VATICAN CITY, 13 March 2013 – The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a new leader. His name is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, but he will be known henceforth as Pope Francis I. Continue reading
As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future.
One young woman was gang-raped to death. Another committed suicide out of a sense of shame that should have attached to the perpetrators. Young teens were shot at close range for daring to seek an education. Continue reading
CARACAS, Venezuela, 5 March 2013 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech on Tuesday. Continue reading
ROME, 28 February 2013 – Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican’s vacation retreat hours before becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.
As his closest aide wept by his side, Benedict bade farewell to Vatican officials gathered in the San Damaso courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, a corps of Swiss Guards standing by at attention. Continue reading
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress.” “It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union — to improve it is the task of us all.” Continue reading
Caribbean Elections congratulates the 2013 Caribbean recipients in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Stephans Theodore Alexis Winter. For Public Service.
Dr The Reverend Edmund Green. For Public Service.
Mrs Genevieve Smith. For Public Service. Continue reading
(Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from a consulate building in Benghazi, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
Gunmen had attacked and set fire to the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, late on Tuesday evening as another assault was mounted on the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Continue reading
Political platforms are put forth the respective Republican and Democratic national conventions. The platforms are broad, consensus-based documents aimed at providing a general statement of principles by which each respective party stands. Though they are not binding upon any candidate who wishes to affiliate with the party, the statements can be a harbinger of policies to come. Continue reading
HOUSTON, Texas - Disgraced tycoon R. Allen Stanford has been sentenced to 110 years in jail for operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of more than $7bn.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge David Hittner in Houston after a court hearing at which Stanford, 62, spoke, followed by two investors. Continue reading
(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has signalled that it is relying on Mexico to bring to the attention of the G20, issues that are of critical importance to the Community, including the slow reform of multilateral institutions, climate change and the achievement of sustainable energy for all in the Small Island Developing States. Continue reading
(BBC NEWS) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spoken on state TV for the first time since he arrived in Cuba for more cancer treatment nine days ago.
Mr Chavez, 57, dismissed rumours that he had died undergoing radiotherapy for a second tumour in his pelvic region.
Speaking over the phone from Havana, he said rumours about his death were part of a psychological war against him. Continue reading
(BBC NEWS) -A meeting of the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere has ended without a joint declaration.
The leaders failed to reach agreement on whether Cuba should attend the next gathering. Continue reading
(KAIETEUR NEWS) -Venezuela has formally restated its claims to western Essequibo, according to that country’s Foreign Ministry. The statement stems from an application Guyana has placed before the United Nations (UN) to extend its continental shelf by a further 150 nautical miles. Continue reading
(BBC NEWS) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in “good physical shape” after undergoing planned cancer surgery in Cuba, Venezuela’s vice-president says.
A lesion in Mr Chavez’s pelvic region was completely removed, vice-president Elias Jaua said.
Mr Chavez, 57, had two operations to remove a cancerous tumour from the same area last year. Continue reading