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Spain court agrees to extradite Venezuelan ex-intelligence chief to USA: EFE

Spain court agrees to extradite Venezuelan ex-intelligence chief to USA: EFESpain’s High Court has agreed to extradite former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal to the United States, reversing a previous ruling to deny the extradition request, EFE news agency reported on Friday, citing judicial sources. Carvajal’s lawyer told Reuters she had not been notified of any court decision. The former general was arrested by Spanish police in April at the request of U.S. authorities, but Spain’s High Court then ruled in September that he should be released and his extradition request denied.



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El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomats from the country

El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomats from the countryEl Salvador said on Saturday it had ordered Venezuela’s diplomats to leave the Central American country within 48 hours, arguing that the decision was in line with its position that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate. In a statement, the government said President Nayib Bukele recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president until free elections were held in the South American country. El Salvador will receive a new Venezuela diplomatic corps, named by Guaido, the government added.



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UPDATE 1-El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomats from the country

UPDATE 1-El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomats from the countryEl Salvador said on Saturday it had ordered Venezuela’s diplomats to leave the Central American country within 48 hours, arguing that the decision was in line with its position that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate. In a statement, the government said President Nayib Bukele recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president until free elections were held in the South American country.



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PHOTOS: In monochrome — Venezuelan fishermen among oil ruins

PHOTOS: In monochrome — Venezuelan fishermen among oil ruinsFisherman Romuel Sambrea, known as a “tripero” due to the inner tube he floats on, poses after a day’s work on the oil-contaminated Lake Maracaibo in Cabimas, Venezuela. “The situation here is very difficult,” said the father of four. “I’m a baker, but I can’t live with just one job.” (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) CABIMAS, Venezuela — The landscape of Venezuela’s once robust oil industry lies all around fishermen and their families who live in villages clustered on the edge of Lake Maracaibo.



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Top Venezuelan govt. official in N.Korea: state media

Top Venezuelan govt. official in N.Korea: state mediaThe right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is in North Korea leading a “high-level delegation”, state media in the North said Thursday, as both nations grapple with economic pressures from international sanctions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “received a personal letter and gift” from Maduro, which was delivered by Diosdado Cabello, KCNA reported.



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U.S. slaps sanctions on firms moving Venezuelan oil to Cuba

U.S. slaps sanctions on firms moving Venezuelan oil to CubaThe U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions on four maritime firms and vessels transporting Venezuelan oil to Cuba, amid an acute fuel scarcity in the island that is forcing people to line up for gasoline and public transport. Despite tough U.S. measures against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA in January, Cuba’s state-run oil import and export company Cubametales and other Cuba-based entities “have continued to circumvent sanctions by receiving oil shipments from Venezuela,” the Treasury said in a statement.



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Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gang

Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gangVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó rejected allegations Friday that he has ties to an illegal armed group in Colombia, as officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media purportedly showing him posing with members of the gang. The pictures were allegedly taken in late February when Guaidó crossed into Colombia and made a surprise appearance at a concert organized by billionaire Richard Branson aimed at helping deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Government officials loyal to President Nicolás Maduro are holding up the photos as proof that Guaidó’s covert journey was orchestrated with the help of a Colombian criminal gang known as the Rastrojos, an accusation he denies.



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Venezuelan officials reached out to discuss Maduro exit: US

Venezuelan officials reached out to discuss Maduro exit: USVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido said Wednesday his rival Nicolas Maduro had been made to look ridiculous by insisting he had authorized back channel talks with Washington, only for a top US official to reveal it was Caracas who had made the initial approach behind the president’s back. The sole aim of the secret talks was to discuss Maduro’s exit from power and organizing free elections, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday. Bolton’s comment came after Maduro said he had authorized the contacts with high level US officials, casting them as a long-standing initiative that he was aware of and had approved.



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U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft

U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraftThe U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of “aggressively” shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, in yet another sign of the increasing hostility between the two nations. The encounter between the U.S. and Venezuelan planes occurred on Friday, the same day that the Trump administration announced it was sanctioning four top officials in Venezuela’s military counterintelligence agency. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has repeatedly used sanctions in an effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose 2018 re-election has been deemed illegitimate by the United States and most Western nations.



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U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft

U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraftThe U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of “aggressively” shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries. The encounter between the two planes occurred on Friday, the same day that the Trump administration announced it was imposing sanctions on four top officials in Venezuela’s military counterintelligence agency. The U.S. military did not give details of the EP-3′s mission nor say where the encounter took place.



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