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DONALD TRUMP is rolling back the opening to Cuba that his predecessor, Barack Obama, began, and we should ask a couple of questions. If the purpose is to hasten change on the island, is this going to be helpful? Second, what are the motivations behind this semi-reversal? To please his base, or to deliver a sly gift to Vladimir Putin and snub his own Republicans on Capitol Hill?

MIAMI — Pressing "pause" on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility Friday with a blistering denunciation of the island's communist government. He clamped down on some commerce and travel but left intact many new avenues President Barack Obama had opened.

Soldiers in Guyana have seized heavy-duty mining equipment from a protected area that features one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.

CUBA IS STARTING AN ELECTORAL PROCESS THAT IS expected to end with President Raul Castro stepping down in February.

FORMER  JAMAICA Prime Minister and People's National Party (PNP) Leader Portia Simpson Miller and her party colleague and former Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Omar Davies, are to resign from the House of Representatives on June 29.

DOMINICA’S PRIME MINISTER Roosevelt Skerrit has defended moves to amend that country’s electoral laws – a move that has been protested by opposition supporters.

"The Gayle Force"

Cricket

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots announces the acquisition of one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, Chris Gayle, as the newest member of the Patriots family.

Former West Indies batsman Jimmy Adams

Cricket

PORT OF SPAIN Trinidad (CARIBUPDATE/DEC 14, 2016) - Former West Indies batsman Jimmy Adams is the new director of cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), according to regional media reports.

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd

Cricket

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CARIBUPDATE/DEC 14 2016) - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain for his 50 years of service to the game.

Emerald Pool Dominica

Travel

ROSEAU, Dominica(CARIBUPDATE/OCT 31, 2016) - Dominica has been featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, a collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations, and experiences for next year.

LONDON, England (CARIBUPDATE/OCT 20, 2016) - CARICOM nationals and other foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of migrants coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduced.

ST.JOHN'S, Antigua (CARIBUPDATE/OCT 20, 2016) - Regional airline LIAT is expected to record EC$9.2 million (BDS$6.8 million) in losses at the end of this year.

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ANTIGUA CARNIVAL officials are scratching their heads of how to make-up for an expected shortfall in the revenue of the money needed to run this year’s festival.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE investigating reports that Dr Conrad Murray, who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of King of Pop Michael Jackson eight years ago, has been practising medicine in the twin-island republic without a licence.