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St Lucia's PM defends meeting with Trump

St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Tuesday defended his decision to meet with United states President Donald Trump on the ongoing economic and political situation in Venezuela, saying, “At the end of the day I was elected by St Lucians to represent St Lucia.”

Chastanet, along with the Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica, his Bahamas counterpart, Dr Hubert Minnis and the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise held a two-hour meeting with Trump at his private residence in Miami last Friday.

International: Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make that happen.

"Russia has to get out," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he met with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Two Russian air force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying nearly 100 Russian troops.

The US government believes the troops include special forces and cybersecurity personnel.

US announces new sanctions on Venezuela while Trump meets with Caribbean leaders

The Trump administration has announced additional sanctions for Venezuela in response to what it describes as the illegal arrest of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s chief of staff.

The Treasury Department announcement came while President Donald Trump met with leaders from five Caribbean nations, where Venezuela was at the top of the agenda.

The department is specifically targeting Venezuela’s national development bank, BANDES, and four additional subsidiaries that BANDES owns or controls.

Trump pressed aides about invading Venezuela last year

US President Donald Trump pressed his top military aides about whether he could invade Venezuela during an Oval Office discussion last year.

His inquiry came during a discussion about imposing sanctions on the South American country as it was roiled by political and economic crises, according to a report on Wednesday.

International: Trump, Putin agree to hold summit

Russia and the US have agreed to hold a summit between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump.

Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said the summit would take place in a mutually-convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed for preparations.

He said Moscow and Washington would announce the time and place of the summit on Thursday.

International: 'Armada' Trump claimed was heading to North Korea was actually heading to Australia

Four warships Donald Trump claimed were being sent to North Korea last week, were in fact steaming in the opposite direction to take part in military exercises with the Australian Navy over 3,500 miles away.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and three other ships in its fleet, which Mr Trump described as an “armada”, were said to have been deployed to the Sea of Japan as a “show of force” in response to North Korea’s missile tests, military officials said on April 8.

International: ISIS message calls Trump "foolish idiot"

Islamist terror group ISIS has unleashed contempt on both the United States and President Donald Trump in a new audio message, calling the latter a "foolish idiot."

ISIS spokesman Abu Hasan al-Muhajir narrates the roughly 37-minute message, which was released Tuesday.

"You (America) are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye," Muhajir says.

"There is no clearer sign of you being ruled by a foolish idiot who does not know what Levant or Iraq or Islam is, who continue(s) his hallucination to express his animosity and war against it (Islam)."

White House: Trump paid $38 million in income tax in 2005

President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on income of more than $150 million in 2005, the White House confirmed on Tuesday.

Trump made a "large-scale" write-off for construction losses in 2005, the White House said, in response to questions about a partial disclosure of his tax return from that year.

He also paid "millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes," an official said, without giving further details.

Trump to host Israel's PM as Palestinians fear shift in US policy

US President Donald Trump prepared to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday for talks that could shape the contours of future Middle East policy as Palestinians warned the White House not to abandon their goal of an independent state.

For decades, the idea of creating a Palestine living peacefully alongside Israel has been a bedrock U.S. position, though the last negotiations broke down in 2014.

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