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Cubans steeled to resist latest US sanctions

Havana - The United States may have announced a raft of measures that could hamper investment in Cuba in a bid to ramp up pressure on the communist government, but in Havana life is trundling along with the usual serenity.

Brazil's Bolsonaro: comment on forgiving Holocaust misunderstood

Bras - Brazil's outspoken far right president Jair Bolsonaro has explained to Israeli authorities that remarks he made about the crimes of the Holocaust being forgivable had been misconstrued.

Pompeo urges Maduro to allow aid entry at Colombia-Venezuela border

C - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended his tour of South America on Sunday with a brief visit to the Colombian border city of Cucuta, crossed through by thousands of Venezuelans fleeing crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour

Asunci - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-nation tour of Latin American allies Friday, arriving in Paraguay after talks in Santiago with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera that focused on Venezuela and the growing commercial influence of China.

El Salvador president-elect to snub Ortega, Maduro

Sansalvador - Incoming El Salvador president Nayib Bukele will not invite regional counterparts Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Honduras' Juan Orlando Hernandez to his June 1 inauguration, a top aide said Tuesday.

Guaido says maintaining contacts with Venezuela's military

- Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said Tuesday he has been keeping up "very discreet" contacts with Caracas' military, insisting that the armed forces were part of the overwhelming majority of people who wanted a change of government.

Ecuador says rethinking Assange asylum

Quito - Ecuador says it is reassessing its asylum for Julian Assange after WikiLeaks warned last week that the organization's controversial founder faced imminent expulsion from Quito's London embassy and arrest by the British authorities.

Supporters, opponents of Venezuela's government rally amid blackouts

Caracas - Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas Saturday to disperse demonstrators in Caracas outraged by massive power outages that have kept much of the country in darkness since early March.

What has Guaido achieved as Venezuela's US-backed 'interim leader?'

Caracas - Two months have now passed since Juan Guaido asserted himself as Venezuela's interim president. Domestically, he has been unable to shake President Nicolas Maduro from power. But internationally, with US backing, he's making some headway.

Inter-American Development Bank leaves China in Venezuela row

Washington - The Inter-American Development Bank said Friday its annual meeting would exit China after the United States led objections to Beijing's refusal to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative backed by Washington.

Right wing Latin American presidents launch new regional bloc

Santiago - Colombia's President Ivan Duque said Friday he had discussed with several Latin American counterparts the possibility of offering asylum to Venezuelan servicemen who desert President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Brazil's closer ties with US a risky strategy: analysts

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pursuit of closer ties with the United States risked compromising the Latin American country's foreign interests and leaving it alienated, analysts warned.

Brazil's Bolsonaro in US to cement an alliance with Trump

Washington - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrived in Washington on Sunday to meet with his US counterpart Donald Trump and cement a budding conservative-populist alliance that, in part, aims to ramp up pressure on Venezuela.

German reporter released by Venezuela returns home

Caracas - A German reporter held by Venezuelan authorities for four months flew back home Sunday after being conditionally released, a Venezuelan NGO said.

Brazil's Bolsonaro heads to US to cement an alliance with Trump

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left for Washington on Sunday to meet with his US counterpart Donald Trump and cement a budding conservative-populist alliance that, in part, aims to ramp up pressure on Venezuela.

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support

Valencia - Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido began a tour of his country Saturday aimed at sparking a citizen's movement to pry President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Bolsonaro to visit Trump to firm up conservative alliance

Bras - Brazil's far right President Jair Bolsonaro will meet US counterpart Donald Trump next week to strengthen ties in the nascent regional conservative alliance aiming to ramp up the pressure on Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez condemn US strategy on Venezuela

Washington - Sixteen Democratic lawmakers, among them rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on Thursday sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticizing what they described as "counterproductive" US strategy on crisis-hit Venezuela.

Guaido rallies support, vows to return to Venezuela 'despite threats'

Bras - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed on Thursday to return home "in the coming days... despite threats" from President Nicolas Maduro's regime, as he continues a tour of regional allies to rally international support.

US demolishes Trump's border wall prototypes

Tijuana - President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico has yet to be built and, on Wednesday, US authorities began demolishing the prototypes constructed for it in California 16 months ago.

Chaos turns to uncertainty at Venezuela border

Ure - Bloody violence may have subsided for now at Venezuela's blockaded border, but for local people, terror has turned to anxiety about how they will reach the schools and shops they depend on.

Maduro says US wants to 'fabricate' Venezuela crisis to start war

Washington - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the American government of manufacturing a crisis in an attempt to start a war in South America, in an interview broadcast on Monday.

Venezuela's Guaido, Pence agree to tighten noose on Maduro

Apo - US Vice President Mike Pence and Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido agreed on a strategy to tighten the noose around President Nicolas Maduro following a meeting with regional allies in Colombia on Monday.

'They shot at us,' say injured Venezuela protesters

Ure - Edinson Cisneros gasped and wheezed as he tried to talk -- he was one of the protesters struck by rubber buckshot fired by Venezuelan security forces breaking up border demos demanding the entry of emergency aid from Colombia.

Venezuela govt announces concert to counter Branson's charity one

Caracas - Venezuela's government said Monday it will stage a concert on the Colombian border the same day Richard Branson has said he will hold one just over the frontier to push for aid to be allowed in.

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

Miami - US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitaria...

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

Caracas - Venezuela on Sunday expelled five visiting European lawmakers, an act which opposition leader Juan Guaido branded "irrational" as his showdown with President Nicolas Maduro over the arrival of international aid intensifies.

Maduro blasts US for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro hit out at the United States on Friday for "stealing" billions of dollars and offering "crumbs" in return as humanitarian aid, as Washington sanctioned five officials close to the Venezuelan leader.

Maduro blasts US for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro hit out at the United States on Friday for "stealing" billions of dollars and offering "crumbs" in return as humanitarian aid.

Venezuela's Guaido challenging Maduro, millennial style

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's latest Instagram selfie got over half a million likes. Even his dog has nearly 30,000 followers.
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