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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said that he and U.S. President Donald Trump should be respectful of each other and that relations between Venezuela and the United States should be normalized and a dialog established. “You and I should talk,” said Maduro. “Only by speaking can we understand each other.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

“They will have to kick us out with bullets,” said Freddy Guevara, Venezuela congress’ vice president, who tore up a copy of the edict while presiding over the special session. “But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

One socialist party leader said for Venezuela lawmakers to continue meeting in the congressional building, they would need to seek permission from the NCA.

“We will teach them a historic lesson,” NCA President Delcy Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister, said as delegates broke into loud applause while voting for the measure. We will not permit any more diverting of power” by the opposition, added Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister. “The constituent assembly is here to impose order.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor said, “It will be a point of honor for the public prosecutor’s office to identify who was responsible for each of the hate crimes that occurred in this country. We will search the cameras, videos, photographs. We will get images of each one of them to make sure they pay for having killed, for having hurt people and left orphans behind.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

President Donald Trump’s comments may be a political lifeline for the unpopular Maduro. Like his predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro says the country must be unified by socialism in order to defend against a U.S. invasion aimed at stealing Venezuela’s vast oil resources.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Rejects Trump’s Military Intervention Remarks

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Rejects Trump’s Military Intervention Remarks

Trump’s said that his administration was considering many options, “including a possible military option if necessary” to repair the “dangerous mess” in Venezuela. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) rejects “the use of force, or the threat of applying such force, by whatever country against Venezuela.” “The only path to peace is the restoration of democracy. Venezuelans demand free elections be held at all levels,” added the statement.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump’s Talks of Military Intervention in Venezuela Risks Alienating Latin American

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump’s Talks of Military Intervention in Venezuela Risks Alienating Latin American

“For years he’s been saying the U.S. is preparing an invasion, and everyone laughed. But now the claim has been validated,” said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser on Latin America. “It’s hard to imagine a more damaging thing for Trump to say.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Meet Trump

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Meet Trump

“If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela, here I am. Mister Donald Trump, here is my hand,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: United States Hits Venezuela With New Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: United States Hits Venezuela With New Sanctions

“President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

“This regime’s disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will stand with them in opposition to tyranny until Venezuela is restored to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Nicolas Maduro Urges ‘Respect’ for Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Nicolas Maduro Urges ‘Respect’ for Venezuela

Addressing an extraordinary meeting of countries from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) on Tuesday, Maduro said, “I think what we’re missing is a regional dialog.”

“I’d like to propose to ALBA and to powerful leaders of the countries present that we begin a dialog of respect for Venezuela,” he said. Maduro proposed dialog with Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina. He said he was not sure about Brazil, “because there’s no legitimate government there.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

The prosecutor, Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of human rights abuses and of fudging the results of last weekend’s election of the new 545-member constituent assembly. “The firing of Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega is the first dictatorial act of an illegitimate constituent assembly. We reiterate our solidarity with the Venezuelan people,” Juan Manuel Santos, president of neighbouring Colombia, said on Twitter.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Antonio Ledezma Now in House Arrest

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Antonio Ledezma Now in House Arrest

In a pre-dawn tweet, Antonio Ledezma’s wife said that her husband had just been brought to his residence. “Several minutes ago, Antonio was unexpectedly returned by the Sebin (intelligence agency) to our home. We thank the people of Venezuela and the international community for their concern and solidarity.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Rejects Vote Rigging Charge

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Rejects Vote Rigging Charge

“Nothing can stain this process, because it’s transparent,” said the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a meeting with the delegates elected to the new Constituent Assembly on Wednesday.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Referendum ‘Tampered With’: Smartmatic

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Referendum ‘Tampered With’: Smartmatic

Turn-out numbers for Sunday’s controversial referendum in Venezuela have been “tampered with”, the company running the voting has alleged. The CEO of Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica, made the comments at a press conference in London.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: SEBIN Arrests Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma

VENEZUELA POLITICS: SEBIN Arrests Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma

“We heard the news today and we believe it’s clearly a step in the wrong direction. We expect more information from the Venezuelan authorities on their situation which is still unclear,” Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, told a daily briefing.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Mocks US After New Legislative Superbody

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Mocks US After New Legislative Superbody

“A spokesperson for emperor Donald Trump said they would not recognise the results of Venezuela’s constituent assembly election,” Maduro told supporters.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro, Venezuelans Vote on All-Powerful Assembly

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro, Venezuelans Vote on All-Powerful Assembly

President Nicolas Maduro cast his vote around 6 a.m. on Sunday with little fanfare. Opposition parties are boycotting what they call a rigged election.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Protesters Banned, Opposition Remains Defiant Ahead of Vote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Protesters Banned, Opposition Remains Defiant Ahead of Vote

Venezuela’s government has banned street protests as the opposition has called for massive rallies ahead of a vote this weekend to elect a congress to rewrite the constitution.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Warns Trump: ‘Stop Aggression Against Venezuela’

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Warns Trump: ‘Stop Aggression Against Venezuela’

“Think well, US strategists, Venezuela wants to live in peace, it wants to live quietly. Stop your aggression,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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