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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro and to commemorate May Day in C...
The unrest in Venezuela is turning into a battleground of rhetoric between the United States and Russia.After a telephone conversation between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, the Russian warned of “the most drastic of consequences” if the U.S. continued what he called “aggressive steps.”The State Department was more muted, saying only that Russian and Cuban intervention was “destabilizing for…
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Wed, 05/01/2019 - 21:38
FILE - Sailors wave the China and Panama flags to China's President Xi Jinping at the Cocoli locks in the expanded Panama Canal, in Panama City, Panama, Dec. 3, 2018.
For generations, the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean have been dominated by trade with the United States. In recent years, though, a growing push by China to invest in the region, lately accelerated by the Xi Jinping administration's Belt and Road Initiative, has begun to reorient trade toward China with far-reaching consequences. On the sidelines of a seminar sponsored by Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies last weekend, experts in the…
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro and to commemorate May Day in C...
With control of the embattled nation at stake, backers of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido, his chief political opponent who declared himself interim president, held competing May Day rallies Wednesday.
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Wed, 05/01/2019 - 16:57
Men look to recover usable parts from motorcycles burned during the previous day's clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Wary Venezuelans braced for another day of upheaval Wednesday as both the opposition and Nicolás Maduro’s loyalists vowed to take to the streets, hoping to tip the balance in an agonizing power struggle that appeared to grow even more desperate after a so far unsuccessful attempt to spark a military uprising.Johanns Davila, 61, walked his dog through a street in Venezuela’s capital littered with shotgun shells, tear gas canisters and a charred motorcycle where…
Anti-government protesters are sprayed with a water canon by security forces behind the perimeter wall of La Carlota airbase in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2019.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is prepared to intervene militarily to stem the ongoing unrest in Venezuela."Military action is possible," the top U.S. diplomat told the Fox Business Network. "If that is what is required, that is what the United States will do."Pompeo, however, reiterated that the U.S. would prefer a peaceful transition of power in Caracas from socialist President Nicolas Maduro to the self-declared interim president Juan Guaido…
Ken Bredemeier
Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:34
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a broadcast with members of the government and military high command members at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Apr. 30, 2019. (Miraflores Palace handout via Reuters)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido, his chief political opponent who declared himself interim president, are set to hold competing May Day rallies Wednesday as both men engage in an escalating battle for control of the economically wrecked country.
Ken Bredemeier
Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:34
Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido greets supporters in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Venezuela's self-declared president Juan Guaido is calling for another day of massive street protests Wednesday to try and convince Nicolas Maduro that he must go.Guaido said late Tuesday night that Maduro’s claim that he still has the respect and support of the Venezuelan military is false. WATCH: US, Venezuela 
Steve Herman
Tue, 04/30/2019 - 23:55
Arelys Lopez, foreground, leads a cheer as Venezuelans chant while watching televised news from their country at the El Arepazo Doral Venezuelan restaurant in Doral, Fla., April 30, 2019.
Venezuelan exiles in Florida who oppose their country's socialist government jubilantly gathered Tuesday and cheered calls by opposition leader Juan Guaido for a military uprising in their homeland.    "Long live Venezuela!" they chanted as dozens from the exile community packed a small diner in the Miami suburb of Doral, glued to news reports on their cellphones of the opposition bid against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.Opposition calls for a revolt…
A demonstrator reacts near a burning barricade during a protest against government plans to privatize healthcare and education, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, April 30, 2019.
The Honduran Congress announced on Tuesday it will suspend ratification of new health and education reforms that critics say would lead to privatization and job losses, after mass protests against the policies left three people wounded and several buildings aflame.Marches and roadblocks continued in Honduras' capital city for a second day on Tuesday, with some schools and hospitals halting classes and some services after teachers and medical unions called for opposition to two…
FILE - The Catholic Church officiates a reconciliation mass which seeks to bring together all sectors of the community that had become divided at the San Mateo cathedral of Osorno, Chile, June 17, 2018.
Chilean bishops and prosecutors signed an agreement to streamline criminal investigations of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic Church, the public ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The cooperation agreement facilitates the exchange of information around cases involving the abuse of children and handicapped people, while protecting the identities of victims and witnesses. Chile's Bishops Conference, the church's leadership arm in the…
Opposition demonstrators face military vehicles near the Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase "La Carlota" in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2019.
Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening Cuba with "full and complete embargo" of the island and the "highest-level sanctions" if the communist government does not immediately cease military and other support for Venezuela.....embargo, together with…
Steve Herman
Tue, 04/30/2019 - 16:30
Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas, waves to supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido during a gathering in Madrid, Spain,  April 30, 2019. Thousands of Venezuelans have migrated to Spain in recent years.
The United Nations called on all parties in Venezuela to avoid violence Tuesday as opposition leader and self-declared ruler Juan Guaido said he had the support of the military to oust president Nicolas Maduro."The Secretary-General urges all sides to exercise maximum restraint and he appeals to all stakeholders to avoid any violence and take immediate steps to restore calm," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, adding that the Secretary General Antonio Guterres was…
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Tue, 04/30/2019 - 15:40
Demonstrators play drums during a national strike in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 30, 2019.
Protests partially paralyzed government offices, schools, banks and airports as opposition to Macri's belt-tightening policies raised fresh doubts about his bid for re-election in October
A Venezuelan National Guard joins anti-government protesters in a march showing support for opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas, Venezuela April 30, 2019.
Venezuela's socialist government said Tuesday that an "attempted coup" was underway in Caracas, with opposition leader and U.S. recognized interim president Juan Guaido saying there was "no turning back" in his efforts to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, with gunfire erupting and troops loyal to Maduro firing water cannons at protesters. Television footage showed one Venezuela National Guard vehicle running over…
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Tue, 04/30/2019 - 07:43
An exterior view of a building which was set alight by demonstrators during a protest against government plans to privatize health and education services, is seen in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, April 29, 2019.
Anti-riot police fired tear gas and protesters threw Molotov cocktails during a mass demonstration in the Honduran capital against government proposals for health and education reforms that critics say would lead to privatization and job losses.At least four buildings were set on fire, including the Tegucigalpa mayor's office, as the demonstration turned violent, officials in the Central American republic said.Protesters, many of them hooded, threw rocks and Molotov…

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