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Philippine crime war packs decaying jails

Inmates sleep on the ground of an open basketball court inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila in this picture taken on July 21, 2016. (Photos: AFP)

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Mario Dimaculangan shares a toilet with 130 other inmates in one of the Philippines' most overcrowded jails, and conditions are getting worse as police wage an unprecedented war on crime. Security forces have killed hundreds of people and detained thousands more in ... Read More

Marina da Gloria (Photo: AP) Main ramp collapses at Rio Olympics sailing venue 
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janei ... Read More

Six including 3 Costa Ricans arrested after ganja find
ST ELIZABETH, Jamaican — The police have reported that six people were arrested in connection ... Read More

St Andrew South selection: Golding defeats Campbell 70 to 8 votes 
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Colin Campbell has suffered a major defeat to former justice minister Mark ... Read More

St Andrew South selection: ‘Good against evil’, Comrades say

Saturday, July 30, 2016 4:37 PM    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Comrades in St Andrew South are describing the selection exercise to replace Dr Omar Davies as constituency chair as "good against evil". "The results will determine the direction of the PNP (People's National Party)," one Comrade who gave her name as Dawn told OBSERVER ONLINE. She insisted that a victory for Mark Golding, one of two candidates vying for the position, is a victory for the PNP and Jamaica. "Is good over evil," she said to loud cheers from fellow Comr ... Read More

Ashwin destroys Windies once more — full report

Saturday, July 30, 2016 4:04 PM    

Ravichandran Aswhin of India celebrates with teammates after bowiling out Jermaine Blackwood of the West Indies in the 25th over on July 30, 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica on the first day of the 2nd Test between India and the West Indies. (Photo: AFP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tormented the West Indies again to claim a second consecutive five-wicket innings haul and dismiss the home side for 196 at the stroke of tea on the opening day of the second Test in Kingston on Saturday. Man of the match in the first Test in Antigua a week earlier, Ashwin followed up his haul of seven for 83 in the final innings at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with five for 52 on a Sabina Park pitch offering turn and bounce ... Read More

Windies fold for 196 as Ashwin takes five

Saturday, July 30, 2016 3:34 PM    

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies were a short while ago dismissed for a first innings total of 196 in the second of their four-match Test series against India here at Sabina Park. A 81-run fourth wicket stand between home boys Marlon Samuels and an aggressive Jermaine Blackwood had earlier made slight headway for the West Indies, after India's fast bowlers created plenty of chances against a tentative top order in the first session. Blackwood, who has been struggling over the last few ser ... Read More

Golding, Campbell nominated; 79 delegates to vote in South St Andrew

Saturday, July 30, 2016 3:16 PM    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Nominations have just ended here in South St Andrew where a new chairman will be elected to replace Dr Omar Davies. Former Justice Minister Mark Golding and former managing director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Colin Campbell have been nominated to vie for the posit. Seventy-nine delegates are expected to now vote to decide Davies' successor following adjustments to the voters' list. Both candidates have expressed confidence that they will emerge on top. Mo ... Read More

'Invest tax break in housing' Holness responds to viral social media letter

Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:44 PM    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has responded to a viral letter thanking him for the recent personal income tax break. " Use tax break money to buy, build or improve your house! Earlier this week I came across a letter, which had gone viral on social media, thanking me for the tax break. While I found it humorous, I thought it important to remind Jamaicans of the real purpose of giving back more disposable income," the prime minister said in a post on his official Facebo ... Read More

Former St Lucia security minister wants closer regional collaboration

Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:17 PM    

Guy Mayers

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Former national security minister Guy Mayers says it is important for Caribbean countries to collaborate on security matters after a 40-year-old man from Morocco, said to be  linked to a senior member of the Islamist militant organization, al – Qaeda, escaped from the French Caribbean island of Martinique earlier this week. “That is where the Regional Security System comes into play so that they can assist in making sure that even as people move ... Read More

Pope tells kids to get off their backsides

Saturday, July 30, 2016    

Pope Francis passes the Door of Mercy with youth representatives at Campus Misericordiae on July 30, 2016 in Brzegi as part of the World Youth Days (WYD). (Photo: AFP)

BRZEGI, Poland (AFP) — Pope Francis urged "drowsy and dull kids" to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland. He warned the popular piece of sitting-room furniture gave the illusion of safety from pain, fear or worries, allowing the sitter to kick back and lose themselves for hours in the latest television show or their smartphones. "For many people it is easier and better to have drowsy and dull kids who confuse ... Read More

Windies 84/4 at lunch vs India

Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies gradually recovered from a torrid start to progress to 88 for four at lunch in the second of their four-match Test series against India here at Sabina Park on Saturday. India's fast bowlers created plenty of chances against a tentative West Indian top order in the first session in Kingston. After slipping to 7-3, the West Indies courtesy of a 81-run fourth wicket stand between home boys Marlon Samuels and an aggressive Jermaine Blackwood made slight headwa ... Read More

Up to 16 feared dead in Texas hot air balloon crash

Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:20 PM    

TEXAS, United States (AFP) — Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in Texas on Saturday, US media reported. The accident occurred shortly after 7:40am (1240 GMT), when the balloon crashed into a field near Lockhart, around 30 miles (50 miles) south of Austin, Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement. There do not appear to be any survivors, ABC News cited the Caldwell County sheriff's office as saying. ... Read More

Christians, Muslims mourn murdered French priest

Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:05 PM    

Clerics arrive in the Sainte-Therese church to celebrate a mass in tribute to priest Jacques Hamel on July 30, 2016 in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Muslim and Christian groups came together Saturday to mourn a French priest murdered by jihadists, as authorities charged a man in connection with the brutal church attack that rocked the nation. A shell-shocked France is still coming to terms with the jihadist killing of the clergyman at the altar in his church, sparking fears of tensions between religions in the secular nation. In a bid to forge togetherness between the communities, a "brotherhood march" was held ... Read More



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