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Eastern DRC protests election delay


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Police fired teargas and shots were heard as hundreds of people in eastern DR Congo protested on Thursday at a move to delay upcoming elections in their region, an AFP reporter said.

Demonstrations erupted a day after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national election commission announced that Sunday’s nationwide vote would be postponed in several troubled areas until March.

However, the vote will continue to take place in the rest of the country as scheduled, and the next president will be sworn in on January 18, it said.

In the province of North Kivu, the region most affected by the decision, several hundred demonstrators gathered in the administrative district of the city of Beni.

Gunshots were heard over a roughly hour-long period, but it was unclear who was…

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Authorities seize $30M worth of cocaine in eastern Caribbean


Authorities seize $30M worth of cocaine in eastern Caribbean (U.S. Coast Guard Southeast)

U.S. Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) crews seized $30 million worth of cocaine and apprehended three smugglers, officials say.

It happened Tuesday morning in international waters off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

While on routine patrol, the crew of a HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Miami detected a suspicious go-fast boat Monday afternoon with three people on board, approximately 65 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to officials. The go-fast kept going past sunset and into the night without using navigational lights.

Authorities were able to close in on the boat about 95 nautical…

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Impact Justice launches protocol series for practitioners in the Eastern Caribbean justice system


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — During 2018, the Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project launched two protocol series, one entitled: IMPACT Justice Protocol Series: Working with Children in the Eastern Caribbean Justice System and the other entitled: IMPACT Justice Protocol Series: Working with Persons with Disabilities in the Eastern Caribbean Justice System.

Both series set out a number of guidelines that constitute specific instructions, consistent with international best practices and standards, designed to guide and regulate the interactions between children and persons with disabilities who come into contact with the justice system in the Eastern Caribbean and the following stakeholders:

• Defence Counsel (Booklet No….

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Marijuana News – This Eastern Caribbean Island Makes Marijuana History


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 14, 2018: The Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), made history this week by becoming the first Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, (OECS) member, to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes and scientific research.

SVG Minister for Agriculture, Saboto Ceaser, told the OECS that the passing of the Bill in Parliament on Tuesday, December 11th signified the Caribbean island was now positioned to become a leading medicinal cannabis hub.

Traditional cultivators, stakeholders and others also joined the government in celebrating the passage of the bill. The SVG government say it will now move to direct its focus toward implementation of the legal framework for the production of medicinal marijuana.

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Eastern African leaders inaugurate Chinese-built projects in Ethiopia



The industry zone, which has now become the sixth operational industry zone in the East African country, would help the socioeconomic condition of …
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Burst of 54 earthquakes recorded in Eastern Caribbean in less than 24 hours


The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, Saturday said that a burst of 54 earthquakes occurred north of St. Kitts during a 21 hour period.

The biggest had a magnitude of 4.1.

In a brief statement, SRC said that the quakes were recorded during the period 4:28 p.m. (local time) on Friday to 9:50 a.m. (local time) on Saturday.

It said that the 54 earthquakes were in the magnitude range of 1.2 to 4.1, adding “there have been no felt reports thus far”.

Several residents on St Kitts reported an earthquake being felt on the island on Friday night.

The earthquakes were reported felt in the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, United States…

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