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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

United States | Briefing With Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams

United States (STL.News) – MR PALLADINO: Welcome back. It’s Friday and we have with us Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. Thank you for joining us again. Please. MR ABRAMS: You’re very welcome. I’m going to start taking attendance and see how much interest there is here. (Laughter.) A few things to start with. The … Continue reading United States | Briefing With Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States (STL.News)- Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will hold an on-camera, on-the-record briefing TODAY, Friday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

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

US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country’s embassy in Caracas had become a “constraint” on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The announcement came from Secretary of State … Continue reading US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

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

Chaos spreads in Venezuela after days without power

CARACAS, Venezuela(AP)— Venezuelans on Monday converged on a polluted river in Caracas to fill water bottles and held scattered protests in several cities as a growing sense of chaos took hold in a country where people have had little power, water and communications for days. A 3-year-old girl with a brain tumor languished in a … Continue reading Chaos spreads in Venezuela after days without power

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

United States | The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

United States – Today, the United States sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela. With this action, we are targeting a financial institution involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy. As Maduro’s isolation grows, so do his desperate attempts to expand his corrupt network. Maduro’s enablers, … Continue reading United States | The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

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

The Latest: IDB will have until March 15 to decide on Guaido

CARACAS, Venezuela(AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The 48 member countries of the Inter-American Development Bank will have until March 15 to vote whether they accept opposition leader Juan Guaido as the bank’s governor from Venezuela. An IDB official told The Associated Press the board of 14 … Continue reading The Latest: IDB will have until March 15 to decide on Guaido

The Latest: World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco $8bn

CARACAS, Venezuela(AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An international arbitration tribunal is ruling that Venezuela must pay ConocoPhillips more than $8 billion as compensation for the government’s expropriation of the U.S. oil giant’s investments in Venezuela in 2007. The World Bank‘s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 … Continue reading The Latest: World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco $8bn

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams

United States – MR PALLADINO: Happy Friday, everybody. QUESTION: Happy Friday. MR PALLADINO: Good to see you all. We have back again this week Special Representative for Venezuela. QUESTION: An encore performance. MR PALLADINO: There is important things to talk about, so let’s get to it, please. MR ABRAMS: Okay, hi. I wanted to provide … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams

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

Power outage reported throughout much of Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An electrical outage has left much of Venezuela without power in what authorities are decrying as an act of “sabotage.” Local media reported Thursday that nearly the entire nation is experiencing a blackout just as workers begin their commute home. State-owned electricity operator CORPOELEC blamed the outage as part of a “power … Continue reading Power outage reported throughout much of Venezuela

24 senators ask Trump to protect Venezuelans in US

WASHINGTON(AP) — A group of 23 Democratic and one Republican senators asked President Donald Trump Thursday to protect Venezuelan citizens currently in the United States from deportation, given the crisis rocking the South American country. The 24 senators, including Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, asked Trump to designate Venezuelans for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Florida’s Marco Rubio … Continue reading 24 senators ask Trump to protect Venezuelans in US

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

Guaido returns to Venezuela, calls for more street protests

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)— A defiant Juan Guaido returned home to Venezuela on Monday despite concerns the opposition leader might be detained and urged supporters at a rally to intensify their campaign to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The 35-year-old leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly showed off his passport before climbing onto scaffolding and … Continue reading Guaido returns to Venezuela, calls for more street protests

United States | The United States Revokes U.S. Entry of Maduro-Aligned Individuals and Family

United States – As Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced earlier today, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy. We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families. On February 28, we revoked the visas of 49 individuals. Maduro supporters that abuse or violate … Continue reading United States | The United States Revokes U.S. Entry of Maduro-Aligned Individuals and Family

United States | Briefing on Venezuela

United States – MR ABRAMS: Good morning. Apologize in advance for the cough. QUESTION: Everyone’s got it. MR ABRAMS: Then I take back the apology. A few things to start with. First, there was a session of the UN Security Council yesterday on Venezuela. The United States presented a resolution that got the requisite nine … Continue reading United States | Briefing on Venezuela

The Latest: Pence urges freeze on Venezuela oil assets

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly’s attorney entered not guilty pleas on the singer’s behalf Monday after Kelly was charged with sexually abusing four victims dating back to 1998, including three underage teenagers. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, walked into a Chicago courtroom wearing an orange jail jumpsuit after … Continue reading The Latest: Pence urges freeze on Venezuela oil assets

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

U.S. Department of State News: Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

WASHINGTON (STL.News) The U.S. Department of State released the following statement, Saturday, February 23, 2019.  Additionally,  the State Department released the video on February 24, 2019.  Statement is as follows: Today has been a historic day.  Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world.  … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

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