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Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela's Guaido

"It's absolutely important that it's not just talk - that there will be real investment," Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness told reporters after the meeting. The nations have broken from other members of the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, in their support for Guaido. The organization has officially advocated for talks between President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido, and most of its members have rejected resolutions by the Organization of American States supporting Guaido.


Venezuela's Maduro plans 'deep restructuring' of government: VP

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is planning a "deep restructuring" of his government, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Sunday, as the country recovers from a prolonged blackout amid a power struggle with the opposition. "President @NicolasMaduro has asked the entire executive Cabinet to put their roles up for review in a deep restructuring of the methods and functions of the Bolivarian government, to protect the fatherland of Bolivar and Chavez from any threat," Rodriguez wrote on Twi...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Cabinet, Maduro, Rodriguez, Chavez, Simon Bolivar, Delcy Rodriguez


Bolivia's Morales says Venezuela needs dialogue, not foreign meddling

Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales, a supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, said on Friday that European nations should support a dialogue within the country. Morales, who is on a visit to Greece, said meddling in the domestic affairs of another country never bodes well. "History has taught that there have been many interventions from the outside, such as the case of Libya and Iraq, and they never offered a solution", Morales said in translated comments after meeting Greek Pr...
Tags: Science, Greece, Iraq, Libya, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Bolivia, Evo Morales, Morales


U.S. considers sanctions to restrict Visa, Mastercard in Venezuela: official

The United States is considering imposing financial sanctions that could prohibit Visa Inc , Mastercard Inc and other financial institutions from processing transactions in Venezuela, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday. The move, which has not been finalized, would represent another step in tightening the financial noose on the government of President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters. The sanctions would be targeted at the elite and groups loyal to Maduro, including memb...
Tags: Science, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, Maduro, Visa MasterCard, Visa Inc Mastercard Inc


Pompeo says all U.S. diplomats have left Venezuela

All U.S. diplomats remaining in Venezuela left the country on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, amid a political crisis over the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro's 2018 re-election. "U.S. diplomats will now continue that mission from other locations where they will continue to help manage the flow of humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people and support the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny," Pompeo said in a statement. A U.S. official said the diplomats wer...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Four dead, hundreds detained after Venezuela blackout: rights groups

The OPEC nation suffered its worst blackout in history last week following technical problems that the government of President Nicolas Maduro called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage but critics dismissed as the result of incompetence. Rights groups Provea and the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict said via Twitter that three people were killed in the central state of Lara and one person was killed in the western state of Zulia. Alfredo Romero of rights group Foro Penal said at a news conf...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Lara, Alfredo Romero, Foro Penal, Provea, Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict


China offers help to Venezuela to restore power

China offered on Wednesday to help Venezuela restore its power grid, after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record. Maduro, who retains control of the military and other state institutions as well as the backing of Russia and China, has blamed Washington for his nation's economic turmoil and denounced opposition leader Juan Guaido as a puppet of the United States. With the power...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Russia, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Juan Guaido


Venezuela congress declares 'state of alarm' over blackout

Much of Venezuela remained without power on Monday, although electricity had largely returned to the capital of Caracas following an outage on Thursday that President Nicolas Maduro called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage. The outage has added to discontent in a country already suffering from hyperinflation and a political crisis resulting from opposition leader Juan Guaido assuming the interim presidency after declaring Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud. "Nothing is normal in Venezuela, and we ...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Maduro, Juan Guaido, Guaido


Venezuelan blackout hits oil exports, residents scramble for food

President Nicolas Maduro, who has blamed the unprecedented blackout on sabotage by the United States at Venezuela's Guri hydroelectric dam, ordered the suspension of classes and the working day, as he had on Friday. Sources in the oil sector, OPEC member Venezuela's main source of foreign earnings and a vital generator of revenue for Maduro's government, said that exports from the primary port of Jose had been halted by the blackouts. The opposition-controlled congress called an emergency sess...
Tags: Science, Opec, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Jose


Venezuelans scramble for food and water as oil exports hit by blackout

President Nicolas Maduro, who has blamed the unprecedented blackout on sabotage by the United States at Venezuela's Guri hydroelectric dam, again ordered the suspension of classes and the working day, as he had on Friday. Sources in the energy sector, OPEC member Venezuela's main source of foreign earnings and a vital generator of revenue for Maduro's government, said that exports from the main oil terminal of Jose had been halted by the blackouts. The opposition-controlled congress called an ...
Tags: Science, Opec, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Jose


Maduro Says "Multiple Cyberattacks" Backed by U.S. to Blame for Four Days of Widespread Blackouts

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro—whose administration has been faced with a massive economic crisis, allegations of election-rigging, and a growing power struggle with U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó—is blaming the country’s fourth consecutive day of widespread power outages on U.S.-backed…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, Electricity, Venezuela, South America, Cyber Attacks, Nicolás Maduro, Cyber Warfare, Latin America, Maduro, Electrical Grid, Juan Guaido


Nerves fray, tempers flare as Venezuela blackout hits fourth day

Authorities have managed to provide only patchy access to power since the outage began on Thursday in what President Nicolas Maduro called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage, but critics insist it is the result of incompetence and corruption. With no coherent official explanation of the problem or likely time frame for solving it, Venezuelans, who have for years found ways to laugh about the privations of the economic crisis, are now fretting that the blackout could extend indefinitely. The countr...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro


Venezuela enters fourth day of blackout as Maduro blames U.S. cyberattack

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro - who is facing a challenge to his rule by the leader of the opposition-led congress, Juan Guaido - has blamed the blackout on an act of "sabotage" by the United States at the Guri hydroelectric dam, but experts say it is the outcome of years of underinvestment. "The national electrical system has been subject to multiple cyberattacks," Maduro wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "However, we are making huge efforts to restore stable and definitive supply in the comin...
Tags: Science, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Juan Guaido, Guaido


Venezuela enters fourth day of blackout as Maduro blames U.S. for power outage

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro - who is facing a challenge to his rule by the leader of the opposition-led congress, Juan Guaido - has blamed the blackout on an act of "sabotage" by the United States at the Guri hydroelectric dam, but experts say it is the outcome of years of underinvestment. Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was fraudulent. Despite pressure from frequent opposition marches and U.S. sanctions ...
Tags: Science, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Juan Guaido, Guaido, Elliott Abrams the Trump


Venezuela shuts schools, businesses as blackout enters second day

Much of Venezuela had no electricity since Thursday afternoon due to problems at the Guri dam plant, in a long blackout that affected the telephone network and the metro service in Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro "has suspended classes and the working day today in order to facilitate the efforts for the recovery of electric service in the country," wrote Vice President Delcy Rodríguez on her Twitter account. On Thursday, the Minister of Electric Energy Luis Motta Domínguez attributed the di...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Guri, Luis Motta Dominguez, Delcy Rodriguez, Minister of Electric Energy


Venezuela shuts schools, suspends working day as blackout continues

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government shut schools and suspended working hours on Friday after the capital Caracas and other major cities awoke without electricity due to a problem that struck the South American country's main hydroelectric plant on Thursday. President Nicolas Maduro "has suspended classes and the working day today in order to facilitate the efforts for the recovery of electric service in the country," wrote Vice President Delcy Rodríguez on her Twitter account. (Re...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Reuters Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, Vivian Sequera


China warns of repeating history's mistakes with Venezuela

The Chinese government's top diplomat issued a stern warning on Friday against interfering in Venezuela or imposing sanctions on the South American nation, saying history offered a clear lesson about not "following the same old disastrous road". China has repeatedly called for outsiders not to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs and has stuck by the embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Most Western nations have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of sta...
Tags: Science, China, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, South American, Juan Guaido


Venezuela expels German ambassador for meddling, detains journalist

Venezuela's government expelled the German ambassador on Wednesday, while press advocacy groups said an American journalist had been detained, as embattled President Nicolas Maduro cracks down on a challenge to his rule. Ambassador Daniel Kriener was expelled two days after he and diplomats from other embassies welcomed home opposition leader Juan Guaido at the Caracas airport. "Venezuela considers it unacceptable that a foreign diplomat carries out in its territory a public role closer to tha...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Juan Guaido, Daniel Kriener


Venezuela expels German ambassador for meddling in internal affairs

Venezuela's government said on Wednesday it had expelled the German ambassador for interfering in the country's internal affairs, two days after the diplomat welcomed opposition leader Juan Guaido at Caracas airport. President Nicolas Maduro's government said Ambassador Daniel Kriener had 48 hours to leave Venezuela and accused him of violating international diplomatic norms, though it did not detail the actions that led to his expulsion. "Venezuela considers it unacceptable that a foreign dip...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Juan Guaido, Daniel Kriener


U.S. imposes more sanctions on Venezuela amid humanitarian aid fight

The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Venezuela on Friday, targeting six Venezuelan government officials tied to President Nicolas Maduro, in its latest move to squeeze the embattled leader. In a statement, the U.S. Department of Treasury cited the battle over humanitarian assistance and blamed the six current or former security officials, who it said controlled groups that blocked aid from reaching people in the Latin American country. "We are sanctioning members of Maduro's security f...
Tags: Science, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, U S Department of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Venezuelans U S Treasury


Venezuela's Guaido vows to return to Caracas despite threat of prison

Guaido said the leftist "regime" of President Nicolas Maduro was "weak, lacking support in Venezuela and international recognition." Speaking to reporters after meeting with Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, Guaido called for the enforcement of economic sanctions against the Maduro government to continue "so that everything is not robbed in Venezuela." Guaido, head of Venezuela's National Assembly, last month invoked constitutional provisions to assume an interim presidency, arguin...
Tags: Science, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, National Assembly, Caracas, Maduro, Guaido, Venezuela Guaido, Jair Bolsonaro Guaido


Venezuelan vice president to fly into Moscow for talks on Friday: RIA

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday, the RIA news agency reported, the latest in a flurry of visits by Venezuelan politicians to staunch ally Russia. Moscow has backed socialist President Nicolas Maduro in the face of a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself interim president in January, a move backed by most Western nations.
Tags: Science, Moscow, Nicolás Maduro, Sergei Lavrov, RIA, Russia Moscow, Delcy Rodriguez, Juan Guaido


Citgo formally cuts ties with Venezuela-based parent company: sources

Executives at the Houston-based firm set a Feb. 26 deadline to end relationships with PDVSA following sanctions designed to curb oil revenues to socialist President Nicolas Maduro and support the nation's transition government formed by Venezuelan congress head Juan Guaido. The United States, Canada and dozens of other nations have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate president, but Maduro still controls the military, public institutions and PDVSA, which provides 90 percent of the countr...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Houston, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, PDVSA, United States Canada, Citgo, Juan Guaido, Guaido, Venezuelan congress


Canada asking other nations to expand Venezuela sanctions

Canada is talking to its partners about expanding sanctions on the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro, which is under growing pressure to step down, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday. "We have put many of the senior leaders in the Maduro regime on our sanctions list. Freeland, speaking on a conference call after the regional Lima Group block met in Bogota to discuss the Venezuelan crisis, did not give details.
Tags: Science, Canada, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Bogota, Maduro, Freeland, Chrystia Freeland, Lima Group


Jorge Ramos, Univision Team Detained During Interview With Nicolás Maduro

A Univision Media team led by Jorge Ramos was detained at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday, according to Univision. They were reportedly in the process of interviewing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro when Maduro had them detained because “he didn’t like the questions,” Univision said. They have…Read more...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Univision, Jorge Ramos, Maduro, Caracas Venezuela, Miraflores Palace, Juan Guaido, Jorge Ramos Univision, Univision Media


Venezuela hit with new U.S. sanctions after clashes over food aid on border

As Colombia's foreign minister warned about "credible threats to the life" of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, the Trump administration also took its pressure campaign to the United Nations Security Council, asking it to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats said. The U.S. Treasury Department's sanctions were imposed on four Venezuelan state governors allied with the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blocking any assets they control in the United States.
Tags: Science, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, United Nations Security Council, Trump, U S Treasury Department, Juan Guaido


Venezuela hit with new U.S. sanctions after aid clashes

The United States also took its pressure campaign to the United Nations Security Council, asking that body to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats said. The U.S. Treasury Department's sanctions were imposed on four Venezuelan state governors allied with the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro, blocking any assets they control in the United States. The new sanctions were announced in Bogota as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and opposition leader Juan Guaido met with member...
Tags: Science, Canada, United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, United Nations Security Council, Bogota, Mike Pence, U S Treasury Department, Lima Group, Juan Guaido


Brazil says Maduro's violence to block Venezuelan aid 'criminal act'

PACARAIMA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil on Sunday condemned violence used by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government this weekend to block aid shipments from crossing the border, branding it a "criminal act" and calling on the international community to join efforts to "liberate" the South American nation. Meanwhile, Brazilian Army Colonel George Feres Kanaan told Reuters on Sunday that two Venezuelan national guard soldiers deserted to Brazil late Saturday, joining some 60 military of...
Tags: Science, Brazil, Nicolás Maduro, Reuters, Maduro, PACARAIMA Brazil Reuters Brazil, George Feres Kanaan


Showdown looms as Venezuela opposition to confront border troops over aid

Opposition volunteers in neighboring Brazil and Colombia plan to arrive at the border to help carry humanitarian aid to a sick and hungry population suffering from an economic meltdown under President Nicolas Maduro. While the need for basic food and medicines is real, the effort is also meant to embarrass military officers who continue to support Maduro's increasingly isolated government. Juan Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as the country's legitimate head of state, defied court o...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Cucuta, Juan Guaido


Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon

The 38-year-old is one of many Venezuelans suffering from malnutrition as the once-prosperous, oil-rich OPEC nation has seen its economy halve in size over the last five years under President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans' diets have become ever more deficient in vitamins and protein, as currency controls restrict food imports and salaries fail to keep apace with inflation that is now above 2 million percent annually. Growing malnutrition is one of the reasons Venezuela's opposition leader Juan ...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaido



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