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National Front expels Le Pen

lepenPARIS--France's far-right National Front expelled founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Thursday in a bid to shed the party's anti-Semitic reputation and bolster his daughter Marine's prospects in a presidential election bid.
  The decision to sideline the 87-year-old Le Pen was taken by the Front's executive committee after several hours of discussions with him.
  "At the end of the meeting...

Estonian who says Russia abducted him to serve 15 years' hard labour

estonianMOSCOW/TALLINN--An Estonian police officer who says Russia abducted him in a cross-border raid was sentenced to 15...

Study backs game-changing e-cigarettes for the first time

ecigarettesLONDON--Health officials in Britain have for the first time endorsed e-cigarettes, saying they are 95 percent safer...

In Egypt, the "disappeared" resurface on TV as "terrorists"

egyptCAIRO--Plainclothes Egyptian state security officers pounced on Suhayb Saad as he left a Cairo restaurant in June...

Thai police hunt for accomplices of suspected Bangkok bomber

thailand_blastBANGKOK--Thai authorities said on Wednesday they were looking for accomplices of the chief suspect for the Bangkok...

Indonesian rescuers find no survivors in wreckage

indonesiaJAKARTA--All 54 people on board a Trigana Air aircraft were killed in a crash two days ago in Indonesia's Papua...

Japanese nuclear utility says no special precautions over volcano

japanvolcanoTOKYO--Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power said on Monday that it was monitoring activity at a volcano near its...

Bangkok bombing "does not match" insurgent tactics

thaiblastBANGKOK--A bomb blast at a popular shrine in Bangkok that killed 22 people including eight foreigners did not match...

Treacherous terrain hampers crashed plane rescue efforts

crashJAKARTA--Treacherous terrain in Indonesia's Papua province on Monday hampered rescuers' efforts to reach a passenger...

Rescuers work to clear China blast site of chemicals before rain falls

chinablastTIANJIN, China--Chinese soldiers and rescue workers in gas masks and hazard suits searched for toxic materials in...

Indonesia police: plane debris spotted in Papua

planeJAKARTA--An Indonesian search and rescue plane spotted debris on Monday believed to be from a crashed aircraft with...

Brazil protesters keep pressure on Rousseff

rousseffSAO PAULO- Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets in dozens of Brazilian cities on Sunday to...

Three Africans found critically ill in car's hidden compartments

spaincarMADRID--Three young African men who squeezed into hidden compartments in a car to enter a Spanish territory in North...

Myanmar gags media linked to ousted ruling party leader

myanmarNAYPYITAW--Myanmar has gagged media linked to parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann after he and his allies were purged...

Japan PM expresses "utmost grief" over WW2 but no fresh apology

abeTOKYO--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed the "utmost grief" on Friday for the "immeasurable damage and...

Beijing investigates cause of blasts at Tianjin port, firms assess damage

chinablastTIANJIN, China--Investigators searched for clues on Friday to identify what caused two huge explosions at a warehouse...

Indonesian president treads fine line by empowering chief of staff

luhutJAKARTA--The biggest, and possibly riskiest, move in Indonesian President Joko Widodo's cabinet reshuffle this week...

Islamic State's Egyptian ally says it beheads Croat

croatiaCAIRO/ZAGREB--An Egyptian group allied to Islamic State has published a photograph it said showed the beheaded body...

Harper unaware of payment made to quiet ethics scandal

canadaOTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not know that in order to quiet an ethics scandal his former chief...

Huge explosions in China port area kill 17, hurt 400

chinablastTIANJIN, China--Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast...

Iraq parliament votes to transform ruling system in boost for PM Abadi

iraqreformBAGHDAD--Iraq's parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday for the biggest shakeup in its governing system since the...

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St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
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SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
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Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
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Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
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Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
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Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
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Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
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Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
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Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
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Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
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Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
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Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
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RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
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Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
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Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
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Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
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Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
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ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
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Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...