Cops need training with mentally ill
KINGSTON - An independent agency that investigates abuse allegations against Jamaica's security forces says the island's police need training to deal with mentally ill citizens.
A report from the Independent Commission of Investigations says 75 percent of police confrontations with mentally ill suspects end in fatalities. It says six people believed to suffer from mental illnesses were killed by police in 2011.
Commissioner Terrence Williams told reporters Wednesday that police display a lack of patience when dealing with mentally ill citizens. His agency is calling for nonlethal weapons to be used to minimize fatalities and training courses to teach officers how to defuse tense situations.
Apology is rejected in fisherman's death
TAIPEI - Taiwan slammed Manila's apology for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman as informal and insincere, and said Wednesday it is recalling its representative and will discourage travel to the Philippines.
The shooting has focused renewed attention on fishing disputes in and around the South China Sea, which have turned the area into one of the region's most tense. It has also brought to the fore China's efforts to make common cause with Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949.
The Philippine apology was made Tuesday to the Taiwanese people, but not the Taiwanese government, with which Manila maintains only quasi-official relations.
The Taiwan Foreign Ministry did not release the precise language of the Philippines statement on the fisherman's death, except to say it expressed "deep regret and apology to the Taiwanese people for the unfortunate incident."
Philippine coast guard personnel opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing vessel in disputed waters in the Bashi Strait off the northern Philippines last Thursday, killing Hung Shi-chen, 65.
Protesters shut down key oil terminal
BENGHAZI - Protesters and disgruntled job seekers forced the closure of an eastern oil terminal on Wednesday for the second time in six months, disrupting exports, said an Oil Ministry official.
Deputy Oil and Gas Minister Omar al-Shakmak said dozens demonstrated at Zueitina terminal, demanding the Libyan National Oil Corp. make good on pledges to hire 340 people.
It was the second time protesters had closed the terminal, through which flows 20 percent of Libya's 1.6 million barrels a day of exports. The first closure took place in December.
Libya is going through a rocky transition after its bloody 2011 civil war. The central government remains weak and has been challenged by powerful militias.
Much of Libya's turmoil in recent weeks has taken place in the capital, Tripoli, where militias besieged government buildings to force the resignation of top officials and pressure parliament to pass a contentious law that could push Gadhafi-era officials from senior posts.
101.7-carat diamond fetches $26.7 million
GENEVA - A huge diamond unearthed in Botswana commanded an unearthly price of $26.7 million from Christie's auction house Wednesday.
The pear-shaped gem accounted for more than a quarter of the $102 million in sales rung up by Christie's Wednesday night, a night after Sotheby's had $78 million in sales.
"A perfect diamond commands a perfect price," Christie's trumpeted on Twitter of the record sale price for the largest D-color flawless diamond ever offered at auction - a whopping 101.73 carats that took 21 months to polish.
Retrial is ordered in death of US nun
SAO PAULO - Brazil's Supreme Court has annulled the trial and conviction of a rancher jailed for ordering the 2005 murder of U.S. nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang.
In a ruling posted Wednesday, the court said Vitalmiro Moura was not given enough time to prepare his defense in 2010 when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The court said Moura will remain behind bars until he his retried at a yet-to be scheduled date.
Also convicted of ordering Stang's murder is Regivaldo Galvao. Last year, the Supreme Court ordered his release, saying he had the right to remain free pending the outcome of his appeal. He was sentenced to 30 years in 2010.
Two other men charged with taking part in Stang's killing are also in prison. Another is at large.
Stang spent three decades trying to preserve the rain forest and defending the rights of poor settlers who confronted powerful ranchers seeking their lands in the Amazon's wild frontier.
The Associated Press