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China moves to challenge U.S. in Beijing's backyard

CHINABEIJING-- It is the near future, and China prepares to strike back after being attacked, loosing off ballistic missiles to take out an aircraft carrier and destroying an airfield as a fighter jet takes off.
  The enemy is not named in the animation, released late last month by Chinese internet giant Tencent, but the ship looks a lot like a U.S. Nimitz-class carrier, while the destroyed...

Russian troops join combat in Syria

SYRIAMOSCOW-- Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops...

Clashes and curfews cast doubt on free election in southeast Turkey

TURKEYDIYARBAKIR, Turkey-- Daily clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in southeast Turkey have cast doubt...

U.N. says 850,000 to cross sea to Europe in 2015 and 2016

life_jacketsGENEVA-- At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next...

Venezuelan security crackdown spurs rights abuse complaints

venezuelaVALENCIA, Venezuela--When Venezuelan troops and police launched an early-morning raid on the slum neighbourhood of...

Cuba's atheist Castro brothers open doors to Church and popes

cubapopeHAVANA--Baptized as Roman Catholics and educated by Jesuits, Fidel and Raul Castro turned against the Church by...

Pope calls on every European parish to host a refugee family

popeVATICAN CITY--Pope Francis called on Sunday on every European church parish and religious community to take in one...

Guatemala’s election seen heading to run-off

moralesGUATEMALA CITY--Still reeling from a corruption scandal that felled their president three days ago, Guatemalans voted...

Experts dismiss Mexico's account of student killings

mexicoMEXICO CITY--Mexico's official account of the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 students last year does not add...

Brazil prosecutors charge Lula's former chief of staff

dirceuSAO PAULO--A top aide to Brazil's former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was charged with corruption, money...

China to cut troop levels by 300,000

leadersBEIJING--President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest...

Guatemala's president quits, jailed on corruption charges

guatemalaGUATEMALA CITY--Guatemala's Otto Perez resigned as president and was jailed on Thursday while a judge weighs charging...

Pakistan court rejects bid to have deaf-mute Indian girl sent home

strandedgirlKARACHI, Pakistan--A Pakistani court on Thursday rejected a petition to send back to India a deaf-mute woman who lost...

Guatemala's president quits over graft scandal

guatemalaBy Alexandra AlperGUATEMALA CITY, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned, his spokesman...

Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK, dead wash up on Turkish beach

drownedCALAIS, France--Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the...

Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rate

treesWASHINGTON--Earth is home to just over 3 trillion trees - the redwoods of California, the olive trees of Tunisia, the...

Crackdown fuels migration crisis within African borders

africamigrantsDAKAR--Papa Demba Sow left Senegal two years ago hoping to make a better life in the oil-rich central African country...

Guatemalan Congress strips President Perez immunity

guatemalaGUATEMALA CITY--Guatemala's Congress on Tuesday voted unanimously to strip President Otto Perez of immunity, paving...

Thailand arrests 2nd important suspect in Bangkok blast probe

thaisuspectBANGKOK--Thai police arrested a second foreign suspect in the country's deadliest bombing on Tuesday and said they...

Pope allows priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

VATICAN CITY--Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's Holy Year to formally...

Ukraine guardsman killed in protest outside parliament

ukraineKIEV--A Ukrainian national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others wounded by grenades hurled from a crowd of...

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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...