December 2014 Last updated at 02:05 Many of the protestors in Bogota carried white carnations as a symbol of peace and shouted slogans during the march named “Peace without Impunity” Thousands of people have joined protests in Colombia against a possible amnesty for Farc rebels as part of a peace process to end 50 […]

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Curacao profile

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11 October 2013 Last updated at 11:39 Curacao – a small Caribbean island popular with tourists – became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in October 2010 in a change of constitutional status which dissolved the Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch government remains responsible for defence and foreign policy, and has oversight over […]

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Bolivia targets ‘unfit’ officers

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13 December 2014 Last updated at 23:21 President Morales said the army should aim to nurture athletes capable of representing Bolivia in international competitions. Bolivia’s security forces have begun registering overweight members after President Evo Morales complained that too many of them were out of shape. Military officials say they will register weight before professional […]

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Nicaragua profile

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21 November 2014 Last updated at 12:23 Nicaragua is striving to overcome the after-effects of dictatorship, civil war and natural calamities, which have left it one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.Nicaragua has traditionally relied on agricultural exports to sustain its economy, with pushes to diversiy into manufacturing in the 1950s and 1990s. […]

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Martinique profile

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13 November 2013 Last updated at 14:52 A mountainous and densely-populated overseas department of France, Martinique’s French and Creole heritage is mirrored in its customs, food and languages.Tourism flourishes on the tropical Caribbean island, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is a stopping-off point for cruise ships. Most Martiniquais have mixed […]

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Uruguayans ‘show warmth’ for Guantanamo six

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12 December 2014 Last updated at 22:35 Former Guantanamo prison inmate Syrian Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Diyab (R) seen drinking the traditional herbal “mate” tea beloved by Uruguayans A lawyer for one of the six ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners given sanctuary by Uruguay says the men have been greeted with a wave of affection.Cori Crider said officials […]

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Costa Rica country profile

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26 November 2014 Last updated at 16:00 For decades Costa Rica has stood out for its stability and has benefited from the most developed welfare system in the region.It has no standing army, and its citizens enjoy one of the highest life expectancy levels in the Western hemisphere, and better living standards than most of […]

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Ecuador profile

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19 November 2014 Last updated at 17:02 Ecuador is a patchwork of ethnic, regional and racial identities – a complex legacy of its indigenous and colonial past. Long the heartland of a series of native Andean civilisations, it was taken over by the Peru-centred Inca Empire in the 15th century, and then Spanish conquistadors a […]

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