Confirmed: Six people lose eyes in Turkey protest

Turkish Doctors Association said six people lost eyes as police attempted to disperse the protesting crowds by throwing gas ganisters and using water cannons. Police arrested 1,000 people but this did not prevent the protest from spreading to 90 locations.

The demonstration started peacefully on Friday in Taksim Square against the construction of a shopping centre but police force led to anger from demonstrators who describe Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist government as authoritarian.

However, the Prime Minister said the protesters were extremists running wild, adding that, "Every four years we hold elections and this nation makes its choice. Those who have a problem with government policies can express their opinions within the framework of law and democracy."

Meanwhile, police allowed thousands to enter the main Istanbul Square and removed burnt barriers as the demonstrations continue to spread.

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Gas prices see more increases in Jamaica

Gas prices see more increases in Jamaica
Most petroleum products supplied by Petrojam will see increased prices as of July 31, 2014. A litre of E10-90 gasoline will be sold for $127.13, while E10-87 will be sold for $125.48 following a $0.42 jump. Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel will cost $132.47, while the cost of regular Diesel will rise by $1.58 to cost $126.99. The price of Kerosene climbs by $1.86 and will see it being sold for $130.04 per litre. Butane sees a $0.14. decrease to cost $59.07, while Propane moves up by $0.03 to cost $52.50. Retailers will add their own markups, to the prices quoted.
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Photos - Garbage pile-up in Cassia Park Gully, St. Andrew

Photos - Garbage pile-up in Cassia Park Gully, St. Andrew
A section of the Cassia Park gully in St. Andrew, Jamaica is currently filled with an inordinate amount of garbage. Residents from adjoining communities have called on the relevant authorities to conduct cleaning of the gully, which runs through several St. Andrew communities, fearing that with heavy rains, properties and lives could be at risk for flooding.
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RSPL champions Montego Bay United appoints new coach

Local Red Stripe Premier league champions Montego Bay United has appointed Spanish coach, Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz as head coach for the upcoming season. The
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Negril businessman shot dead

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St. Thomas Pastor charged with rape of a child, granted bail

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Two perish in Trelawny crash

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Travel ban imposed on Venezuelan officials by US

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Ukraine's prime minister announces resignation

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Exporters to pay reduced levy for conch - Kellier

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JA dollar closes at J$112.83 to US$1

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Algerian airline crash in Mali

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Amnesty Int’l says Jamaica must act on reports of violations

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Alia Atkinson lowers own record to clinch place in final

Alia Atkinson beat her own record set in earlier in the Heat of the Women’s 50m Breaststroke to qualify for the final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Atkinson lowered her previous record of 30.49s to post a time of 30.17s to win her semi-final event. Austrailia’s Leiston Pickett was second in 30.64s and Canada’s Tera van-Blein was third with 30.74s.
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Tyler Mason gets silver in National Junior Record time

Tyler Mason secured Jamaica's first medal of the 2014 World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, after he won the silver medal in a new National Record time, when competing in the men's 110m Hurdles race. Mason clocked 13.06s to lower the National Junior Record time set by Omar Mcloed (13.24s) to finish behind winner Willem Belocian of France who sped to a new World Junior Record time of 12.99s. The Bronze medal was won by Britain's D. Omoregie was third in 13.35s.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
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Controversy in London

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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

Trademarking a Pose, Can you? - Image and Branding The famous Mobot Pose - In honour of Mo Farah One of the biggest issues in the world
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
A Cabinet Minister racked up an over JA$3 million cellular phone bill with taxpayers having to pony up the cash soon. The massive bill was
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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

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