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Venezuela denies five EU lawmakers entry

The government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro has barred five European parliamentarians from entering the country.
Humanitarian aid is unloaded from an US cargo plane, at Camilo Daza airport in Cucuta, Colombia [Fernando Vergara- AP Photo]

US planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia

United States military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid intended for Venezuelans have landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.
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Venezuela’s Juan Guaido says he’s working to restore ties with Israel

Juan Guaido, Venezuela's self-declared president, has said he's working to restore ties with Israel a decade after Venezuela severed relations with it in solidarity with the Palestinians.
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Juan Guaido: Blockade of aid for Venezuela, crime against humanity

Juan Guaido, recognized by the United States and some 50 other countries as the interim President of Venezuela, warned the military that preventing the entry of humanitarian aid into Venezuela is a “crime against humanity” and makes them “almost genocidal.”
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Venezuela shifts oil revenue to Russia’s Gazprombank

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

US, Russia present rival UN draft resolutions on Venezuela

The United States has presented a draft resolution on Venezuela to the United Nations Security Council, triggering a Russian counterproposal.
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US seeks UN draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections

The United States has presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for international aid deliveries and a presidential vote in Venezuela, triggering a Russian counter-proposal.
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Guaido refuses to rule out US military intervention in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido does not rule a US military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro amid reports that Washington is in direct contact with Venezuelan generals to stoke a mutiny.
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.
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European nations recognise Guaido as Venezuelan leader

Venezuela has plunged into a major political crisis amid a growing row over President Nicolas Maduro’s future as the country’s leader.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido gives his thumb up to thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. – Tens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas to back self-proclaimed acting president Guaido’s calls for early elections as international pressure increased on President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Major European countries have set a Sunday deadline for Maduro to call snap presidential elections. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP)

France: Venezuela’s Juan Guaido has ‘legitimacy to organise elections’

France said Monday that Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido had “the legitimacy to organise presidential elections” after President Nicolas Maduro rejected a European ultimatum to call a snap vote on his rule.
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Venezuelan air force general declares allegiance to Juan Guaido

A Venezuelan air force general rejected the authority of President Nicolas Maduro Saturday, becoming the highest-ranking military officer to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s acting president.

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.

EU foreign ministers meet in Bucharest to discuss Venezuela, Iran

The Speaker of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly declared himself interim president during nationwide protests against the rule of Nicolas Maduro a week ago.
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Venezuela’s Guaido reveals ‘clandestine meetings’ with armed forces

Venezuela’s self-declared interim President Juan Guaido has revealed “clandestine meetings’’ between opposition figures and representatives of the armed forces in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro, local media reported on Thursday.
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

Five foreign journalists arrested in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have detained five foreign journalists covering the standoff with opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

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