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International: Trump appears to side with Putin on US Intelligence agencies

President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to publicly side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies, refusing to condemn the Kremlin for interference in the 2016 election and saying that “I don’t see any reason” to believe that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic computer servers.

Passenger tries to smuggle python on flight from Miami to Barbados

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a passenger on his way to Barbados attempting to sneak a snake on a plane on Sunday.

TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was placed in a checked bag”.

The ‘organic mass’ was detected by baggage screening and then a TSA bomb expert was called to investigate the inside of the electronic component where the baby Python was found.

Jeremy Hunt appointed new UK Foreign Secretary

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed the new British foreign secretary, following Boris Johnson's resignation over Theresa May's Brexit plans.

Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, has served as Health Secretary since 2012.

On Monday, high-profile Brexiteer and Conservative MP Johnson announced he was resigning from the Cabinet, following the agreement of a Brexit proposal that would see the UK retain close links to the European Union after exiting the organisation.

UK Foreign Secretary resigns over Brexit plans

Boris Johnson has resigned as foreign secretary, becoming the third minister in 24 hours to walk out of the government rather than back Theresa May’s plans for a soft Brexit.

The prime minister hammered out a compromise with her deeply divided cabinet in an all-day meeting at Chequers on Friday, but after consulting friends and allies, Johnson decided he could not promote the deal.

Jamaican woman raises fresh claim of inhumane treatment by T&T Immigration

Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque says he is not aware of an incident, which was Thursday's Jamaica Observer front-page story, in which a Jamaican woman and her four-month-old son were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago, and as a result he was reluctant to comment on the issue.

The woman, who is from St Mary, has accused Trinidad immigration of inhumane treatment.

“I am not aware of the incident at all, so I am a little bit reluctant to comment on something that I am not aware of,” LaRocque said yesterday.

Mottley moves to speed up free movement of Caricom citizens

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that her Cabinet will extend the most favoured-nation treatment principle to all CARICOM citizens as a matter of urgency.

Article 8 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas states: "Subject to the provisions of this Treaty, each Member State shall, with respect to any rights covered by this Treaty, accord to another Member State treatment no less favourable than that accorded to:

(a)        a third Member State; or

(b)        third States."

Trump pressed aides about invading Venezuela last year

US President Donald Trump pressed his top military aides about whether he could invade Venezuela during an Oval Office discussion last year.

His inquiry came during a discussion about imposing sanctions on the South American country as it was roiled by political and economic crises, according to a report 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.

US official: Let nationals who travelled to ISIS territories come home

Director of Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at US Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, Irfan Saeed, is lobbying Government to allow citizens who travelled to ISIS conflict zones in the Middle East, in particular women and children, to return home if they desire. Once here, however, he said Government should give them support so they can go on to re-establish their lives where possible.

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