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Source: The Guradian

Trump seeks to rally US-based Venezuelans against Nicolás Maduro

Today 02:24 GMT

Donald Trump will speak on Monday in the largest Venezuelan community in the US, seeking to rally support for the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, and saying the South American country’s “current path toward democracy is irreversible”.

Previewing the speech, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would express “strong support” for Guaidó, whom the US recognizes as the country’s rightful president, and condemn President Nicolás Maduro’s government and its socialist policies.

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Source: The Guradian

'I know what intolerance looks like': Ilhan Omar takes her turn in the spotlight

Today 03:19 GMT

Ilhan Omar made history in January when she became the first Somali American and one of the first Muslim women sworn into the US Congress.

On Friday, Omar gave her first interview since the controversy, telling her hometown newspaper, the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis: “I know what intolerance looks like.” She added: “The thing that has been hurtful about this whole process for me is knowing that I could be someone who could use language that causes hurt to others.”

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Source: DW

EU foreign ministers discuss taking back 'IS' fighters, Venezuela and Yemen

Today 02:24 GMT

Foreign ministers from EU member states addressed Trump's call for European countries to repatriate foreign "Islamic State" fighters captured in Syria.

Foreign ministers from the European Union's member states gathered in Brussels on Monday to discuss a wide range of issues. The most prominent topic was US President Donald Trump's call on Twitter that European countries take back and prosecute their citizens captured in Syria after fighting for the so-called "Islamic State" (IS).

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Source: Fox News

Democrats press Trump to give Venezuelans in US reprieve from deportation

Today 03:19 GMT

In a telephone press conference Monday, Florida congressional Democrats called on Trump to allow Venezuelans in the U.S. to be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a renewable humanitarian program that spares foreign nationals from deportation and allows them to work here if they are from a country deemed unsafe to return.

Just hours apart on Monday, Democrats and Republicans highlighted the plight of Venezuelans, whose homeland continues to reel from political and economic chaos.

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Source: Fox News

Trump declares 'socialism is dying' amid Venezuela 'catastrophe,' promises 'this will never happen to us'

Today 03:19 GMT

SOCIALIST OCASIO-CORTEZ SAYS TRUMP IS 'SCARED' OF SOCALISM, AS AMAZON BAILS ON NYC. Trump again declared that Guaido was the country's rightful president amid what he called an unprecedented "humanitarian disaster."

Before a supportive and raucous crowd at Florida International University in Miami Trump announced, flanked by large American and Venezuelan flags, "This will never happen to us. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down, what's true and what's false, and even who lives and who dies."

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Source: DW

Venezuela denies EU lawmakers entry

Today 03:19 GMT

Citing "official diplomatic channels," Maduro's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, wrote on Twitter that the MEP group had been warned in days prior that an attempt to visit Venezuela "for conspiratorial aims" would result in barred entry and called on them to avoid the "provocation." The MEPs said they had  traveled to Venezuela on official invitation of National Assembly, which is "an organ recognized internationally and recognized by Maduro himself."

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Source: The Guradian

Panama Papers ‘tightened the noose’ on offshore assets of Maduro’s inner circle

Today 03:19 GMT

In the wake of the Panama Papers scandal it has become increasingly hard to launder money through the country, cutting off a potential exit route for those looking to cut loose from Maduro’s embattled regime.

In Panama, authorities are cooperating with FinCEN and working hard to clean up a reputation left tarnished by the Panama Papers. Diaz Guillén and Velásquez claim the case against them is politically motivated.

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Source: DW

US Senator Marco Rubio visits Venezuela border, warns Nicolas Maduro

Today 00:33 GMT

US Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday traveled to the Colombian city of Cucuta, the border city now serving as a distribution point for US aid, part of interim President Juan Guaido's push to bring humanitarian assistance to the economically crippled nation.

During his tour of Cucuta, Senator Rubio visited the actual border point where containers and overturned trucks had allegedly been placed by the Maduro regime, in an effort to block deliveries into Venezuela.

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Source: Global News

Russian state-owned bank freezes accounts of Venezuelan state oil company: source

Monday 19:59 GMT

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.

While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters.

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Source: DW

German-Venezuelan businessman expresses hope for homeland

Saturday 14:29 GMT

Each day, workers at Thilo Schmitz's Caracas-based school and office supply company get a hot meal for the equivalent of $2 (€1.80).

Years ago — before Venezuela's political stalemate, before the opposition leader declared himself interim president and before the economy took its most dire turn — Schmitz's company had more than 200 employees.

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Source: Global News

Canada will reinforce a ‘rules-based international order,’ Freeland says

Monday 00:33 GMT

Freeland says she pushed for end to steel, aluminum tariffs in meeting with Nancy Pelosi. The approach is necessary as Canada strives to reinforce the “rules-based international order,” Freeland said in a conference call with reporters as she wrapped up her time at the Munich Security Conference. “We also think we need to … bring together specific coalitions around specific issues,” she said, listing the Lima Group – which helped empower Venezuela’s opposition in its fight against President Nicolas Maduro – as an example of Canada doing just that.

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Source: Global News

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro says he held secret talks with Trump administration

Saturday 12:40 GMT

A month into Venezuela’s high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government held secret talks with the Trump administration and predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro facing a ticking clock, new ambassador suggests. Abrams’ appointment as special envoy last month signalled the Trump administration’s determination to take a tougher line on Venezuela.


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