Fatal boat trip highlights Haitians fleeing violence

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they board rickety wooden boats painted sky blue to blend with the ocean to try to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other migrants believed to … Read more

Havana hotel death toll at 30 as dogs search for survivors

HAVANA (AP) — Search crews with dogs on Sunday hunted through the ruins of a luxury hotel in Cuba’s capital for survivors of a devastating explosion while officials raised the number of known dead to 30. The Hotel Saratoga, a five-star 96-room hotel in Old Havana, was preparing to reopen after being closed for two … Read more

Desperate search for survivors in Cuba hotel blast; 26 dead

HAVANA (AP) — Relatives of the missing in Cuba’s capital desperately searched Saturday for victims of an explosion at one of Havana’s most luxurious hotels that killed at least 26 people. They checked the morgue, hospitals and if unsuccessful, they returned to the partially collapsed Hotel Saratoga, where rescuers used dogs to hunt for survivors. … Read more

‘Corrupt to core’ Caribbean premier gets bond in drug case

MIAMI (AP) — The premier of the British Virgin Islands, whom US prosecutors described as “corrupt to the core,” was given a $500,000 bond that could see him released from prison as he awaits trial on charges tied to a US narcotics sting. In a surprise decision, federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected prosecutors’ argument … Read more

British Virgin Islands premier arrested on US drug charges

MIAMI (AP) — The premier of the British Virgin Islands and the director of the Caribbean territory’s ports were arrested Thursday on drug smuggling charges in South Florida, federal authorities said. Premier Andrew Alturo Fahie and Managing Director Oleanvine Maynard were taken into custody by US Drug Enforcement Administration agents at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport and … Read more

Puerto Rico power outage: Power has been restored to many following an island-wide outage. Full restoration is possible Sunday, company says

CNN — Power could be fully restored in Puerto Rico by Sunday morning after hundreds of thousands of people on the island have been in the dark since a fire at a power plant Wednesday evening, officials said. As of 11:30 pm Saturday, power had been restored to more than 1.3 million of the island’s … Read more

Puerto Rico power outage: Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still without service

CNN — Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Puerto Rico were still without power Friday, two days after the start of an island-wide outage that began with a fire at a power plant. About 760,000 of the island’s utility customers had electric service restored, the territory’s power grid operator said Friday evening. That … Read more

Prince William, Kate Middleton will not visit Belize after locals protest their Caribbean tour

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate will not visit a cacao farm in an indigenous region of Belize as planned on their Caribbean tour, the Belize government said Friday, after local villagers staged a protest against their arrival. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Belize on Saturday for a week-long Caribbean tour … Read more

Honduras judge says ex-president can be extradited to US

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Former President Juan Orlando Hernández should be extradited to the United States to face drug trafficking and weapons charges, a Honduran judge ruled Wednesday. The country’s Supreme Court of Justice said late Wednesday via Twitter that the judge had decided to grant the US extradition request. US prosecutors in the Southern … Read more