As Peru tightens its border, desperate Venezuelans cling to asylum lifeline

TUMBES, Peru (Reuters) – Thousands of Venezuelans crossed into Peru despite a crackdown on migrants without passports or visas meant to stem the flood of immigration from their crisis-stricken nation, as many lacking those documents filed asylum requests instead. Venezuela’s economic collapse under President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed the biggest migratory crisis in recent Latin American history, forcing countries like […]

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U.S. tightens Venezuela oil sanctions, indicates more actions to come

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday tightened its pressure on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company by making clear that exports of diluents by international shippers could be subject to U.S. sanctions. The change, announced on the Treasury Department’s website, is the latest U.S. measure aimed at pressuring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by limiting access to oil export revenue […]

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Venezuela's top court targets opposition leaders

The Supreme Tribunal asks ruling Constituent Assembly to examine the possibility of lifting seven politicians’ immunity. Venezuela’s supreme court, the Supreme Tribunal, has said it asked the country’s Constituent Assembly, a pro-government legislative super body, to determine whether to open criminal proceedings against seven opposition politicians.  In a statement on Facebook, the court said on Tuesday that the assembly would […]

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Venezuela's Maduro says Norway talks sought 'peaceful agenda' with opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that two of his envoys went to Norway this week to begin “exploration” into a dialogue with the opposition to “build a peaceful agenda.” The South American country was plunged into a deep power struggle in January when opposition leader Juan Guaido invoked the country’s constitution to assume an interim […]

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U.S. intelligence on Venezuela 'very good,' acting defense chief says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan dismissed concerns about a potential intelligence failure on Venezuela like the one that preceded the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and said top U.S. officials had held talks at the Pentagon on Friday. President Donald Trump’s strategy on Venezuela has come under growing scrutiny as President Nicolas Maduro remains in power, […]

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Tension grows between U.S. and Russia over Venezuela standoff

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States and Russia traded warnings against interfering in Venezuela on Wednesday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Moscow of stopping President Nicolas Maduro from leaving the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Pompeo by phone that further “aggressive steps” in Venezuela would be fraught with the gravest consequences, the Russian […]

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‘Military action is possible’ in Venezuela, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that U.S. military action “is possible” in Venezuela to bolster opposition leader Juan Guaido’s bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro.  “The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent – military action is possible, if that’s what’s required – that’s what the United States will do,” Pompeo told FOX Business on Wednesday. Pompeo’s […]

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Venezuela's Guaido calls for uprising but military loyal to Maduro for now

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday made his strongest call yet to the military to help him oust President Nicolas Maduro but there were no concrete signs of defection from the armed forces leadership. Early on Tuesday, several dozen armed troops accompanying Guaido clashed with soldiers supporting Maduro at a rally in Caracas, and large anti-government […]

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