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Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold Venezuela talks in Italy this week

Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold Venezuela talks in Italy this weekUnited States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this week to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats from the two countries said. Venezuela, a close ally of Moscow, is in political turmoil. The United States and many other Western countries back Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, while Russia says President Nicolas Maduro remains the country’s only legitimate leader.



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Venezuela Blames U.S. for Record Blackout and Orders American Diplomats to Leave

Venezuela Blames U.S. for Record Blackout and Orders American Diplomats to LeavePresident Nicolas Maduro accused Trump of cyber "sabotage"



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Burden back on diplomats as Trump and Kim fail to reach North Korea deal

Burden back on diplomats as Trump and Kim fail to reach North Korea dealIn the run-up to the summit in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, Trump downplayed expectations that North Korea would give up its entire nuclear weapons arsenal any time soon. The ceremony, as well as a working lunch, was abruptly canceled. “Not only did the Hanoi Summit fail to produce meaningful results, but Trump and his team have clearly squandered the seven months since Singapore to make progress on even modest steps toward the lofty Singapore Summit goals,” said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association.



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U.S. asks U.N. Security Council to meet on Venezuela: diplomats

U.S. asks U.N. Security Council to meet on Venezuela: diplomatsThe United States has asked the United Nations Security Council to meet to discuss the situation in Venezuela on Tuesday, said diplomats after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s troops repelled foreign aid convoys at the weekend. The United States has been pushing the 15-member council to formally call for free, fair and credible presidential elections in Venezuela with international observers, a move that prompted Russia to propose a rival draft resolution. Moscow and Washington have been at loggerheads over a U.S.-led campaign for international recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the country’s elected National Assembly Juan Guaido over Maduro.



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Britain, EU closer to possible agreement on Brexit: EU diplomats

Britain, EU closer to possible agreement on Brexit: EU diplomatsThe backstop is an insurance policy designed to avoid border controls between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland after Brexit. “We are also looking at updating the declaration on future EU-UK ties after Brexit to give more prominence to the ‘alternative arrangements’ sought by Britain,” said one EU diplomat who deals with Brexit. “But May won’t get any firm wording before Feb. 28.” A second diplomat, briefed on the May-Juncker talks on Wednesday evening, confirmed the EU would only signal this was the direction of travel before the British prime minister faces another round of Brexit votes in the UK parliament.



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Venezuela crisis: Maduro displays military might as US warns of ‘significant response’ to threats against diplomats

Venezuela crisis: Maduro displays military might as US warns of ‘significant response’ to threats against diplomatsVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an international ultimatum for new elections. Mr Maduro, 56, is confronting an unprecedented challenge to his authority after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president citing a fraudulent election. Guaido has won wide international support and offers amnesty to soldiers who join him.



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Venezuelan U.S. defense attache breaks with Maduro as diplomats leave

Venezuelan U.S. defense attache breaks with Maduro as diplomats leaveThe diplomatic friction and defection was triggered by U.S. recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. Washington, Canada and most Latin American nations said Maduro’s second-term election win was fraudulent. “Today I speak to the people of Venezuela, and especially to my brothers in the armed forces of the nation, to recognize President Juan Guaido as the only legitimate president,” Colonel Jose Luis Silva said in a video recorded at the embassy in Washington, seated at a desk alongside the Venezuelan flag.



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Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdown

Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdownCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela defused a potential showdown with the United States, suspending a demand that U.S. diplomats leave the country as Washington called on the world to "pick a side" in the South American nation's fast-moving crisis.



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Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomats

Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomatsCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro's government backtracked Saturday from its order for U.S. Embassy personnel to leave Venezuela, moving to defuse tensions with Washington just hours after international diplomats traded heated rhetoric at a special U.N. Security Council meeting on the South American country's crisis.



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Some US diplomats leaving Venezuela amid political crisis

Some US diplomats leaving Venezuela amid political crisisCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Some U.S. diplomats in Venezuela headed for the Caracas airport early Friday amid a political power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and an opposition leader who has declared himself interim president.



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