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DNA from pizza crust helps police identify US murder suspect  

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:30
WASHINGTON,United States (AFP) –Police were on the hunt Thursday for a suspect in the murder of a wealthy Washington family, after he was reportedly identified using DNA collected from the crust of a pizza delivered to victims' home.

IS executes 17 people in Syria's Palmyra

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:00
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Fighters from the Islamic State group executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said.

Finance Minister warns that C'bean economies face formidable challenges

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:45
BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The board of governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) ended a two day meeting here on Thursday with Jamaica warning that there is no doubt that Caribbean economies face formidable challenges.

Public's trust in JCF has improved — Trevor Munroe

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:30
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –The public’s trust in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has grown in the last nine years, and is now at its highest level, says Executive Director, National Integrity Action, Professor Trevor Munroe.

Beekeeping industry could earn J$1bn in 2015

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:58
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Ministry of Agriculture is projecting that Jamaica’s beekeeping industry will generate an estimated $1 billion in earnings from honey production in 2015.

Banker, two others before court for forged documents

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:06
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Three men who allegedly attempted to defraud a financial institution are now before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

CARICOM extends condolences to Guyana on mining tragedy

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:00
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Guyana and the relatives of those who perished in the mining disaster at Konawaruk on Sunday, 17 May.

New date for passport fee increase

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:42
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport Office today set a new effective date for the increase in passport fees.

Canada's expulsion of mentally ill J'can 'inhuman': UN

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:27
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) –Canada's deportation of a mentally ill Jamaican man who had lived in the country for three decades constitutes "cruel and inhuman treatment", a UN watchdog said Thursday.

Trinidad jolted by earthquake

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:18
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 jolted Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

PICA extends service beyond 1000 customer quota

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:13
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is reporting that its daily quota of 1,000 at its headquarters was reached at 8:00 am today, as operations started at 6:00 am. 

Mud, silt reduce water supply in St James, Hanover

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:11
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Water Commission (NWC) has advised that there is currently a 40 per cent decline in production at its Great River treatment plant in St James.

PHOTOS: Crowd gathered outside Passport Office in Kingston

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:56
Related story: 2 babies trampled in rush at Passport Office – eyewitness

New study outlines recommendations for improving regional airline industry

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:30
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – A study on air transportation in the Caribbean is recommending a major re-think of the regional airline industry and the establishment of a CARICOM Airlines Association to identify opportunities to reduce costs, create greater synergies and earn more revenue.

Brazil suspends 3 gymnasts for comments to black teammate 

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:16
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian gymnastics confederation has suspended three athletes for comments made to a black teammate that were caught on video.

Reject US foreign policy of exporting buggery, says group

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:15
KINGSTON, Jamaica – In a press release Thursday, the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society stated that the recently announced visit of Randy Berry, US Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people, to Jamaica is in a bid to get the Government to accept all sexual activities as normal.

2 babies trampled in rush at Passport Office – eyewitness

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 05:51
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chaos broke out at the Passport Office at Constant Spring Road this morning as a crowd gathered at the organisation in their continued effort to process passports before the fee hike takes effect next Tuesday.

Visa-free travel to Europe, China for Grenadians

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 05:30
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – The Grenada Government says it will sign on Thursday an agreement with the European Union later this month that will facilitate visa free travel to Schengen countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France and Germany.

UPDATE: Man to give statement in police killing of 63-y-o

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 05:06
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man who was reportedly present when 63-year-old Alvin Allen of Bath, St Thomas, was on Monday fatally shot by police, is to give a statement to the Independent Commission of Investigations.

US special envoy for human rights of LGBT travels to Jamaica

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:57
WASHINGTON (CMC) – The United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) Persons, Randy Berry, is due in Jamaica on Thursday.

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