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PM holds bilateral talks with president of Estonia

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid have held bilateral discussions during the morning of day two of the 30th Inter-sessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in St Kitts and Nevis.

The talks included dialogue on Estonia’s experience as a small country leveraging technology to establish itself as a digital leader in Europe and the possibilities for collaboration to enhance Trinidad and Tobago’s e-Government initiatives.

Int'l: R. Kelly pleads not guilty to all counts of aggravated sexual abuse

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

His attorney Steve Greenberg entered the plea for Kelly in a Chicago courtroom Monday. Greenberg also told the judge that Kelly has turned in his passport -- though the 52-year-old hasn't been able to post bail yet.

Kelly, one of the most successful R&B acts of all time, was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, prosecutors said.Three of the accusers would have been underage at the time of the alleged crimes.

US Vice-President meets with Guaido amidst Venezuela unrest

US Vice President Mike Pence told the US-recognized interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, that the U.S. is behind him "100 percent".

Pence made the comment during a trilateral meeting in Bogota, Colombia with Guiado and Colombian President Ivan Duque Pence.

While in Bogota, Pence and regional leaders are expected to discuss strategy to hasten the departure of disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and how to get humanitarian aid currently piling up on the border in Brazil and Colombia into Venezuela, where supplies of food and medicine have run low.

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.

'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.

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