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BRIDGETOWN  – A tsunami early warning exercise will take place in Caribbean on Thursday to identify possible weaknesses in the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, which was established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). The

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President Obama with James Brewster By PATRICK GOODENOUGH/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SANTO DOMINGO — A little over two years after Obama campaign bundler and LGBT advocate James “Wally” Brewster arrived in the Dominican Republic, accompanied by his spouse, Bob Satawake, to assume his duties as U.S. ambassador, calls

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SANTO DOMINGO — A judge in the Dominican Republic on Thursday denied bail to a Frenchman accused of helping two French pilots flee the country after they had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug smuggling. Christophe Naudin is believed to have worked with far-right Euro-MP Aymeric Chauprade

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MANILA, Philipines — The Philippines will impound a suspected North Korean cargo ship docked at a port northwest of Manila and eventually deport its North Korean crewmen in compliance with tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test and rocket launch, officials said Saturday. Presidential Communications Undersecretary

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By DR. JENNIFER YOUNG/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Earthquakes are contrary things. Last week I was noting the absence of any significant seismic event and within hours of the publication of the digest, what should happen but the largest tremor of the year so far? Of

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TUCSON – Records of Spanish shipwrecks combined with tree-ring records show the period 1645 to 1715 had the fewest Caribbean hurricanes since 1500, according to new University of Arizona-led research. The study is the first to use shipwrecks as a proxy for hurricane activity. The researchers found a 75 percent

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — A senior Caribbean Community official says the organization is moving forward with its effort to seek reparations from Britain for slavery. Assistant Secretary General Douglas Slater says Caricom sent a formal letter of complaint to British Prime Minister David Cameron outlining its case for reparations. The Caribbean

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CAIRO – Egypt is expected to extradite a Frenchman to the Dominican Republic for his alleged involvement in the escape of two pilots sentenced to prison in a drugs case, an official said Saturday. The prosecution ordered the extradition of Christophe Naudin, a criminologist and aviation security expert who was

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BRIDGETOWN – Some 68 media professionals met in Barbados this week to discuss threats to freedom of the press in the Caribbean. The people gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Bridgetown came from 13 different CARICOM-member states to attend the two-day seminar from Feb. 23-24. “The basis of the rights

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The Zika virus might be more damaging to a fetus than research to this point has previously suggested, potentially causing a range of life-threatening birth defects, a new report says. The stillborn baby of a 20-year-old Brazilian woman infected with Zika had almost no brain tissue, which is a birth

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