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United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

United States (STL.News) – On March 19, the United States co-sponsored an event with Albania, Argentina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Romania, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to highlight the dire human rights situation in Venezuela. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Carrie Filipetti led … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

Venezuela buckles under massive power, communications outage

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s worst power and communications outage on Friday deepened a sense of isolation and decay, endangering hospital patients, forcing schools and businesses to close and cutting people off from their families, friends and the outside world. While electricity returned to some parts of Caracas nearly 24 hours after lights, phones and the … Continue reading Venezuela buckles under massive power, communications outage

United States | State Department Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

United States – Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. The Academy, in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, will equip women with the practical skills needed to … Continue reading United States | State Department Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Germany: Ex-execs make court deal over Colombia gun exports

BERLIN (AP) — Three former executives at German gun-maker Sig Sauer, including one who became CEO of a sister company in the United States, reached a deal with prosecutors over allegations they illegally exported arms to Colombia and likely won’t go to prison, a court official in Germany said Wednesday. Defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges … Continue reading Germany: Ex-execs make court deal over Colombia gun exports

BOGOTA, Colombia | Pence in Bogota to discuss ways to oust Venezuela’s Maduro

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital and … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia | Pence in Bogota to discuss ways to oust Venezuela’s Maduro

WASHINGTON | US and Venezuela opposition to discuss ways to oust Maduro

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. Vice President Mike Pence travels Monday to the Colombian capital to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US and Venezuela opposition to discuss ways to oust Maduro

CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro’s opponents escalate rhetoric in Venezuela’s crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido has called on the international community to consider “all options” to resolve Venezuela’s crisis, a dramatic escalation in rhetoric that echoes comments from the Trump administration hinting at potential U.S. military involvement. Guaido’s comments late Saturday came after a tumultuous day that saw President Nicolas Maduro’s forces … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro’s opponents escalate rhetoric in Venezuela’s crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro opponents boost military rhetoric in Venezuela crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido has called on the international community to consider “all options” to resolve Venezuela’s crisis, a dramatic escalation in rhetoric that echoes comments from the Trump administration hinting at potential U.S. military involvement. Guaido’s comments late Saturday came after a tumultuous day that saw President Nicolas Maduro’s forces … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro opponents boost military rhetoric in Venezuela crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and 300 injured. As night fell Saturday, opposition leader Juan Guaido refrained from … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to “do the right thing” by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said the security forces could protect civilians … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout the turbulent day, as police and protesters squared off … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Guaido asks nations to keep ‘all options’ open

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he will ask the international community to keep “all options open” in the fight to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power. Guaido’s call came after a turbulent day in which a U.S.-backed … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Guaido asks nations to keep ‘all options’ open

CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Venezuela’s Guaido will meet VP Pence in Bogota

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at a meeting Monday of regional diplomats. The emergency meeting of foreign ministers from the so-called Lima Group of mostly conservative Latin American nations … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Venezuela’s Guaido will meet VP Pence in Bogota

CUCUTA, Colombia | Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to music

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela‘s power struggle is set to become a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting his refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are stored. The … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to music

CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: US envoy Elliott Abrams is heading to Colombia

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:00 p.m. A U.S. envoy is heading to Colombia as part of a mission to send food and other emergency supplies to neighboring Venezuela amid a deepening political and economic crisis there. The State Department says Special Representative Elliott Abrams … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: US envoy Elliott Abrams is heading to Colombia

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travel to Miami and Cucuta, Colombia

United States – Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida and Cucuta, Colombia February 21-22 to support the delivery of humanitarian aid to some of the most vulnerable people in Venezuela in response to Interim President Guaido’s request. Special Representative Abrams will lead a U.S. government delegation to … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travel to Miami and Cucuta, Colombia

PORTLAND, Maine | Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela’s needy

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under a sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power. The $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect will reduce reliance on fossil fuels, … Continue reading PORTLAND, Maine | Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela’s needy

WASHINGTON | Pence to deliver speech on Venezuela in Colombia on Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Colombia next week to demonstrate continued U.S. support for the opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Pence’s office says he’ll deliver a speech Monday in Bogota on the humanitarian and security crisis in neighboring Venezuela, and U.S. efforts to help get aid to the country. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pence to deliver speech on Venezuela in Colombia on Monday

Florida News: Colombian Nationals Sentenced To 45 And 50 Years in Prison for Participating In Human Smuggling Event That Resulted In the Rape and Murder of Cuban Nationals

Florida – Two Colombian nationals were sentenced to 45 and 50 years in prison for their roles in a scheme to smuggle illegal aliens from Colombia into the United States, which resulted in the rape of one and the death of two Cuban nationals. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, … Continue reading Florida News: Colombian Nationals Sentenced To 45 And 50 Years in Prison for Participating In Human Smuggling Event That Resulted In the Rape and Murder of Cuban Nationals

CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent demise. Dozens of nations have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to the presidency and the U.S. has tightened sanctions aimed … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

CUCUTA, Colombia | Politics prevail in rush to supply Venezuela much-needed aid

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — For Anahis Alvarado, whose battle with kidney failure has become more desperate as Venezuela sinks deeper into crisis, the prospect of bringing in emergency medical and food supplies can’t come soon enough. She’s watched five fellow patients in her dialysis group die over the past few years due to inadequate care. … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Politics prevail in rush to supply Venezuela much-needed aid

BOGOTA, Colombia  | US sanctions Venezuelan media magnate, biggest TV network for alleged currency scheme benefiting government insiders

BOGOTA, Colombia —January 08, 2019— US sanctions Venezuelan media magnate, biggest TV network for alleged currency scheme benefiting government insiders. By  Associated Press

United States | Senior State Department Official Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Travel to Brazil and Colombia

United States – MODERATOR: Thank you, and good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us. Welcome to this background call to preview the Secretary’s travel to Brazil and Colombia from December 31 to January 2. As a reminder, today’s call is on background for attribution to a senior State Department official and will be embargoed … Continue reading United States | Senior State Department Official Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Travel to Brazil and Colombia

5 Overseas Retirement Hubs for Pampered, Luxury Living on the Cheap—InternationalLiving.com

  BALTIMORE/ DECEMBER 12, 2018 (STL.News) “In the right places abroad, retirees can automatically upgrade their retirement to one of pure luxury—and enjoy the perks of a swank lifestyle for far less than a comparable retirement back home would cost,” says Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor of International Living. “I’m talking high-end living. Only that eye-popping, … Continue reading 5 Overseas Retirement Hubs for Pampered, Luxury Living on the Cheap—InternationalLiving.com

Florida News: Colombian National, Fredis Valencia Palacios Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Participating in Human Smuggling Event that Resulted in the Rape and Murder of Cuban Nationals

Florida – A Colombian national was sentenced to 180 months in prison for his role in a scheme to smuggle illegal aliens from Colombia into the United States, which resulted in the rape of one and the death of two Cuban nationals. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney … Continue reading Florida News: Colombian National, Fredis Valencia Palacios Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Participating in Human Smuggling Event that Resulted in the Rape and Murder of Cuban Nationals

United States | Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel December 3-7 to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia to participate in a series of meetings with U.S. officials and foreign government authorities. The Assistant Secretary plans to review consular operations at our Passport Agency in San Juan, and at … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia