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Brilliant 'batty boy' challenging Caribbean homophobia

Paris - He's brilliant and charismatic and should be one of Jamaica's heroes up there on the pedestal with Usain Bolt and the reggae and dancehall stars who stand in the long shadow of Bob Marley.

Delight as jazz giants return to small Swiss town of Montreux

Montreux - As saxophone supremo Charles Lloyd pushes out a cascade of soaring notes, jazz aficionados in Montreux sway in rapture.

Review: Jeff Timmons fantastic at Resorts World Casino in New York Special

Jamaica - On June 18, Grammy-nominated pop artist Jeff Timmons performed a solo show at Resorts World Casino's Bar 360 in Jamaica, New York, for a good turnout.

Bolivian leader visits embattled Venezuelan counterpart

Caracas - Bolivian President Evo Morales made a brief visit to Venezuela on the weekend during which he reiterated support for his embattled ally, Nicolas Maduro, state media reported.

'Soul-reggae crossover sensation' Natty is back Special

London - Born in San Francisco, a UK resident since the age of one, Natty scored a Top 20 hit in 2008 with his debut LP 'Man Like I.' Digital Journal asked him all about the follow-up 'Release the Fear.'

Jamaicans prepare for election with economy key issue

Montego Bay - Jamaicans head to the polls Thursday, with economic concerns the top election issue in the Caribbean country where youth unemployment hovers around 40 percent.

Neville Staple: Interview with the Original Rude Boy Special

Digital Journal listened to some interesting revelations from the former Specials man when he reflected on life in and out of the iconic ska septet.

Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains named World Heritage site

Kingston - In a first for the Caribbean country, Jamaica's beautiful Blue and John Crow Mountains were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site on Saturday during the World Heritage committee's 39th annual meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Obama visits Jamaica, takes in Bob Marley museum

Kingston - Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in Jamaica since 1982 -- and made some time for the late reggae legend Bob Marley.

Jamaican gays, transgenders face unchecked abuse

Miami - Jamaican police are not doing enough to protect gay and transgender people who "live in constant fear," as incidents of extreme violence and even murder go unchecked, according to a report Tuesday.

Private U.S. plane with unresponsive pilot crashes off Jamaica

According to officials, a private U.S. plane that took off from the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York this morning has crashed into the ocean off Jamaica. There was no immediate information about the people on board.

Jamaica moves to decriminalize marijuana possession

Kingston - Marijuana possession is currently illegal in Jamaica but that could soon change.

Chikungunya virus gallops across Caribbean; may hit United States

Oranjestad - Chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitoes and has been galloping across the Caribbean. Experts say that it's likely to hit the U.S.

Campbell-Brown named in Jamaica team for world indoors

Veronica Campbell-Brown was included in Jamaica's 23-member team for the world indoor championships on Tuesday, a day after being cleared of a doping violation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Bolt in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts

Winston Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a phone call from Usain Bolt would be the i

Lost luggage leaves Jamaican bob team looking for favors

Just like in the film 'Cool Runnings', Jamaica's bobsleigh team are going to have to rely on their opponents' goodwill to get them down the run after their luggage and equipment were lost en route to Russia.

New video surfaces of Rob Ford allegedly drunk in Toronto

Toronto - A new video, reportedly shot at a restaurant in the Rexdale area of Toronto last night, shows Rob Ford mumbling incoherently and in a mimicked Jamaican accent, as well as lashing out at Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

Reggae singer Junior Murvin dies at 64

Jamaican reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for his hit "Police & Thieves," has died, aged 64. The cause of death is currently unknown.

March against Monsanto: Kingston, Jamaica, May 25, 2013 Special

Kingston - As the March against Monsanto hit the streets of almost 400 cities in around 40 countries worldwide, a small group of people in Kingston, Jamaica did their part and got involved too.

Op-Ed: Volkswagen Superbowl ad considered racist by some

In what can only be considered a case of misguided political correctness, some critics have called a new Volkswagen ad racist, because it contains white and Asian actors speaking with a Jamaican accent and 'getting happy.'

Snoop Lion starts 'Mind Gardens' to feed Jamaicans (video)

The artist formerly known as "Snoop Dogg" recently visited Jamaica and was horrified by the poverty and hunger he witnessed. Now Snoop Lion is doing something about it.

Hurricane Sandy's Caribbean trip — devastation in Haiti and Cuba

As the world concentrates on the latest devastation in the US, Sandy has already done some serious damage to other countries, including Haiti and Cuba. Sandy took the lives of 54 people in Haiti and 11 in Cuba.

Hurricane Sandy, could it be to Obama as Katrina was to Bush?

Federal, state, and local governments scramble along the east coast of the United States in preparation for Hurricane Sandy which has become a "Frankenstorm." But, could Sandy be to Obama as Katrina was to Bush?

Another gold for Bolt; heartbreak for Canada

London - Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team mates pulled off yet another stunning victory today, this time in the 4x100 m relay. Canada's team celebrated winning the bronze until officials ruled them disqualified due to a slight mis-step.

Op-Ed: Can anyone beat Usain Lightning Bolt?

In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Usain Bolt became the first sprinter in Olympic track and field history to successfully defend both 100m and 200m Olympic titles in consecutive Games. Bolt’s dominance will transform the future of sprinting.

Olympics: Usain Bolt wins gold in men's 200-metre finals

London - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt took home the gold in the 200-metre race in today's 2012 Olympics. Fellow Jamaicans Johan Blake and Warren Wier won silver and bronze, respectively.

Usain Bolt defends Olympic gold

London - Was there really any doubt? Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt successfully defended his Olympic reign as fastest man in the world, easily winning the 100 m final. His countryman and running partner, Yohan Blake, took the silver.

Snoop Dogg's reggae transformation; changes name to Snoop Lion

After a visit to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg says he's undergone a transformation. He says he's tired of Rap and his new album is all Reggae. Oh and he's changing his name to Snoop Lion.

Jamaican PM wants Queen removed as head of state

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has vowed to take steps toward removing the Queen as head of state and turn the country into a republic.

The Bob Marley legacy 30 years later

London - Bob Marley died more than 30 years ago, but his legacy is very much alive. Two of his sons are currently in the UK , and recently they appeared on the BBC's 'Breakfast' news programme.
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People and dogs were carrying signs expressing their love of the charged and indicted criminal drug lord Christopher Coke.
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Power distribution in Jamaica.
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Usain Bolt winning the 200-metre dash at the London Games
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A giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio homerus specimen from the Ulster Museum, collected from Fish River, Jamaica 1887
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Blue Mountain coffee, one of the world's most expensive coffee's is grown in Jamaica.
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Supporters of Drug Kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke have set fire to police stations, exchanged fire, throw Molotov cocktails and taken over the streets in one section of Kingston Jamaica in support of Dudus.
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Drug Kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
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March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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The man who is holding the Island of Jamaica hostage in drug war with the US Department Justice and the DEA.
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Jamaican police in street battles with supporters of drug lord Christopher Dudus Coke
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it is not Occupy Wall Street, it is a different protest, in Queens.
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The dense forests and vegetation of the Blue John Crow Mountains provided safe haven for runaway slaves.
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Jamaica s Blue and John Crow Mountains are now a World Heritage site.
Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains are now a World Heritage site.
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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Jamaican Prime Minister declares State of Emergency
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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