South America

Venezuela aid standoff hardens between Guaido, Maduro

by Roland LLOYD PARRY Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido forged ahead Wednesday with plans to bring US medical and food aid into the country in defiance of the military-backed government, raising fears of …

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Venezuela military backs Maduro, on ‘alert’ for border violations

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s military reaffirmed its support for embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday and said they were on “alert” for border violations following threats by US President Donald Trump who …

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Brazil president sacks close aide amid political scandal

  BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday sacked a close aide who helped get him elected after a storm within his party over suspected improper campaign financing. The allegations are the latest scandal to hit the …

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Venezuela’s Guaido calls for ‘million volunteers’ in aid standoff

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, …

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Venezuela’s Guaido announces new board for US-based oil subsidiary

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido on Wednesday announced that the National Assembly legislature is appointing a new board of directors for Citgo, the US-based subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. “The new board of …

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Trump blasts Venezuela over blocked US aid shipments

by Sebastian Smith Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump warned Venezuela on Wednesday that “all options” are on the table and demanded that far left leader Nicolas Maduro unblock US aid shipments to the country. …

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Venezuela’s financial accountability authority probes Guaido

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s office of financial accountability said on Monday it has opened an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido’s income. The agency’s chief, Elvis Amoroso, said that Guaido, who has been recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by …

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Venezuela’s Maduro rejects European ultimatum to call vote

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro flatly rejected Sunday a call by European countries to call snap elections after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the Latin American country’s interim leader. Maduro …

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Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

  BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AFP) — The toll from a dam collapse last week at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 121 dead and 226 missing, according to officials Saturday. The emergency service for the state of Minas Gerais, …

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Venezuela protests a ‘fight for freedom:’ Trump

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterated strong US support for Venezuela’s opposition and said protesters demanding the ouster of strongman President Nicolas Maduro were fighting for freedom. “Large protests all across Venezuela today against Maduro. …

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Maduro rival Guaido says taking control of Venezuela’s foreign assets

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido said Monday he was taking control of the country’s foreign assets as he piled pressure on leader Nicolas Maduro by calling for a …

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Maduro rejects call for elections amid mounting pressure

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday rejected a European ultimatum that he call elections as opposition rival Juan Guaido stepped up appeals to the military to turn against the …

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