US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the US-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow Chevron Corp. to negotiate its license with the state-owned oil company, PDVSA, but … Read more

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

Analyst says Texas Gov. Abbott’s border snarls cost billions in GDP

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s rule doubling the inspections for commercial trucks coming in from Mexico caused delays that cost the US nearly $9 billion in gross domestic product, according to one analysis. Driving the news: The rule, which Abbott has since rescinded, prompted fierce backlash and snarled cross-border traffic for days. Catch-up quick: Abbott, a … 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

Teams, pots, groups: The Qatar 2022 World Cup draw explained | Qatar 2022 News

Twenty-nine participants, including the hosts, have already been confirmed, while the remaining three will be finalized by June this year. The final draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will take place in Doha on Friday. The 32-team football event will kick off in Qatar on November 21, with the final taking place on … Read more

Jamaicans call for reparations as British royal couple arrives | Slavery News

Jamaican activists, most prominent professors, politicians and other leaders, have rejected a visit by the duke and duchess of Cambridge, calling on the United Kingdom to apologise and pay reparations for hundreds of years of slavery. Britain’s Prince William – the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II – and his wife Kate landed in the capital … Read more

At least one member of the ‘CITGO 6’ released from prison in Venezuela

CNN — At least one American member of the so-called CITGO 6 has been released from prison in Venezuela, a lawyer assisting several of the CITGO 6 and a spokesman from a Venezuelan nongovernmental organization that’s providing legal assistance to prisoners in the country both told CNN. Gustavo Cárdenas, a US citizen detained in Caracas … Read more