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100 bodies found in Nigeria 'mass grave'

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:49
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AFP) — Around 100 bodies were found Friday in a mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Damasak after it was liberated from Boko Haram Islamists, a Chadian army spokesman told AFP.
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Woman strips on flight from Jamaica, arrested

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:49
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, after she allegedly stripped, exposing herself on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica.
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Correctional officer to face court for Ganja

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:55
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police are reporting that a correctional officer was arrested and charged for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Thursday.
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Pope under fire as disgraced anti-gay cleric quits as cardinal

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:31
VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis came under fire on Friday after accepting the de facto resignation of a British cardinal disgraced in a sex scandal without any follow-up on the allegations against him.
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142 dead in Yemen mosque bombings claimed by IS

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:06
SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Multiple suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 142 people Friday at Shiite mosques in Yemen's capital -- one of the strife-torn country's deadliest ever jihadist attacks.
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PNP supporters protest for NSWMA boss

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:55
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A small group of People’s National Party (PNP) faithfuls gathered outside the offices of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew to voice their discontent over the non-renewal of Executive Director Jennifer Edwards’ contract.
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UPDATE: St Catherine schools reopen

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:41
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The Education Ministry has confirmed that all primary and secondary schools in St Catherine reopened today.
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Escapee fatally shot by police in St Catherine

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:53
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — A man, who escaped police custody in 2013, was fatally shot in Central Village, St Catherine early this morning during an alleged confrontation with lawmen.
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PNP Women’s Movement blasts NSWMA chairman

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:50
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Women’s Movement on Friday chastised chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Board, Steve Ashley, citing that his statements in the media about the dismissal of executive director, Jennifer Edwards, are disturbing.
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Brown's Town siblings who drowned at home buried

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:48
ST ANN, Jamaica — The bodies of six-year-old Jason Parkes and his 11-year-old sister Dana Lawrence were buried on Thursday, March 19 over one month after the siblings drowned at their home in Brown’s Town, St Ann.
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Mexico: Ambush leaves 10 dead, including 5 police

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:37
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AFP) — A gang ambushed a federal police convoy in western Mexico, sparking a shootout that killed five officers, three suspects and two bystanders, authorities said Friday.
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Standstill On Industrial Design Treaty, Country Names, GIs In WIPO Committee

Intellectual Property Watch - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:26
Hopes to gain ground in discussions toward a procedural treaty on industrial design applications were not met this week at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Meanwhile, proposals on the protection of geographical indications on the internet and on a potential international GI filing system were put on hold until the next session of the committee.
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Relative turns in 22-y-o who escaped police custody

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:54
KINGSTON, Jamaica — One of nine prisoners who escaped from the Portmore police station lock-up in St Catherine on Monday, has turned himself in.
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Amnesty Int'l wants clarification on migration reforms in Bahamas

Jamaica Observer - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:22
LONDON, (CMC) –The international human rights group, Amnesty International, says it is seeking information from the Bahamas Government regarding its migration reform policy.
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Gory court details

Jamaica Observer - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:25
A man, who allegedly invited a woman to his home for sex and then murdered her and hid her body underneath his bed, was on Wednesday offered $300,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
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Prof Ishenkumba Kahwa is new UTech president

Jamaica Observer - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:00
PROFESSOR Ishenkumba Kahwa has been appointed president of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), the Jamaica Observer has been reliably informed.
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I'm being made a scapegoat, says Edwards

Jamaica Observer - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:00
JENNIFER Edwards is convinced that she is being pushed from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) because she and the State agency's chairman Steve Ashley do not agree on some matters.
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'This is life in PNP country'

Jamaica Observer - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:00
JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with disgust at the plight of 81-year-old Rosalvo Patterson, who has been living in a dilapidated fowl coop in Jericho, St Catherine, for the past five years. The man, who has health issues, is in desperate need of help. Readers are upset at how the State treats its seniors. Here are some edited comments:
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St James police seek 19 wanted for murders, shooting and wounding

Jamaica Observer - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:00
THE St James Police Division is seeking 19 men who are wanted for murders, shooting and wounding in the division.
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Shaw: Riverton fires could affect growth projections

Jamaica Observer - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:00
OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, has warned that the frequency of fires at the Riverton City dump in Kingston could affect growth projections.
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