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PM condemns slavery during Jamaican parliament speech

David Cameron addressing MPs Credit: PA

David Cameron condemned the slave trade and announced a £360 million financial package when he addressed the Jamaican parliament.

Slavery was and is abhorrent in all its forms. It has no place whatsoever in any civilised society, and Britain is proud to have eventually led the way in its abolition.

– David Cameron

He added he hoped Britain and the Caribbean could "move on from this painful legal and continue to build for the future".

During the visit to Jamaica, David Cameron has come under pressure to make financial amends for Britain's role in slavery but he has ruled out making reparations.

MP Mike Henry was absent from the address. He had previously declared to a local newspaper if reparation was not on the agenda he would not be attending.

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Search for private plane carrying US couple called off

Rescuers have called off a search for a prominent New York couple whose private plane plunged into Caribbean waters near Jamaica on Friday.

A member of the Jamaica Defence Force stands on their vessel next to a US Coast Guard cutter during the search for the plane Credit: REUTERS/Jamaica Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

US Coast Guard Captain Todd Coggeshall told the Associated Press that a "maximum number of assets, resources and crew effort" had been mobilised, but the plane wreckage was still not found.

Laurence and Jane Glazer, a property developer and entrepreneur respectively, left on a 1,700-mile (2,700 km) journey in their single-engine plane on Friday.

The aircraft ran out of fuel and fell into the sea some 14 miles off Port Antonio on Jamaica's north-east coast. Both were experienced pilots.

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