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Utah man freed from Venezuelan jail after secret negotiations

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/28/18, 08:22 am

President Donald Trump late Saturday welcomed to the White House a Utah man held without trial in a Venezuelan jail for two years. Venezuelan officials said they freed 26-year-old Joshua Holt in a goodwill gesture to promote dialogue and mutual respect between the two antagonistic governments. Holt had traveled to Caracas in 2016 to marry a fellow Mormon he met online while trying to improve his Spanish.

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Venezuela expels U.S. diplomats

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/23/18, 11:23 am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday expelled two top U.S. diplomats from Venezuela, accusing them of conspiring against the government to sabotage Sunday’s presidential election. The move came after the United States on Monday announced sanctions against the socialist leader over the outcome of the highly contested election. In a televised address, Maduro gave charge d’affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, 48 hours to leave the country.

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Foreign nations denounce Venezuelan election

International | Nicolas Maduro wins six more years as president
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/18, 02:05 pm

Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro emerged from Sunday’s election as the winner of another six-year presidential term, but several foreign nations disputed the legitimacy of his victory.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council reported that Maduro won nearly 68 percent of votes with about 93 percent of polling stations reporting. His nearest rival, Henri Falcon, finished more than 40 percentage points behind Maduro. Javier Bertucci, a TV evangelist, came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

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