Central America & Caribbean

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro: Hugo Chavez Asked Aides Questions During Visit in Cuba

January 15, 2013

“Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television that he and other officials including Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez met with Chavez on Monday. Maduro said they provided him with an update on “the government in a new stage” and other matters.”

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Guatemalan Mayor Carlos Castillo Medrano Shot and Killed

January 15, 2013

“Witnesses say Carlos Enrique Castillo Medrano, 39, was killed by two unidentified men who shot at him six times before escaping on a motorbike.”

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Colombia’s FARC Rebels: Ceasefire Will End on January 20th

January 15, 2013

“The announcement came as peace talks between the rebels and the Colombian government resumed in the Cuban capital, Havana.”

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Cuba No Longer Requires Exit Permits for Cubans to Leave the Country

January 14, 2013

“Previously, the total cost of all the official permits ran to around $300: at 15 times the average monthly state salary, that was a serious impediment to travel.”

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Jamaican Police Arrest 8 Suspects in Connection to the Shooting Death of an Eight Year-Old British Girl

January 14, 2013

“Imani Green from Balham, south London, was inside her cousin’s shop in the north coast town of Duncans on Friday when a man entered the store and an argument broke out.”

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Brother Adan Chavez: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is “not in a Coma”

January 13, 2013

“Adan Chavez said in a statement on Saturday that “reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending life support are totally false”.”

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January 11th, 2013, Marks the 11th Year Anniversary of Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

January 11, 2013

“The date has been met with outright condemnation by human rights groups – with accusations that have been aired repeatedly over the past decade, to no avail.”

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Cuban Commission of Human Rights: Political Detentions Increased in Cuba in 2012

January 4, 2013

“The independent Cuban Commission of Human Rights said in its annual report there were 6,602 detentions of government opponents last year, compared to 4,123 in 2011 and 2,074 in 2010.”

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Venezuelan Government: President Hugo Chavez Suffered Complications Following Surgery in Cuba to Remove Cancer

December 13, 2012

“It was his fourth operation since mid-2011. He claimed he was cured earlier this year, and was able to campaign for the election in October, but now appears to be fighting for his life again.”

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Software Tycoon John McAfee Arrested in Guatemala

December 6, 2012

“He dismissed accounts of erratic behavior and reports that he had been using the synthetic drug bath salts. He said he had never used the drug, and said statements that he had were part of an elaborate prank.”

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Government Accountability Office: U.S. Could Close Guantanamo Bay, Transfer Prisoners to Federal and Military Prisons

November 29, 2012

“The report by the Government Accountability Office said 98 federal prisons and six military prisons could safely hold them under the same type of security conditions that exist at Guantanamo.”

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Software Pioneer John McAfee wanted for murder in Belize, claiming that he was framed

November 14, 2012

“Computer security industry pioneer John McAfee says he has gone into hiding in Belize because he believes authorities there are trying to frame him for the murder of a neighbor, a crime he says he did not commit, according to Wired magazine.”

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7.4 Magnitude Earthquake off the coast of Guatemala kills at least 52 people

November 8, 2012

“Local Red Cross chief Carlos Enrique Alvarado told Reuters 75 homes were destroyed in San Marcos alone and authorities said damage to the prison forced them to transfer 101 inmates to another jail.”

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9/11 Mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed: The U.S. has killed many more people in the name of “National Security”

October 18, 2012

““When the government feels sad for the death or the killing of 3,000 people who were killed on Sept. 11,” he said, there should also be sorrow that the government has killed “thousands of people, millions.””

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Cuba announces that it will no longer require citizens to obtain exit permits before travelling abroad

October 16, 2012

“State media said the move, to come into effect on 14 January next year, would “update” migration laws to reflect current and future circumstances.”

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