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His name is written into the lore of piracy – and rum. Now a salvage team's coup is bringing the details to the surface

Three charged in 'Ponzi' inquiry

Three individuals were charged in relation to an alleged "Ponzi" scheme worth £10m yesterday.

France prepares to extradite Manuel Noriega

France will begin proceedings to extradite the former dictator Manuel Noriega to Panama, after the United States gave its consent.

Cable & Wireless hit by downturn in its Caribbean arm

Cable & Wireless Communications shocked investors yesterday by warning it expected a further downturn in earnings from its Caribbean arm.

No charges for pier blaze suspects

No charges are to be brought against two men arrested over a fire which destroyed Hastings Pier, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Captain Morgan's lost cannon recovered in Panama's waters

An international team of marine archaeologists has recovered six iron cannon from a reef in shallow waters not far from the mouth of the Panama Canal. They believe the weapons were lost during one of the less glorious chapters of British adventurism in the 17th-century featuring Captain Henry Morgan.

Uproar after player kicks owl during Colombian football match

A player has caused an uproar and faces severe sanctions for kicking an owl which was lying prostrate on the pitch during a Colombian championship match at the weekend.

Somali pirates seize cargo ship with 23 crew

Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned cargo vessel with 23 crew on board today, the European Union Naval Force said.

CWC Caribbean end still in the doldrums

Cable & Wireless Communications said yesterday its Caribbean operations were suffering amid continuing economic woes, but it still expected broadly to meet forecasts for the year.

Canoe conman John Darwin freed from jail

John Darwin, the canoeist who became famous after faking his own death, has been released from jail and is living a few miles from his former home.

Panama row reveals US drug agency's power

Diplomatic cables published by the website WikiLeaks have plunged the United States into a diplomatic row with Panama over the secret intelligence-gathering work of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the Central American country.

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