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Tropical Storm Matthew forms in eastern Caribbean
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- Tropical Storm Matthew formed Wednesday in the eastern Caribbean and lashed several islands with heavy wind and rain....

Top US diplomat to visit an increasingly isolated Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro says a top U.S. State Department official will soon visit Venezuela in a bid to ease tensions between the two nations....

Puerto Rico finds unexpected source of growth in agriculture
GUANICA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Ricans are buying rice produced on the island for the first time in nearly 30 years. They are also eating locally grown mushrooms, kale and even arugula, along with more traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples....

Guatemala alleges fraud in food buys during disaster
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan authorities have broken up a group that sold the government millions of dollars' worth of contraband corn and beans, some of it not fit for human consumption, an official said Tuesday....

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov't order
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner....

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