Jamaica's parliament has voted to keep the death penalty, as the Caribbean nation struggles to contain one of the world's highest murder rates. MPs were allowed a free vote, rather than having to vote along party lines. Jamaica has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 1988 but the governing Jamaica Labor Party, elected last year, has pushed for its return. Jamaica currently has nine men on death row. There have been 1,200 murders on the island so far this year. (BBC)

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