Venezuela's interim president Juan Guaido says his family was threatened by the regime Thursday, as disputed President Nicolas Maduro refuses to step down. Guaido has declared himself Venezuela's interim president amid massive protests against Maduro, who began his second term Jan. 10 after elections widely deemed as fraudulent. The United States and other regional countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, while China, Russia and Turkey support Maduro. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
The U.S. imposed oil sanctions on Venezuela announced this week are part of a larger strategy to both pressure and entice the country's military to help oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro. VOA's Brian Padden reports that discontent among some midlevel officers may be growing, but it is unclear if the generals can be persuaded to change sides.