Flights between U.S. and Venezuela suspended as unrest continues

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country. In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said “conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and […]

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Venezuela 'boiling point' close, Juan Guaido may topple socialist regime: Wilbur Ross

John Bolton: Cubans, Russians are propping up Maduro White House National Security Adviser John Bolton on the military uprising in Venezuela. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross joined President Trump in throwing his support behind what could be a historic change in leadership in the embattled socialist country following Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s call for citizens and the military to back him up […]

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Bolton presses key aides to Venezuela's Maduro to abandon him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday singled out three senior aides to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who he said must make good on commitments they purportedly made to the opposition for a peaceful transition away from Maduro’s rule. Speaking at the White House during a day of anti-government protests in Venezuela, Bolton named Venezuelan Defense […]

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Brazil’s Military Keeps Dialogue Open With Venezuelan Generals

Brazilian Armed Forces maintain an open communication channel with Venezuela’s military even though Brasilia no longer recognizes Nicolas Maduro as president of the neighboring Latin American country, according to Brazil’s Defense Minister. “It’s always useful to maintain this channel,” General Fernando Azevedo said at an interview in his office. “It’s part of the military diplomacy.” The dialogue is held through […]

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Venezuela’s Oil Capital Was Ransacked When the Lights Went Out

The sack of Maracaibo was almost over Thursday after a frenzy of violence and looting that showed just how close Venezuela is to total chaos. In the country’s sweltering oil capital, about 500 businesses — bakeries, tire shops, entire shopping malls — were pillaged during the nationwide power blackout that began March 7. Looting continued even after the lights flickered […]

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U.S. acts to keep Citgo operations going in face of Venezuela sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury on Thursday extended the expiration date of a license that allows Citgo Petroleum Corp to maintain operations in markets that are based on long-term commitments, even though it is a unit of sanctioned Venezuelan state-run energy firm PDVSA. “This extension will further enable CITGO’s ongoing operations while prohibiting any benefit from flowing back to […]

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Newt Gingrich: Venezuela's dictator Maduro must go – Even if the military has to intervene

President Nicolas Maduro blames US, Juan Guaido for Venezuela power outage Day seven of major power outages across Venezuela that, coupled with a water shortage and medical supply emergency, has citizens taking desperate measures; Gillian Turner reports. There is one simple answer to the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. The dictator Nicolás Maduro and his corrupt, violent, repressive regime must go. […]

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Caracas Goes Thirsty as Power Crisis Shuts Down Water Plants

Caracas began going dry Monday as Venezuela’s power crisis put utilities out of commission, risking supplies for 5.5 million people, many of whom found themselves reduced to carrying buckets of filthy river water. Service, intermittent in normal times, was scarce to nonexistent in large swathes of the capital and experts saw little reason for hope. Caracas is 900 meters above […]

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