Protests as Venezuela embraces 2-day workweek to save power 

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.

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Gov’t accords official funeral to Derrick Rochester

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government of Jamaica says it will accord an official funeral to former Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Derrick Austin Rochester.

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Rio shrugs off Olympic doubts for 100 day countdown

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday launched the 100 day countdown to hosting South America’s first Olympic Games with government and global sports leaders insisting they can overcome Brazil’s political meltdown and troubled preparations.

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South Korea reveals Zika-proof clothing for Rio 

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants it says will help protect the country’s Olympic athletes from the mosquito-borne virus at this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

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UPDATE: INDECOM probing death of 13-y-o student

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 13-year-old J’Quan Forbes, the son of a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

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Jerome Taylor replaces Malinga in IPL

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NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor on Wednesday signed for the Mumbai Indians, replacing Lasith Malinga who was ruled out of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a knee injury.

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St Lucia wants changes to CARICOM CET

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The St Lucia government says Caribbean Community (CARICOM) should review the Common External Tariff (CET), saying that the “world has changed dramatically” since the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration grouping.

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ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Everybody diagnosing the PNP, what about Holness?

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Two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez announces retirement 

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Felix Sanchez has announced his retirement at the age of 38 and will not compete in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Hopes high for Jamaican schools at Penn Relays

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PHILADELPHIA, USA — Expectations will be high among the over 50 Jamaican high schools and college teams as the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays Carnival gets underway at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in what is expected to be wet and cold conditions.

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