International

Fishermen finally coming home

The three Trinidad and Tobago fishermen who were taken by Venezuela's Guardia Nacional are finally on their way home to Trinidad.

The men boarded a vessel in Venezuela this afternoon for the short journey home.

Awardnath Hajarie, his son Nicholas and Shami Seepersad appeared in a Venezuela court but were released and have been staying at one of the men's family members in Venezuela.

T&T to benefit from UK in fighting cyber threats

Trinidad and Tobago is set to benefit from the United Kingdom’s assistance in the fight against cybercrime, a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said.

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May recently announced up to £15 million to help Commonwealth countries strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities and help to tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors in the UK and wider Commonwealth.

US Embassy presents acting PM with plaque for support of Federal Air Marshal programme

U.S Embassy Charge d’Affaires John McIntyre presents Minister of Finance Colm Imbert with a plaque of appreciation for his ongoing support of the Federal Air Marshal (FAM) program.

The FAM program agreement was signed last year and has grown in the number of missions to and from Trinidad and Tobago.

One key element of FAM is enhancing passenger safety, which is reflective of the ongoing cooperation between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Federal Air Marshal Service and U.S. Embassy Port of Spain.

Dillon: Gov't currently has no info on claims of T&T national sentenced to death in Iraq

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says the Government is seeking to get information regarding reports of woman from Trinidad and Tobago being sentenced to death in Iraq for her involvement in ISIS.

The Minister was questioned on the issue by Opposition Senator Wade Mark in the Senate today.

However, Minister Dillon said the government is not currently in a position to provide additional information but has reached out to international partners to get additional information

International: Prince Charles is next head of Commonwealth

The Prince of Wales will be the next head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced.

The Queen had said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles would succeed her in the role "one day".

Leaders of the Commonwealth have been discussing the issue at a meeting behind closed doors at Windsor Castle.

The non-hereditary role would not have automatically passed to Prince Charles, with some suggestions it might rotate among the 53 leaders.

PM invites India to participate in healthcare at Couva Hospital

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi engaged in bilateral discussions during the first official day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) today, the Office of the Prime Minister said Thursday.

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses was also present for the talks.
 
Prime Minister Modi indicated during the meeting that his Government was interested in partnering with Trinidad and Tobago in the areas of information communication technology (ICT), energy and pharmaceuticals. 

PM speaks out against "inaccurate" negative travel advisories

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley raised the issue of countries making inaccurate pronouncements on Trinidad and Tobago saying that this practice has an adverse effect on the nation’s ability to stimulate growth and development.

This is according to a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) Heads of Government Roundtable today when he made the comment.

The Prime Minister noted that Trinidad and Tobago pursues tourism as a viable industry for growth and development.

International: US CIA Chief holds secret meeting with Kim Jong Un

 US President Donald Trump has confirmed that CIA director Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

 Trump tweeted on Wednesday that a "good relationship" was formed at the meeting last week,

News of the visit first emerged on Tuesday.

US officials were quoted as saying the aim was to prepare a summit between Trump and Kim.

Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang.

But the unexpected and clandestine meeting marks the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000.

Reports claim Iraq to execute T&T woman found guilty of ISIS involvement

After initial reports that indicated that a Trinidad and Tobago woman was to be sentenced to life in prison for her role in ISIS, other news agencies are now reporting that she has in fact been sentenced to death in prison.

CNC3 News exclusively reported on the matter on Tuesday.

The UK Daily Mail is among several new agencies that are reporting that the sentence is in fact death.

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