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Trump doubles U.S. military assets in Caribbean, bolstering drug fight after Maduro indictment

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it was deploying more U.S. Navy warships and aircraft to the Caribbean to prevent drug cartels and "corrupt actors" like Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to smuggle more narcotics. President Donald Trump said he was doubling U.S. military resources in the region, including destroyers, surveillance planes and personnel, in an anti-drug crackdown to deal with what he called a "growing threat." The beefed-up op...
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Trump: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro. “The Venezuelan people continue to suffer tremendously due to Maduro and his criminal control over the country, and drug traffickers are seizing on this lawlessness,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said after the president's announcement. The mission involves sending additi...
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AP Sources: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela

The Trump administration will soon announce that the U.S. is moving naval ships toward Venezuela as it enhances counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro, according to three people familiar with the situation. The mission is part of the U.S.'s previously announced commitment to enhance anti-drug operations in the hemisphere. It also comes as Maduro steps up attacks on his U.S.-backed rival, Juan Guaidó.
Tags: News, Navy, US, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caribbean, Trump, Maduro


US launches new effort to oust Venezuela's Maduro

The Trump administration launched its latest effort to oust embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, leveraging the coronavirus pandemic to apply additional pressure.
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US calls on Maduro and Guaidó to stand down in Venezuela transition plan

Plan includes five-member council and freeing of prisonersSceptics see little incentive for government leadersThe US has proposed a political transition plan for Venezuela, offering to lift sanctions if the president, Nicolás Maduro, and his opponent, Juan Guaidó, step aside and pass power to an interim government made up of their supporters.Under the “democratic transition framework”, all political prisoners would be released, and all foreign (principally Cuban) forces would leave. A five-membe...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Socialist Party, Mike Pompeo, Juan Guaido, Guaido


In Venezuela shift, US asks Guaido to renounce power -- for now

The United States on Tuesday called on Venezuela's Juan Guaido to renounce his claim to the presidency at least temporarily as it recalibrated its strategy to oust leader Nicolas Maduro. In a shift after more than a year of US-led efforts to topple the leftist Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Maduro and Guaido should set up a transitional government to arrange elections in six to 12 months.
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U.S. outlines plan for Venezuela transition, sanctions relief

The proposal would require Maduro and Guaidó to step aside and hand power to a five-member council of state.
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U.S. Counts on Global Crises to Press Again for Power Shift in Venezuela

Yet there is no indication Nicolás Maduro will step down, despite little assistance to confront the coronavirus and losing an economic lifeline during an oil spat between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Tags: News, Russia, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, Elliott, Juan, Abrams, Maduro, Nicolas, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, United States International Relations, Embargoes and Sanctions, Guaido, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Kremlin Fights U.S. Sanctions, Backs Maduro in Rosneft Deal

(Bloomberg) -- The Kremlin’s sudden shift of ownership of multi-billion-dollar oil projects in Venezuela shields oil giant Rosneft PJSC from further U.S. sanctions but keeps Moscow firmly behind embattled President Nicolas Maduro amid a wider stand-off with Washington.“Russia is not walking away from Maduro and will seek to thwart U.S. efforts to depose him,” said Vladimir Frolov, a former diplomat and foreign policy analyst in Moscow. “Moscow is just shielding Rosneft from sanctions which could...
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Guaido urges unity government backed by loans to fight virus

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called Saturday night for the creation of a "national emergency government" of diverse political leanings to fight the spread of the coronavirus with the assistance of $1.2 billion in international loans. Speaking in a video released on Twitter, Guaidó said the unity government would not be headed by Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela's socialist leader who was indicted this week in the U.S. on narcoterrorism charges. “Those who surround Maduro need to understan...
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How will US bounty affect Maduro's hold on Venezuelan power?

The United States ramped up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week by accusing him of "narco-terrorism" and offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his capture. It's the latest in a succession of measures to try and force Maduro from power in favor of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido. The millions of dollars offered in reward by the US Justice Department are aimed at encouraging divisions amongst the command structures in the Maduro regime, expe...
Tags: News, US, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Justice Department, Maduro, Juan Guaido


Russian State Oil Company Rosneft, in Sudden Move, Sells Assets in Venezuela

The U.S. had imposed sanctions on two Rosneft oil trading subsidiaries this year for helping Venezuela’s authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro.
Tags: News, Russia, Venezuela, Rosneft, Maduro, Nicolas, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Russian State Oil Company Rosneft


Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to US

A retired Venezuelan general has turned himself over to Colombian authorities after the United States charged him with drug-trafficking and offered a reward for his capture, local media said on Saturday. Cliver Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said. Washington on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several current and former top government officials for "narco-terrorism" ...
Tags: News, Washington, US, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Cliver Alcala, El Tiempo de Bogota


AP Sources: Alleged Maduro co-conspirator is in DEA custody

MIAMI — A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday.Cliver Alcalá has been an outspoken critic of Maduro for years. But he was charged Thursday with allegedly running with Maduro, socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello and another retired army general a narcoterrorist conspiracy that U.S. prosecutors say s...
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A defiant Maduro threatens 'cowboy' Trump after drug charge

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million bounty by the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, calling Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and warning that he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary should the U.S. and neighboring Colombia dare to invade. Maduro's bellicose remarks Thursday night came hours after the U.S. announced sweeping indictments against the socialist leader and several members of his inner circle for allegedly converting Venezuela in...
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Justice Department Charges Venezuela’s Maduro with Drug Trafficking, Offers $15 Million Reward

Attorney General William Barr on Thursday announced charges against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and senior members of his government.The Justice Department has charged Maduro and other officials with drug trafficking and offered a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro's arrest or conviction."While holding key positions in the Maduro regime, these individuals violated the public trust by facilitating shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, including control over planes t...
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US indicts Nicolás Maduro and other top Venezuelan leaders for drug trafficking

$15m reward for information leading to president’s captureWilliam Barr alleges plot involving Farc guerrilla factionThe US has charged the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and 14 members of his inner circle with drug trafficking, “narco-terrorism”, corruption and money laundering, and offered a $15m reward for information leading to Maduro’s capture and prosecution.Unveiling the indictment the attorney general, William Barr, said the Venezuelan leadership collaborated with a dissident facti...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, US justice system, Venezuela, Farc, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Barr, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, William Barr


Feds Charge Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro With Drug Trafficking

The Department of Justice on Thursday unveiled narco-terrorism charges against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other senior government officials, alleging they participated in the country’s illegal drug trafficking system and collaborated with a leftist Colombian guerrilla group to export cocaine to the United States. The president, along with five other Venezuelan officials, were all slapped with narco-terrorism, drug trafficking, and weapons charges by the Southern District of New York...
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U.S. indicts Venezuela's Maduro, a political foe, for 'narco-terrorism'

The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of "narco-terrorism," the latest escalation of the Trump administration's pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader. The State Department offered a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the arrest of Maduro, whose country has been convulsed by years of a deep economic crisis and political upheaval. The indictment, a rare U.S...
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Venezuela President Maduro charged in U.S. drug trafficking inquiry

Venezuela President Maduro charged in drug trafficking conspiracy along with more than a dozen others         [Author: USA TODAY]
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U.S. files drug trafficking charges against Venezuelan president

The U.S. and Maduro have long been at odds over the country's extensive corruption.
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Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro reportedly charged by U.S. in drug trafficking scheme

Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro will reportedly be charged by the U.S. in a drug trafficking scheme that involves much of the Venezuelan government.The U.S. is set to unveil charges against Maduro and other leaders of his government on Thursday, multiple sources tell The New York Times and CNN. The charges include narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S., among other charges that are still unclear, per the Times.The charges come after a federal investigation involving authori...
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Venezuelan Leader Maduro Is Charged in the U.S. With Drug Trafficking

Federal prosecutors accused President Nicolás Maduro of participating in a “narco-terrorism conspiracy” in a major escalation of the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure him to leave office.
Tags: News, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, Maduro, Nicolas, Donald J, Drug Abuse and Traffic, Cocaine and Crack Cocaine


US charges Maduro with narco-terrorism

The US justice department charges the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with narco-terrorism.
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Venezuelan President Is Charged in the U.S. With Drug Trafficking

Federal prosecutors plan to accuse President Nicolás Maduro of participating in a “narco-terrorism conspiracy.”
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U.S. indicts Venezuela’s Maduro, aides on narcoterror charges

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and JIM MUSTIAN MIAMI — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has indicted Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism. The department accused them of conspiring with Colombian rebels “to flood the United States with cocaine.” “We estimate that somewhere between 200 and 250 metric tons of cocaine are shipped out of Venezuela by these routes. Those 250 metric tons equates to 30 million lethal doses,” it said....
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U.S. to indict Venezuela’s Maduro, aides on money laundering, drug trafficking charges

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and JIM MUSTIAN MIAMI — The Trump administration will announce indictments against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and members of his inner circle for effectively converting Venezuela’s state into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups, according to four people familiar with the situation. The indictments from prosecutors in Miami and New York, which will encompass money-laundering and drug-trafficking charges, will be announced at a news confe...
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U.S. Indicts Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Aides

“The Maduro regime is awash in corruption and criminality,” A.G. William Barr said in an online news conference.
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Venezuelan President to Be Charged in the U.S. With Drug Trafficking

Federal prosecutors plan to accuse President Nicolás Maduro of participating in a “narco-terrorism conspiracy.”
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Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro charged in U.S. drug trafficking inquiry

Venezuela President Maduro charged in drug trafficking conspiracy along with more than a dozen others         [Author: USA TODAY]
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