International

After leaving T&T, Russian spy ship tracked 100 miles off US coast

Days after it left Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, has been spotted 100 miles south-east of North Carolina in international waters.

US military officials say the ship is now being tracked by the destroyer USS Cole and other naval assets.

The ship is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spy equipment and is designed to intercept communications signals.

After leaving Trinidad and Tobago it was observed close to the Dominican Republic as it made its way north.

International: Pope marries flight attendants aboard flight in Chile

Pope Francis has performed the first ever wedding ceremony on board a plane travelling between cities in Chile.

Flight attendants Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, had been married earlier in a civil service but asked the Pope to bless their marriage while they travelled thousands of feet in the air.

The couple had said they were unable to conduct a ceremony in their church in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after it was damaged in an earthquake in 2010.

"Do you want me to marry you?" Pope Francis asked.

UK High Commission has no idea where attorney for Johnson got her "asylum" information

The British High Commission in Port of Spain says it does not know where the attorney for Dillian Johnson got information that he has been granted asylum in the United Kingdom.

The High Commission issued a statement today that all but denied that asylum was granted.

"The British High Commission in Port of Spain has seen claims made by Attorney Thalia Francis-Brooks on 11 January 2018. It is unclear where this attorney is obtaining her information, but it is obviously not from the UK authorities," the High Commission said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry defends decision to abstain in 'Jerusalem' vote

The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs is defending its position to abstain from voting on the United Nations General Assembly resolution to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void”.

According to the statement, the policy of Trinidad and Tobago has always been to support the two-states’ policy which means steadfast recognition of the state of Israel with secure territorial borders as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state.

It is in this context that any and all negotiations relating to the future of Jerusalem arise.

Police arrest Cubans camping outside UN building

A group of Cuban nationals who have been protesting outside the United Nations’ office in Port-of-Spain has been arrested.

The five women and four men, all of Cuban nationality were arrested just after 5.30 Wednesday afternoon and are expected to be charged with obstruction of a public passageway.

International: Derailed Amtrak passenger train plunges off bridge onto highway

An Amtrak passenger train derailed onto the I-5 freeway outside of Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) confirmed Monday.

The derailment caused all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in Pierce County to be closed, the Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted.

A highway camera showed at least one train car toppled onto the road, causing a traffic jam.

WSDOT tweeted that drivers should expect delays and avoid the area.

International: Derailed Amtrak passenger train plunges off bridge onto highway

An Amtrak passenger train derailed onto the I-5 freeway outside of Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) confirmed Monday.

The derailment caused all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in Pierce County to be closed, the Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted.

A highway camera showed at least one train car toppled onto the road, causing a traffic jam.

WSDOT tweeted that drivers should expect delays and avoid the area.

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