The Americas

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, pauses as he speaks during an interview in Caracas, Jan. 31, 2019.
Momentum is growing for Venezuela's opposition movement led by lawmaker Juan Guaido, who has called supporters back into the streets for nationwide protests Saturday, escalating pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down.      A defiant Maduro's socialist government has called on its own loyalists to flood the streets waving…
Carlos Catarldo Gomez, of Honduras, center, is escorted by Mexican officials after leaving the United States, the first person returned to Mexico to wait for his asylum trial date, in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 29, 2019.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has started returning to Mexico new asylum seekers who have arrived at the southern border, rather than allowing them to wait in the U.S. while their cases are adjudicated.Senior DHS officials told reporters Friday that they had begun the policy, which they call "Migrant Protection Protocols," this week by returning a dozen individuals. The officials said they planned to increase the number of returnees soon."We…
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Fri, 02/01/2019 - 18:07
A 777-200ER plane owned by Russia's Nordwind Airlines descends before landing and completing a direct flight from the Venezuelan capital of Caracas at Vnukovo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia Jan.31, 2019.
The Kremlin may have helped Venezuela's embattled socialist leader Nicolas Maduro swap gold for cash, transporting Venezuelan bullion deposited in Moscow to the United Arab Emirates and then flying U.S. currency into the Venezuelan capital, an investigative newspaper has claimed. 
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Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:32
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A strong earthquake jolted southern Mexico on Friday, rattling nerves and swaying tall buildings hundreds of miles away in the capital, but there were no reports of serious damage, injuries or deaths. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake had a magnitude of 6.6. It was centered about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the city of Tapachula in Chiapas state and struck at a depth of 40 miles (68 kilometers).   Chiapas civil defense official Arturo…
Vice President Mike Pence arrives to speak at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center for a round-table discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela with community leaders in Doral, Fla., Feb. 1, 2019.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that the United States "calls on every nation to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president and take the side of freedom." Pence said the United States stood with Venezuela amid a power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Guaido.He warned, "Nicolas Maduro would do well not to test the resolve of the United States." Pence was speaking at a meeting with Venezuelan…
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Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:07
In this Dec. 4, 2018 photo, Jaime Bayly speaks during an interview in Key Biscayne, Florida.
An emigre who once fled a right-wing strongman in Peru has made his U.S.-based television program a forum for hardline opponents of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro — including some who are quite ready for the shedding of blood.“I am a conspirator in favor of freedom,” Jaime Bayly says.Bayly's news and opinion program airs each weeknight on Mega TV, a relatively small network of Spanish-language stations around the United States. But YouTube…
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido talks to media next to his wife Fabiana Rosales, while carrying their daughter outside their home after a meeting with supporters to present a government plan of the oppos
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says security forces showed up at his wife's Caracas apartment Thursday in an effort to intimidate him.Guaido said the agents from a feared police unit arrived at the unit Thursday, asking for his wife, Fabiana. In a tweet, Guaido said the incident happened while his 20-month-old daughter and her grandmother were home and that if anything happened to the child, he would hold socialist leader Nicolas Maduro responsible. There was no…
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Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:25