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SAN JUAN — FEMA is sending almost $13 billion to Puerto Rico, directed at the territory’s energy and education systems, to help it recover from 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria, the White House said. The “federal share” of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grants to the territory totals $11.6 billion, with

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BRIDGETOWN — Barbados wants to remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the government has said, reviving a plan mooted several times in the past. A former colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — The trial of American longline fisherman Michael Foy, imprisoned since June in the British Virgin Islands, has been delayed nearly a month by local court officials. Foy’s family and attorneys said that they were not given any explanation for the delay. British Virgin Islands Director

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. has ordered that all U.S. flags fly at half-staff in accordance with the joint resolution approved by the U.S. Congress on December 18, 2001 designating September 11th of each year as Patriot Day. All flags should be flown half-staff all day until sunset

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s official: John Canegata is no longer chairman of the Republican Party in the Virgin Islands. That was the decision today after four hours of oral arguments before a sub-committee of the Republican National Committee in a windowless meeting room at the Westin in downtown Charlotte. The

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WASHINGTON — In a blistering ruling issued late today, the Republican National Committee stripped the Virgin Islands of most of its delegates to this month’s GOP convention and further ruled that John Canegata is no longer the territorial party chairman. The nine-page ruling, issued by the RNC’s Standing Committee on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Bureau of Corrections has put the St. Thomas jail on lockdown after 20 people — including inmates and staff members — tested positive for COVID-19. According to a release from the bureau, Corrections officials first learned of the presence of the coronavirus at the jail in

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MARIGOT — United States tourists cannot cross the border from Dutch Sint Maarten to French Saint starting today, according to The Daily Herald, a Philipsburg, Sint Maarten newspaper. The report says the announcement is until further notice. Sylvie Feucher, prefect of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, has previously said that, due to a high number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases

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SAN JUAN — Nearly three years after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of homes remain badly damaged, many people face a hurricane season under fading blue tarp roofs and the island’s first major program to repair and rebuild houses hasn’t completed a single one. Maria hit

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SANTIAGO, Chile — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a socio-economic crisis of an unprecedented scope and reach.  Worldwide, it has led to a massive decline of working hours, equivalent to 400 million full-time jobs. It has also exposed structural inequalities related to social protection and in the labor market, particularly

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