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Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speech

Friday, January, 19 2018 9:07 am    

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — Facebook's Instagram and the Google+ social network have agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat online extremism, EU officials said Friday. EU officials added that the existing members — YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook... Read More

Winnie loses battle for Mandela's rural home

Friday, January, 19 2018 8:53 am    

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — A South African court on Friday struck down a long-running effort by late president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to claim ownership of his former rural home. Read More

Zimbabwean president wants UN to observe vote

Friday, January, 19 2018 8:33 am    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants international observers including UN officials to watch over the country's upcoming elections, he said in a Financial Times interview. Read More

#StJamesSOE: Strict closing time for businesses

Friday, January, 19 2018 8:15 am    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The police have announced changes to the operating hours of businesses in St James, as operations continue under the state of public emergency placed on the parish yesterday. Read More

Curfew imposed in sections of Spanish Town, St Catherine

Friday, January, 19 2018 7:44 am    

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — A curfew has been imposed in sections of Spanish Town, St Catherine.The curfew began at 6:00 pm last night and will remain in effect until 6:00 pm tomorrow.The boundaries of the curfew are as follows: Read More

Police list Jamaica's 30 most wanted

Friday, January, 19 2018 7:41 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Police High Command has listed 30 individuals across several parishes among Jamaica's most wanted. The police said these suspects are wanted for several murders, shootings and other criminal activities across the island. Those listed are from the parishes of... Read More

Weather Update: Stationary front across Jamaica

Friday, January, 19 2018 7:05 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has reported that a stationary front is across the island and is expected to dissipate across the central Caribbean over the next few days. Read More

O-Wrap: St James state of emergency... Unsolved murder of 74-y-o man... Changes to scrap metal export

Thursday, January, 18 2018 7:00 pm    

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today: Read More

Cancer blood test finds eight kinds of tumors — study

Thursday, January, 18 2018 9:25 pm    

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — A new blood test for cancer has shown promise toward detecting eight different kinds of tumors before they have spread elsewhere in the body, offering hope of early detection, researchers said Thursday.Further study is needed before the test --... Read More

Shaw says no new taxes

Thursday, January, 18 2018 9:01 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says no new taxes will be included in the 2018/19 Estimates of ExpenditureHe says revenue inflows have been doing “fairly well” this year, noting that the out-turn at the end of December... Read More

No cash? Paris church basket now taking bank cards

Thursday, January, 18 2018 8:41 pm    

PARIS, France (AFP) — The passing around of collection baskets at Catholic mass usually leads to a collective digging through pockets and purses for loose change or small bills -- but a Paris church is testing a high-tech alternative.Starting Sunday, worshippers at... Read More

PNP shadow Cabinet to discuss new policy proposals for Jamaica

Thursday, January, 18 2018 8:33 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The shadow Cabinet of the People's National Party says it will use its three-day retreat as an opportunity to explore new policy directions, reflecting on what has worked, what has not been as effective as intended and how to approach some of the challenges facing... Read More

Haitians protest Trump 's...hole' comment

Thursday, January, 18 2018 8:03 pm    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Several dozen Haitians protested outside the US embassy in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, recalling their country's heritage after President Donald Trump reportedly called Haiti a "s...hole."The Caribbean island nation was the first country in the... Read More

No Windies players in ICC Test, ODI teams

Thursday, January, 18 2018 7:34 pm    

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Unsurprisingly, there were no West Indies players selected to the International Cricket Council Test and one-day teams-of-the-year, announced by the world governing body on Thursday.India batting star Virat Kohli was named captain of the Test... Read More

Finance minister confident salary negotiations will end soon

Thursday, January, 18 2018 7:16 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says he is confident that the 2017/19 public-sector salary negotiations will conclude soon.Noting the administration's desire to complete the discussions “over the next few weeks”, he... Read More


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