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Caribbean news briefs

Caribbean news briefs

HAITI: As officials reassert control of border, red tape idles trucks loaded with earthquake aid
JIMANI, Dominican Republic (AP) _ For more than six weeks following the Jan. 12 earthquake, Haiti left its border with the Dominican Republic open to speed the delivery of aid. As the government now reasserts control, the return of bureaucracy is leading to delays as trucks idle for days.
One day this week at the customs office at Malpasse, the Haitian town across from Jimani, a single agent was processing a caravan of trucks that stretched for two miles (three kilometers). In the line were rice, beans, canned food, construction materials and ambulances _ all desperately needed in Haiti.
Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive says border controls are necessary to intercept contraband, and also raise revenues from commercial drivers' import fees.
The main southern road between the two countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola became a major thruway for humanitarian aid following the magnitude-7 quake, which killed a government-estimated 230,000 people and left more than 1 million people homeless.
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GUYANA: Police investigate death of 15-year-old girl after exorcism to treat convulsions
CANAL NUMBER TWO, Guyana (AP) _ A 15-year-old girl has died after neighbors and a local pastor tried to treat her convulsions with an exorcism at a church, and Guyanese police said Friday they are investigating.
Sangeeta Persaud began to convulse Sunday as she drank tea for breakfast at her grandmother's home in Canal Number Two, a farming village west of the capital, Georgetown, the grandmother told The Associated Press.
Chaitranie Ramotar said she became worried and called the girl's mother, who brought the pastor to the house.
Pastor Ewart Cummings said he decided to take the girl to his small church, where he and several elders spent five hours praying for her as they pressed on her stomach and head. They also made her drink an anointing oil, he told the AP.
Cummings said he drove the girl to the hospital around 5 p.m. because she had calmed down but was weak. She died at 10 p.m.
Police Commander Colin West said results from a preliminary autopsy were inconclusive but an investigation continues. No one has been charged.
On Thursday, Cummings presided at the girl's funeral as the child's mother, father and other relatives shouted accusations at one another and at the pastor. Police were summoned to the funeral and ordered the pastor to issue a quick prayer to end the service.
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JAMAICA: Gov't seeks clarification on treaty as US awaits extradition of alleged drug kingpin
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica's prime minister has asked local justice officials to review a U.S. request to extradite a man Washington says is one of the world's most dangerous drug kingpins.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding said he believes the U.S. violated an extradition treaty, alleging its agents used illegal wiretaps in the arms- and drug-trafficking case against Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
Golding said he has instructed the attorney general and justice minister to obtain a declaration from the courts on whether the treaty was violated before he signs off on the extradition order. A government statement said Thursday that officials were trying to resolve the issue.
The U.S. has sought Coke's extradition since August and has suggested corruption could be holding up its request, straining relations between the countries.
In a report in March, the State Department said Coke has ties to the governing Jamaica Labor Party and essentially controls the barricaded Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in west Kingston, the legislative district represented by the prime minister.


Updated : 2021-02-25 13:41 GMT+08:00