R Kelly charged with aggravated sexual assault

An indictment has been handed down against musician R. Kelly by the Cook County State's Attorney office.

State's Attorney Kim Foxx will announce charges against Kelly at a news conference at 2 pm CT (3 pm ET), according to a release from her office.

A grand jury was convened in Cook County, Illinois, earlier this month in connection with new allegations against Kelly, two sources close to the case said.

Violence breaks out on Venezuela border with Brazil

Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, causing multiple injuries and the first fatalities of a massive opposition operation meant to deliver international relief to this devastated South American country, according to eyewitnesses and community leaders.

Int'l: Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020

Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont whose 2016 campaign helped energize the progressive movement and move the Democratic party to the left, has entered the 2020 race for the White House.

In an email to supporters on Tuesday morning, Sanders, a self-styled Democratic socialist who spent much of his nearly 30-year political career as an outsider, announced his decision to run again, casting his candidacy as way to accomplish the mission he started in his race for the White House three years ago.

T&T will stay out Venezuela dispute - Rowley

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has re­it­er­at­ed that any in­ter­fer­ence in Venezuela af­fairs is “il­le­gal” and this coun­try will con­tin­ue to take stance of “non-in­ter­fer­ence” in the Venezue­lan pres­i­den­tial im­passe.

'Rejection of Rowley's Govt' - Venezuela's National Assembly deputy

The Deputy to the Venezuelan National Assembly, Carlos Valero is making his position clear, that the National Assembly rejects the treatment of Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago and the Dr Keith Rowley government because of its recognition of the Nicolas Maduro regime.

Last week, Valero issued a statement which seemed to praise the government for the way it handled the situation involving 19 girls who were rescued from sex traffickers.

But Valero issued a statement Monday, saying that his original statement might have been misinterpreted by the Trinidad and Tobago media.

Maduro asks OPEC for help as US sanctions bite

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro has sought OPEC support against U.S. sanctions imposed on his country's oil industry, citing their impact on oil prices and potential risks for other members of the producer group.

But a source familiar with the matter said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Venezuela is a founding member, had declined to make any formal statement. OPEC says it is concerned with oil policy, not politics.

No place to call home - Cuban na­tion­als move in­to open field

Fifty-nine Cubans who are seek­ing refugee sta­tus in T&T are liv­ing in de­plorable and un­san­i­tary con­di­tions on a par­cel of agri­cul­tur­al land in War­renville, Cunu­pia.

They moved there af­ter over­stay­ing their time at a near­by ware­house pro­vid­ed by a busi­ness­man.

Last No­vem­ber, po­lice charged them for block­ing the pave­ment in Port-of-Spain af­ter they camped out­side the UN House.

PM to attend Venezuela mediation talks in Uruguay

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will join the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris at an international meeting on the situation on Venezuela which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on Thursday 07 February, 2019.

Venezuela's Guaido turns down mediation offers by Uruguay & Mexico

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said Friday he has turned down offers from the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay to negotiate with embattled Nicolas Maduro, a day before nationwide street protests called to escalate pressure on the socialist leader to step down.

In a letter to both presidents, Guaido urged them to back Venezuela's struggle, saying to remain neutral aligns them with Maduro.