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Brazil links Zika virus to birth defects

6 hours 17 min ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — The dengue-like Zika virus has been linked for the first time to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly, Brazil's Government said.

US to tighten rules for visa-free visits: White House

6 hours 57 min ago
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — After recent extremist attacks, the United States is to tighten security procedures for its visa waiver program for visitors from friendly countries, the White House said Monday.

IMF approves China's yuan as elite reserve currency

7 hours 2 min ago
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund welcomed China's yuan into its elite reserve currency basket on Monday, recognizing the ascendance of the Asian power in the global economy.

TIVOLI ENQUIRY: Foul-up forces early adjournment

8 hours 15 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Tivoli Enquiry adjourned early for the day due to a breakdown in the scheduled of witnesses who were to testify Monday and confusion about the number of alleged crime scenes in Tivoli Gardens visited by detectives in ‎2010.

Man arrested after cops find pistol

8 hours 21 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A firearm and several rounds of ammunition were seized by police in Frasers Content, Spanish Town, St Catherine yesterday.

Six prisoners on the run

8 hours 47 min ago
ST JAMES, Jamaica – The police say they have launched a manhunt for six prisoners who escaped from the Montego Bay Police lock-up in St James this morning.

7 more Kenyan athletes banned for doping 

9 hours 3 min ago
KENYA — Two-time cross-country world champion Emily Chebet was among seven Kenyan athletes banned for doping Friday, another indication that the country has a serious problem of cheating among its famed distance runners.

Haiti opposition says transitional gov't may be needed

10 hours 13 min ago
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight candidates in last month's disputed presidential election are demanding major changes in Haiti's electoral system and other agencies. And they say if that doesn't happen, a transitional government should be created to oversee a new vote.

Holness says Jamaicans want to get rid of PNP govt

10 hours 41 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says that his current campaign tours are proving that Jamaicans want to be done with the People's National Party (PNP) government in light of the high level of poverty and the lack of growth Jamaica has been experiencing.

U-20 Women's Update: Girlz arrive in Honduras

10 hours 57 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — All but two members of the Jamaica Under-20 Women’s team are in Honduras to prepare for the CONCACAF Championship, set to run from December 3 to 13.

Red Stripe partners UWI community film project

11 hours 9 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Red Stripe has contributed $720,000 towards tuition for 12 participants in the University of the West Indies Community Film Project (UWICFP).

St Kitts gov’t concerned about telecoms market

11 hours 21 min ago
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Attorney General and Minister of Communications, Vincent Byron Jr says the Government is concerned about the effects the merger between telecommunications company Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications will have on the telecommunications market here and the wider Eastern Caribbean.

Chinese paper chides Miss Canada over rights stance

11 hours 35 min ago
BEIJING, China (AFP) – Chinese media blasted this year's Miss Canada on Monday over her claim that Beijing froze her out of an international beauty pageant due to her outspoken views on human rights.

Suspected California burglar dies in chimney after resident lights fire

12 hours 3 min ago
FRESNO, California (AP) — Authorities say a suspected burglar who became stuck in the chimney of a Central California home died after the homeowner unknowingly lit a fire in the fireplace.

Baby’s body found in Portmore

12 hours 10 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A baby’s was found on a dirt track in Gregory Park, Portmore in St Catherine last Friday, according to the police

830,000 passports issued over past 5 years

12 hours 26 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport, Immigration and Citizens Agency (PICA) has issued approximately 830,000 passports to Jamaicans over the last five years.

Online prayer for the day

13 hours 34 min ago
O My God,

US aid worker made little effort to hide work in Cuba

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 22:00
WASHINGTON, USA (AP) -- The American aid worker who spent five years in prison in Cuba said he had no trouble bringing sophisticated communication gear into the country and made little attempt to disguise his work to set up Internet connections.

Countries, investors pledge billions for clean energy tech

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 22:00
GOVERNMENT and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week's high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging billions of dollars to research and develop a technical fix to the planet's climate woes.

Malaysian pleads guilty to indecent assault in New Zealand

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 22:00
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand after earlier leaving the country under the protection of diplomatic immunity pleaded guilty to indecent assault.