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Here's what to know about a US couple missing in the Caribbean

Feb. 27, 2024 15:31 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in the eastern Caribbean are scouring waters in the region in hopes of finding a missing U.S. couple who were aboard their catamaran Simplicity more than a week ago when police say it was hijacked by three escaped prisoners from Grenada. ...

US couple whose catamaran was hijacked were likely thrown overboard and died, Grenada police say

Feb. 27, 2024 02:51 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. couple whose catamaran was hijacked last week in the Caribbean by three escaped prisoners were presumed dead and likely had been thrown into the ocean, police said Monday. The accounts by police in Grenada and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 16, 2024 00:12 AM EST

Feb. 9 – 15, 2024 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio de Janeiro as drummers, stilt walkers, trumpet players and costumed dogs reveled in the free morning street parties known as blocos. Performers danced and cheered their way through the iconic Sambadrome in the evening parades...

An offshore oil spill has caused a 'national emergency,' Trinidad and Tobago prime minister says

Feb. 12, 2024 10:24 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister said a large oil spill near the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean has caused a “national emergency” as crews struggled to contain the oil already coating numerous beaches on Tobago’s southwest coast. ...

Ocean sponges suggest Earth has warmed longer, more than thought; some scientists dubious

Feb. 05, 2024 13:19 PM EST

A handful of centuries-old sponges from deep in the Caribbean are causing some scientists to think human-caused climate change began sooner and has heated the world more than they thought. They calculate that the world has already gone past the internationally approved target of...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 02, 2024 00:09 AM EST

Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2024 Argentine lawmakers continued the debate on the reform package that President Javier Milei considers key to the success of his economic program, as protesters and police clashed outside the Congress building. El Salvador’s president has...

Barbudans launch new environmental legal fight in Caribbean against wealthy developers

Feb. 01, 2024 13:38 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Construction of two private villas inside a national park in Barbuda has sparked the latest environmental legal fight between angry residents and wealthy foreigners seeking to develop the Caribbean island with support from the government. George...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jan. 26, 2024 01:35 AM EST

Jan. 19-25, 2024 Brazilians began gearing up for the return of Carnival with street parties and samba school rehearsals. The world-famous event officially kicks off on Feb. 9th. Efrus, a 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier, surfs the waves in the Pacific waters off Peru. ...

Racially diverse Puerto Rico debates bill that aims to ban hair discrimination

Jan. 23, 2024 18:43 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Legislators in racially diverse Puerto Rico have opened a public debate on a bill to explicitly prohibit discrimination against hairstyles such as cornrows and Afros, sparking a heated debate. Local government officials argue the legislation is...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jan. 19, 2024 00:02 AM EST

Jan. 12-18, 2024 Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa decreed a national state of emergency to deal with gang violence. In Rio de Janeiro, Carnival dancers rehearsed. Inmates in Bolivia crafted miniature cars and furniture to sell at a fair. Indigenous people in Guatemala held a...