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Paul Scoon was Governor-General of the former British Caribbean colony of Grenada in 1983 when the little group of seven islands, best known for their beaches and their nutmeg, mace and other spices, became the world's No 1 headline. Grenada had been independent, though still a Commonwealth realm, since 1974 and Scoon, a native though UK-educated Grenadian, had been Governor-General since 1978. His was a largely ceremonial role until the events of October 1983 which led to a US invasion ordered by President Ronald Reagan at Scoon's request.

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Caribbean crime wave linked to US deportations

The crime was horrifying enough — a nightclub owner, hacked to death with a machete, was found buried in pieces. But what really outraged people was that the accused killer had been deported from the US to his native Grenada as a convicted felon.

Knife killer jailed for life

A knife killer was jailed for life today in what is thought to be the first case to be dealt with under tough new sentencing powers.

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Virgin Atlantic's growth plans signal uplift in airline industry confidence

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BP chief to step down in October

BP chief executive Tony Hayward is to step down on October 1, the firm said today.

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Steve Connor: Hunter-gatherers are more forgiving

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Belize signs tax deal with UK

Britons in Belize will find it harder to avoid UK taxes after an agreement signed yesterday by the UK and Belize governments. It was welcomed by Labour MPs, because of the link between Belize and Lord Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the Tory party.

The Sketch: Cameron's jokes fell flat – Darling's hit the target

The thing about these Tories is, they're amateurs. It's why we like them

Crime gang members jailed over cocaine plot

A crime gang caught trying to smuggle cocaine worth £10 million into Britain on a yacht were jailed today.

Griffin branded 'despicable' for attacks on Army top brass

Former generals warn that far-right party is attempting to 'hijack' the armed forces

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