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Bahamas to upgrade partisan immigration laws

The Bahamas is moving to overhaul its stringent if not partisan immigration laws to now allow individuals born overseas to a Bahamian mother to obtain citizenship.

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Belize votes for new government. PM Gonsalves wins fifth term in St. Vincent

As the year comes to a close, the 15-nation Caribbean Community is still trying to cope with the plethora of general elections in a single calendar year with voters in Belize set to face the polls on Thursday, Nov. 12, less than a week after compatriots in St. Vincent gave the governing party a record fifth consecutive term.

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Vincentians vote in the latest elections in Caricom

The big question is whether Vincentians will give Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves a fifth consecutive term in office from general elections scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 5 or whether they will vote to close off an era marked by a mix of some major development projects, scandals and allegations of widespread electoral rigging.

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Barbados to dump Lord Nelson’s statue, cut Queen as head of state

It seems as though Barbados’ tolerance for the controversial statue of late British naval hero Lord Nelson has finally run out, with authorities naming Monday Nov. 16 as the date that the imposing structure will be torn down and relocated to a less prominent venue.

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U.S. secretly deporting Venezuelans, charges senator

Authorities in the Caribbean Community nation of Trinidad are this week being forced to fend off allegations by Democratic New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez that Trinidad had allowed the U.S. to secretly deport Venezuelans through the country in what the legislator called stealth and covert operations.

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Bermuda’s Afro party wins in landslide victory

Enjoying control of state power ever since the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) broke through for the first time in 1998, Blacks in the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda have been voting overwhelmingly for their own political representatives, ensuring whites who had been in charge for more than 300 years remain on opposition benches.

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Bermuda votes: Yet another election in the Caribbean

The people of the tiny British colony of Bermuda are scheduled to vote in general elections Thursday, Oct. 1, with polls showing that the Afro-dominated Progressive Labor Party (PLP) of Premier David Burt is likely to be reelected to office.

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Pompeo swings by Venezuelan neighbors; wants regime out

American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has returned to the U.S. after a four-nation swing through northern South America in the past week.

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Pompeo to make questionable visit to Guyana

Guyana’s government has confirmed the impending visit of American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Caribbean Community nation this week fueling widespread speculation that the visit is linked to protracted efforts by Washington to use the country as some kind of an operating base to deal with neighboring Venezuela.

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Jamaican elections confirm start of new era

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, 48, was sworn into office for a second consecutive five-year term this week after his Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) wiped out its main opposition rival in a poorly supported general election held late last week.

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