CARIBBEAN: Clinton to meet Preval in Haiti amid political crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will press for a resolution of Haiti's political crisis when she meets President Rene Preval Sunday.
The State Department says she will also meet election candidates in Haiti. The visit comes amid a political crisis in which Preval's preferred candidate to succeed him and a well-connected contender are deadlocked for a spot in a runoff.
The president's party has called on its candidate, Jude Celestin, to bow out because of pressure from the United States.
The United States says its continued support depends on following a recalculation of the election results by the Organization of American States, based on an analysis of fraud.
Celestin has yet to say if he will withdraw.
CARIBBEAN: Cholera cases rise to 111 in Venezuela as more test positive after DR wedding
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ The number of cholera cases has jumped to 111 in Venezuela as more people tested positive after attending a wedding with contaminated food in the Dominican Republic, the country's health minister said Friday.
The patients were all receiving treatment, and 27 were hospitalized, Health Minister Eugenia Sader told the Caracas-based television network Telesur.
The number of cases rose swiftly on Friday. Venezuelan authorities had said a day earlier that 37 people had the virus in the country and that 12 others were hospitalized in the Dominican Republic.
Dominican officials said wedding guests became infected when they ate tainted lobster at a wedding Jan. 22. Health Minister Bautista Rojas said lobsters for the lavish celebration were bought in Pedernales, a town bordering Haiti, where more than 3,000 people have died from a cholera epidemic.
Many of the 452 guests were Venezuelans, and health officials hope to provide treatment to all of them to keep the illness from spreading, Sader said. She has said several who returned to Madrid, Mexico and Boston also have cholera.
The Massachusetts health department said Friday that six state residents tested positive after attending the wedding, but all were released from local hospitals and officials were not concerned the disease could spread.
Jose Rodriguez, a vice minister in the Dominican Health Department, said the wedding menu consisted of 25 dishes, so not everyone ate the lobster.
Cholera fears have led to mass deportations of Haitian migrants since the beginning of the year. One death has been reported in the Dominican Republic.
JAMAICA: American Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ An American Airlines jet en route to Miami from Ecuador has made an emergency landing in Jamaica.
The airline says the jet landed at the Montego Bay airport and all passengers disembarked normally without incident. American said in a statement that the pilot decided to land as a precaution after getting a temperature indication warning on the right hand engine.
The Boeing 757 took off from Quito, Ecuador, on Friday with 155 passengers and a crew of eight.
American says the passengers are being rebooked on other flights.
JAMAICA: Judge denies bail to Canadian tourist accused of trying to murder wife
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A Canadian tourist accused of trying to kill his wife while vacationing in Jamaica has been denied bail.
Defense attorney Bert Samuels says a judge on Friday ordered 43-year-old Paul Martin to remain in jail until a Feb. 17 court hearing.
The suspect's family hired Samuels this week after firing a previous attorney.
Police say Martin slit his wife's throat in a rental car last month and made up a carjacking story. The attack occurred near the popular resorts of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Cathy Lee Martin underwent surgery and has recovered.
The couple is from Ajax, Ontario.
CARIBBEAN: US man charged with hiring drug runner to bring cocaine from Aruba to England
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) _ A Central Falls man has been charged with conspiracy for allegedly hiring a drug runner to deliver cocaine from Aruba to England.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Providence on Friday says 35-year-old Gustavo Querido was promised $10,000 to arrange for a drug runner from Rhode Island to travel to Aruba, and then carry a suitcase full of five to seven kilograms of cocaine to England.
Prosecutors say Querido offered the person $8,000 cash to make the trip, and then bought the person a ticket with his mother's credit card. The person wasn't allowed on the flight out of Boston because it was a one-way ticket.
Querido was arrested Monday and ordered detained Wednesday because he is considered a flight risk.
His lawyer did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.