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Last updated: 05 August, 2008 - Published 11:39 GMT
 
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Suspect cleared

Antigua police say a man being questioned in connection with the murders of two tourists from South Wales killed on their honeymoon on the island has been cleared, for the moment.

Tourism Minister Harold Lovell leads the campaign to tell the world Antigua is a safe destination despite the double murders of the British honeymooning couple

The Press Association's reporting that the man who worked on the beach near to where the murders happened at the Cocos Hotel, had offered an alibi which checked out.

Antigua police in a statement about the progress of the double murder investigation, said certain evidence was secured but they were unable to release any details at this time because this could jeopardise the case.

The police statement said officers were following a number of leads and a number of people have been taken into custody and questioned.

British help conditional

A team of five British police officers have flown to Antigua to assist with the murder inquiry.

The Home Office in London has denied that Scotland Yard detectives were delayed from investigating the murder of the British couple because of concerns that their killer might face the death penalty.

British officials said there was no hold up in authorising the officers to help the investigation.

But the Foreign Office did confirm that it was continuing to seek assurances from Antigua that no one would face the death penalty for the double murder.

CXC questions submissions

The Caribbean Examinations Council has questioned whether all School-Based Assessments - SBAs submitted, are written by candidates.

CXC officials say there is a growing concern about the authenticity of some of the work reaching the regional academic qualifying institution.

The registrar of the Barbados-based CXC Dr Didacus Jules says although the practice is not widespread, it is becoming more of a problem.

The CXC Registrar says new components of a tighter SBA-system will be introduced, following a review.

Clinton wants more funding for AIDS

The former US President, Bill Clinton , has called for an increase in funding to keep down the cost of drugs for people with HIV.

Bill Clinton addressing a subject he is passionate about

Mr Clinton told a world AIDS conference in Mexico that a fifty-percent rise was needed in the next two years just to keep pace with expanding drug programmes.

He compared the disease to a dragon, saying that it would have to be slain by millions and millions of foot soldiers.

Meanwhile scientists are working on a new vaccine they are optimistic could be available in three years time.

They say it would reduce a patient's need for full time anti-retroviral treatment.

New governor welcomed

The Turks and Caicos Islands has been welcoming a new governor.

Gordon Wetherell was being sworn in as the island's eleventh governor at a ceremony at the House of Assembly.

Mr Wetherell arrived in the territory on Monday with his family and said that among his interests would be continuing the economic development of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He was previously posted in Ghana where he spent three years as High Commissioner.

Lula optimistic about global trade deal

Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he is confident that a deal on liberalising world trade can still be reached despite the collapse last week of the latest round of talks in Geneva.

President Lula da Silva said in a radio address that he didn't believe the Doha round of talks had failed, and that it was only a matter of time before it was concluded.

He also insisted that a deal on global trade was essential to the developing world and would help tackle terrorism and immigration problems.

 
 
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