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CARICOM countries need to prepare for fallout of US and Iran situation

A suggestion that CARICOM heads meet as soon as possible, and come up with a strategy to deal with any possible fallout or dangerous scenarios, resulting from the recent détente between the United States and Iran.

It comes from Strategic Security Consultant and former Director of the National Operations Centre, Commander Garvin Heerah, who says Trinidad and Tobago should take the lead on this.

He warns that countries around the world where US interests are located have now been made more vulnerable, as a result of the current situation between Washington and Tehran.

INTERNATIONAL: Iran oil tanker attacked off Saudi coast, foreign ministry says

An Iranian-owned oil tanker has been attacked in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iran's foreign ministry told state TV.

The ministry said the tanker Sabiti had been hit twice, causing some damage.

Earlier Iran's national oil company (NIOC) said two explosions on the vessel were caused "likely by missiles".

But it dismissed earlier reports quoting it as saying the missiles were likely to have come from Saudi Arabia.

Donald Trump: “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the US”

US President Donald Trump is issuing a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran. This is following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. He tweeted "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in November. Iran's president said the measures were "psychological warfare" which aimed to "sow division among Iranians".
 

'Our chicken is safe' - US Embassy issues assurance on imported poultry

The United States Embassy is seeking to assure citizens that chicken imported from the United States is safe for consumption.

In a statement issued today, the US Embassy says that Trinidad and Tobago consumers can eat U.S. poultry with full confidence.

It states that the United States takes food safety very seriously and that all U.S. exports of poultry must, by law, be inspected and only poultry produced in federally-inspected plants and receiving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection can be exported.

After leaving T&T, Russian spy ship tracked 100 miles off US coast

Days after it left Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, has been spotted 100 miles south-east of North Carolina in international waters.

US military officials say the ship is now being tracked by the destroyer USS Cole and other naval assets.

The ship is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spy equipment and is designed to intercept communications signals.

After leaving Trinidad and Tobago it was observed close to the Dominican Republic as it made its way north.

Foreign Affairs Ministry defends decision to abstain in 'Jerusalem' vote

The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs is defending its position to abstain from voting on the United Nations General Assembly resolution to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void”.

According to the statement, the policy of Trinidad and Tobago has always been to support the two-states’ policy which means steadfast recognition of the state of Israel with secure territorial borders as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state.

It is in this context that any and all negotiations relating to the future of Jerusalem arise.

Trinidadian national held in immigration crackdown in New York

One Trinidadian national and nine with Caribbean origin have been arrested in an immigration crackdown in new york.

According to online reports, United States immigration and customs enforcement executed a six-day operation targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives.

Hoping to migrate to the United States? Embassy opens 2019 Diversity Lottery Programme

The U.S. Embassy has announced the opening of the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

The programme, which is often called the “Green Card Lottery,” is the only official lottery program for immigrant visas to the United States.

Registration began at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and ends at noon EDT on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

There is no fee to apply.

International: Jurors begin deliberations in Bill Cosby's trial

Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have started deliberating whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.

They got the case late Monday afternoon after each side delivered closing arguments.

The 79-year-old entertainer is charged with violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

His lawyer told the jury that the comedian and the Canadian woman who accuses him of drugging and molesting her were lovers who had enjoyed secret "romantic interludes."

International: North Korea tests another missile hoping to eventually achieve range of US mainland

North Korea announced Monday that it successfully tested a “newly-developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” deepening fears that Kim Jong Un could one day have a weapon capable of hitting the United States.

The test launch Sunday, the tenth so far in 2017, involved a “ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12,” according to North Korea’s state media agency KCNA.

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