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Island Shuts Schools Amid 'Very Explosive' COVID Riots

French territory of Guadeloupe trashed during days of protests turned violent

(Newser) - Schools closed across the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe on Monday, and France's president warned of a "very explosive" situation in the island territory, after protests against COVID-19 rules and vaccinations descended into days of rioting and looting. France's central government sent in police special forces to...

20 Found Dead on Small Boat in Caribbean

It was drifting near Turks and Caicos Islands, an oft-used region for human traffickers

(Newser) - A boat was found drifting about a mile off Grand Turk island with 20 dead people on board, including two children, authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands said Sunday. Officials said investigators had ruled out foul play but were still trying to determine what happened, per the AP . The...

Within Hours of Evacuation Order, Volcano Opens Up

La Soufriere volcano erupts in St. Vincent

(Newser) - A volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted Friday, just hours after the government ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 16,000 people. Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center (UWI-SRC), described a 6-mile high column of ash extending from La Soufriere...

Alleged Mobster Covered His Face on YouTube Videos, Forgot His Tattoos

Tats were visible on cooking show of alleged 'Ndrangheta gangster from Italy, hiding in DR

(Newser) - Come for the pasta making, stay for the arrest. Since 2014, Marc Feren Claude Biart, a purported member of Italy's infamous 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been on the run from authorities in his home country after allegedly taking part in a Dutch cocaine trafficking operation. The BBC reports...

Quiet Caribbean Volcanoes Suddenly Rumbling to Life

It has been decades since La Soufriere, Mt. Pelee erupted

(Newser) - Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say hasn’t been observed in years. The most recent warning was issued late...

First Caribbean Cruise Since March Does Not Go Well

10% of passengers have tested positive, according to a reporter on the ship

(Newser) - Precautions were taken. And still some 10% of guests aboard the first cruise to the Caribbean since March have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a reporter on the ship. SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream 1 set out for a seven-night cruise to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada...

US Couple Dies on Their Honeymoon
US Couple Dies on
Their Honeymoon

US Couple Dies on Their Honeymoon

Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah were only 4 days into their marriage

(Newser) - For Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah, it was another day in paradise. Tragically, it was also their last. The New York City couple drowned last month near their Caribbean resort just four days after getting married, Newsday reports. "It's a devastating loss," said Malik's father, Maqbool....

What Queen? Barbados Makes Big Move
Barbados to Queen: Buh-Bye

Barbados to Queen: Buh-Bye

Country will transition to a republic with Barbadian head of state

(Newser) - Barbados is shedding its colonial tradition and with it its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II. The government for the Caribbean island nation, which gained independence from Britain in 1966, said Wednesday that it would transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic with a Barbadian head of state. The...

Batten Down the Hatches, Hawaii
Batten Down
the Hatches,
Hawaii

Batten Down the Hatches, Hawaii

Hurricane Douglas expected to deliver harsh weather on Sunday

(Newser) - The first hurricane of the 2020 eastern Pacific season is expected to bring strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall to Hawaii on Sunday. The storm, Douglas , intensified Thursday into a Category 3 hurricane, with wind speeds of 120mph. The hurricane, currently about 1,470 miles east-southeast of Hilo, is...

Cruise Line Passenger Plummets to His Death

Brian Rice died of blunt force trauma, authorities say

(Newser) - Four stories is a long fall—and sadly, Brian Rice didn't survive it. The Carnival Cruise Line passenger died of blunt force trauma Friday after plummeting from the ninth deck to the fifth as the vessel returned to Miami, People reports. Medical staff on Carnival Horizon rushed to his...

Dorian Hits Caribbean, Builds Toward Category 3
Dorian to America: Here I Come

Dorian to America: Here I Come

The hurricane eyes Florida while building toward Category 3

(Newser) - For the Caribbean, it was bad but not crushing. For Florida, it's time to worry. That's the gist of Hurricane Dorian news Wednesday after the Category 1 storm caused flooding and power outages across Caribbean islands—including Puerto Rico—and grew closer to a Category 3 while churning...

British Woman Set on Fire in Barbados Dies

Unknown intruder attacked Natalie Crichlow

(Newser) - A British woman visiting relatives in Barbados was murdered by an unknown intruder who strangled her, doused her in a flammable liquid, and set her on fire, relatives say. Natalie Crichlow, a 44-year-old London resident, was in the Caribbean country to look after her disabled brother, the BBC reports. Her...

Officials: Scientology Ship Quarantined Over Measles

Nearly 300 people are stuck on the Freewinds docked in St. Lucia

(Newser) - On the Freewinds cruise ship, there's one person currently being kept in isolation with the measles—while nearly 300 others are being kept on board at a port in St. Lucia. The 440-foot-long ship has been quarantined since Monday due to a female crew member's measles diagnosis, meaning...

American Tourist Killed Hotel Worker: Police

Connecticut man says he killed in self-defense

(Newser) - An American banker visiting the Caribbean is accused of killing an employee at a five-star hotel—but insists it was done in self-defense, CNN reports. Gavin Hapgood, 44, was arrested and charged with manslaughter on the island of Anguilla after the April 13 incident. A Hapgood rep says the hotel...

Some Barrels Go Down the Falls. This One Is Crossing the Atlantic
Man Is Crossing
Atlantic in Barrel
Stocked With
Wine, Foie Gras
in case you missed it

Man Is Crossing Atlantic in Barrel Stocked With Wine, Foie Gras

Jean-Jacques Savin set 'sail' Wednesday from Spain's Canary Islands, headed to the Caribbean

(Newser) - So far, Jean-Jacques Savin's barrel is "behaving well." Hopefully it will continue to do so, as the barrel—actually a large "barrel-shaped orange capsule," per the BBC —is transporting the 71-year-old Frenchman on a monthslong journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The former pilot, park...

US Alleges British Sailor Sank Boat to Hide Wife's Murder

The FBI first picked up Lewis Bennett on a smuggling charge that's since evolved

(Newser) - Prosecutors say a British sailor initially arrested on charges he was smuggling gold and silver coins while on a voyage to Cuba now includes murder charges. The FBI believes Lewis Bennett killed his wife, Isabella Hellman, as they plied the Atlantic last year, the Guardian reports. After Bennett was rescued...

Why John Cleese Is Leaving the UK
John Cleese
Is Totally
Over the UK

John Cleese Is Totally Over the UK

Monty Python, 'very disappointed' with the UK and its media, is leaving for the Caribbean

(Newser) - He's an icon of British comedy, but John Cleese won't be living in Britain anymore. The Monty Python comic is leaving the UK for Nevis, a Caribbean island, because he's "very disappointed" with his native land, he told BBC Two's Newsnight Tuesday. In particular, it'...

Hurricane Beryl Is Tiny, Unpredictable

Storm expected to be downgraded before making landfall

(Newser) - The first Atlantic hurricane of the season is tiny but a bit of a puzzle. Increasing in strength from a tropical storm overnight, Hurricane Beryl is 1,100 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving westward, where it's expected to hit a vertical wind shear that will likely...

Huge 7.6 Quake Strikes Caribbean Sea

No major damage reported after one of region's strongest quakes on record

(Newser) - A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea Tuesday night—but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage after what was one of the strongest earthquakes on record in the region. The US Geological Survey says the quake hit 25 miles off the coast...

Beyonce Releases First Song Since Giving Birth
Beyonce Song
Will Benefit
Puerto Rico

Beyonce Song Will Benefit Puerto Rico

It's her first release since giving birth

(Newser) - Beyonce is out with a new single and music video , her first since giving birth to twins in June, and it's all to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The song is a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente,"...

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