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JAMAICA: Police say Canada tourist charged with attempted murder after cutting wife's throat
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A Canadian tourist has been charged with attempted murder in Jamaica, accused of slitting his wife's throat in a rental car and fabricating a phony carjacking story, police said Tuesday.
Police Superintendent Linette Williams-Martin alleged that 43-year-old Paul Martin attacked his wife with a kitchen knife on a rutted dirt road in Falmouth, a northern coastal community near the popular resorts of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Police believe that Martin, of Ajax, Ontario, attacked his wife shortly after she told him she wanted to separate _ on the last day of a vacation he organized in a bid to save their rocky marriage.
Cathy Lee Martin, 34 years old and also from Ajax, underwent surgery after the Dec. 23 attack and has been released from a hospital.
The suspect, whom the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said was a fifth-grade teacher at an Ajax school, appeared Tuesday for a preliminary court hearing in Falmouth. It was not immediately clear if he was required to enter a plea or if he had a lawyer. Cathy Lee Martin was expected to testify at a second hearing before leaving Jamaica.
Investigators say that after Cathy Lee Martin told her husband she wanted to split, he drove their rental car to an isolated area instead of heading to Montego Bay's airport for their flight home, saying he wanted to take a few more snapshots of the Jamaican countryside.
As they drove, police say, he attacked.
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GUYANA: Army captain, 2 others charged with treason for alleged links to health ministry fire
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ An Army major and two other people in Guyana have been charged with treason after police accused them of taking part in a July 2009 arson attack on a government building in the South American country.
A judge on Tuesday ordered the three suspects held at least until another hearing on Jan. 7. There is no bail in Guyana for treason. They did not enter pleas but a defense lawyer told the court there isn't enough evidence to support the charges.
Maj. Bruce Munroe, his wife Carol-Ann and Leonard Wharton have been in custody since Dec. 24.
Police spokesman Seelall Persaud declined to discuss what role the three allegedly had in the fire that destroyed the Health Ministry building.
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CUBA: Supreme Court reviews appeal by Cuban-American on death row
HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba's Supreme Court has begun reviewing the appeal of a Cuban-American who is the last person remaining on death row in the island nation, state-run media said Tuesday.
Cubadebate website said Humberto Eladio Real, who was convicted of killing a man in a 1994 raid, is seeking to have the death sentence against him commuted.
On Oct. 15, 1994, Real and six other members of a Florida-based exile group came ashore in northern Cuba, armed with assault rifles and other weapons. A man was killed, and the group was captured shortly thereafter.
Real received the death penalty, and the others got lengthy prison sentences.
Havana officials have said the group intended to carry out acts of sabotage and attacks on military units to destabilize the government of then-President Fidel Castro.
Cuba's constitution allows the death penalty, but for years the country has effectively had a moratorium on carrying out death sentences.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court commuted the death sentences against two El Salvador men convicted for their roles in a deadly bombing campaign on tourist sites in the 1990s. Ernesto Cruz Leon and Otto Rodriguez were given 30-year prison sentences instead, leaving Real as the sole convict on death row in Cuba.
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FRENCH GUIANA: Winds delay launch of Arianespace rocket carrying 2 satellites
KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) _ The launch of two communications satellites from French Guiana has been postponed because of windy weather.
Arianespace officials say winds were too strong Tuesday to launch an Ariane 5 rocket with satellites for Spanish and South Korean companies.
Arianespace is the commercial arm of the 13-country European Space Agency.
It said in an online statement that the rocket was on standby for a possible countdown late Wednesday.


Updated : 2021-04-11 02:23 GMT+08:00