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Spanish galleon laden with £13bn in gold found at bottom of Caribbean Sea, 300 years after sinking

Spanish galleon laden with £13bn in gold found at bottom of Caribbean Sea, 300 years after sinkingUS scientists found a Spanish galleon laden with treasure worth up to £12.6bn at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, more than 300 years after it sank. The San Jose, considered the holy grail of shipwrecks, was discovered three years ago off the coast of Colombia but few details were released at the time. The 62-gun, three-masted galleon sank in June 1708, during a battle with British ships in the War of Spanish Succession, with the loss of nearly 600 lives.



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Venezuela angered by ConocoPhillips move on Caribbean oil

Venezuela angered by ConocoPhillips move on Caribbean oilVenezuela on Thursday strongly rejected the takeover of its Caribbean oil stocks by ConocoPhillips, after the US company enforced a $ 2 billion international arbitration award last month. A ConocoPhillips source said the company was enforcing the award at four locations in the Caribbean, without specifying the facilities affected. Press reports said the affected assets are in Curacao, Bonaire and Saint Eustace.



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Exclusive: Conoco moves to take over Venezuelan PDVSA's Caribbean assets – sources

Exclusive: Conoco moves to take over Venezuelan PDVSA's Caribbean assets - sourcesHOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA to enforce a $ 2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions. The U.S. firm targeted facilities on the islands of Curacao, Bonaire and St. Eustatius that accounted for about a quarter of Venezuela’s oil exports last year. The company received court attachments freezing assets at least two of the facilities, and could move to sell them, one of the sources said.



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Passengers compare scene inside Caribbean cruise ship to the Titanic after 50 rooms were flooded 

Passengers compare scene inside Caribbean cruise ship to the Titanic after 50 rooms were flooded The scene on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean drew comparisons to the Titanic as 50 staterooms on Deck 9 were flooded. A breach in the Carnival Dream's fire extinguishing system led to water pouring into a corridor. One passenger said people had been relocated to the spa to sleep on yoga mats. Marla DeAnn Haase, a passenger, posted images of the flooding on Facebook . She wrote: "Um….FB folks…..this is a rare moment of internet connection ….we are flooding on a cruise, we heard the violins and the silverware all came crashing down. What in the world….say a prayer for us all." That was a reference to violinists continuing to play as the Titanic went down. Marla DeAnn Haase, a passenger, posted images of the flooding on Facebook Credit: Marla DeAnn Haase /Facebook One user responded: "What in the Titanic?" Another said: "I literally thought this was a scene from Titanic." Images from the ship showed staff trying to clean up the mess with buckets. Carnival Cruises said passengers affected would get full refunds, a 50 per cent credit for a future cruise, and could be flown home before the end of the cruise. Staff used buckets to clean up the water Credit: Marla DeAnn Haase / Facebook A spokesman said: "Our onboard teams began cleanup immediately related to this clean water from a fire suppression system. "We appreciate our guests' understanding and sincerely apologise. We also thank our crew members for their quick action and hard work."



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FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean  A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ​claimed ​Bennett​ ​​had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English “Year of the Horse” one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about £3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $ 100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”​



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Caribbean bloc condemns Trump's 'repulsive' language

Caribbean bloc condemns Trump's 'repulsive' languageThe 15-nation Caribbean Community on Saturday condemned US President Donald Trump’s use of “repulsive language” to reportedly describe Haiti and African nations. CARICOM “is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our member state, Haiti, and other developing countries,” the bloc’s Guyana-based headquarters said in a statement.



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Caribbean bloc condemns Trump's 'repulsive' language

Caribbean bloc condemns Trump's 'repulsive' languageThe 15-nation Caribbean Community on Saturday condemned US President Donald Trump’s use of “repulsive language” to reportedly describe Haiti and African nations. CARICOM “is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our member state, Haiti, and other developing countries,” the bloc’s Guyana-based headquarters said in a statement.



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Nearly 50 people fall sick on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Nearly 50 people fall sick on Royal Caribbean cruise shipBALTIMORE (AP) — Nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week.



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Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami

Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunamiBy Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. Rodrigo Anaya Rodriguez was in a hammock inside his house near the popular tourist site of Bacalar Lake near Mexico’s Caribbean coast when he felt three tremors. In Honduras, firefighters said some residents in southern neighborhoods fled their homes after feeling the shaking.



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BREAKING: 7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea, tsunami threat diminishes

BREAKING: 7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea, tsunami threat diminishesA magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook the Caribbean Sea early Tuesday night. As of 10:48 p.m. CST, all tsunami advisories were canceled throughout the Caribbean and Central America.



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