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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of four St. Thomas men caught on surveillance video stuffing a bag with guns in Hospital Ground last year has been given two and a half years in prison, authorities said. Akeem Dijhani Julien, 25, of Hospital Ground, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months imprisonment followed

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SAN JUAN — Coast Guard air and surface units ended the search for an overdue 20-foot blue and white boat Monday afternoon, after the vessel was found ashore near Punta Salinas in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Four men are reportedly in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol as their

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FORT-DE-FRANCE — Gunshots were fired overnight at police in Martinique for the second night running, French media reported today, in a sign that unrest triggered by COVID-19 restrictions that has also rocked the nearby island of Guadeloupe. BFM TV, quoting police forces, reported that shootings lasted for several hours and

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BASSE-TERRE — Protesters in French overseas territories in the Caribbean opposing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 clashed again with security forces on Tuesday as the Paris government vowed to restore order. French authorities have extended the curfew imposed on the island of Guadeloupe until Sunday. Hardline opponents of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Puerto Rican man who smuggled $3.75 million worth of cash aboard a boat at night into St. Thomas was given 3.33 years in prison by a federal judge, authorities said. Jerry Amil Kirkland-Marrero, 31, of San Juan, was sentenced today to 40 months imprisonment, followed by

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas contractor who stuffed nearly nine pounds of cocaine in an airport bathroom wall was given more than three years in prison by a federal judge, authorities said. Keilin Lopez Lopez, 22, resident of Charlotte Amalie, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment followed by a

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POINTE-A-PITRE — French President Emmanuel Macron said violence in Guadeloupe over COVID-19 restrictions had created a “very explosive” situation, as a general strike entered a second week on Monday and many stores remained shuttered after nighttime looting. Hours before Macron’s prime minister and lawmakers from the Caribbean archipelago were to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Nevada man who straw purchased guns — including a machine gun and a Glock — was given nearly two years in prison by a federal judge in St. Thomas, authorities said. Michael Kelly, 30, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment followed by a

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Two of the 17 American and Canadian Christian missionaries taken hostage in Haiti last month have been released, the group that arranged for their trip to the Caribbean nation said today, without giving further details. “We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released,” Ohio-based

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LE GOSIER — Residents in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, an overseas territory of France, expressed dismay today after protests against COVID-19 restrictions erupted into rioting and looting for the third day in a row, prompting French authorities to send in police special forces. Road blockades by protesters made traveling

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