Mondello confirmed as next US ambassador to T&T

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Joseph Mondello as U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.

Mondello recently faced a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and said that if confirmed, he would seek help from federal agencies to reduce the rate of ISIS recruiting in T&T and would urge T&T to drop its OAS support for Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

Mondello, 80, also said he would address sex and drug trafficking and support human rights and women’s empowerment, during questioning on Wednesday.

International: Trump, Putin agree to hold summit

Russia and the US have agreed to hold a summit between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump.

Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said the summit would take place in a mutually-convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed for preparations.

He said Moscow and Washington would announce the time and place of the summit on Thursday.

Supreme Court upholds Trump's travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency on Tuesday, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

The 5-4 ruling, with the court's five conservatives in the majority and Chief Justice John Roberts writing the decision, ends for now a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy represented an unlawful Muslim ban.

US Chargé d’Affaires: Legislative changes necessary to combat terrorism, ISIS recruiting

Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy John McIntyre believes legislative changes must be made if T&T and the rest of the Caribbean region have to successfully combat counter-terrorism and recruitment of ISIS foreign terrorist fighters.

Responding to questions from the media after donating two shallow search and rescue watercraft to the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation yesterday, McIntyre said counterterrorism was discussed at a meeting of all US ambassadors recently.

US donates two search and rescue dinghies to Penal/Debe Corporation

The Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation has received two shallow search and rescue water crafts (dingy) from the U.S. government to assist in its disaster preparedness during the 2018 rainy season.

At the handing over ceremony today at the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, Debe, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre said while the project “will only scratch the surface in disaster response by providing a mode of transportation to communities isolated by floods, it is indicative of our longstanding partnership.”

Four US students awarded scholarships to study in T&T

Quite often it's students from Trinidad and Tobago getting scholarships to study in the United States but four US students have been granted scholarships to study in Trinidad and Tobago over the summer period.

The four students are from the Albany State University, who have all been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

They include;

- Asia Clemmons, a junior social work major;

- Tamia Hurst, a sophomore sociology major;

- Vivia Johnson, a senior psychology major;

and Nikesia Patrick, a sophomore psychology major.

International: First Lady Melania Trump and son Baron move into White House

After nearly five months of living apart, President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple’s young son have finally moved into the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mother and son broke with tradition by living at Trump Tower in New York since the inauguration so that Barron, now 11, could finish the school year uninterrupted; the president lived and worked at the White House.

International: US test-fires interceptor at intercontinental ballistic missile

The US military has carried out the first test of a missile defence system against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Officials said the test of the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was successful.

Pentagon officials said the test was to simulate the capability for responding to a hypothetical North Korean ICBM.

The ICBM was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific and was equipped with a warhead which would approximate the qualities of a nuclear warhead.