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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.


U.N. rights boss decries Venezuela crackdown; says sanctions may worsen crisis

Venezuelan security forces, backed by pro-government militias, have quashed peaceful protests with excessive use of force, killings and torture, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday. Michelle Bachelet, addressing the Human Rights Council, cited allegations that the National Police’s Special Actions Force (FAES) had executed 37 people in January in Caracas in illegal house raids in poor areas supporting the opposition. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his admi...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Caracas, Human Rights Council, National Police, Michelle Bachelet


U.N. rights boss decries Venezuela crackdown; sanctions may worsen crisis

The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that Venezuelan security forces, backed by pro-government militias, have cracked down on peaceful dissent, with excessive use of force, killings and torture documented by her office. Bachelet, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, also voiced concern that the latest U.S. sanctions on financial transfers linked to the sale of Venezuelan oil "may contribute to aggravating the economic crisis".
Tags: Science, Venezuela, United Nations Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet


Exclusive: As Venezuela crisis deepens, U.S. sharpens focus on Colombia rebel threat

U.S. Admiral Craig Faller, the head of the U.S. military's Southern Command that oversees U.S. forces in Latin America, told Reuters the United States had sharpened its focus on the rebels and increased its sharing of intelligence with Colombian officials.  U.S. officials see a growing threat from both Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) and factions of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that refuse to adhere to a 2016 peace agreement to end five decades of civil war. The ...
Tags: Science, Colombia, United States, Venezuela, Latin America, Reuters, U S military s Southern Command, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC, Craig Faller, Colombia s National Liberation Army ELN


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


Venezuela's Guaido launches national tour in 'new phase' to oust Maduro

Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, saying Maduro's re-election was illegitimate, called on thousands of supporters to stay committed to what he dubbed "Operation Freedom." "Very soon, when we have visited and organized every inch ... we will go to Miraflores and reclaim what belongs to the Venezuelan people," Guaido said, referring to the palace, in a speech in the industrial city of Valencia 176 km (109 miles) west of Caracas, where he toured shops...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Valencia, Caracas, Maduro, Socialist Party, Miraflores, National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, Guaido


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


In Caracas, water an obsession after days of blackout

Plastic bottles and containers at the ready, Keisy Perez ignores the stench from the brown river as it slips slowly through the grimy San Agustin district of Venezuela's capital. The quest for drinkable water has rapidly become an obsession for millions like her in Caracas days after a crippling power blackout stalled the city's pumps. In this part of Caracas, the Guaire river is effectively an open sewer.
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Caracas, San Agustin, Guaire, Keisy Perez


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


U.S. says Iran has lost $10 billion in oil revenue due to sanctions

Iran has lost $10 billion in revenue since U.S. sanctions in November have removed about 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude from global markets, a U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday. Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative on Iran, said in remarks at the CERAWeek energy conference that due to a global oil surplus - in part due to record U.S. production - the United States is accelerating its plan of bringing Iranian crude exports to zero. U.S. sa...
Tags: Science, Russia, Opec, Iran, United States, Venezuela, U S State Department, Petroleum Exporting Countries, The State Department, Brian Hook


Venezuela seeks to restore power amid looting; China offers help

Power had returned to many parts of Venezuela after a nationwide outage last week that Maduro's ruling Socialist Party blamed on an act of U.S. sabotage, though it had not fully reached the western state of Zulia, where temperatures are high. In addition, there's no potable water and no food." The country's top food company, Empresas Polar, said four facilities in Maracaibo, the biggest city after the capital Caracas, had been sacked this week, with looters making off with water, soft drinks a...
Tags: Science, China, Venezuela, Caracas, Maduro, Socialist Party, Empresas Polar, Maracaibo, Zulia


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, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave

"The presence on Venezuelan soil of these officials represents a risk for the peace, unity and stability of the country," the government said in a statement, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries. Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Tuesday he was asking Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido for participating in the alleged "sabotage." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing Guaido as Ve...
Tags: Science, Washington, United States, Venezuela, Maduro, Elliott Abrams, Maduro Supreme Court, Tarek Saab, Juan Guaido, Guaido


AP Explains: What's behind Venezuela's historic blackout?

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A massive blackout that left millions of Venezuelans without power has triggered one persistent question: How could a country with the world's largest proven oil reserves go dark?
Tags: Science, Ap, Venezuela, Bogota, Colombia AP


U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: official

Abrams did not elaborate on the fresh measures but his warning came a day after the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. Abrams said Washington was also preparing to withdraw more U.S. visas from Venezuelans with close ties to President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old C...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, U S Treasury, Abrams, Maduro, PDVSA, Juan Guaido, U S financial restrictions Abrams, Nicolas Maduro Washington


Venezuela gives U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


Oil gains on cuts to Saudi, Venezuelan exports

Oil prices rose on Tuesday, supported by signs of tightening global supply after a Saudi official said the kingdom plans to cut oil exports in April, while a power outage in Venezuela reduced crude exports from the country. Saudi Arabia, seeking to drain a supply glut and support prices, plans to cut its crude oil exports next month to below 7 million barrels per day (bpd), while keeping its output well below 10 million bpd, a Saudi official said on Monday. Brent crude futures gained 22 cents,...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela


Venezuela, blaming U.S. for blackout, orders diplomats to leave

Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab is also asking Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido for participating in the alleged "sabotage," he said at a news conference on Tuesday. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old congress chief declared himself interim president in January, calling Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud. With the power blackout in its sixth day, hospitals struggl...
Tags: Science, Washington, Venezuela, Maduro, Maduro Supreme Court, Tarek Saab, Juan Guaido, Guaido


Oil gains 1 percent on cuts to Saudi, Venezuelan exports

Oil prices rose about 1 percent on Tuesday, supported by signs of tightening global supply after a Saudi official said the kingdom plans to cut oil exports in April, while a power outage in Venezuela reduced crude exports from the country. Saudi Arabia, seeking to drain a supply glut and support prices, plans to cut its crude oil exports next month to below 7 million barrels per day (bpd), while keeping its output well below 10 million bpd, a Saudi official said on Monday. Brent crude futures ...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela


Venezuela give U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


Lights go out on Venezuela's kidney patients

Alfredo Quintero's kidneys failed five years ago, so he needs dialysis three times a week just to stay alive. Luckily, though, Quintero managed to take advantage of a brief resumption of electricity in parts of Caracas on Sunday to get the desperately needed blood purification treatment. At least 15 people died between Saturday and Sunday due to a lack of dialysis treatment, the non-governmental organization Codevida told AFP.
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Caracas, Quintero, CODEVIDA, Alfredo Quintero


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


U.S. sanctions Russian bank over dealings with Venezuela state oil firm

The Trump administration has taken several steps in recent weeks to ratchet up pressure on Maduro and bolster Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as interim president. “This action demonstrates that the United States will take action against foreign financial institutions that sustain the illegitimate Maduro regime and contribute to the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis plaguing the people of Venezuela," U.S. Treasur...
Tags: Science, United States, Venezuela, Trump, Treasury Department, Maduro, Steven Mnuchin, Juan Guaido, Venezuela U S Treasury, Evrofinance


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


Doctors pray for sick as blackout batters Venezuelan hospitals

Venezuela's hospitals, already struggling with shortages of supplies and equipment amid an economic meltdown, entered crisis mode on Thursday when the South American nation's power system went down. Public hospitals typically have generators to provide back-up electricity in the event of an outage, but doctors consulted by Reuters said they were either damaged or idled for lack of fuel. Julio Castro of the non-governmental organization Doctors for Health says the blackouts have stretched Venez...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Reuters, Julio Castro


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



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