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.

PM fears a violent attack

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is warning citizens of another possible coup d’etat against the Government similar to the July 1990 insurrection by the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen.

Speaking during a People’s National Movement meeting at the La Horquetta Regional Complex on Thursday night, Rowley, the head of the National Security Council, said citizens could wake up one morning to an attack against the country.

AG refers Terrorism Bill to JSC

ttorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday referred the Anti-Terrorism Bill to a Joint Select Committee comprising eight members with a report to be submitted by March 31.

Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis announced that five members of the House, among them Al-Rawi, Marlene McDonald, Prakash Ramadhar and herself, while three members from the Senate will be selected to form the committee.

Internationally: 10 confirmed dead in Russia metro explosion

At least 10 people have been killed and 50 more injured in explosions in the St Petersburg metro system.

There were blasts in two metro carriages at two stations, St Petersburg emergency services said.

News agency Interfax cited a source as saying at least one of the blasts was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel.

Fifty people were injured in the blasts, Andrey Kibitov, the head of the city governor's press service said on Twitter.