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Hell in Cuba for one former Expat

theguardian.com/Stephen Gibbs / Speaking to me from Myanmar (more about that later) Purvis recalls his early Havana years. “It felt like another era,” he says. “No internet. No TV. No shopping.” The family adapted well to their new life. Home was a handsome 1950s villa, soon full with their four children. Saturdays would be spent by the pool at the beach club. The son of a theatrical designer, Purvis also dabbled in theatre himself, producing the Cuban dance show Havana Rakatan, which performed successfully for several years in London. No one, of course, imagined that those halcyon days would end so abruptly, with Purvis imprisoned in what he describes as a “zoo” for enemies of the state. But that is how it turned out. The title of his powerful memoir, Close but No Cigar, is his own admission of just how badly life can go wrong.

I last saw Purvis in Havana in 2011, a few weeks before his arrest, at a New Year’s Eve party (I had been the BBC’s correspondent in Cuba between 2002 and 2007). The arrival of the New Year is a big deal in Cuba, partly because it coincides with the anniversary of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Two of President Raúl Castro’s daughters were at the event. Read Article

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Three Americans, Canadian detained for exhibitionism while filming scenes for pornographic movie in public

EFE/7dias.com.do/ reported PUERTO PLATA (Dominican Rep.).-A court in the Judicial Department of Puerto Plata imposed a financial guarantee as a precautionary measure for three Americans who were arrested last Friday along with a Canadian model when supposedly filming pornographic scenes in a public square sector The Batey, municipality of Sosúa. Judge Adriana Vasquez decided the [...]

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Trinidad: Tourist from U.S dies in car crash, wife in serious condition

A United States citizen on vacation in Trinidad was killed in a car crash near the Trincity Mall traffic lights on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Cecil White. His wife, who was also in the vehicle suffered severe injuries and remain in serious condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Police [...]

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Dominican Republic – German tourist murdered in robbery

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – foxnews.com reported police in the Dominican Republic say they have killed one of two men suspected in the slaying of an elderly German tourist during a robbery. The tourist was walking with his wife along the seawall Thursday evening in Puerto Plata when the couple was accosted by two assailants. [...]

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U.S. Tourist Brutally Attacked, Murdered in Granada

abcnews.go.com reported aA machete-wielding man attacked a U.S. tourist couple as they walked along an isolated beach on Grenada, killing the woman, police on the Caribbean island said Tuesday. Jessica Lewis Colker, 39, of Atlanta, was found dead after her husband ran to get help following the attack, which occurred around noon Sunday on a [...]

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Tourist from U.S. on cruise, dies from injuries in bus crash in Jamaica

Jamaicaobserver.com reported the police have released the name of an American woman who was killed in a four-vehicle collision on the Carey Park main road in Trelawny on Thursday. Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Glewwe died as a result of injuries she sustained in the collision and was among a group of cruise ship passengers who were also [...]

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60 Year Old Tourist from U.S. dies while diving in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

soualiganewsday.com reported…PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday December 24th at approximately 11.50 a.m. police were directed to Bobby’s Marina, where a female tourist who was visiting the island would be brought in from a diving trip and was not showing ant signs of life. On the scene the patrol learnt, that the victim was on a diving [...]

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U.S. citizen found murdered in apartment, Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic elnuevoherald.com reported a US man 55 years old was strangled in her apartment in the capital of the Dominican Republic, authorities said Saturday. Police identified the victim as Van Teasley and said his body was found Friday morning. He was handcuffed and gagged. Authorities said police were alerted by a friend [...]

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Dominican Republic: Weather Alert, intense rains, flooding

laht.com reported at least 3,603 people have been displaced, 606 homes damaged or destroyed and 23 communities cut off as a result of intense rains over the past two days in the Dominican Republic, emergency authorities said Sunday. The rain caused flooding throughout the eastern and northeastern portions of the country, the COE emergency operations [...]

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U.S. Tourist Missing in Jamaica

jamaica-gleaner.com reported the police are searching for 44-year-old American tourist, Roger Nautu. The police say the man, from Killeen in Texas in the United States, who was vacationing at a St. James resort, has been missing since Sunday. Nautu is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 5 feet 11 inches tall. The police [...]

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