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Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Caricom: Belize, Guyana should take border disputes to ICJ

Leaders of Caricom say they support Belize and Guyana taking their separate decades-old border disputes to the International Court of Justice.

The Caribbean trade bloc said in a statement late Thursday that final resolutions are needed for stability in the region.

Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred Erlington told The Associated Press at a Caricom summit in Guyana that he supports taking the matter to the International Court. He noted that both Belize and neighbouring Guatemala first have to hold referendums for that to happen, and that it will take time because both countries have to amend laws to take that step.

The territorial dispute between the two countries is more than 150 years old. Guatemala recognised Belize's independence from Britain in 1991, but still claims parts of the territory as its own.

Meanwhile, Guyana's neighbour, Venezuela has long claimed 40 per cent of a territory in Guyana that is rich with gold, diamonds, timber and other resources. Guyana has already asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to refer the matter to the court before leaving office.

Facebook testing encrypted chats in Messenger

Facebook is adding to its Messenger app an option for encrypted chats that can only be read on devices where they are sent or received.

Users also will be able to set a timer to control how long the message remains visible to anyone, the company said Friday.

The "secret conversations" feature, which is optional, does not work across different devices. So even if a person has Messenger on a phone and on a computer, the conversation will be visible on only one device.

The encrypted chats are now being tested with a limited number of people, Facebook said, but the option will be more widely available later this summer.

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service, already uses end-to-end encryption on all messages.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

The US government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.

The investigation covers 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011 and which have an anti-lock braking system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday.

Riders reported that the brakes on the hand lever and foot pedal did not work, causing one driver to crash into a garage door. NHTSA said it received 43 complaints, three reports of crashes, and two reports of injuries.

The agency said it is possible that some riders who experienced brake failure did not change the motorcycle's brake fluid every two years as recommended by Harley-Davidson. The old fluid may corrode valves in the anti-lock braking system, NHTSA said. Even if riders did not change the fluid, the sudden brake failure "is a concern", the agency said.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc said Friday that it is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with NHTSA.