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U.S. pulls some diplomatic staff from Venezuela amid crisis

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/25/19, 12:34 pm

The U.S. State Department late Thursday ordered nonessential government staff to leave Venezuela, citing security concerns, and asked U.S. citizens to “strongly consider” evacuating. Embattled President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday gave a 72-hour deadline for all U.S. diplomats to leave the country, but Washington refused since it no longer recognizes Maduro’s leadership.

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Lines drawn in Venezuela’s leadership battle

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/24/19, 10:13 am

Venezuelan military commanders on Thursday pledged support for embattled President Nicolás Maduro after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself president a day earlier. At least 12 people died in protests in the country Wednesday as international governments took sides in the ongoing crisis. The United States recognized Guaidó’s declaration, and several other nations, including Canada, France, and Germany, followed suit. Maduro responded by cutting diplomatic ties with the United States, ordering American diplomats to leave within 72 hours. U.S.

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Brits reckon with global persecution of Christians

International | Aid group calls for accountability in the U.K.’s granting of asylum
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/23/19, 03:09 pm


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