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Victorious Catalan separatists claim independence mandate

cataloniaBARCELONA--Separatists on Sunday won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia's parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain's central government over independence.
  "Catalans have voted yes to independence," acting regional government head Artur Mas told supporters, with secessionist parties securing 72 out of 135 seats in the powerful region of 7.5...

Bolivia passes law to allow Morales to run for 4th term

moralesLA PAZ--Bolivia's parliament passed a law on Saturday that would allow President Evo Morales to run for another term...

Canada election may be so close that it leads to political instability

canadaelectionOTTAWA--With Canada's three main political parties all getting around 30 percent support in polls, the odds of a...

Saudi Arabia suggests pilgrims at fault over haj deaths, Iran angry

stampedeMINA, Saudi Arabia--Saudi Arabia on Friday suggested pilgrims ignoring crowd control rules bore some blame for a...

Israel's soaring population: Is the Promised Land running out of room?

israelTEL AVIV--Israel's birth rate, the highest in the developed world and once seen as a survival tactic in a hostile...

Leaders call for less conversation, more action after adopting goals

girlsUNITED NATIONS--World leaders on Friday adopted the most sweeping agenda ever of global goals to combat poverty...

More than 700 pilgrims die in crush in worst haj disaster for 25 years

stampedeMINA, Saudi Arabia--At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim...

Chile laments World Court decision on Bolivia sea row

chileboliviaAMSTERDAM--Bolivia won the first round of its battle against Chile to gain unfettered access to the Pacific Ocean, as...

Snowden launches push for global privacy treaty

snowdenNEW YORK--Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday backed a push for an international treaty on...

Colombia, FARC vow to end 50-year war within six months

colombiaHAVANA--Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the top FARC rebel commander pledged on Wednesday to end their...

Top prosecutor recommends that France drops Lagarde investigation

lagardePARIS--France's top prosecutor general has recommended that magistrates drop their investigation into International...

Russia plans second military base near Ukrainian border

russiabaseBOGUCHAR, Russia--Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses...

Burkina Faso's president back in charge as coup fails

burkinaOUAGADOUGOU--The president of Burkina Faso president was back in charge on Wednesday and said he would resume...

EU supports refugee-sharing plan, exposing east-west rift

migrantsBRUSSELS--The European Union approved a plan on Tuesday to share out 120,000 refugees across its 28 states...

Nigeria senate president appears before code of conduct tribunal

sarakiABUJA--Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki, the third most powerful person in the country, pleaded not guilty...

Indonesia launches legal action against companies linked to haze

hazeJAKARTA--Indonesia has ordered four companies to suspend operations for allegedly causing forest fires that have sent...

NATO say Russia must withdraw heavy weapons from Ukraine

natoLVIV, Ukraine--NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday an ebb in violence in eastern Ukraine was not enough to...

Pope prays for Cuban reconciliation on eve of US visit

popeSANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba--Pope Francis prayed for reconciliation among Cubans at home and around the world on Monday on...

New survey: Most Palestinians no longer support two-state solution

mideastRAMALLAH, West Bank--More than half of Palestinians no longer support a two-state solution to the conflict with...

Pope meets Fidel Castro, warns against ideology on Cuba trip

popeHAVANA--Pope Francis met Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday hours after warning Cubans to beware the...

Greek leftist Tsipras returns in unexpectedly decisive vote win

greeceATHENS--Greek leftist Alexis Tsipras stormed back into office with an unexpectedly decisive election victory on...

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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...