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JAMAICA---Noxious smoke is
blanketing Jamaica's capital as a fire
burns at a sprawling waste dump on the
Firefighters were trying to put out the
wind-fanned blaze as it billowed acrid
smoke across Kingston and parts of
neighbouring St Catherine parish
yesterday. The Riverton City dump has
seen repeated fires. There's virtually no
control over what is unloaded so all
manner of industrial and commercial
waste burns when it catches fire.
Three years ago, a government study
found alarming levels of volatile organic
compounds were released by a previous
fire at the dump. The cancer-causing
chemical benzene was detected at three
times the World Health Organization's
air standard. The last major fire at the
dump was in April 2014, when flames
burned for nearly two weeks. (AP)
WASHINGTON---The top US general
in South America says about 100
recruits have left his region to go fight
with Islamic extremists in Syria. He
says if they return to their home
nations, those recruits could come up
through cross-border networks into
Gen John Kelly is head of US
Southern Command. Kelly says Iran
and Islamic extremist groups are doing
a fair amount of recruiting in the
region. He says most recruits have left
from Caribbean nations to go to Syria.
Kelly says the small Caribbean
nations are extremely concerned about
the extremists returning home to
conduct terror operations, because
they don't have any real ability to deal
with the problem. He says the recruits
could use the drug and other criminal
networks to cross into. (AP)
MOSCOW---Russian emergency officials
say five people are confirmed dead and 25
more are missing and presumed dead after a
shopping centre in the city of Kazan
collapsed in a fire.
Officials said yesterday that the toll of
missing is based on reports from relatives
and workers in the shopping centre.
Forty people were injured in the blaze.
Regional emergency services head Igor
Panshin was quoted by the Tass news
agency as saying "the hope of finding
survivors under the shopping centre debris
has been abandoned."
The cause of the fire that began
Wednesday has not been determined. (AP)
The shooting of two police officers
in Ferguson, Missouri, was a "heinous
assault" that could undermine police
reforms, said the US attorney gener-
al.Two officers were seriously injured
early during protests following the res-
ignation of the police chief after a
damning report about racial bias.
Such violence was "repugnant,"
Attorney General Eric Holder said.
The fatal shooting of a black teenager
last year in Ferguson sparked protests
about the police use of lethal force.
Shots were fired early yesterday
morning as a demonstration was break-
ing up in the St Louis suburb of Fer-
guson following the resignation of the
city s police chief, Tom Jackson.
One officer was shot in the face and
one in the shoulder, but both were
released from hospital yesterday.
Describing the "heinous assault,"
Holder added: "Such senseless acts of
violence threaten the very reforms that
non-violent protesters in Ferguson and
around the country have been working
towards for the past several months."
Several witnesses said the shots had
come from a hill on the other side of
the street from the crowd of protest-
"We were very close to having what
happened in New York last year," Belmar
said in a press conference yesterday,
referring to two police officers shot and
killed while on duty.
He said it was a "miracle" there were
no injuries or deaths given the amount
of gunfire he heard in protests last sum-
mer and autumn.
Detectives were still investigating
who was responsible for the shooting
but no-one had been taken in custody.
The St Louis County police chief
said after hearing the gunshots many
officers had drawn their weapons but
no-one had fired.
The shootings occurred during
protests after the announcement that
Jackson would resign.
He quit one week after a report alleg-
ing widespread racial bias in his depart-
ment and the city s court system.
Nobody likes being woken up early by the
trash collectors, but is it really a jail-worthy
offence? An Atlanta judge and prosecutor
apparently think so, as they gave a local
garbageman, Kevin McGill, 30 days in jail
for picking up trash at 5 am one morning.
This is the second time the prosecutor,
Bill Riley, has successfully pursued jail time
for overzealous sanitation workers who are
out before 7 am.
He says it's the only effective way to
guard residents' sleep.
McGill will serve his sentence over the
course of 14 weekends spent in jail, leaving
his wife home alone with their two sons.
OTTAWA---A group of Canadian imams
and religious scholars issued a religious
edict against the Islamic State group
Wednesday, denouncing its threats against
and recruitment in Canada.
In a fatwa posted online, also endorsed by
a US imam from Texas, the 38 scholars
argue that "any attack on Canada will be an
attack on the freedom of Canadian
They also forbid Muslims from joining or
encouraging others to join IS, saying anyone
who helps Muslim youths in particular "to
travel secretly or without the consent of
parents to join IS...will face the wrath of
Allah in this world and in the next world."
The fatwa was penned by Imam Syed
"Their struggle cannot be an Islamic
struggle and their war cannot be called
'Jihad.' Rather, it is pure terrorism and
haram (forbidden)." (AFP)
CABO SAN LUCAS---A 35-year-old Canadian
woman has died and two other tourists were
injured when a surfacing grey whale crashed
onto their boat, Mexican authorities said
The Attorney General's Office for
Environmental Protection said two other
tourists suffered "considerable" injuries when
the whale breached and hit the side of the boat.
The office said the boat had been carrying nine
tourists on a snorkel tour.
The collision reportedly near the beach resort
of Cabo San Lucas tossed the victim into the
water. A crew member and a passenger lifted
her back onto the vessel and Mexican navy
personnel moved the woman to shore. She was
taken to a clinic, where she died during
FREETOWN---Sierra Leone's national Ebola
response chief says complacent behaviour has
led to a worrying spike in confirmed Ebola cases
over the past week in four districts.
Alfred Palo Conteh, CEO of the National Ebola
Response Centre, said yesterday that new
measures must now be put into place to contain
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and
Sanitation reported 15 cases Wednesday, along
with 16 on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Palo Conteh said that new Ebola hotspots
have emerged in recent days in Cabala Town and
Magazine Cut in the east of the capital,
Freetown, where a number of confirmed cases
have been recorded. The other hotspot is in the
west of Freetown.
More than 3,600 people have died in Sierra
Leone from Ebola, according to the World Health
TANZANIA---More than 200 witchdoctors and
traditional healers have been arrested in Tanzania
in a crackdown on the murder of albino people.
The killings have been driven by the belief---
advanced by some witchdoctors---that the body
parts have properties that confer wealth and good
luck. President Jakaya Kikwete has described the
murder of albino people as an "evil" that has
Nearly 80 albino Tanzanians have been killed
since 2000, the UN says. The latest victims
include a one-year-old albino boy, killed in north-
western Tanzania a few weeks ago. The
government banned witchdoctors in January as
part of its efforts to prevent further attacks
targeting people with albinism. Last week, 32
witchdoctors were detained. Red Cross sources
say witchdoctors are prepared to pay $75,000 for
a full set of albino body parts. (AP)
Smoke blankets Kingston as dump fire burns
'Extremist recruits going to Syria from Caribbean'
30 feared dead in Russian
shopping centre fire
Garbageman jailed for
going to work too early
Canadian imams issue
fatwa against Islamic State
Police take cover after two officers were shot while standing guard in front of
the Ferguson Police Station yesterday. AP PHOTO
Canadian tourist killed
by whale in Mexico
Sierra Leone sees worrying
spike in Ebola cases
'More than 200 witchdoctors'
arrested in Tanzania
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