Chinese withdraw PM's invitation to 'high-level meeting'; replace it with state visit next year

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs has announced that Chinese officials have withdrawn the invitation to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to attend a 'high-level meeting' in China this year.

A statement by the ministry says the prime minister has instead been invited to visit China on a State Visit next year.

Last week Minister Stuart Young announced that the prime minister would attend the high-level meeting and then proceed immediately on a state visit.

International: Obama turns up for jury duty at Chicago court

Former president Barack Obama answered a jury summons Wednesday, arriving at a Chicago courthouse to perform the civic duty asked of all Americans - but was sent home just two hours later.

The former leader of the free world was the only juror to arrive by six-vehicle motorcade, however, accompanied by tight security and met by a throng of news media.

He left his Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood at 9:30am and arrived at the courthouse a half hour later.

His motorcade was made up of four black SUVs, a Chicago police SUV, and an Illinois State Police SUV. 

International: "Multiple injuries" in Lower Manhattan incident

Police in New York City are investigating reports that several people have been injured in an incident in lower Manhattan.

There were also unconfirmed reports that several cyclists had been run over by a vehicle.

One witness said a school bus had been damaged.

One person is in custody and police advised people to avoid the West Side Highway area of the city in lower Manhattan.

“A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus,” one person on scene tweeted. 

There are also reports of shots being fired.

This is a developing story.

International: Police officer shoots at actor mistaken for robber after 911 call

Police bodycam footage shows the moment an officer opened fire on an actor filming a robbery scene for a low-budget movie after a 911 call.

It shows Sgt. Matt Schroeter discharging his weapon in the direction of a masked man outside a pub in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Police responded to a 911 call about an armed robbery in progress, with the officer repeatedly shouting “drop the gun” before firing a single shot, which missed the actor.

The actor, who has been named by local media as Jeff Duff, responded: “We’re doing a movie!”

Deadliest mass shooting in US history - at least 50 killed, 200 injured in Las Vegas

America is reeling from the worst mass shooting in its history after at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Police say the shooter was 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, described as a local man, who opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel shortly after 10pm.

Officers say Paddock was shot and killed after they breached a room in the hotel, where he had stashed an 'arsenal' of weapons used during the massacre.

Deadly 7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City, flattens buildings

A powerful 7.1 magnitude quake has rocked Mexico City and left buildings flattened and people trapped.

Mexcian media reports say that at least 42 people are dead.

Shocking images show buildings collapsing and some exploding into huge fireballs as rooms violently sway.

Pictures show trapped locals being pulled from the rubble as people run around screaming franctically. 

A civil protection official has confirmed reports of fires in buildings, and that people are trapped.

International: North Korea launches missile over Japan

North Korea has fired an unidentified missile from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, with the missile passing over Japan.

The Japanese government said the missile had passed over Hokkaido and the country's military did not try to shoot it down.

They issued a nationwide alert - but particularly told residents in the country's north to take shelter.

The South Korean and US militaries are analysing details of the launch.

This is a developing story.

Dutch King, French President, British Foreign Secretary all head to the Caribbean

A number of foreign dignitaries are set to visit the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander visited Sint Maarten on Monday and is scheduled to fly to two other smaller Dutch islands on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron is also due to arrive on Saint Martin on Tuesday and the presidential plane will carry essential goods and materials.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Monday that local authorities will draw up evacuation lists for residents who want to to leave Saint Martin.

Illegal immigrants in Florida told, "Don't worry for now, go to shelters"

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, undocumented immigrants in search of shelter in Miami, Florida, have one less thing to worry about.

In a statement to the media and public on Wednesday, Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade, said that undocumented people in South Florida need not worry about deportation now that Hurricane Irma is potentially headed toward the Southern state.

"We don’t ask anybody for their identification," Gimenez said, and added, "Everybody who needs shelter in Miami-Dade County is welcome, and you should do so without any fear of any repercussions."