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Suriname/U.S.: Son of President pleads guilty to charges sought to offer base for Hezbollah

france24.com reported the son of Surinamese President Desi Bouterse (pictured) pleaded guilty on Friday to US charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Dino Bouterse, once picked by his father to lead a counter-terrorism unit in Suriname, told a judge in Manhattan that as part of the scheme he provided a false Surinamese passport to a person he believed was a Hezbollah operative. He also pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges.

“In 2013, I knowingly provided a false Surinamese passport to a person I believed to be associated with Hezbollah, an organisation I knew to be designated a terrorist organisation by the United States,” Bouterse, 41, said in federal court. Read Article

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Suriname: President’s son charged in U.S. for attempting to aid Hezbollah

mercopress.com reported that the son of Suriname’s president has been charged by the United States with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Dino Bouterse was allegedly paid millions of dollars to provide a base and weapons for Hezbollah fighters. The Shia militants were planning attacks on the US and the Netherlands, […]

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Guyana: Nigerian arrested, convicted of entering country illegally from Suriname

A Nigerian man has been charged for entering Guyana illegally. The accused, Banard Chukuniba, pleaded guilty to the allegation when his case was presented to Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine Beharry last Monday. As stated in the charge, Chukuniba entered Guyana by sea via the Corentyne River without presenting himself to an immigration officer. Read Article

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Suriname, China hold discussions on bilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks on bilateral ties with Suriname’s Foreign Minister Winston Lackin here on Wednesday. Yang hailed the achievements of China-Suriname cooperation since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1976. As developing countries, both China and Suriname face major tasks in developing their economies and improving people’s livelihood, Yang said, […]

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Brazil assisting Suriname in fight against transnational crime, opens up lines of credit

The defense ministers of Brazil, Celso Amorim, and his counterpart from the Republic of Surinam, Lamure Latour, agreed to maintain closer cooperation between the two countries in the military in combating transnational crime and in the area of ​​training. For projects to modernize the Suriname, Minister Amorim called for the secretary of the Ministry of […]

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Suriname, increase in number of leishmaniasis

Recent research in Suriname shows a considerable increase in the numbers of cases of the parasitic skin disease leishmaniasis, in Suriname better known as ‘Bosjaws’ or ‘Busi-yasi’. Read Article

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Latin American Countries to Study Amazon Deforestation and Water Resources

According to ElComercio.pe eight countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela will begin a joint study of water resources and deforestation in the Amazon region next August, announces the Treaty Organization of the Amazonian Region (ACTO). Officials say this is the first regional project of deforestation that can quantify and compare […]

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With Aid and Migrants, China Expands Its Presence in Suriname

The Foreign Ministry’s elegant new headquarters here is a gift from the Chinese government. Chinese signs on hundreds of businesses, from casinos to grocery shops and furniture stores, beckon the residents of this capital. Chinese work crews are paving roads cutting through the jungle. Read Article

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Suriname for stronger ties with India

The people of Suriname want to foster strong socio-cultural ties with their Indian counterparts to cement the relations between this country and the South American island, its Ambassador, Mr Krishadett Baijnath, said today. Read Article

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One of last survivors of indenture system in Suriname dies in Rotterdam

One of the last survivors of the Indian indenture system in the Latin American country of Suriname is no more. Ninety-eight-year-old Goeroepersad Girbaran died in the Netherlands without being able to fulfil his lifelong dream – visiting the country of his forefathers. Goeroepersad was among the last Indian immigrants to arrive on a ship carrying […]

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Suriname, President swears in new army commander

Bouterse Friday swore in a new army commander, as the man who once led a military coup made his first visit to a troop barracks since he was inaugurated in August. Read Article

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Suriname plans tax increase, devalues currency

The South American country of Suriname plans to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco by 50 percent to pay the back wages of public employees and fund housing and education. Read Article

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Dutch tourist murdered in Paramaribo

On Saturday evening, Dutch tourist Hans Janssen (54) was murdered by robbers while he and his wife Rianne were walking back from Henck Arronstraat to their guest house on Jesserunstraat. At the beginning of the street where it is pitch dark, a car was parked alongside the road. Read Article

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