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BUENOS AIRES---A court in
Argentina has revoked an arrest war-
rant that was issued for Justin Bieber
for an alleged attack on a photog-
rapher in Buenos Aires in 2013, but
the charges against him still stand,
a court official said yesterday.
Judge Alberto Julio Banos had earlier
ordered the "immediate detention"
of Bieber and two of his bodyguards
in connection with the alleged attack.
Although the international arrest
order initially issued by Interpol in
April has now been lifted, the charges
against him have not been dropped
and the court is still expected to set
a date for questioning in the case, the
court source said.
Bieber was accused of sending the
bodyguards to attack a photographer
outside a Buenos Aires nightclub
during a 2013 South American tour.
On the same trip, he apologised for
defiling the Argentine flag on stage
and got into trouble with police for
allegedly spraying graffiti in Brazil
Bieber never returned to Argentina
to respond to questions about the
Argentine photographer Diego Pesoa
has alleged that he was beaten on
November 9, 2013, by Bieber s body-
guards outside a nightclub where the
singer and his entourage were party-
Argentina revokes arrest
warrant for Justin Bieber
KINGSTON---Jamaica will close 18
small public schools across the island
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites
told Parliament on Tuesday that the
closures are intended to achieve greater
levels of efficiencies in the school sys-
The targetted schools all have small
student bodies, ranging from 16 to 68
pupils, and most have had declining
enrollments over the last five years.
Thwaites says the schools targetted
for closure also perform below the
national average on standardised tests.
And they cost far more to operate per
student than much bigger institutions.
Youngsters will be transferred to
schools in nearby communities. Teach-
ers will get placed at other schools or
be asked to opt for early retirement.
The government says projected sav-
ings from the closures is roughly
$200,000 in operational costs. (AP)
GEORGETOWN---Guyana has sus-
pended work by a Chinese state
company in a dispute over missed
deadlines and what the government
claims is a failure to do proper engi-
In 2011, Guyana signed a $138 mil-
lion agreement with China Harbour
Engineering Co to extend the main
airport s runway by about 3,200 feet.
But Public Infrastructure Minister
David Patterson said yesterday that
he has ordered the company to cease
work at Cheddi Jagan International
Airport until the disputes are resolved.
Guyana says the company did not
do proper soil tests on the land tar-
getted for the extended runway. Tons
of sand dumped as foundation has
been getting subsumed by nearby
The work was expected to be fin-
ished by September. But officials now
say it won t be ready until 2017. (AP)
SAN JUAN---Puerto Rico s govern-
ment says it will extend water rationing
measures to the island s southern
region amid a worsening drought.
The water and sewer company said
Tuesday that water levels are running
low in a large underground aquifer south
of the capital of San Juan.
Officials said there will be water inter-
ruptions every 12 hours starting today.
More than 17,500 households will be
Water rationing measures already are
affecting nearly 400,000 people. Some
receive water every third day and others
every second day. (AP)
Jamaica to close 18 small public schools
Guyana suspends airport work by China company
Puerto Rico extends water rationing amid drought
A Bahamas judge has ruled that a
US bankruptcy filing by the developer
of an unfinished $2.5 billion megare-
sort will not be recognised in the
The islands attorney general has
argued that having a US court decide
major economic matters in the Bahamas
would have "far-reaching implications"
for the Caribbean country.
Justice Ian Winder appeared to agree
in yesterday decision, ruling that Baha
Mar s recent Chapter 11 filing in
Delaware will not be extended to the
That means the developer won t get
a new loan to pay for daily operations.
The ruling comes shortly after the
Bahamas petitioned the islands
Supreme Court to wind up Baha Mar
and appoint a provisional liquidator.
Baha Mar says its "disappointed in
the way the government has respond-
ed" in recent weeks. (AP)
Bahamas Judge: Developer's US
bankruptcy won't be recognised
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