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Maduro blocks aid to Venezuela

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/07/19, 10:30 am

Venezuelan authorities on Thursday continued to barricade a key border crossing with Colombia to prevent aid from entering the country. The military used a tanker and two large containers to block the Tienditas Bridge. National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó, who invoked a clause in the Venezuelan Constitution to become interim president, had promised to bring much-needed food and medicine into the country. Inflation in Venezuela tops 1 million percent, and the country suffers from food and medicine shortages.

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U.S. policy threatens new and old believers in northern Syria

International | Coalition letter to Trump asks for support, not abandonment
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/04/19, 01:10 pm

SYRIA: A joint letter to U.S. President Donald Trump from the coalition of Christians, Arabs, and Kurds controlling part of northern Syria says the unexpected plans for U.S. withdrawal have “severely undercut” efforts to install non-sectarian democracy in a region where 21,000 new Muslim converts to Christianity—together with 100,000 ethnic Christians—reside.

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European nations raise pressure on Maduro

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/04/19, 10:42 am

Several more European Union nations on Monday recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president after embattled dictator Nicolás Maduro ignored a Sunday deadline to call for new elections. Britain, France, Germany, and Spain all urged Maduro to allow a national vote or resign. “We are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela: human rights, elections, and no more political prisoners,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told reporters in Madrid. Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Sweden also threw support behind Guaidó.

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