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US chides Guyana for honouring late terror convict

The US government has chastised Guyana for honouring the life of a former politician convicted of plotting to blow up fuel tanks at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The US said in a statement that a legislative resolution upholding the life and work of Abdul Kadir was an “insensitive and thoughtless act” that disregarded the gravity of his actions.

Int'l: North Korea sent US $2M medical bill for Otto Warmbier's care

North Korea has slapped the US with a $2 million bill for the hospital care of Otto Warmbier - forcing an American official to sign a pledge to fork over the money before being allowed to fly the comatose student back home from Pyongyang in 2017, according to a new report.

The US envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student from the rogue regime signed an agreement to pay the bill on instructions passed down from President Trump, two people familiar with the situation told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity.

International: Joe Biden announces 2020 presidential bid

After months of deliberation, former US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his decision to run for president for a third time, answering one of the biggest outstanding questions about the makeup of the 2020 race.

The announcement came in a campaign video released Thursday morning.

In his campaign announcement video, Biden rebuked the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 and President Donald Trump's handling of the aftermath.

T&T's representative, others walk out on Venezuelan envoy at OAS meeting

Trinidad and Tobago's ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), was one of four Caribbean representatives that walked out of an OAS meeting, just before a Venezuelan representative addressed delegates.

Gustavo Tarre, an envoy representing the Venezuelan opposition, was addressing the OAS where he called on the organisation to help with the "reconstruction of Venezuela."

His address came days after Nicolas Maduro called for a celebration for Venezuela's departure from the OAS.

International: Death toll in Sri Lankan church/hotel bombings rises to 321

The death toll from the Easter Sunday bombing attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 321.

About 500 people were injured and 38 foreigners are among the fatal victims.

The information was released during a session of Parliament, in which its current Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, announced the emergency regulations recently promulgated in the country.

About 40 suspects have been arrested in connection with the bombing attacks occurred during the Easter Sunday celebrations, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

International: Famed 850-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral on fire

A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building.

The cause was not immediately clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work.

Images on social media show plumes of smoke billowing into the air above the 850-year-old Gothic building.

Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the cathedral, which was starting to crumble.

A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon.

T&T yacht attacked by Venezuelans on high seas

President of the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago (YSATT) Tommy Johnson, has reported an attack on a yacht by eight Venezuelan nationals.

Johnson, posting to the YSATT's Facebook page, said that around 10.30 am Sunday, Sylph, a 55-foot Beneteau sailboat, was positioned about 15 nautical miles north-east of the Hibiscus oil platform, when it was approached by a group of eight Venezuelans in an attempted piracy attack.

Greenlight for Venezuelans: Cabinet sets two-week registration process

Cabinet has agreed to open a two-week registration for Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago, to allow then an initial stay of six months in which they can also work in Trinidad and Tobago.

The decision is for Venezuelans who arrive here legally or illegally.

The two-week amnesty will begin on May 31st and run until June 14th.

Government Minister Stuart Young told today's post-Cabinet media conference that five registration centres will be set up with interpreters for the registration process.

US Ambassador meets with PM

United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Mondello has met with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today.

The meeting took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

The Office of the Prime Minister said Dr Rowley received a courtesy call from United States Ambassador, Joseph N. Mondello today at the Diplomatic Center, St Ann’s.

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses and Minister of National Security, Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young also attended the meeting.

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