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Jamaica Death Toll at 44; Drug Kingpin Still at Large

Police still battling holdout Dudus supporters as hunt continues

(Newser) - Jamaican security forces claim a tenuous hold today over the slum stronghold of a gang leader sought by the US, but only after battles that killed at least 44 civilians. Officers and soldiers were still fighting holdout defenders of Christopher Coke, known as "Dudus," in pockets of the... More »

Jamaican Troops Storm Drug Lord Stronghold

Body count mounts in battle extradition

(Newser) - At least one Jamaican soldier was killed as 1,000 troops and police stormed the Kingston stronghold of alleged drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke. Bodies could be seen in the street as forces carried out house-to-house searches in the Tivoli Gardens housing complex, the BBC reports. Several people were... More »

2 Cops Die in Jamaica Drug-Dealer Showdown

Kingston is under siege as kingpin's supporters challenge police

(Newser) - Two policemen were killed and six injured last night in the violent showdown between Jamaican police and supporters of drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who are holed up in a barricaded section of Kingston. The cops were fired on as they responded to a call for help from a... More »

Jamaica Declares Emergency Over Drug Gang Violence

Gangs blockade Kingston to protect drug boss

(Newser) - Jamaica has declared a state of emergency as gangs backing a reputed drug lord sought by the US blockaded a huge section of Kingston and attacked police stations. The violence erupted as US authorities moved to extradite drug boss Christopher "Dudus" Coke after his indictment for heading a criminal... More »

Jamaica Ready for Rumble Over Drug Lord's Extradition

Supporters set up barricade, fire on cops

(Newser) - Jamaica has caved to US pressure to extradite alleged drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke to New York, but it'll have to drag him out of his stronghold in the capital to do so. Gunmen, who have set up barricades blocking all entrances to Kingston's Tivoli Gardens neighborhood and vowed... More »

40 Hurt as US Jet Misses Jamaica Runway

American Airlines flight goes down in driving rain

(Newser) - Some 40 passengers were injured early this morning when an American Airlines jet overshot a runway in Jamaica. The Boeing 737 broke into three pieces as it plowed through a fence in driving rain, Reuters reports. Four people were reported to be in serious condition, though none of the injuries... More »

Dean Plows Into Jamaica

Hurricane sets its sights on the Caymans

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean struck Jamaica today, swamping the streets of Kingston and leaving devastation in its wake as it swept west across the Caribbean. The center of the Category 4 storm missed the island by a few miles, Reuters reports, but passed close enough to bring down numerous trees and utility... More »

Pakistan Cricket Coach Wasn't Murdered

New tests show Bob Woolmer died of natural causes

(Newser) - Police in Jamaica ruled today that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes, reversing their previous stance that he had been murdered. Found dead in a Jamaican hotel room the day after Pakistan lost to Ireland in March's World Cup, the 58-year-old coach was originally said to have... More »

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