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Around the World: Canada Legalises recreational Cannabis sale

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.
The first blunt to be legally bought was purchased at midnight on Wednesday 
Politicians from multiple countries congratulated Canada saying, “Canada shows the way and others should follow suit”.
Canada’s government announced that it would introduce legislation to make it easier for Canadians who had been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to obtain a pardon.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.

T&T, Chile sign agreement to further trade

Government has agreed to advance discussions with Chile for a Partial Scope Trade Agreement (PSTA). 

This was disclosed by Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon.

The decision arose from a courtesy visit by the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile His Excellency Aníbal Barría Garcua. 

EA Sports removes Ronaldo image off website

EA Sports removed Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo's image from a photo of the FIFA 19 video game cover on its website on Friday.

The decision comes on the heels of the reopening of an investigation by the Las Vegas police into an allegation by American woman Kathryn Mayorga that Ronaldo raped her in a hotel room in 2009.

US Senate votes to advance Kavanaugh's nomination

The US Senate on Friday advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, 51-49, a critical step to open debate before a planned final vote this weekend.

As of Friday morning, four key senators still remained publicly undecided on whether to ultimately confirm the embattled nominee: Republican Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, along with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Murkowski voted against the motion to move forward Friday morning, later calling the cloture vote "a mistake."

Death toll in Indonesia earthquake & tsunami reaches 832

As rescue workers comb through chunks of concrete and lumber searching for survivors, Indonesian officials say that 832 people were killed in a powerful earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.

Two days after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island, the death toll has continuously risen and authorities say more bodies could still be recovered.

Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho estimates that 2.4 million people were impacted by Friday's earthquake.

Health Minister addresses Non-Communicable Diseases at UN

Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York.

Since the hosting of the first-ever Summit on NCDs in 2007, which resulted in the signing of the Port of Spain Declaration, Trinidad and Tobago has continued to play a leading role in the regional fight against NCDs.

The Health Ministry says that the implementation of the strategies to combat the NCD epidemic continues to be high on its agenda.

India's top court rules adultery is no longer a crime

India's top court has abolished a colonial-era law criminalizing extramarital sex, in a landmark ruling campaigners have hailed as a victory for women's rights.

Under the 158-year-old adultery law, known as Section 497, a man could be imprisoned for up to five years for engaging in sexual relations with a married woman without the consent of her husband.

The Supreme Court struck down the law Thursday, ruling it retrograde and discriminatory toward women.

US sanctions 2 Trinis for funding ISIS

The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated and sanctioned two T&T nationals  - an Emraan Ali and one Eddie Aleong - as financiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror network.

In a release, the US Department of the Treasury revealed, "As of January 2017, a Trinidadian ISIS supporter possibly planned to work with Eddie Aleong, to transfer funds to Emraan Ali, who would then provide the funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters in Syria."

International: EU to recommend end of daylight saving time

The European Union is to propose ending twice-yearly clock changes after a large-scale public survey, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.

According to Juncker, more than 80% of EU citizens want to abolish daylight saving time and instead remain on the time used during summer instead.

At the moment, each EU member state puts clocks forward one hour on the last Sunday of March and back again on the last Sunday in October.

"This debate about summertime, wintertime has been around for many years here," Juncker told German broadcaster ZDF.

International: Thousands gather to say goodbye to Senator McCain

Thousands have gathered along the streets of Arizona to bid farewell to late US Senator John McCain.

A hearse carrying McCain's casket has left the Arizona State Capitol and is taking the body of the longtime lawmaker, two-time presidential candidate and former POW to a Phoenix church for a public memorial service.

People carrying campaign style placards with the word "McCain" and holding U.S. flags lined part of the part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route the motorcade was taking Thursday to the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

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