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All American diplomats have left Venezuela: Pompeo

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) –The United States has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. “Today, all US diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the …

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Venezuela’s pro-regime ‘colectivos’ vow to back Maduro whatever it costs

by Nina NEGRON / Margioni BERMÚDEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) –Jorge Parrado collects water for his Caracas district. But he is also ready to fight completely in support of President Nicolas Maduro as a member of a “colectivo,” cells that uphold …

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Eight killed in Brazil school shooting, two suspects dead

by Nelson ALMEIDA SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — Two former pupils shot dead eight people, most of them students and staff, at a high school near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday before turning their weapons on themselves, authorities said. The …

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Venezuela calls public sector back to work as blackout recedes

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ and Marc BURLEIGH CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s public employees were called to return to work Thursday after the government ended a nearly week-long hiatus caused by an unprecedented nationwide blackout that deepened widespread anger against …

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Twelve dead in Brazil floods

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — Floods caused by torrential rain in and around Brazil’s financial hub Sao Paulo killed 12 people and hurt six others overnight, firefighters said Monday. In the town of Riberao Pires on the periphery of the …

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Guaido says will ask Venezuela legislature to respond to blackout

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido said Sunday he will ask Venezuela’s legislature to declare a “state of alarm,” authorizing the delivery of international aid in response to a catastrophic power outage that has …

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#EBCphotography: El Ateneo Grand Splendid named the world’s most beautiful bookstore

    BUENOS AIRES (Eagle News) — In 2019, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookshop in Buenos Aires was named the “world’s most beautiful bookstore” by the National Geographic. It was a former theatre that was converted into a bookstore …

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Venezuela plunged into darkness after huge power cut

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Most of Venezuela was plunged into darkness on Thursday evening after a huge power cut that the government of President Nicolas Maduro blamed on “sabotage.” Apart from a few buildings with electricity supplied from a private …

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Caracas expels German envoy for backing Guaido as US tightens sanctions

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela expelled Germany’s ambassador Wednesday, hitting out at international support for opposition leader Juan Guaido as the US stepped up sanctions in a bid to force out his rival President Nicolas Maduro. …

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Hero’s welcome as opposition leader Guaido returns to Venezuela

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido received a hero’s welcome from thousands of flag-waving supporters chanting “Yes, you can!” as he returned to Caracas on Monday, defying the threat of …

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Guaido calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela Monday

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader called for mass protests across the country on Monday as he announced his return to the country after a week touring Latin American allies. “I’m announcing my return to the country. I am …

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Venezuela’s Guaido to meet Bolsonaro in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido is due to meet Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on Thursday, sources from both camps said. Guaido, recognized as interim president by 50 countries, will travel to the Brazilian …

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