Venezuela government says it foils attempted mercenary 'incursion'

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government said it foiled a marine incursion on Sunday by “terrorist mercenaries” who attempted to enter the country on speedboats from neighboring Colombia. President Nicolas Maduro frequently accuses political adversaries of attempting to overthrow his administration with the support of the United States, which has vowed to force him from office through sanctions that have crippled

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Venezuela blackout: Maduro blames US for power outage

Venezuela blames opposition leader Juan Guaido and the US after much of the country plunged into darkness. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed “American imperialism” for a prolonged power outage which affected most of the South American country. The embattled president blamed the blackout on “the electrical war announced and directed by American imperialism against our people”, he said

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Russian foreign minister says efforts to remove Venezuela's Maduro not 'useful'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a visit to Mexico City on Thursday criticized attempts to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as not “useful” and denounced U.S. foreign policy in the region. Lavrov blamed U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido for the collapse of last year’s talks with the Venezuelan government in Oslo, and said both

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Volunteers ready US aid for Venezuela, Maduro vows to block it

Volunteers prepare assistance packets as Maduro describes the aid as ‘fake’, part of coup attempt. Cucuta, Colombia – Volunteers in the Colombian border city of Cucuta began preparing US aid packets for Venezuelans, despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowing to not let in what he called on Friday “fake humanitarian” assistance. The aid, which arrived in Cucuta on Thursday, includes

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Spain's foreign minister to meet Venezuela's Guaido

MADRID (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido will visit Spain and meet the new foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Spain’s government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said on Tuesday, without providing further details of the visit. “Guaido is the interim president, and what our government has called for … is that elections be held in Venezuela and democratic processes be

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How Venezuela could help Iran mount an attack against America

If Tehran plans further retaliation for Qassem Soleimani’s elimination, Venezuela could pose a threat. Iran is second only to Cuba as Venezuela’s top ally. “Until 2006 our relation with Iran was minimal,” says Maibort Petit, a Venezuelan journalist currently based in the United States. That year, she says, Venezuela’s then-President Hugo Chavez traveled to Tehran and all but fell in

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Venezuela's Guaido seeks EU 'blood gold' designation for informal mining

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Thursday urged the European Union to officially label as “blood gold” the precious metal informally mined in the country’s southern jungles as he seeks to increase pressure on the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro’s government since 2016 has supported artisanal mining in the Venezuelan Amazon to bring in revenue amid

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Venezuela's Maduro did not discuss new loans with Putin: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro did not discuss new loans for Caracas at talks in Moscow, but that they had touched on military technical cooperation. Maduro and Putin met in Moscow on Wednesday. Moscow has been one of Maduro’s biggest backers in the face of what

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U.S. sanctions target food subsidy scam in Venezuela, charges businessman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on 10 people and 13 groups in a Venezuelan food subsidy scheme the U.S. Treasury said lined the pockets of President Nicolas Maduro, his stepsons and others as ordinary Venezuelans suffer food shortages. The Treasury Department said Colombian national Alex Nain Saab orchestrated a vast corruption network for food imports

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