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Forex: J$112.68 to one US dollar

6 hours 28 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, October 24, ended trading at J$112.68, up two cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Information minister lauds NCU

7 hours 8 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, has lauded the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) for continuing to produce high academic achievers, who have made their mark worldwide.

UPDATE: Two-year-old girl dies of Ebola in Mali's first case

7 hours 40 min ago
BAMAKO, (AFP) - A two-year-old girl died of Ebola in Mali on Friday, in the first case of the disease in the west African nation, a source in the prime minister's office told AFP.

UPDATE: Body found in car at Kingston gas station

7 hours 51 min ago
His sister, Jennifer Markland, who was on the scene, confirmed his identity to OBSERVER ONLINE.

Court reserves judgement on Peter Bunting case

8 hours 2 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in the judicial review of a decision by Security Minister Peter Bunting’s to deport Curaçao national Shurendy Quant last year April, in breach of a court order.

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

8 hours 7 min ago
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.

Body found in car at Kingston gas station

9 hours 16 sec ago
The body was found about two hours ago and the police called to the scene.

China Harbour says diesel fuel stolen from Steer Town site 

9 hours 24 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) says that (800) litres of diesel fuel were stolen from its Steer Town Highway 2000 site in St. Ann on Monday (October 20).

UPDATE: Student wounds six, kills self in US school shooting

10 hours 21 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A student opened fire at a US school Friday, injuring as many as six people before killing himself, the Seattle Times reported, citing law enforcement sources.

6-yo dies in hit-and-run accident

10 hours 34 min ago
HANOVER, Jamaica – A six-year-old boy died Thursday night following a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident along Harding Hall main road in Hanover.

Caribbean health a‎uthority to host infectious substance training

10 hours 42 min ago
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it will host workshops geared at strengthening the Caribbean’s ability to prepare and respond to outbreak situations such as the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Shooting reported at high school north of Seattle

11 hours 5 min ago
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — Police have responded to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.

Obama to meet with Texas nurse cured of Ebola: White House

12 hours 14 min ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama will meet Friday with Nina Pham, one of two US nurses who has been cured of Ebola, the White House said.

43 Cuban migrants returned home by US Coast Guard

12 hours 36 min ago
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has returned more than 40 Cuban migrants caught at sea to their homeland.

Gunmen kidnap Nigeria oil minister's sister -- police

12 hours 55 min ago
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AFP) -- The sister of Nigeria's powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targetting a prominent political family.

Victoria Jubilee Hospital back to normal after fire

13 hours 23 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is reporting that operations are back to normal at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) following a brief fire at the facility Thursday night.

Man remanded for attempting to export ganja to Curacao

13 hours 32 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A May Pen labourer who attempted to smuggle over two pounds of ganja to Curacao has been remanded for sentencing next month.

Two shot dead in Spanish Town

13 hours 49 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two men were killed in separate shooting incidents in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday.

Snowplough in Total crash reversed into jet's path -- probe

13 hours 56 min ago
PARIS, France (AFP) -- A French investigator who went to Moscow to probe the plane crash that killed Total's chief executive said Friday the snowplough that caused the accident crossed the runway and then mysteriously reversed back into the jet's path.

ONLINE POLL RESULTS: 8 out of ten says Govt’s handling of Chik-V inadequate

14 hours 6 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Eight out of every ten respondent in the OBSERVER ONLINE poll has given the government a failing grade on its handling of the chikungunya outbreak in Jamaica.

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