Carribbean News

Puerto Rico’s debt cut to junk

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11 February 2014 Last updated at 13:13 ET Puerto Rico’s jobless rate is twice that of the US and it’s economy has been in recession since 2006 Fitch Ratings joined Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s in cutting Puerto Rico’s debt to junk status, as the island’s debt problems worsen.Puerto Rico’s debt is 93% of the [...]

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Brazil film maker stabbed to death

2 February 2014 Last updated at 19:41 ET The acclaimed Brazilian film director Eduardo Coutinho has been stabbed to death at his home in Rio de Janeiro. Police say they believe the 80-year-old film maker was killed by his son, who then allegedly attacked his mother, before injuring himself. Both are being treated in hospital. [...]

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El Salvador vote counting under way

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2 February 2014 Last updated at 21:12 ET Vote counting started soon after the closing of the polls in El Salvador El Salvador’s left-wing presidential candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren, from the FMLN party, is leading the polls with more than 50% of votes counted. The current vice-president has more than 49% of the votes, but [...]

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Mexico Pacific castaway seeks return

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3 February 2014 Last updated at 03:26 ET Jose Ivan steps off a patrol vessel in Majuro with the help of a nurse after a 22-hour boat ride from the isolated Ebon Atoll A Mexican castaway, who says he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific, has pleaded to be taken home after [...]

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Costa Rica holds presidential poll

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2 February 2014 Last updated at 22:12 ET Voters in Costa Rica could be called to cast their ballots again in an April run-off The governing party’s candidate has taken a clear lead in early results as votes are counted in Costa Rica’s presidential election.Johnny Araya of the National Liberation Party is on 36% with [...]

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VIDEO: El Salvador votes for new president

The people of El Salvador are voting in a presidential election.The main rivals are current Vice-President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the left-wing FMLN party and Norman Quijano of the conservative Arena alliance.Neither is expected to win outright because a third candidate standing for a new independent party is likely to make a strong showing.Will Grant [...]

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Ecuador ex-police chief held in US

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29 January 2014 Last updated at 19:59 ET Nine army officers and one police general were charged in the landmark case Police in the United States have arrested former Ecuadorean police commander Edgar Vaca, who is accused of human rights abuses.The interior minister in Quito issued a statement saying that the retired general was arrested [...]

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Brazil-funded port opened in Cuba

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27 January 2014 Last updated at 14:00 ET Large foreign investment projects of this kind are rare in Cuba Brazil and Cuba have inaugurated the first phase of a deepwater sea port, a rare large foreign investment project on the Caribbean island.The $957m (£577m) overhaul of the port of Mariel, in the west of the [...]

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VIDEO: Lucky escape in Bolivia floods

A state of emergency is in place in several provinces in Bolivia, as heavy rain and floods continue. At least 30 people have been killed, mainly in the northern and central parts of the country.Alpa Patel reports. View the original article here

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Deadly fire in Colombia prison

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28 January 2014 Last updated at 11:17 ET Dozens of inmates were injured when the fire spread through the cell blocks At least 10 inmates have died in a fire at a prison in the Colombian city of Barranquilla on the country’s Caribbean coast, police say.More than 40 prisoners were taken to hospital, where they [...]

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