CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP – APRIL 18, 2019

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Author Marlon James has been named among the Most Influential People in the World by Times Magazine. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. April 18, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean, Latin America and their Diasporas for this Thursday morning, April 18, 2019:

Caribbean born author Marlon James has been named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world for 2019. The 48-year-old author of the latest critically-acclaimed book, ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’, is the lone Caribbean national on the list. He’s in the company of former First Lady Michelle Obama; golf ‘king’ Tiger Woods and CBS’ Gayle King. The magazine said James is “one of the most important voices of his literary generation” who speaks out on race, literature, gay rights and “whatever else is on his mind.” James is a graduate of the Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica.

A majority in the Dutch Parliament has adopted a motion not to have Curaçao used for military intervention in Venezuela. 92 of the 150 Members of Parliament voted in favor to pass a motion not to have Curaçao used for international military intervention in Venezuela. According to the motion, any military intervention must be mandated under international law.

John Bolton has announced the US will be rolling back “non-family” travel to Cuba and limiting remittances there.

Former Peruvian President Alan García has died after shooting himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery allegations. Garcia killed himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery allegations. He was accused of taking bribes from a Brazilian construction company – claims he denied.

Venezuelans have begun receiving the first aid from the International Red Cross after it arrived on Tuesday.

A Jamaican man is accused of sexually assaulting his two six-year-old daughters and has been remanded for trial on May 24.

Four Peruvians have been extradited from Peru for operating Spanish-speaking Call Centers that extorted U.S. consumers.

The West Indies Cricket Board is among those paying tribute to former president Patrick ‘Pat’ Rousseau who died Tuesday night. The Jamaican attorney died last night after reportedly battling an illness. Rosseau served as head of the WICB from 1996 to 2001. He was 85.

Bahamas roots singer Lenny Kravitz has created a farming retreat on a former coffee plantation outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

And Keri Hilson, Freddie Jackson and Maxi Priest are among the acts set for the Grenada Music Festival this June 7th.

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