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Baton of Queen Elizabeth II arrives in the Jewel

Amid the bad news, there was a bright spot over the Easter weekend for those following the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Scotland.  The Queen’s baton relay reached [...]

Belize to enjoy visa free privileges to enter the Philippines

There isn’t any local official report on it, but the Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines says that Belize is among a group of countries that will enjoy visa free [...]

UN Report says Belize is the third most dangerous country in the world

Where murders are concerned, Belize recorded fewer numbers in 2013 that in the five years prior. That was good news for a country under siege, and provided hope that perhaps [...]

Guatemalan officials in Belize to investigate killing in Chiquibul

The recent killing of a Guatemalan national by Belize Defense Force personnel inside the Chiquibul forest has sparked renewed concerns by the international community about the existing border issues between [...]

Golden Princess Casino to reopen under a new brand

On February twenty-first, the Golden Princess Casino at the northern border closed its doors. Fifty-seven employees were terminated while ninety-six persons were relocated to the other Princess Casino at the [...]

PM says the EU needs to get its act together on fisheries sanction

The European Union earlier this week imposed fisheries sanctions on Belize because the country has been found not to be cooperating in the fight to stop illegal fishing. The government [...]

EU blacklists Belize from international fisheries

On Monday, the Council of the European Union formally imposed a sanction on Belize, as well as two other countries, for failure to comply with international regulations in the fight [...]

Caribbean HIV AIDS Program (CHAP) Regional Exchange Meeting

For the first time, Belize is hosting the Caribbean HIV AIDS Program (CHAP) Regional Exchange Meeting. The program is an initiative funded by the American Red Cross to address the [...]

Japan provides US $120,000 for Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the K.H.M.H.

Today at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital the signing of a grant agreement between the national referral hospital, the Offices of the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the [...]

2014 International Report lists Belize as a money laundering country

The following is not good news for the jewel despite a raft of legislation passed in February that includes the Financial Intelligence Unit Amendment Act and the Money Laundering and [...]

Armed Mexican soldiers enter Belize; they are detained, but soon released

What is being called a miscommunication between the Belize Defense Force and the police department resulted in the brief detention of several armed officers who crossed into Belizean territory at [...]

Miss Fitness Belize makes Belize proud at Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Tournament

Belize has so far done exceedingly well in the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Tournament. On Tuesday, Mister Belize, Rigo Vellos, and Miss Belize Fitness, Cricel Castillo, traveled to Columbus, Ohio to [...]

Venezuelan Ambassador says uprising does not affect PetroCaribe

Violent protests continue to rock Venezuela, where the government is coming under heavy pressure from opposition parties. But according to news reports, even as the unrest continues, a rift between [...]

The uprising in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government is bracing for more protests which have now spread to the capital, Caracas.  The United Nations, as well as the Pope speaking from the Vatican, has called [...]

Venezuelan Ambassador speaks on relations with United States

The Venezuelan Ambassador says that the opposition is fueling the uprising and accuses the US government of throwing its full support behind the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD or [...]

US national involved in adoption scam caught in San Pedro

A US woman who was living in San Pedro for some time was picked up by US agents with the cooperation of local police and whisked away to the United [...]

Foreign Affairs, National Security and Agriculture Ministries meet with Guatemalan government

There was a high-level meeting held in Toledo on Tuesday, where officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security and Agriculture met with representatives of the Guatemalan government.  The [...]

Belize and the U.S. partner to protect rights of Belizean workers

The Ambassador of Belize in the United States, Nestor Mendez today signed a joint declaration with U.S Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, in which both countries have agreed to work [...]

Bill passed to address threat by Caribbean Financial Action Task Force

Seven bills were passed today in the house. But the real purpose of today’s House Sitting had to do with a threat by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.  In [...]

IDB and G.O.B. sign agreement to rehabilitate 32 miles of George Price Highway

Government announced in November 2013 that it will be spending seventy-six million dollars on infrastructure works across the country. This morning, the Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement with G.O.B. [...]

CCJ hands down judgment on challenge to an amendment to the Supreme Court of Judicature Act

But in the regional Caribbean Court of Justice, a judgment was handed down last Friday concerning a challenge to an amendment to the Supreme Court of Judicature Act.  The parties [...]

Survey of economic freedoms ranks Belize at 115

A recent survey indicating the economic freedoms of countries around the world ranks Belize at number one hundred and fifteen of one hundred and seventy-eight reviewed.    With a score of [...]

Offensive maps at immigration sport check in Flores, Peten, Guatemala

The inclusion of Belize as part of Guatemala’s territory, depicted on a number of geographical maps, is considered provocative given the political history of both countries in trying to resolve [...]

Belize and Guatemala Foreign Ministers meet; still no date for referendum

There was a time not so long ago when the Belize/Guatemala referendum on the age-old territorial dispute was a part of daily conversation. All that changed when Guatemala backed out [...]

… But discusses a roadmap for 2014

With all the best intentions and apparent goodwill between both Foreign Ministers, there are still some sticky issues which have led to hostile words and tense moments between countries. One [...]