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1940: Vichy Gives Assurances to U.S.
From the International Herald Tribune archives: An early American intervention in Martinique is discounted in 1940.
160 Die in Crash of Airliner in Venezuela
A chartered airliner carrying vacationing French passengers home to Martinique crashed in a mountainous part of northern Venezuela early Tuesday morning after its engines failed, killing all 160 people aboard, the aviation authorities here said. The two-engine plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 operated by West Caribbean Airways of Colombia, was traveling from Panama to Martinique when the pilots reported engine problems to Venezuelan air traffic controllers at 3:07 a.m. Minutes later, the controllers lost radio contact.
Costa Rica, Canada Open With Victories
Canada began defense of its Concacaf Gold Cup title with a 2-0 victory over Haiti on two goals by Kevin McKenna while Costa Rica beat Martinique, 2-0, to open its campaign in a doubleheader Friday night in Miami.
Finding Cultural Roots in the Rhythms of Carnival
Martinique is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, and the subject, quietly, pervasively rippled through the four days of carnival this week. It was everywhere, in the women's gold necklaces that symbolized the chains of bondage to the rhythm of the drum choirs that rustle in the distance like a soft wind, then sweep through the streets furiously. The reaction to slavery manifested itself in the burlesque that informs the Martinican carnival, the endless streams of the largest potbellied men ever to wear blond wigs and women's underwear, and on the minds of the island's intellectuals. It was in the transgressional rebellion of the carnival songs that puncture this normally restrained society with extraordinarily graphic and joyously vulgar lyrics.
No Thanks! And You Can Tell It to the Marines
The jetty that links this isolated Caribbean island to the outside world is a simple wooden structure in obvious need of repair. So when the United States offered to send a detachment of marines here to build a base for the Grenada Coast Guard and to repair the local school and clinic, residents might have been expected to welcome the proposal. Instead, the dockside site chosen for the project, which is intended to strengthen drug interdiction efforts in the Caribbean, is now festooned with graffiti demanding ''No Base.'' And when Prime Minister Keith Mitchell traveled here recently in an attempt to convince this island's 800 residents that the base, whose construction costs would be entirely covered by the United States, would enhance Grenada's national security and spur economic growth, he was greeted with boos, placards and children chanting anti-base slogans.
Bush and Mitterrand United On Peace, Divided on Process
President Bush and President Francois Mitterrand of France said today that they were in accord on the need to lend urgency to the Middle East peace process, but concluded an afternoon of talks in obvious disagreement on how to pursue that goal. They expressed conflicting views on a series of important issues, including whether the Palestine Liberation Organization is the legitimate representative of the Palestinians, whether to convene an international conference on the region and whether there should be a Palestinian state. Mr. Bush said, "No" to to all three questions, while Mr. Mitterrand's positions were more positive.
Tropical Storm Klaus Kills 6 And Is Renamed a Hurricane
LEAD: Tropical Storm Klaus gained strength off Antigua today and was upgraded to a hurricane after leaving six people dead and two missing in flooding on Martinique.
A series of bombs exploded in public buildings in the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique Saturday night and early today, killing one person and causing extensive property damage. At the same time, three people were injured when two bombs exploded in central Paris. One of the explosions took place near an employment agency for workers from France's overseas territories.
Martinique Frees American
A Virginia businessman convicted in 1980 of trying to smuggle cocaine through Martinique has been released after almost three years in prison there. William S. Smith Jr., 36 years old, was released June 29 and expelled from the French island the next day, the State Department said today.
Fire Set by Arsonists Damages Martinique Government Building
DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jan. 2 (AP) - A fire set by arsonists severely damaged the Justice Building in the capital of this French island in the Caribbean, the police said today. A separatist group took responsibility for the blaze.
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