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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean and Latin America this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019:

Jamaica says it is looking to gain a competitive edge in the worldwide cannabis market by partnering with the American Harvard International Phytomedicines and Medical Cannabis Institute.

Canada is warning against non-essential travel to Haiti as protests in the French Caribbean island reached the three week mark Monday, with more expected today.

The fate of a former cop, who shot and killed St. Lucian immigrant Botham Jean, is now in the hands of the jury even as the judge ruled they may consider a lesser charge of manslaughter and the The Castle Doctrine, similar to the Stand Your Ground Law, in the case.

A former Royal Caribbean employee, identified as someone who previously “ran children’s programs for Royal Caribbean International,” has been charged with multiple sexual crimes against a 12 year old boy in Wisconsin.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has dissolved congress on Monday, exercising seldom used executive powers to shut it down, but the opposition-controlled legislature quickly retaliated by declaring the presidency vacant and swearing in Vice President Mercedes Araoz as the country’s new leader.

And Jamaica and Cuba are the lone Caribbean nations to medal at Doha 2019. Jamaica so far has four medals, including two gold while Cuba has picked up a bronze.

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