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United States | Temporary Departure of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

United States – Today, all U.S. diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country. I know it is a difficult moment for them. They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people’s aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families. U.S. diplomats will now continue that mission … Continue reading United States | Temporary Departure of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

The Latest: Russia’s Rosneft rejects US claim on sanctions

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela’s political and economic crisis (all times local): 7:10 a.m. Russian state oil company Rosneft has rejected accusations by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it is violating sanctions on Venezuela. Pompeo said Monday that Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin — a close ally of Russian President Vladimir … Continue reading The Latest: Russia’s Rosneft rejects US claim on sanctions

United States | Remarks to the Press

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for being here. I want to make some brief remarks about the situation, an update on the situation in Venezuela, an update on U.S. activity related to Venezuela. Over the past few days, Venezuelans have been thrown literally into darkness thanks to a massive electrical blackout. … Continue reading United States | Remarks to the Press

US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP)— The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, for allegedly trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at Cuba and Russia for continuing to support Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and contributing to … Continue reading US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

More blackouts hit Venezuela as opposition, government rally

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)   — The Venezuelan opposition and government loyalists held rival demonstrations in Caracas on Saturday, as both sides prepared for what some fear could be a protracted power struggle. Meanwhile, more power and communications outages hit Venezuela, intensifying the hardship of a country paralyzed by economic and political crisis. The blackout heightened tension between … Continue reading More blackouts hit Venezuela as opposition, government rally

As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition protesters on Saturday confronted security forces on a main avenue in Caracas, venting their anger over a nationwide blackout, shortages of basic necessities and the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrators on Avenida Victoria in the Venezuelan capital pushed against the shields of riot police, who later withdrew from … Continue reading As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

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

Venezuela plunges into darkness amid widespread outage

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Much of Venezuela plunged into darkness Thursday evening, creating chaos as people struggled to navigate their way home amid what appeared to be one of the biggest blackouts yet in a country where power failures have become common. The power outage began just as commuters were leaving work. Hundreds crammed the … Continue reading Venezuela plunges into darkness amid widespread outage

German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

BERLIN (AP) — The presence of foreign diplomats at the Caracas airport earlier this week helped prevent the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, Germany’s foreign minister said Thursday. Heiko Maas said he expressly asked Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Kriener, to join other envoys at the airport on Monday. He told reporters in … Continue reading German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

Venezuela’s adversaries seek to show resolve in crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela  (AP)  — Appearing a day after his rival returned home to a tumultuous welcome, President Nicolas Maduro denounced his opponents in a speech Tuesday at a military ceremony but did not refer by name to opposition leader Juan Guaido. The man who says he is the rightful president, meanwhile, escalated his campaign to … Continue reading Venezuela’s adversaries seek to show resolve in crisis

United States | Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

United States – The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela. The United States and freedom-loving nations around the world stand with Interim President Guaido, the National … Continue reading United States | Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

United States | The United States Sanctions Illegitimate Maduro Regime Security Officials Associated With Violence and Obstruction of International Humanitarian Assistance

United States – Today, the United States took action against six security officials of the illegitimate Maduro regime associated with obstruction of the entry of international humanitarian aid into Venezuela or violence against those who attempted to deliver this assistance. Sanctions were imposed on Richard Jesus Lopez Vargas, Commanding General of the Venezuelan National Guard, … Continue reading United States | The United States Sanctions Illegitimate Maduro Regime Security Officials Associated With Violence and Obstruction of International Humanitarian Assistance

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

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: WHAT TOOK BEST PICTURE AT OSCARS In an upset, the segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” is crowned top film at the 91st Academy Awards. Not everyone, notably Spike Lee among others, was happy with the result. TRUMP REFRAMES … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

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 | 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 | National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s National Guard fired tear gas on opposition activists at a barricaded border bridge to Colombia on Saturday, and two protesters were killed near the border in Brazil, as the opposition tried to execute a high-risk plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the obstinate refusal of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leader … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As a showdown looms over humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro closed off his country’s border with Brazil, vowing on Thursday to block the emergency food and medicine that has rallied his opponents and which he claims is part of a U.S.-led coup plot. Amid the mounting tensions, opposition … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

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

United States | The United States Delivers Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Cucuta, Colombia for the People of Venezuela

United States – The United States is responding to Interim President Juan Guaido’s request to help meet the urgent needs of the people of Venezuela. On February 16, the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense, in a cooperative effort, will deliver aid ready for distribution within Venezuela to Cucuta, Colombia. This whole-of-government … Continue reading United States | The United States Delivers Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Cucuta, Colombia for the People of Venezuela

United States | U.S. Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

United States – The United States remains steadfast in its support of Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido, the transitional government, and the Venezuelan people. We will continue to use the full weight of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy. Today, the United States took action to continue to … Continue reading United States | U.S. Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini today in Brussels to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation on a range of key issues, including efforts to restore democracy to Venezuela and support Interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly, … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, and Iceland

United States – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik February 11–15. On February 11, he will arrive in Budapest, Hungary, where he will meet with Prime Minister Orban, Foreign Minister Szijjarto, Defense Minister Benko to discuss a range of issues in the U.S.-Hungary bilateral relationship, including … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, and Iceland

United States | Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan’s Meeting With Peruvian Vice Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela

United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Peruvian Vice Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela yesterday in Washington, D.C. The Deputy Secretary and the Vice Foreign Minister discussed Peru’s key role in the Lima Group to support the restoration of democracy in … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan’s Meeting With Peruvian Vice Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela

United States | Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President by Several European Countries

United States – We welcome the decision today by Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to recognize Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. We are also heartened by the European Parliament’s January 31 resolution recognizing Juan Guaido as … Continue reading United States | Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President by Several European Countries