GUADELOUPE - A ‘dangerous’ Saint Lucian fugitive, Henry Regan, has been recaptured in Guadeloupe, local media reports have said.

Reagan, who was serving a life sentence for murder at the Baie-Mahaut prison in Guadeloupe, was recaptured by law enforcement officers on Tuesday after escaping in July this year.

Vincentian prisoner, Peters Orvel, who escaped along with Reagan is still on the run.

Orvel  was serving time on charges including armed violence and sexual assault.

According to reports, Reagan was hiding in the woods between Sainte-Rose and Deshaies.

Hunters in the area sounded the alarm after observing suspicious activity.

Dozens of armed law enforcement officials launched a large scale operation, blocking access to the forest where the fugitive was spotted, identified and later held.

Reagan had already served 10 years in prison for gun violence, drug trafficking, kidnapping and forcible confinement.

The Saint Lucian national is known to be addicted to alcohol and crack.

France Antilles reported that Reagan was transferred to Guadeloupe after attempting to escape from the prison in Martinique where he had initially been held.

The prisoner was nicknamed “Zero” because of his school grades.

CARACAS, VenezuelaVenezuela’s cash crunch and the bad blood between that South American country and the United States has not stopped it from offering $5 million in aid to hurricane victims in Houston, Texas.

Less than a month after the US announced its latest round of sanctions against senior officials, and President Donald Trump went as far as threatening military action, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced the aid offer.

The money, which would go towards building homes and shelters in Houston, wouldn’t come directly from Venezuela, however. Arreaza  explained that it would come through Citgo Petroleum, the Venezuela government-run oil company with a refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. Under US sanctions, Citgo cannot send money back to Caracas in any case, so the Nicolás Maduro administration won’t be losing out on funds it had access to.

GEORGETOWN, GuyanaOne of the prisoners who escaped during a fiery riot at Guyana’s main jail less than two months ago, was shot dead in a shootout with members of the joint services last night.

Former police officer, 28-year-old Uree Varswyck, alias Malcolm Gordon, met his end during a joint services operation in Guyana’s second largest town, Linden, in the Upper Demerara-Berbice region around 11:45 p.m.

Varswyck, who had been committed to stand trial for the 2014 murder of a security guard, was one of several prisoners who escaped during a fire at the Camp Street prison on July 9. Another one of the fugitives, multiple murder accused Mark Royden Durant, was spotted with Varswyck last night.

Police said that on approaching a house at Central Amelia’s Ward in which the two were hiding out, members of the joint services came under fire. They returned fire, and when the dust had settled, Varswyck, dressed in a military vest and boots, lay dead. A 9 mm pistol and 40 rounds of ammunition, as well as a bag containing a gas mask, medical supplies and toiletries, were recovered.

Meanwhile, Durant, who was on death row for the murders of seven people in the February 17, 2008 Bartica massacre, escaped.

WASHINGTON, DC - The Small Caribbean Twin-Island Federation of St.Kitts-Nevis has launched a full investigation into Herpes Vacine Trials alleged to have taken place on the beautiful idyllic St.Kitts in 2016. In a statement issued on Thursday the government declared that they had no knowledge of the Trials and that absolutely no approval was sought of the Island’s Medical Board, Ministry of Health or any similar authority , for the Trials.

The vaccine research has sparked controversy because the lead investigator, a professor with Southern Illinois University, and the U.S. company he co-founded did not rely on traditional U.S. safety oversight while testing the vaccine last year on mostly American participants on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

CARIBBEAN - Hurricane Irma strengthened Thursday into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds and is forecast to be an "extremely dangerous" storm for the next several days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

In its 5 p.m. ET advisory, the NHC said the storm was located over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, about 720 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west-northwest at 12 mph.

"Fluctuations in strength, both up and down, are possible, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane for several days," the advisory read.

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