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164,000-ton cruise ship with 4,000 passengers runs aground during Caribbean voyage

A 164,000-ton cruise ship has run aground in the Dominican Republic. Norwegian Escape, a 2015-built megaship which can accommodate over 4,000 passengers, hit the seabed as it pulled away from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, damaging the ship’s hull. The rest of the cruise has now been canceled, with passengers being evacuated at Puerto […]

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Miss World 2021: Competition postponed after 23 of 97 contestants test positive for Covid-19

This year’s Miss World competition, scheduled to take place Thursday in Puerto Rico, has been postponed after multiple people linked to the event — including 23 of the 97 contestants tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement released hours before the pageant was due to start, organizers said they were rescheduling the televised finale, citing […]

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Haiti: More than 60 people killed in fuel tanker explosion

More than 60 people have been killed after a fuel tanker exploded in northern Haiti, officials say. Reports say the vehicle was involved in an accident in the city of Cap-Haïtien, and the victims had been trying to gather leaking fuel when it ignited. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed by those injured in the blast. […]

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Barbados transitions itself to Republic, ditch Queen Elizabeth II

Barbados removed the Queen as its head of state and became a republic, the monarch sent her congratulations on the nation’s “momentous” day. Prince Charles arrived on the Caribbean island on Sunday to join the inauguration ceremony of the president-elect, Sandra Mason, who replaces the Queen as head of state overnight as Barbados sheds the […]

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‘Road To Republic’: Barbados elects first-ever president, replacing British monarchy

Barbados has elected its first-ever president to replace the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state in a decisive step towards shedding the Caribbean island’s colonial past. Sandra Mason was elected late on Wednesday by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of the country’s House of Assembly and Senate, a milestone, the government […]

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El Salvador buys 200 Bitcoins as cryptocurrency becomes legal tender

El Salvador became the first country to adopt bitcoin as a national currency on Tuesday. President Nayib Bukele announced late Monday that his government has purchased another 200 bitcoins ahead of El Salvador’s formal adoption of the currency. El Salvador now holds 400 bitcoins, which are worth nearly $21 million at current trading levels. Bitcoin […]

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Haiti Earthquake: Death toll nears 1,300 as hospitals run out of space

Haiti’s hospitals have been swamped by thousands of injured residents after a devastating earthquake the day before killed at least 1,297 people as authorities raced to bring doctors to the worst-hit areas before a major storm hits. The 7.2 magnitude quake on Saturday destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in a Caribbean nation which is […]

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Haiti Earthquake: Hundreds killed, thousands injured after dreadful 7.2 magnitude quake

Hundreds of people have been killed and hospitals are overwhelmed after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake destroyed towns in Haiti. Authorities said at least 1,800 are injured after people fled their homes fearing they might collapse, as churches, hotels and other buildings were reduced to rubble on Saturday. Haiti’s civil protection agency said rescue workers and bystanders […]

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Jovenel Moise: Slain Haitian president laid to rest in his hometown amid violence

The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise was returned to his hometown Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation. Moise’s body arrived shortly after dawn at his family’s seaside property where the funeral is being held. Six officials carried the brown […]

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Martine Moïse: Wife of assassinated Hati president returns after being treated in Florida

The widow of Haiti’s assassinated president returned to the nation after being treated in Florida for wounds suffered in the attack. Martine Moïse was seen wearing an arm sling and a bulletproof vest after arriving by plane at Port-au-Prince airport on Saturday. Her husband Jovenel Moïse was killed by assassins in their home on 7 […]

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Cuba lifts customs tax on food and medicine after rare anti-government protests

Visitors arriving in Cuba will be able to carry food, medicine and other essential items without having to pay a customs fee, the government has announced, its first apparent concession after days of rare protests in the Caribbean island nation. Prime Minister Manuel Marrero made the announcement alongside President Miguel Diaz-Canel in a televised address […]

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Jamaica seeks $10.5 billion from UK for Britain’s involvement in slave trade hundreds of years ago

Jamaica is planning to sue the UK government for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony, government officials have said. The Caribbean island nation will file a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations, pending legal advice, Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of sports, youth and culture, said. ‘We are hoping for […]