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Thursday
Dec062012

John McAfee Returned to Guatemala Detention Center After Hospitalization

JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images(GUATEMALA CITY) -- Software millionaire John McAfee has been returned to a detention cell in Guatemala after being rushed to a Guatemala City hospital via ambulance.

McAfee, 67 -- who soon may be deported back to Belize, where authorities want to question him about the shooting death of his neighbor -- was reportedly found prostrate on the floor of his cell and unresponsive.

He was wheeled into the hospital on a gurney. Photographers followed in pursuit right into the emergency room, but as emergency workers eased McAfee's limp body from the gurney and onto a bed and began to remove his suit, he suddenly spoke up, saying, "Please, not in front of the press."

Earlier Thursday, McAfee had complained of chest pains, raising concerns he might be having a heart attack.

However, that did not appear to be the case. Hours after his emergency, hospital officials released McAfee, telling ABC News they found no reason to keep him overnight. He was sent back to the immigration detention center in Guatemala City.

McAfee's attorney said he had been suffering from stress and a rapid heartbeat.

McAfee had been scheduled to be deported to Belize, ABC News has learned. But a judge could stay the ruling if it is determined that McAfee's life is threatened by being in Belizean custody, as McAfee has claimed in the past several weeks.

McAfee's attorneys hope to continue delaying the deportation by appealing to the Guatemala's high court on humanitarian grounds.

Raphael Martinez, a spokesman for the Belize government, said that if McAfee is deported to Belize, he would immediately be handed over to police and detained for up to 48 hours unless charges are brought against him.

"There is more that we know about the investigation, but that remains part of the police work," he said, hinting at possible charges.

He added that a handover by Guatemala would be "the neighborly thing to do."

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Guatemala said that "due to privacy considerations," the embassy would "have no comment on the specifics of this situation," but that "U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the countries in which they are traveling or residing, and must work within the host countries' legal framework."

Just hours before McAfee's arrest, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview Wednesday he would be seeking asylum in Guatemala. McAfee was arrested by the Central American country's immigration police and not the national police, said his attorney, who was confident his client would be released within hours.

"Thank God I am in a place where there is some sanity," said McAfee before his arrest. "I chose Guatemala carefully."

McAfee said that in Guatemala, the locals aren't surprised when he says the Belizean government is out to kill him.

"Instead of going, 'You're crazy,' they go, 'Yeah, of course they are,'" he said. "It's like, finally, I understand people who understand the system here."

But McAfee added he has not ruled out moving back to the United States, where he made his fortune as the inventor of anti-virus software, and that despite losing much of his fortune he still has more money than he could ever spend.

In his interview with ABC News, a jittery and animated but candid McAfee called the media's representation of him a "nightmare that is about to explode," and said he's prepared to prove his sanity.

McAfee has been on the run from police in Belize since the Nov. 10 murder of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Greg Faull.

During his three-week journey, said McAfee, he disguised himself as handicapped, dyed his hair seven times and hid in many different places.

He dismissed accounts of erratic behavior and reports that he had been using the synthetic drug bath salts. He said he had never used the drug, and said statements that he had were part of an elaborate prank.

Investigators said that McAfee was not a suspect in the death of the former developer, who was found shot in the head in his house on the resort island of San Pedro, but that they wanted to question him.

McAfee told ABC News that the poisoning death of his dogs and the murder just hours later of Faull, who had complained about his dogs, was a coincidence.

McAfee has been hiding from police ever since Faull's death -- but Telesforo Guerra, McAfee's lawyer in Guatemala, said the tactic was born out of necessity, not guilt.

"You don't have to believe what the police say," Guerra told ABC News. "Even though they say he is not a suspect they were trying to capture him."

Guerra, who is a former attorney general of Guatemala, said it would take two to three weeks to secure asylum for his client.

According to McAfee, Guerra is also the uncle of McAfee's 20-year-old girlfriend, Samantha. McAfee said the government raided his beachfront home and threatened Samantha's family.

Belizean authorities said there was no manhunt, and have questioned McAfee's sanity.

"He is extremely paranoid. I would go far as to say even bonkers," said Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, circling his index finger.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec062012

Guatemala Could Deport John McAfee Back to Belize

JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images(GUATEMALA CITY) -- Software anti-virus pioneer John McAfee is in the process of being deported to Belize after he was arrested in Guatemala for entering the country illegally, his attorney told ABC News early Thursday.

ABC News has learned that McAfee is scheduled to be deported to Belize later Thursday morning.  But a judge could stay the ruling if it is determined McAfee's life is threatened by being in Belizean custody, as McAfee has claimed over the past several weeks.

Just hours before his arrest, McAfee told ABC News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that he would be seeking asylum in Guatemala.  He was arrested by the Central American country's immigration police and not the national police, said his attorney, who was confident his client would be released within hours.

"Thank God I am in a place where there is some sanity," said McAfee, 67, before his arrest.  "I chose Guatemala carefully."

McAfee said that in Guatemala, the locals aren't surprised when he says the Belizean government is out to kill him.

"Instead of going, 'You're crazy,' they go, 'Yeah, of course they are,'" he said.  "It's like, finally, I understand people who understand the system here."

But McAfee added he has not ruled out moving back to the United States, where he made his fortune as the inventor of anti-virus software, and that despite losing much of his fortune, he still has more money than he could ever spend.

In his interview with ABC News, a jittery, animated but candid McAfee called the media's representation of him a "nightmare that is about to explode," and said he's prepared to prove his sanity.

McAfee has been on the run from police in Belize since the Nov. 10 murder of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Greg Faull.

During his three-week journey, said McAfee, he disguised himself as handicapped, dyed his hair seven times and hid in many different places during his three-week journey.

He dismissed accounts of erratic behavior and reports that he had been using the synthetic drug bath salts.  He said he had never used the drug, and said statements that he had were part of an elaborate prank.

Investigators said that McAfee was not a suspect in the death of the former developer, who was found shot in the head in his house on the resort island of San Pedro, but that they wanted to question him.

McAfee told ABC News that the poisoning death of his dogs and the murder just hours later of Faull, who had complained about his dogs, was a coincidence.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec052012

John McAfee Arrested in Guatemala for Entering Country Illegally

JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images(GUATEMALA CITY) -- Eccentric software tycoon John McAfee, wanted in Belize for questioning in the shooting death of his neighbor, has been arrested in Guatemala for entering the country illegally, his Guatemala attorney told ABC News.

Before McAfee's arrest, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview he would be seeking asylum in Guatemala. McAfee was arrested by the Central American country's immigration police and not the national police, said his attorney, who was confident his client would be released within hours.

"Thank God I am in a place where there is some sanity," said McAfee, 67, before his arrest. "I chose Guatemala carefully."

McAfee said that in Guatemala, the locals aren't surprised when he says the Belizean government is out to kill him.

"Instead of going, 'You're crazy,' they go, 'Yeah, of course they are,'" he said. "It's like, finally, I understand people who understand the system here."

But McAfee added he has not ruled out moving back to the United States, where he made his fortune as the inventor of anti-virus software, and that despite losing much of his fortune he still has more money than he could ever spend.

 

In his interview with ABC News, a jittery and animated but candid McAfee called the media's representation of him a "nightmare that is about to explode," and said he's prepared to prove his sanity.

McAfee has been on the run from police in Belize since the Nov. 10 murder of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Greg Faull.

During his three-week journey, said McAfee, he disguised himself as handicapped, dyed his hair seven times and hid in many different places.

He dismissed accounts of erratic behavior and reports that he had been using the synthetic drug bath salts. He said he had never used the drug, and said statements that he had were part of an elaborate prank.

Investigators said that McAfee was not a suspect in the death of the former developer, who was found shot in the head in his house on the resort island of San Pedro, but that they wanted to question him.

McAfee told ABC News that the poisoning death of his dogs and the murder just hours later of Faull, who had complained about his dogs, was a coincidence.

McAfee has been hiding from police ever since Faull's death -- but Telesforo Guerra, McAfee's lawyer in Guatemala, said the tactic was born out of necessity, not guilt.

"You don't have to believe what the police say," Guerra told ABC News. "Even though they say he is not a suspect they were trying to capture him."

Guerra, who is a former attorney general of Guatemala, said it would take two to three weeks to secure asylum for his client.

According to McAfee, Guerra is also the uncle of McAfee's 20-year-old girlfriend, Samantha. McAfee said the government raided his beachfront home and threatened Samantha's family.

"Fifteen armed soldiers come in and personally kidnap my housekeeper, threaten Sam's father with torture and haul away half a million dollars of my s***," claimed McAfee. "If they're not after me, then why all these raids? There've been eight raids!"

Before his arrest, McAfee said he would hold a press conference on Thursday in Guatemala City to announce his asylum bid. He has offered to answer questions from Belizean law enforcement over the phone, and denied any involvement in Faull's death.

Over the weekend, a post on McAfee's blog claimed that he had been detained on the Belizean/Mexico border.

On Monday, a follow-up post said that the "John McAfee" taken into custody was actually a "double" who was carrying a North Korean passport with McAfee's name.

That post claimed that McAfee had already escaped Belize and was on the run with Samantha and two reporters from Vice magazine.

McAfee did not reveal his location in that post, and a spokesman for Belize's National Security Ministry, Raphael Martinez, told ABC News on Monday that no one by McAfee's name was ever detained at the border and that Belizean security officials believed McAfee was still in their country.

However, a photo posted by Vice magazine on Monday with their article, "We Are With John McAfee Right Now, Suckers," apparently had been taken on an iPhone 4S and had location information embedded in it that revealed the exact coordinates where the photo was taken -- in the Rio Dulce National Park in Guatemala -- as reported by Wired.com.

 A subsequent blog post on McAfee's site confirmed that the photo had mistakenly revealed his location, and said that Monday was "chaotic due to the accidental release of my exact co-ordinates by an unseasoned technician at Vice headquarters.

"We made it to safety in spite of this handicap," the post read. "I had to cancel numerous interviews with the press yesterday because of this and I apologize to all of those affected."

"I apologize for all of the misdirections over the past few days....It was not easy to exit Belize and required many supporters in many countries."

Belizean authorities said there was no manhunt, and have questioned McAfee's sanity.

"He is extremely paranoid. I would go far as to say even bonkers," said Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, circling his index finger.

But now, all the misdirection may be coming to an end. Asked if he feels safe, McAfee told ABC News, "Oh, absolutely. I feel like I've come home."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov302012

John McAfee, Running from Cops, Drops F-Bomb on Live TV

John McAfee/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- John McAfee, the computer security mogul on the run from Belizean police who want to question him about a murder, lobbed an f-bomb on live television Friday while explaining why he thinks he’s being targeted by corrupt authorities.

In a telephone interview with CNBC, McAfee recounted an incident before the murder investigation in which dozens of Belizean officers allegedly stormed his compound, arrested him, detained him for hours, and then let him go without charges. When the CNBC anchor asked McAfee why he thought the police had done that, McAfee said it was because he “does not play by the rules.”

McAfee said he pumps millions into the local economy, but said, “I don’t do it by giving to the government and letting them dole it out because if I give $5 million to the government, $10,000 goes to the people and $4 million plus change goes into the pockets of the politicians. I give directly to the people. And I have been doing this all along.”

“I do not donate to any political party. When I was asked to donate, I said, ‘Get the f*** off my property,’” he said.

McAfee and the show’s anchor immediately apologized for the slip.

The founder of the McAfee anti-virus company has been on the run from local police since Nov. 11 when his neighbor, Greg Faull, was found shot in the head. Though he has not been formally charged with the crime and is only wanted for questioning, McAfee has maintained his innocence and claims that he will be killed if he is taken into custody.

But running from the authorities doesn’t mean McAfee has been keeping quiet. He gave his first broadcast interview to ABC News earlier this month and has since spoken with a number of major news outlets, most recently Friday’s chat with CNBC.

The 67-year-old also started a blog a few days after his run began, and in it he describes the elaborate disguises he uses to hide from police in plain sight and conduct his own investigation into Faull’s murder.

“My safety is contingent on the truth being discovered,” McAfee wrote in the blog. As of the publication of this report, the blog appeared to be suffering technical issues.

On Friday McAfee said he is beginning to run out of money and is having trouble getting cash from a bank in Belize “oddly enough.” But still, he said he has no plans to leave the small Central American country.

“Everything I have is here in Belize,” he said.

After hearing some of McAfee’s public statements in the early days of his flight from the authorities, Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the American expat seemed “extremely paranoid” and “bonkers.”

“They may call me as they wish,” McAfee told ABC News earlier this month. “I do not intend to turn myself in, no matter what they call me.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov202012

John McAfee: It's 'Exhausting' Evading Police in Murder Probe

John McAfee/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Cyber security tycoon John McAfee told ABC News that evading Belizean police for the past few days has been "extremely exhausting," but he vowed to keep slipping through their fingers until his neighbor's real killer is apprehended.

McAfee, 67, has been wanted for questioning since Nov. 11, when neighbor Greg Faull was found dead, shot in the head.  Weeks before his death, Faull had filed a petition against McAfee on behalf of the neighborhood complaining about McAfee's "aggressive" armed guards.

Though the software millionaire has not been charged with a crime in relation to Faull's death, McAfee quickly went on the lam.  He has told reporters he's innocent and only fearful of what he called Belize's corrupt government.

"I am a very nice guy and certainly innocent of the charges leveled against me in the press," McAfee told ABC News in his first broadcast interview last week.  He said he fears that if he gives himself up, the local police will kill him while in custody.

So instead of turning himself in, McAfee has turned to the Internet to spread his side of the story, even starting a live blog about his efforts to evade the cops.  In it, he reveals details about how he allegedly disguised himself to be able to walk around near the crime scene, including darkening his skin with shoe polish, coloring his hair and stuffing his cheeks with chewed bubble gum to make his face appear fatter.

"I needed to be close to the area where the events occurred and needed to watch, and hear, the actions of the authorities," he wrote Monday.  "I also needed to do my own investigation, since the police only seemed to be investigating my whereabouts.  My safety is contingent on the truth being discovered."

His disguise worked so well, he claimed, that he nearly sold an Associated Press reporter a small souvenir.

Even before the blog provided readers an inside look into how McAfee is thinking while in hiding, Belize's top official, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, said he thought McAfee seemed "extremely paranoid" and "bonkers."

"They may call me as they wish," McAfee told ABC News.  "I do not intend to turn myself in, no matter what they call me."

And even with all the heat coming down on him, McAfee said he has no plans to run away from Belize.

"No, this is my home.  Why would I leave here?" he said.

On the blog, McAfee said that even if he's captured, he's already prewritten enough material to keep the blog alive for a year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Nov182012

John McAfee Starts Blog While in Hiding

John McAfee/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- John McAfee, the tech titan wanted in connection with a murder in Belize, has apparently started a blog while in hiding in the tiny Central American country.

The 67-year-old millionaire has been on the run from police in San Pedro, Belize, after he was named a person of interest in the shooting death of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, whose body was discovered last Sunday morning.

“I am a very nice guy and certainly innocent of the charges leveled against me,” McAfee told ABC News by phone on Wednesday.

Chad Essley, a friend of McAfee, said the blog, entitled “Hinterland,” is authentic. A man claiming to be John McAfee confirmed in an email to ABC News the words are his.

In an entry posted today on the blog, McAfee discusses people close to him who have allegedly been arrested since he went into hiding.

“After the murder of Mr. Faul [sic], the police began a systematic roundup of my friends and associates,” McAfee wrote.

Among those arrested were his housekeeper, bodyguard, the bodyguard’s wife, a taxi driver, and McAfee’s best friend in Belize, according to the blog post.

Despite having been in hiding for a week, McAfee has remained calm, given the circumstances, Essley said.

“He’s got a lot of time to think and write and sort, and has been using the time to update his blog with some of the concerns about the Belizean government,” Essley told ABC News.

Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, has urged McAfee to come forward and aid police in the investigation.

“It strikes me that he is extremely paranoid,” Barrow said. “I would go as far as saying he is completely bonkers.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov152012

Belize Murder: John McAfee Tells ABC News He Is Innocent

John McAfee / Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Tech guru John McAfee told ABC News in his first broadcast interview that he did not kill his neighbor Gregory Faull, and is now in hiding, fearful of what he calls a "corrupt government" in Belize that he believes is trying to kill him.

"I am a very nice guy and certainly innocent of the charges leveled against me," McAfee told ABC News by phone on Wednesday.  The millionaire declined to meet with ABC News for an interview.

"Well, we'll talk on the phone first.  Talking face to face is going to be a very difficult thing, sir.  People know you're not being followed by.  I can assure you, but you are," he said.

McAfee said he would possibly grant ABC News an interview after our reporters research what he calls the corruption in Belize and the witch hunt against him.

"I insist that we're living in a corrupt government, it's easy to point that out," he said.

McAfee is now on the run from police in San Pedro, Belize, after he was named a person of interest by police after Faull, 52, was found murdered Sunday morning.

McAfee, who is being sought for questioning in Faull's murder, is not believed to have left Belize.  He would not comment on his location, but said he feels secure where he is.

The 67-year-old fears he will be killed if he ends up in government custody.

"The government is able to listen to any phone conversation and triangulate fairly closely," said McAfee, who changes phones every few hours.

On Wednesday, Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow said McAfee needed to "man up" and talk to police.  "He seems to be extremely paranoid.  I would go so far as to say bonkers," Barrow said.

Police say they have good reason to question McAfee.

ABC News has obtained an exclusive copy of the complaint against McAfee, which Faull wrote on behalf of the neighborhood and filed with local officials last month.

"The residents and visitors of the Mata Grande Subdivision and surrounding properties petition [local authorities] to address 3 issues affecting our safety, health and tourism," says the complaint.  "These problems are all at the residence of John McAfee."

The petition charges that security guards on McAfee's property "walk around with shotguns at night and up and down the beach...They have been known to shine spotlights right into peoples' eyes at night and act aggressively with their guns, chambering a bullet and nonsense such as this.  People are scared to walk down the beach at night as a result. The tourists are terrified."

The complaint also alleges that taxis and delivery trucks arrive at McAfee's house at all hours, and that "vicious dogs" on his property are running amok.  "These animals get loose and run as a pack.  Three residents have been bitten and three tourists have been attacked."

According to the complaint, when one of McAfee's dogs attacked a young female tourist, a neighbor who had witnessed the attack confronted McAfee, who had also witnessed the attack.  McAfee "did nothing about it," says the complaint.  Neighbors told ABC News that Faull, who lived 300 yards from McAfee, was the person who confronted McAfee.

On Friday, McAfee said through Wired editor Joshua Davis, who has kept in touch with McAfee while in hiding, he found his dogs poisoned.  To be humane, McAfee said he shot four of the dogs to put them out of misery and buried them.

Faull was found dead on Sunday morning on the second story of his home with a gunshot to the back of his head.  There was no sign of forced entry, and police found a 9 mm casing at the scene.  Faull's laptop and iPhone were missing.

McAfee brushes off reports that he is insane.  Recent photos have surfaced showing the former software tycoon pressing a pistol to his temple and totting a shotgun.  McAfee says the media has portrayed him as gun-obsessed.

"I've never seen myself walking around shirtless carrying a shotgun, what an absurd thing to do," McAfee said.  "… I would walk around armed, but mostly with a pistol in a holster and wearing clothes for god sake."

McAfee is best known for developing anti-piracy software in the 1980s and helping to pioneer instant messaging in the 1990s.  He sold his shares in the software company that bears his name in 1994 and pocketed $100 million.  After losing all but $4 million of his fortune, he moved to Belize five years ago.

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Tuesday
Nov132012

Belize Murder: Police Say Tech Millionaire's Flight After Slaying 'Raises Questions'

John McAfee/Facebook(AMBERGRIS CAYE, Belize) -- Police in the Caribbean country of Belize are now engaged in a full-scale search for John McAfee, the eccentric software magnate who is considering a "person of interest" in the Sunday slaying of his neighbor, and say that his flight and his history of feuding with the victim "bring some questions to mind."

Retired Florida developer Gregory Faull, 52, was found shot in the head on Sunday morning in his home in San Pedro on the resort island of Ambergris Caye. He and McAfee, who lived closed by, had argued repeatedly about McAfee's dogs. The results of Faull's autopsy will be released Tuesday.

McAfee has not been seen since the murder, and has contacted a Wired magazine editor to say that he is in hiding and did not kill Faull.

McAfee claims that he hid in the sand with a box over his head when police came to arrest him, and that local authorities are biased against him and want him dead.

"The police have set up roadblocks across the country to catch me," McAfee told Wired. "I slept last night on a mattress infested with lice."

"I am adept at hiding. I will do whatever it takes to stay alive."

Police say they believe McAfee, who has a second property in the Belize highlands, is still in the country. Raphael Martinez, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Security, urged McAfee to turn himself in, and said that authorities hope the public can help police determine his whereabouts.

"It does bring some questions into mind, that he refuses to come into police," said Martinez. "He lived just 300 yards north of Faull."

"As a matter of fact, just a day before Faull was found dead in his home, [McAfee's] dogs had been poisoned, but by the time Faull was found dead they were buried," noted Martinez.

Martinez questioned McAfee's state of mind, given his efforts to elude police. However, he said that McAfee is still officially a "person of interest." He also said two people have been detained in the investigation for questioning.

McAfee and Faull, both American expatriates, had traded barbs and nearly blows over McAfee's nine dogs. Faull's father, Arthur, told ABC News his son had demanded that McAfee quiet them down. McAfee allegedly threatened Faull that the next time he set foot on his property he'd shoot him. Faull promptly filed a complaint. He was shot a few days later.

McAfee is best known as the inventor of antivirus software in the 1980s, though he no longer has any ties to the company that bears his name, and as a pioneer of instant messaging in the 1990s. His life began unraveling in 2008, when he lost all but $4 million of his estimated $100 million fortune in the combined collapse of the stock market and real estate market. He auctioned off everything he owned in an open auction filmed by Nightline.

He then moved to Belize, where he established a company that sought to transform jungle plants into modern medicine. That company began to fall apart in 2010, after an investor fled the country.

The combative McAfee kept running afoul of police. In May, said Vidal, his teams raided McAfee's home and lab, finding an unknown substance thought to be narcotics, which McAfee insisted was a natural antibiotic. He was not charged with a crime.

According to freelance writer Jeff Wise, who profiled McAfee's decline on the website Gizmodo.com, McAfee had become deeply enmeshed in the world of gangs, narcotics and arms. Wise told ABC News McAfee had become something of a prophet of "bath salts," crowing about the "super perv powder" and the drug's erotic effects on various hardcore drug message boards.

Bath salts, synthetic drugs that can mimic the effects of cocaine, have been linked to numerous bizarre and violent incidents in the U.S.

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Sunday
Aug052012

Tropical Storm Ernesto Soaks Jamaica; Florence in Atlantic

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Tropical storm Ernesto is expected to soak Jamaica with three to six inches of rain and winds of 50 mph today as it barrels toward Central America. It is forecast to make landfall there Monday or Tuesday.

The storm has lost some of its circular motion and "organization" but is expected to continue gaining speed today and reach Honduras within 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm's westerly track has decreased the likelihood that Ernesto will become the first hurricane of the summer to reach U.S. shores.

The storm is expected to be felt from the Cayman Islands to Aruba today, before it heads toward landfall over Belize or Mexico.

While Ernesto will likely miss the U.S., a new tropical storm, Florence, has formed in the mid-Atlantic and is picking up speed as it heads toward the Caribbean.

Florence, which formed just west of the Cape Verde Islands, has sustained wind gusts of 60 mph and could be upgraded to a hurricane today. It is the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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Saturday
Mar032012

Prince Harry Boogies in Belize

JSN Photography/WireImage(BELMOPAN, Belize) -- Call him the dancing diplomat.

Prince Harry boogied his way through his first official solo trip in Belize, where he is serving as his grandmother’s personal envoy.

The party prince wasn’t shy. With a cheeky grin on his face, Harry twirled a local dancer and showed off his royal moves.

Queen Elizabeth last visited the Central American country 18 years ago.

“She remembered very fondly her visit to this beautiful realm and speaks of the warmth of welcome she received on her most recent visit in 1994,” Harry said. “I’m sorry she can’t make it and that you’re stuck with me.”

The prince was in the country to celebrate the 60th anniversary of when Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne.

At age 85 this year, she’s only traveling in the United Kingdom, asking her children and grandchildren to go overseas and serve as palace diplomats in the countries that Britain once ruled.

Prince Harry leaves Saturday for the Bahamas and Jamaica.

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