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At least 17 migrants from Haiti died on Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat capsized as it was being towed to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the British territory said.

Plot thickens in Travolta extortion case

Police in the Bahamas are deepening their investigation into an alleged plot to extort up to $25m from Hollywood star John Travolta over the death of his 16-year-old son.

Travolta 'victim of blackmail plot'

Authorities in the Bahamas have charged an island senator and detained two other people in connection with an alleged plot to extort money from the actor John Travolta after the death of his son.

Travolta family returns to US with son's remains

The actor John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have returned to Florida with the remains of their 16-year-old son, Jett, who died at the family vacation home in Grand Bahama.

Travolta 'fought to bring his boy back'

John Travolta said yesterday that he and his wife, Kelly Preston, were heartbroken at the loss of their chronically ill son, who collapsed and died while on holiday in the Bahamas.

Autopsy to be held on Travolta's son

Medical examiners in the Bahamas are to conduct an autopsy tomorrow on the 16-year-old son of actor John Travolta. The teenager's apparently died from accidental death after a seizure on Friday.

Travolta's son dies during holiday

The teenage son of the actor John Travolta died yesterday after having a seizure while the family was on holiday in the Bahamas.

Lives Remembered: Beulah Town

Beulah Town, who died on 17 October aged 76, was a trailblazer for 21st-century women. Born at a time when the feminine life pattern was usually job or profession, marriage, then return to work after children, she bucked the trend. For her, the career enabled her to go her own independent way.

Racing has always attracted tricksters and conmen

Who would be foolish enough to subscribe to a tipping service? Surely, any tipster who could rake in the winnings at the rate that D&E Associates claimed in its advertisements should be bronzing themselves in the Bahamas and not flogging "inside information" to the public.

Huntington Hartford: Riches-to-rags grocery heir

In the annals of big spending with little to show for it, Huntington Hartford occupies a special place. Having inherited a fortune of at least $90m (worth many times more in today's dollars) he managed to squander at least $80m as an unsuccessful property developer, patron of the arts and Hollywood and Manhattan boulevardier – not to mention as the husband of four beautiful younger women, all of whom he divorced.

Trio 'not guilty' over toddler speedboat death

A judge in the trial of three men accused of killing a British toddler who was hit by a speed boat on a beach in the Bahamas today ordered a jury to return not guilty verdicts at the Bahamian Supreme Court.

US moviegoers grit their teeth for 9/11: the comedies

We've had the earnest, ponderous round of films about post-9/11 America – and most of them have sunk without trace at the box office. Now, barely six years after the attacks that triggered two wars and sent America's international reputation plummeting, it's time for the comedies.

I hate the new coins. My father must be turning in his grave

Virginia Ironside, daughter of the designer of the current coinage, calls their replacements 'unworkable'

Buying overseas: Not just a drop in the ocean

In the first of two reports on the Caribbean's quietest islands, Laura Latham seeks luxury from a bygone age

Album Preview: Various Artists, Funky Nassau - The Compass Point Story 1980-1986 (Strut)

In the early Eighties, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point Studio in the Bahamas mixed disco and new wave.

The funky legacy of Grace's island

As disco died in the late Seventies, no one saw a Caribbean backwater as the new home of dance. Then Ms Jones, and Sly and Robbie, came.
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