Jamaica, UK hold security talks

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JAMAICA and Britain have agreed to forge closer military ties following an unpublicised visit to the island by General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff (CDS) for the United Kingdom on Wednesday.Carter flew into the island late Wednesday without fanfare at the invitation of Jamaica’s Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade and left Thursday evening, just as silently, after a visit crammed with several activities.

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Facebook fights spread of misinformation about virus online

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TEXAS, USA — Facebook says it’s working to limit the spread of misinformation and potentially harmful content about the coronavirus as bogus claims about the ongoing outbreak circulate online.Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook’s head of health, announced that the social media platform will begin removing posts that include false claims or conspiracy theories about the virus that have been flagged by health authorities. The company said it will focus on posts that…

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China travel curbs tightened as official admits mishandling virus

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BEIJING, China (AFP) — Countries expanded restrictions on travellers from China over a deadly virus epidemic yesterday as an official admitted that a botched response had worsened an outbreak that has now ballooned into a global health emergency.At least 213 people have died and nearly 10,000 people have been infected in China by the new coronavirus, while fresh cases were found abroad with more than 20 countries now affected.The top Communist…

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New virus infected more than 9,800 globally

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A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 9,800 people globally.Cases confirmed as yesterday evening in Beijing: — China: 9,692 cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has 12 cases and Macao has five. Most of the 213 deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December.— Thailand: 19— Japan: 16—…

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50 million people now under lockdown in China

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BEIJING, China (AP) — Carrying permits demanding “fast passage”, truck drivers rushed a 560-ton shipment of disinfectant from eastern China to Wuhan, the locked down city of 11 million people at the centre of a vast effort to contain a new viral disease.

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Lawyer fails in bid to disqualify police witness in fraud trial

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PORUS, Manchester — A bid by attorney-at-law Norman Godfrey to challenge the authority of a police investigator of the Financial Investigation Division (FID) to lay charges against his client did not get off the ground on Thursday, as copies of Police Force Orders produced in the Porus court proved the witness to be a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

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China travel ban

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Jamaica yesterday imposed a ban on travel to and from China, a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international emergency over the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus that has so far killed 213 people and infected near 10,000 in China.At the same time, Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, responding to appeals for repatriation from Jamaican students in China, said the Government is examining how best it can help to evacuate…

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Stocks drop amid uncertainty over virus impact

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NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street amid ongoing uncertainty about the economic impact of the virus outbreak that originated in China. The S&P 500 index fell 0.5 per cent to 3,266 and could be headed for its first two-week losing streak since early October. Energy and technology shares were among the early laggards. Exxon dropped after its quarterly profit missed expectations. Amazon shares jumped after the company…

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PHOTO: Bye, Bye EU!

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Joseph Afrane, bedecked in Union flag colours, yesterday holds up a sign saying “Bye, bye EU” on Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on the day that the UK formally leaves the European Union. Britain ends almost half a century of integration with its closest neighbours and leaves the European Union, starting a new — but still uncertain — chapter in its long history. (Photo: AFP)

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Horrifying!

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“WHY, why?” was the question on the lips of Temple Hall residents who had gathered on Stony Hill main road yesterday afternoon, just metres away from the scene where the body of 11-year-old Mark Leslie was found, face down in a riverbed in the community. “He was literally on a stone in the middle of the river, with a sweater ova him head,” said one woman who asked not to be named.

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