U.N. lifts Syria death toll to “truly shocking” 60,000

AMMAN/GENEVA,  (Reuters) - More than 60,000 people have died in Syria's uprising and civil war, the United Nations said today, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending .

Dancehall’s angry nature hurting acceptance, says Beres

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica - Beres Hammond has made a career singing ballads like One Step Ahead and Come Back Home, positive songs that have made him one of reggae’s great hit makers .

Property company takes bigger stake in Jamaica Marriott project

(Jamaica Gleaner) Property company Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust has increased its stake in the proposed US$23 million (J$2b) Courtyard by Marriott hotel project from one-quarter to more than one-third in the wake of the exit of an unnamed fourth investor .

New Zealand bowled out for 45, Philander leads rout

CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) - Vernon Philander's sensational five-wicket burst helped South Africa skittle out New Zealand for 45 runs inside 20 overs on the opening morning of the first test at Newlands today .

First ever Russian tourist plane arrives in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Seven years after Jamaica started courting the eastern Europeans, the first Russian carrier Transaero arrived on the island yesterday .

Thunder coach backs struggling Gayle

SYDNEY, Australia,  CMC – Sydney Thunder head coach Shane Duff has thrown his support behind embattled West Indies star Chris Gayle, following the opener’s latest failure .

European shares jump on U.S. budget deal

LONDON,  (Reuters) - European shares rallied across the board at the start of the new year after U .

In Barbados: Body of newborn found in drawer

(Barbados Nation) Police are investigating the discovery of a newborn’s decomposed body  in a St James home on Boxing Day .

Venezuela’s Chavez aware his condition complicated: Vice President

CARACAS,  (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is aware that his condition is complicated following a fourth cancer operation in Cuba, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday, as the OPEC nation watches for clues to the socialist leader's health .

Sex crimes on the rise in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Sexual offences and kidnappings were at an all time high last year than any other time over the past five years, according to statistics from the Crime and Problem Analysis Branch (CAPA) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) .

Battered Sri Lanka look to Durban spirit for third test

SYDNEY,  (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will use the example of their remarkable turnaround on their last tour of South Africa to try and rescue a face-saving third test victory against Australia, captain Mahela Jayawardene said today .

Lockdown at T&T army base after soldier murdered

Lockdown at T&T army base after soldier murdered

(Trinidad Express) All those who were on duty at the Defence Force Headquarters in Chaguaramas the night Lance Corporal Curtis Marshall was murdered have been locked down at base while homicide detectives conduct their investigations .

United States avoids calamity in ‘fiscal cliff’ drama

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) - The United States averted economic calamity yesterday when lawmakers approved a deal to prevent huge tax hikes and spending cuts that would have pushed the world's largest economy off a "fiscal cliff" and into recession .

US Embassy in T&T denies Carnival ban on Marli St

(Trinidad Guardian) US Embassy officials have denied knowledge of imposing a ban on Carnival masqueraders passing near its building on Marli Street, Port-of-Spain .

House Republicans balk at “fiscal cliff” deal

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) - Washington's last-minute scramble to step back from a "fiscal cliff" ran into trouble today as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal to avert a budget crisis .

Cricket commentator and writer Martin-Jenkins dies

LONDON,  (Reuters) - Christopher Martin-Jenkins, a BBC cricket commentator and newspaper writer, has died of cancer at the age of 67 .

Antigua security minister to hold crime talks

(Jamaica Gleaner) National Security Minister Dr Errol Cort will meet with senior officials of the Antigua and Barbuda Police Force tomorrow to deal with the upsurge in criminal activities on the island .

Elderly Jamaica couple found hanging

(Jamaica Gleaner) Mandeville was yesterday left in shock and disbelief after an elderly couple was found dead at their home in the town Monday morning .

UK women want Bajan police to reopen rape case

(Barbados Nation) Reopen the case! Find the man who raped us!Those are the New Year’s wishes of the two British women who were ravished in Barbados more than two years ago but refused to give evidence against the man whom police had originally arrested for the crime .

T&T Legal Affairs Minister promises Constitution reform

(Trinidad Express) Legal Affairs Minister and Congress of the People leader Prakash Ramadhar yesterday stated that in 2013 he will keep the promise to deliver on Constitution reform .

About 60 crushed to death in Ivory Coast stadium stampede

ABIDJAN,  (Reuters) - About 60 people were crushed to death in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan overnight after a New Year's Eve fireworks display, an emergency official and state radio said today .

T&T soldier was strangled

(Trinidad Express) Defence force soldier Curtis Marshall, who died at hospital early Sunday morning, was murdered .

T&T man killed outside pub after row

(Trinidad Express) POLICE are investigating the murder of a San Fernando man, who was shot multiple times yesterday morning .

T&T fire officer shot dead

(Trinidad Express) A night liming with friends ended in tragedy for one fire officer after she was shot dead in Port of Spain on Sunday .

T&T PM: ‘Crime remains our top priority’

(Trinidad Express) The fight against crime will remain the Government's top priority in 2013, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar .

Clinton suffers clot behind right ear, full recovery seen

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) - U .

‘Fiscal cliff’ tumble looms despite U.S. Senate efforts

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States was on track to tumble over the "fiscal cliff" at midnight on Monday, at least for a day, as lawmakers held back from supporting an eleventh-hour plan from Senate leaders to avert severe tax increases and spending cuts .

Mackenzie man shot after called out of house

At about 2230h last night, police say that Wesley Griffith, 18 years, of Determa Street, Mackenzie, was at home when a man rode up on a motor cycle and called out for him .

Friendship man dies after minibus accident

The police say they are investigating a fatal accident that occurred at about 1900h last night on Friendship Public Road, EBD, and which resulted in the death of pedestrian Tolaram Narine, 45 years, of Herstelling, EBD .

LIAT Chairman wants Caricom meeting as international carriers cut flights

(Jamaica Gleaner) As several international carriers cut flights into the region, LIAT's Jean Holder is urging a meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government to discuss the burning issue of air transportation's critical role in supporting the CARICOM Single Market and Economy .

Egypt’s Mursi sees pound stabilising “within days”

CAIRO,  (Reuters) - Egypt's president held out hope that a weakening pound could stabilise within days under a new regime implemented to fend off financial ruin and safeguard reserves needed to ensure food and fuel imports in a political crisis .

Owen Arthur questions Finance Minister’s assets

(Barbados Nation) Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not set an election date because his ministers are yet to declare their assets to Parliament, Opposition Leader Owen Arthur has charged .

Bajan CJ wants end to preliminary inquiries

(Barbados Nation) Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson wants to see an end to preliminary inquiries in the Magistrate’s Court .

Some Bajan security firms ‘slave camps’ – union leader

(Barbados Nation) Calling some security firms “slave camps”, trade union leader Sir Roy Trotman has warned that something must be done about them .

Time to close Port of Spain jail – T&T prisons chief

(Trinidad Express) THE time has come for the Port of Spain Prison to be closed, Commissioner of Prisons Martin Martinez said yesterday in a telephone interview with the Express .

Five T&T prison officers suspended over escaped prisoner

(Trinidad Express) THE Prison Service is expected to take disciplinary action against the prisons officers on duty on Christmas Eve when convicted murderer Darryl Charles-Bissoon escaped from Death Row, at the Port of Spain Prison .

T&T man killed over gold chain

(Trinidad Express) THE glitter of gold cost a La Horquetta man his life after a gunman attempted to rob him outside his home on Saturday .

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