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Jailed Citgo executives in limbo amid Venezuela turmoil

Feb. 19, 2019 6:48 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A faint voice comes through the crackled phone line. On the other end, Tomeu Vadell, speaking from a military counterintelligence prison in Venezuela's capital, asks his daughters in Louisiana whether they've gone to church and says he plans to spend his Sunday doing pushups to keep his body...

Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido

Feb. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government. "You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything,"...

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

Hezbollah denies US charges it has cells in Venezuela

Feb. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has denied U.S. assertions that it has cells in Venezuela saying the Latin American nation "does not need them." Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday that his Iran-backed group is in "solidarity with the political leadership and state of...

Graham: US should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

Feb. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough. Graham also told Munich Security Conference delegates the international reaction to China's...

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

Feb. 15, 2019 3:46 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress....

AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Feb. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A month into Venezuela's high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his...

The Latest: US announces sanctions against Maduro officials

Feb. 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela's oil chief and key intelligence officials under President Nicolas Maduro, tightening pressure on the embattled leader. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven...

Pompeo visits Iceland as US-EU rift on Iran grows

Feb. 15, 2019 9:28 AM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation tour of Europe in Iceland on Friday after the Trump administration launched a scathing attack on the European Union over its approach to Iran. Pompeo was in the Icelandic capital for talks with officials on enhancing...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...