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Hawking's ashes interred between Isaac Newton & Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey

The ashes of world-renowned physicist and philosopher, Stephen Hawking, who died in March, has been interred between the tombs of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in London’s Westminster Abbey.

This followed a memorial service Friday.

Hawking died at 76 from a progressive neurodegenerative disease that he lived with for decades. 

After the service, Hawking’s voice was set to be beamed into space.

His words, which his daughter, Lucy Hawking, said are a message of peace and hope, was set to music by Greek composer Vangelis.

International: Trump's former campaign chairman goes to jail

A judge in the United States has revoked the house arrest of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, ordering that he be held in jail while awaiting trial. 

Paul Manafort was ordered into custody on Friday following new obstruction of justice charges filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week.

Manafort is facing multiple charges of money laundering, bank fraud and illegal lobbying. He was among the first to be indicted by Mueller, who is heading up the main investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections.

Mondello promises to use federal agencies to target ISIS recruiting in T&T

Donald Trump's pick as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, has told a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that if confirmed, he would seek help from federal agencies to reduce the rate of ISIS recruiting in T&T and would urge T&T to drop its OAS support for Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

Mondello, 80, also said he would address sex and drug trafficking and support human rights and women’s empowerment, during questioning on Wednesday.

International: Trump & Kim will meet alone with just interpreters in room

 US President Trump plans to speak alone with Kim Jong Un during their historic summit meeting in less that 12 hours from now, officials said Monday.

The US president is facing a high-stakes challenge to get North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.

The one-on-one session, plus translators, will supplement bigger meetings involving the leaders and their aides about proposals to help North Korea if it agrees to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

Reddock elected to UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Trinidad and Tobago's Professor Rhoda Reddock has received the highest number of votes at the United Nations Elections for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 2019-2022.

Confirmation came from a tweet by the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Ambassador Pennelope Beckles.

Ambassador Beckles says there were 16 candidates 12 were elected.

.The Caribbean will now have two seats on CEDAW represented by the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.

Trump's nominee for US Ambassador to T&T faces Senate Committee next week

The man nominated to become the next United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, will appear before a U.S. Senate hearing on June 13, the Foreign Relations Committee said Wednesday.

Mondello, the former Nassau County Republican chairman, who stepped down on May 24 from the powerful party post that he held for 35 years, will be one of three of President Donald Trump’s nominees to appear before the panel chaired by Senator Marco Rubio.

T&T abstains as OAS votes to suspend Venezuela

The Organization of American States has passed a resolution to call an Extraordinary Assembly to vote on suspending Venezuela from the 34-member group after President Nicolas Maduro’s widely condemned re-election last month.

The OAS’s General Assembly in Washington voted, with 19 member states in favor, four against and 11 abstaining, to take the first step to suspending the South American nation.

Trinidad and Tobago was among the countries that abstained from the vote.

Death toll reaches 75 as Guatemala volcano erupts again

The death toll has risen in Guatemala as explosions continue to escalate at the country’s Fuego volcano.

Three days after the volcano’s first eruption, search, rescue and recovery efforts still remain in effect for the millions of people affected by the blasts, with many of the small towns surrounding Fuego covered in thick ash and flowing debris.

In a press conference on Tuesday evening, Sergio Cabanas — the head of the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) — said that 192 people are still reported missing.

Happening Now: Huge fire breaks out in London's five-star Knightsbridge hotel

Fifteen fire engines and over 100 firefighters and officers have responded to a fire in Knightsbridge, central London, London Fire Brigade said. 

Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire brigade said the cause of the blaze was not yet known, but confirmed 35 calls had been made to the fire. 

London Fire Brigade confirmed said: "Fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers have been called to a visible fire in William Street in Knightsbridge.

Cuba's Vice Foreign Minister on working visit to T&T

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Díaz, will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago today on a working visit, the Cuban Embassy has said.

The Cuban diplomat will be accompanied by the Director of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Division of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Jorge Luis Mayo Fernández.

The Deputy Minister will develop a programme that includes meeting with Trinidadian counterpart Jennifer Daniel, with Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of the Caribbean country, Dennis Moses and Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon.

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