PM invited to visit Cuba

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been invited to visit Cuba, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Tuesday.

The OPM said in a statement President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has extended an invitation to the prime minister for an official visit to Cuba at a mutually convenient date.

President Diaz-Canel used the invitation as an opportunity to convey a desire to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, the OPM said.


Int'l: 15 dead as Iranian plane crashes into house

A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people, Iran's army says.

The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a residential area while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, in poor weather.

Only a flight engineer of the 16 people on board was found alive, with no-one reportedly killed on the ground.

Caribbean cruise cut short as near 300 passengers fall ill

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

Cruise line spokesperson Owen Torres told The Associated Press "we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health."

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

US condemns Maduro's 2nd term as president

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro's inauguration for a second term today in Caracas has left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the country as the United States denounced his re-election along with
other countries as fraudulent.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompano issued a statement denouncing Maduro and his inauguration.

"The United States condemns Maduro’s illegitimate usurpation of power today following the unfree and unfair elections he imposed on the Venezuelan people on May 20, 2018," Pompano stated.

Moses attends Maduro's inauguration

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, National Security and Communications Stuart Young has confirmed that Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses today attended the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro was sworn in for a second term today.

Young confirmed Moses' attendance at today's post-Cabinet news conference.

He told the media that Trinidad and Tobago is a sovereign country that continues to have good relations with Venezuela.

Venezuela is Trinidad and Tobago's closest neighbour, just seven miles away.

Int'l: World's richest man, wife announce divorce

The world's richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing.

The billionaire executive and his wife of 25 years announced the news Wednesday — three days before his 55th birthday — in a tweet signed by both of them.

"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," the tweet says.

Int'l: Woman in coma for 10 years gives birth, police investigating

A woman who has been in a coma for more than a decade gave birth recently while in an Arizona care facility and now authorities are seeking DNA from the male workers there.

The woman, who gave birth to a boy on December 29, is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and has long been in a vegetative state, the tribe's chairman said Tuesday.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers," chairman Terry Rambler said.

Drone sighting halts departures at Heathrow Airport

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said the airport was working with police to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

She said: "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause."

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport after drones were reported.

Int'l: Son breaks down in tears during moving tribute to George HW Bush

George W Bush broke down in a moving tribute to George HW Bush as "the best father a son or daughter could have".

In a eulogy filled with warm laughter and touching stories about his father, George W Bush described his dad as a "wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather".

With tears in his eyes, the 43rd president said he and brother Jeb "were too young to remember the pain and agony" when their three-year-old sister Robin died.

PM urges action on CSME

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is implored his CARICOM counterparts to use the special meeting on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) convened today in Port of Spain to make a definitive decision on the future of the regional initiative.

“I am hoping on behalf of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the people of the region that this meeting will result in us taking firm positions on what we are going to do with our CARICOM heritage,” Dr Rowley said.