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Venezuela Congress and U.S. government ratchet up pressure on Maduro

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration was considering recognizing the leader of the Congress, Juan Guaido, as the country's legitimate president, according to two people familiar with the matter. White House aides were weighing such a move among a list of options being prepared for Trump in response to the latest Venezuela developments but no final decision had been made, one of the people told Reuters. Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadershi...
Tags: Science, Congress, White House, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Trump, Maduro, Juan Guaido, Reuters Maduro


Venezuela Congress declares President Maduro 'usurper' of democracy

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering recognizing the leader of the Congress, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela's legitimate president, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing three unidentified sources. Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadership was illegitimate following a 2018 election widely viewed as fraudulent, with countries around the world disavowing his government. The United States and many Latin American nations say Maduro has become a dictator whose...
Tags: Science, Congress, Cnn, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Maduro, Venezuela Congress, Juan Guaido


Venezuela congress seeks freeze on Maduro government foreign accounts: document

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-run congress is considering a measure that would ask dozens of foreign governments to seek a freeze on bank accounts controlled by the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Congress is also preparing to formally declare Maduro a usurper following his inauguration to a disputed second term, according to a second draft document, which says all of his actions will be null and void. (Reporting by Brian El...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Maduro, Reuters Venezuela, Reuters Congress


Venezuela opposition leader Guaido 'not afraid' after detention

Guaido's comments on Friday spurred some opposition sympathizers to conclude that he had declared himself interim president, and led several government officials to say he should be arrested for treason. Intelligence agents on Sunday pulled him from his car on the way from the capital, Caracas, to the coastal town of Caraballeda, his wife and opposition legislators said. "I want to send a message to Miraflores - the game has changed," said Guaido, 35, the head of the opposition-run congress, r...
Tags: Science, Intelligence, Venezuela, Caracas, Miraflores, Guaido, Caraballeda


Venezuela opposition leader Guaido addresses rally after brief detention

Guaido's comments on Friday spurred some opposition sympathizers to conclude that he had declared himself interim president, and led several government officials to say he should be arrested for treason. Intelligence agents on Sunday pulled him from his car on the way from the capital, Caracas, to the coastal town of Caraballeda, his wife and opposition legislators said. "I want to send a message to Miraflores - the game has changed," said Guaido, the head of the opposition-run congress, refer...
Tags: Science, Intelligence, Venezuela, Caracas, Miraflores, Guaido, Caraballeda


Pompeo says Venezuela's Maduro government is 'illegitimate'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Venezuela's government under President Nicolas Maduro as illegitimate on Saturday and said the United States would work with like-minded countries in Latin America to restore democracy there. "The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country," Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries.
Tags: Science, United States, Middle East, Venezuela, Abu Dhabi, Nicolás Maduro, Latin America, State, Maduro, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Leader of Venezuela Congress says he is prepared to assume presidency

Juan Guaido, a lawmaker from the hard-line Popular Will opposition party who was elected to head the National Assembly on Jan. 5, said he would only take office with support of the armed forces. "It should be the people of Venezuela, the armed forces, and the international community that give us a clear mandate to assume" the presidency, Guaido said in a speech to supporters outside the United Nations (U.N.) program office in Caracas. Ruling Socialist Party leaders have described the criticism...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, National Assembly, Venezuela Congress, Juan Guaido, Guaido, United Nations U N program office, Caracas Ruling Socialist Party


Venezuela's Maduro starts new term as U.S. decries him as 'usurper'

The country's pro-government Supreme Court, which has largely supplanted the opposition-run Congress, swore him in following a welcome with a symphony orchestra and cheering supporters waving miniature yellow, blue and red Venezuelan flags. The ceremony contrasted with the harsh realities that face the former bus driver turned socialist leader, including hyperinflation, severe food and medicine shortages and an exodus of millions of citizens. Before he had even completed his inaugural speech,...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Congress, United States, Paraguay, Venezuela, Maduro


U.S. condemns Venezuela's Maduro for 'usurpation of power'

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for usurpation of power on Thursday, as the South American leader was sworn in to second term in office that governments around the world described as illegitimate. (Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Susan Thomas)
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Mike Pompeo, Brian Ellsworth, Reuters U S Secretary of State


Venezuela's President Maduro starts new term, shrugs off criticism

The country's pro-government Supreme Court, which has largely supplanted the opposition-run Congress, swore him in following a welcome with a symphony orchestra and cheering supporters waving miniature Venezuelan flags. Before he had even completed his inaugural speech, the United States accused him of "usurping power," and Paraguay announced it was cutting diplomatic ties - a symbol of the growing diplomatic isolation that he will face in the new term. "That's the rallying cry of our revoluti...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Congress, United States, Paraguay, Venezuela, Maduro, Socialist Party, Maikel Moreno


Venezuela's President Maduro starts new term amid isolation, economic crisis

The country's pro-government Supreme Court, which has largely supplanted the opposition-run Congress, swore him in following a triumphant welcome with a symphony orchestra and cheering supporters waving miniature Venezuelan flags. "I swear on the legacy of Hugo Chavez ... that I will meet all of my duties under the constitution," Maduro said. Supreme Court Chief Maikel Moreno dedicated nearly 20 minutes to explaining why Maduro was not being sworn in by congress, which the ruling Socialist Par...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Congress, Venezuela, Maduro, Hugo Chavez, Socialist Party, Maikel Moreno


President Maduro to start new term as Venezuela isolation grows

Leaders from the ruling Socialist Party have disavowed criticism of Maduro's inauguration, which will keep him at the helm of the OPEC member until 2025, and called for rallies in his support. Opposition leaders, however, have portrayed the inauguration as the moment at which Maduro will be internationally branded a dictator following a widely boycotted 2018 election that many foreign governments described as a farce. "They've tried to turn a constitutional swearing-in ceremony into a world w...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Maduro, Socialist Party


Maduro to start new term as Venezuela isolation grows

Leaders from the ruling Socialist Party have disavowed criticism of Maduro's inauguration, which will keep him at the helm of the OPEC oil exporter until 2025, and called for rallies in his support. Opposition leaders, however, have portrayed the inauguration as the moment at which Maduro will be internationally branded a dictator following a widely boycotted 2018 election that many foreign governments described as a farce. "They've tried to turn a constitutional swearing-in ceremony into a w...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Maduro, Socialist Party


Maduro faces next term in a hobbled, isolated Venezuela

Leaders from the ruling Socialist Party have disavowed criticism of Maduro's inauguration, which will keep him at the helm of the OPEC oil exporter until 2025, calling for rallies of support and promoting him on social media with Twitter hashtags such as #Iampresident. Opposition leaders, however, have portrayed Thursday's inauguration as the moment at which Maduro will be internationally branded a dictator following a widely boycotted 2018 election that governments around the world described a...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Maduro, Socialist Party


Venezuela congress slams oil deals with U.S., French companies

Venezuela's opposition-run congress on Tuesday issued a resolution calling deals between state-run oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and U.S. and French companies announced this week illegal, since they had not been sent to lawmakers for approval. The body said the oilfield deals with France's Maurel & Prom and little-known U.S. company Erepla violated article 150 of Venezuela's constitution, which requires that contracts signed between the state and foreign companies be approved by the National A...
Tags: Science, France, Venezuela, National Assembly, PDVSA, Erepla


Venezuela's PDVSA in oil deal with firm part-owned by Florida Republican

Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] has signed a deal with little-known U.S. energy firm Erepla, partly owned by a prominent Florida Republican, to help increase the socialist-run country's plummeting crude oil output, the company said. Erepla Services LLC, with an undisclosed stake held by Republican Harry Sargeant III and which Delaware state records show was only registered in November, said it plans to invest up to $500 million to increase production at three Venezuelan oil fields in...
Tags: Florida, Science, Venezuela, Delaware, PDVSA, Sargeant, Petroleos de Venezuela, Erepla, Erepla Services LLC, Harry Sargeant III


Venezuela's PDVSA inks oil deal with firm part-owned by Florida Republican

Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] has signed a deal with little-known U.S. energy firm Erepla that is part-owned by a prominent Florida Republican to help increase the socialist-run country's plummeting crude oil output, the company said. Erepla Services LLC, part-owned by Republican Harry Sargeant III and which Delaware state records show was only registered two months ago, said it plans to invest up to $500 million to increase production at three Venezuelan oil fields in exchange for...
Tags: Florida, Science, Venezuela, Delaware, PDVSA, Erepla, Erepla Services LLC, Harry Sargeant III


New Venezuela congress chief says Maduro will be usurper president

Legislator Juan Guaido of the hard-line opposition party Popular Will, who was elected to head the legislature on Saturday, said he would confront the "dictatorship" and seek fair elections, without offering details. "This National Assembly, as the only legitimate power elected by Venezuelans, assumes the representation of the people." Venezuela's annual inflation now tops 1 million percent and basic food and medicine are out of the reach of most citizens, spurring an exodus of some 3 million ...
Tags: Science, Washington, United Nations, Venezuela, National Assembly, Maduro, New Venezuela, Juan Guaido


Mexico urges regional bloc not to meddle in Venezuela

Mexico on Friday called on its peers to refrain from interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs, declining to back a regional declaration that urged Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to take office on Jan. 10. Mexico was the sole country in the 14-member Lima Group that opted not to sign a statement critical of Maduro, the first time Mexico has not backed a declaration by the group since it was created in 2017 to push for democratic reforms in Venezuela.
Tags: Science, Mexico, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Lima Group


Exxon continues drilling offshore Guyana as Venezuela lodges complaint

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Wednesday its oil drilling and development activities offshore Guyana were unaffected by a weekend incident in which Venezuela's navy stopped two exploration vessels the company had hired. Venezuela's navy halted seismic data collection by the boats on Saturday. The governments of each of the two South American neighboring countries said the exploration vessels were in their territorial waters.
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Guyana, Exxon, Exxon Mobil Corp, Venezuela s navy


Special Report: Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA

The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil company, was at no ordinary mass. "This place of peace and spirituality," read a release by the Oil Ministry that was later scrubbed from its web site, "was the site of prayer by workers for the recovery of production of the industry." President Nicolas Maduro turned heads in November 2017 when he named a National Guard general with no oil experience to lead PDVSA [PDVSA.UL]. Aside from beseeching...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, National Guard, PDVSA, Quevedo


Venezuela calls U.S. comments on Guyana dispute 'interventionist'

Venezuela's foreign ministry on Tuesday described as "interventionist and disrespectful" U.S. comments on a weekend incident in which the country's navy stopped two ships exploring for oil for Exxon Mobil off Guyana's coast. In response to the event, the U.S. State Department said Venezuela had behaved "aggressively" and called on the country to "respect international law and the rights of its neighbors." "It is evident that the U.S. government is interfering in a matter that is not at all i...
Tags: Science, Washington, Exxon Mobil, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Guyana, U S State Department, Maduro


Exxon quiet on plans to resume Guyana marine survey after Venezuela dispute

Exxon Mobil and a seismic research company it hired to search for oil off the coast of Guyana declined on Monday to say when they might resume exploration work halted after a weekend confrontation with Venezuela's navy. A century-long border dispute has heated up in recent years as Irving, Texas-based Exxon has discovered more than 5 billion barrels of oil and gas off Guyana's shores. Two ships owned by Norway's Petroleum Geo-Services halted seismic survey activities after a confrontation ...
Tags: Science, Exxon Mobil, Venezuela, Norway, Guyana, Exxon, Irving Texas, Petroleum Geo Services


Venezuela navy confronts Exxon oil ship in Guyana border dispute

GEORGETOWN/CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's navy "intercepted" a ship exploring for oil on behalf of Exxon Mobil Corp in Guyanese waters over the weekend, neighboring Guyana's foreign ministry said in a statement, while Venezuela said the incident occurred within its territory. The latest incident in a century-old border dispute comes after a series of offshore oil discoveries have given Guyana the potential to become one of Latin America's largest producers. In OPEC member Venezuela, by contr...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Latin America, Guyana, Exxon, Exxon Mobil Corp, GEORGETOWN CARACAS Reuters Venezuela


Maduro says Venezuela's civil militia grows to 1.6 million members

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday the country's civil militia had grown to 1.6 million members - more than tripling in size from the beginning of the year - and that its mission was to defend the country against external aggression. Maduro's speech to militia members, broadcast on state television, came less than a week after the socialist leader, without offering evidence, accused the United States of plotting to invade the South American country, which is experiencing a sever...
Tags: Science, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro


With no antiretrovirals, Venezuela HIV patients rely on leaf remedy

By Liamar Ramos and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - As Venezuela's hyperinflation and chronic medicine shortages leave HIV patients with little hope of obtaining antiretroviral drugs, many are now relying on the leaves of a tropical tree known as the guasimo. For each dose, patients use around 50 leaves from the tree, which is often used for lumber and is also known as the West Indian elm, and run them through a blender with water. They then strain and drink the green liquid. ...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Reuters, Caracas, Vivian Sequera, Liamar Ramos


Ex-Venezuela oil minister Martinez dies in state custody

Former Venezuela oil minister Nelson Martinez, who was arrested in 2017 as part of a sweeping graft probe at state oil company PDVSA, has died in state custody, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. Martinez, a chemist who also ran PDVSA and its U.S. subsidiary Citgo Petroleum, had been transferred to a military hospital from prison because of kidney problems, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier. In a statement, the prosecutor's office said Martinez had a "serious ch...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Reuters, Martinez, PDVSA, Nelson Martinez, Citgo Petroleum


What You Should Know About the Nuclear Bomber That Russia Just Flew to Venezuela

Moscow sends Tu-160 “Blackjack” bombers to Caracas every five years for exercises and troll the Americans.
Tags: Science, Moscow, Venezuela, Caracas


Western lifestyle may cause blood pressure to rise with age

Study of remote communities in Venezuelan rainforest sheds fresh light on hypertensionA western lifestyle might be the reason blood pressure tends to rise with age, according to a study of remote tribal communities.Hypertension is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and in many developed countries, including the UK, the likelihood of developing increases with age. More than a quarter of adults in England have high blood pressure, with recent figures showing the proportion rises to 58% ...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Health & wellbeing, Venezuela, Ageing, High Blood Pressure


How Hunger Fuels Crime and Violence in Venezuela

Locals call the lack of food, “The Maduro diet," after President Nicolás Maduro, who has led Venezuela into humanitarian crisis.
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro



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