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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 […]

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Tropical Storm Elsa: 3 killed in the Caribbean, thousands evacuated in Cuba

Cuba evacuated 70,000 people in the island’s southern region amid concerns Tropical Storm Elsa could cause severe flooding after three people were killed across the Caribbean in the storm’s wake. A tropical storm warning was in effect for several Cuban provinces, including Havana, as well as Jamaica, the Florida Keys and Florida’s southwest coast, the […]

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Humanitarian crisis caused by La Soufrière volcano to last for months: United Nations

The humanitarian crisis caused by volcanic eruptions on the Caribbean island of St Vincent will last for months, a UN official has warned. Didier Trebucq, the UN co-ordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean said nearby islands including Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda could also be badly affected. About 20,000 people have been evacuated from their […]

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‘La Soufriere volcano destroying everything in its path’: Huge explosion sends out more gas and ash

La Soufriere volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent has erupted in another huge explosion on Monday, sending sulphuric gas and ash over a wide area and prompting concerns about the safety of residents who have not evacuated. The volcanic eruption sent fast-moving hot gas and volcanic material down the south and southwest flanks […]

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Rumbling noises emanate from St Vincent volcano putting the country out of power

A new “explosive event” has been reported at a volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines which erupted on Friday, shaking the ground and blanketing the island in a layer of fine volcanic rock. After decades of inactivity, the volcano erupted spewing dark clouds of ash some 10km into the air […]