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Last updated: 05 May, 2010 - Published 13:36 GMT
 
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Double murder investigations in Grenada

Grenadian police have not yet named the 32 year old man detained in connection with what's thought to be a double murder.

The authorities said on Tuesday that the man walked into a police station with two severed human heads in a bucket and presented his haul to horrified police.

The police later found two hacked-up headless bodies in a rural field.

Investigators have released few details about the grisly slayings, but said the man was a suspect.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas said the development had shaken and traumatised Grenadians.

Visa-free status under threat

UK and St Lucian officials have been discussing British notice of plans to impose visa restrictions on St Lucians travelling to the United Kingdom.

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St Lucia hopes the talks will erase the threat to impose visas

The British High Commissioner to the Eastern Caribbean, Paul Brummell, met on Tuesday with Prime Minister Stephenson King and National Security Minister Guy Mayers.

High Commissioner Brummell and Mr Mayers said later that the talks were fruitful.

The government in Castries has been given six months to prove it is addressing British concerns, or risk losing the current visa-free status the island enjoys.

Reconstructing Haiti talks

The reconstruction of Haiti is among a wide range of issues Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith expects to discuss at a Caricom foreign ministers meeting in Dominica on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mr Smith said his attendance follows on from a memorandum of understanding Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed in Trinidad last year establishing formal relations between Australia and Caricom.

The Caricom foreign ministers will discuss the regional grouping's participation on the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Committee set up in the wake of the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 230,000 Haitians, and left over a million others homeless.

The Dominica meeting will also focus on changing geopolitical trends and Caribbean relations with other countries.

PNM denies involvement

The governing Peoples National Movement in Port of Spain has denied being behind moves to link opposition politician and football chief Jack Warner to alleged FIFA corruption.

Jack Warner
Mr Warner rejects claims of involvement in alleged corruption

Mr Warner, the Vice President of the international football body FIFA, is a leading opposition candidate in the 24 May general election.

The issue revolves around British investigative journalist Andrew Jennings' failure to have a satellite feed reach Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

His address at the eighth annual Offshore Financial Due Diligence Conference in Miami dealt with complaints about alleged corrupt activity by football's world governing body FIFA, including Mr Warner.

Cuba plans to use golf to boost tourism

The Cuban authorities have announced plans to allow foreign investors to develop golf courses, marinas and related land development projects to boost the country's tourist industry.

Tourism Minister, Manuel Morrero, said the Communist government was in advanced negotiations with several potential foreign partners.

Under the arrangements, the Cuban authorities are considering granting foreigners medium to long-term leases of real estate if linked to golf course projects.

Guadeloupe has world's oldest

Dominican centenarian Elizabeth "Ma Pampo" Israel died having failed to get recognition as the world's oldest person because of what Guinness World Records said at the time was a lack of evidence.

But neighbouring Guadeloupeans have received great news this week from the Gerontology Research Group, that the world's oldest person is living among them.

Hundred and fourteen year old Eugenie Blanchard of Guadeloupe now holds the title, following the death of Japanese woman Kama Chinen on 2 May.

Dominica's Ma Pampo was in 1999 publicly stated locally to be 124 years old and unofficially the world's oldest person.

 
 
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