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Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Nicolas Maduro: Venezuela’s blackout due to cyber-attack, infiltrators

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says his country's complete electrical failure has been caused by "an international cyber-attack" but that his administration has "defeated their coup".
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, gestures during a news conference Buenos Aires [Agustin Marcarian-Reuters]

Venezuelan opposition plans fresh protest against Nicolas Maduro as Juan Guaido returns

Opposition supporters in Venezuela were set to take to the streets Monday after leader Juan Guaido called for mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro — as the self-declared interim president prepared to return after a week touring Latin American allies.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, gestures during a news conference Buenos Aires [Agustin Marcarian-Reuters]

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido to ‘return home soon’, risking arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has said he would return home after a visit to Ecuador and called for new protests next week against President Nicolas Maduro, whose government had banned him from travelling abroad.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, gestures during a news conference Buenos Aires [Agustin Marcarian-Reuters]

US ramps up Venezuela sanctions as Juan Guaido tours South America

The United States has ramped up its attempt to dislodge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, imposing new sanctions and revoking visas, while opposition leader Juan Guaido said Maduro's support among the military was cracking.

Davido, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, IK Osakioduwa nominated for Nickelodeon Awards

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Alfonso Cuaron speaks on stage after accepting the Best Director award for Roma [Mike Blake-Reuters]

Alfonso Cuaron reliving his childhood in Black and White

Alfonso Cuaron, who won three Oscars on Sunday, owes much of his success to his 10-year-old self.
Nicolas Maduro says alleged murder plot 'will not even touch a single hair of mine' [Miraflores Palace handout via Reuters]

EU threatens to impose further sanctions on Venezuela’s President Maduro

Germany and other European Union (EU) countries threatened Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with further sanctions on Monday.
The United Nations has warned against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border, and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers.

UN warns against politicising Venezuela humanitarian aid

The United Nations has warned against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border, and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers.
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Canada’s Justin Trudeau announces $53 million in aid to Venezuelans

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday pledged Can$53 million (US$40 million) in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans amid a deepening crisis.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attends the opening ceremony of the judicial year at the Supreme Court of Justice in Caracas, on January 24, 2019. (Photo by Federico PARRA - AFP)

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro writes to pope for help

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he has written to the pope asking him to help mediate his country’s crisis after a swathe of nations recognised a rival opposition chief as interim leader.

Venezuela opposition rally to keep up pressure on Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition supporters will hold rallies across the country on Saturday to show backing for self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido and to protest against the increasingly isolated socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.
Men look at a cutout image of Pope Francis as another person takes a picture of the cutout itself, days ahead of the papal visit to the United Arab Emirates, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubai on January 30, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE - AFP)

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Pope Francis is set for a historic trip to the UAE, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, as he seeks to boost the Vatican’s outreach to Islam.
Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Dialogue not military force key to peaceful resolution in Venezuela – envoy

The Venezuela’s Ambassador to Nigeria, David Caraballo, has said that dialogue and not military force nor economic sanction by the United States of America (USA) and its allies holds the key to a peaceful resolution of the current impasse in the country.
Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Nicolas Maduro rallies military as Venezuela opposition plans protest

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit out Wednesday at military “mercenaries” he says are conspiring to divide the armed forces and plot a coup as the opposition planned a new protest to force the socialist leader from power.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a press conference to launch the international trading of oil-backed cryptocurrency called Petro, on October 1, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Federico PARRA

US goes after Venezuela’s oil to hit Maduro

The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela’s state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s power base.
Pope Francis waves as he attends a gathering with World Youth Day volunteers at the Rommel Fernandez Stadium, his last public event before leaving Panama City, on January 27, 2019. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ - AFP)

Pope winds up World Youth Day events in Panama with giant mass

Pope Francis celebrated mass with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims in Panama on Sunday, winding up a five-day visit during which he defended Central American migrants and acknowledged the Church had been hurt by sex abuse scandals.
Juan Guaido with his wife Fabiana Rosales in Caracas. Luis Robayo-AFP-Getty Images

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido calls for new anti-Nicolas Maduro protests

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido called Sunday for two new protests, in an effort to push the military to turn against leader Nicolas Maduro and back a European ultimatum demanding free elections within the week.
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Venezuelan defence attache in US defects

Venezuela’s top military envoy to the United States has defected from the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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