Students in Guadeloupe clash with police amid protest
BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe (AP) — Hundreds of students in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe are clashing with police amid a protest over changes in their curriculum.
Thursday's protest shut down schools and some roads across the island as students burned debris and threw rocks at police. At least three injuries were reported.
Police said in a statement that 10 people have been arrested. Officials said 400 police officers have been mobilized.
Joyon sets Route du Rhum record after gripping finish
PARIS (AP) — Veteran French skipper Francis Joyon won the Route du Rhum solo race across the Atlantic in the closest finish since the race's inception in 1978.
After more than a week of racing, Joyon, 62, crossed the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe at the helm of his Maxi trimaran Idec Sport with a lead of just seven minutes and eight seconds over French rival Francois Gabart.
TS Kirk causes power outages, heavy flooding in Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Kirk caused power outages and heavy flooding across the eastern Caribbean and forced flight cancellations, officials said Friday.
Authorities in Barbados said they helped rescue several people from a flooded home, while school was cancelled in the nearby islands of St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
TS Kirk drops heavy rain across eastern Caribbean
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Tropical Storm Kirk dropped heavy rain and unleashed flooding as it passed through the eastern Caribbean on Thursday.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch was issued for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Officials in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe closed schools on Thursday and Friday as a preventive measure. Rain and thunderstorms were starting to spread across Barbados.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday but was still expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend on its way to the eastern Caribbean, bringing a new threat to islands still rebuilding from last year's storms.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Atlantic season's first hurricane, Beryl, formed Friday and headed for a weekend push into the eastern Caribbean, threatening islands still struggling to recover from last year's storms.
Rhode Island airport to offer flights to French Caribbean
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's main airport will offer flights to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique starting next week.
The Providence Journal reports that Norwegian Air will begin flights at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick on Monday.
Airport officials say the new routes are a "wonderful" opportunity to discover the history and culture of the French Caribbean.
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French president to visit Caribbean islands hit by Irma
PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron will visit French Caribbean islands hammered by Hurricane Irma where residents have criticized the government for not doing enough to prepare them for the storm's devastation.
Macron's plane is bringing water, food and tons of medicines and emergency equipment. He will first visit Guadeloupe on Tuesday morning before heading to St. Martin to meet with residents, and then to St. Barts.
Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin
MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) — In the chaotic days after Hurricane Irma smashed St. Martin, the storm also exposed simmering racial tensions on the island's French territory, with some black and mixed-race residents complaining that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation.
It was the type of anger that has long plagued France's far-flung former colonies — especially its Caribbean territories, where most of the population identifies as black and is poorer than the white minority.
Irma lashes at Puerto Rico, leaves tiny Barbuda devastated
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds late Wednesday, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm.
Florida rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph winds.
Caribbean islands begin preparations for Hurricane Irma
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations Sunday for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning Tuesday.
Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands.
1 dead after small plane crashes into house in Guadeloupe
BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe (AP) — Authorities in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe say a small plane has crashed into a house, killing the pilot.
Officials say a young woman inside the house was treated for shock, but was not injured.
The government says in a news release that the Monday morning crash occurred in the Petit-Bourg community northeast of the capital of Basse-Terre. Officials say they are investigating why the Piper Cherokee crashed.