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Republic in northern South America

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Venezuela: Republic in northern South America
Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a country on the northern coast of South America, consisting of a continental landmass and a large number of small islands and islets in the Caribbean Sea. The capital and largest urban agglomeration is the city of Caracas. It has a territorial extension of 916,445 km2. The continental territory is bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Colombia, Brazil on the south, Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east and on the east by Guyana. With this last country, the Venezuelan government maintains a claim for Guayana Esequiba over an area of 159,542 km2. For its maritime areas, it exercises sovereignty over 71,295 km2 of territorial waters, 22,224 km2 in its contiguous zone, 471,507 km2 of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean under the concept of exclusive economic zone, and 99,889 km2 of continental shelf. This marine area borders those of 13 states. The country has extremely high biodiversity and is ranked seventh in the world's list of nations with the most number of species. There are habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains in the west to the Amazon basin rain-forest in the south via extensive llanos plains, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.

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5 of our top opinion pieces this week: ICYMI

From Venezuela's socialism to late-term abortion to the measles outbreak, here are our top columns of the week.
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Jailed Citgo executives in limbo in Venezuela

Six executives from the Houston-based Citgo oil company, five of them Americans, have spent 15 months jailed in Venezuela on what their families say are trumped-up corruption charges. (Feb. 19)
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Videos for Venezuela

Venezuelan Troops Open Fire Near Border As Aid Standoff Intensifies [Video]Venezuelan Troops Open Fire Near Border As Aid Standoff Intensifies

According to Reuters, Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on members of an indigenous community near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing at least one and injuring others. The incident comes after..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Tensions Rise Over US Aid at Venezuelan Border [Video]Tensions Rise Over US Aid at Venezuelan Border

The U.S. has folded humanitarian aid into its strategy to pressure Nicolás Maduro out of office.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

First bloodshed linked to Venezuela aid standoff [Video]First bloodshed linked to Venezuela aid standoff

Venezuelan troops shot dead at least one person and wounded several others on Friday near the Brazilian border, witnesses said, in the first bloodshed linked to efforts to bring aid into the South..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Should the US Grant Protections to Venezuelan Immigrants? [Video]Should the US Grant Protections to Venezuelan Immigrants?

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have recently migrated to the U.S. Some bipartisan lawmakers want them to be temporarily shielded from deportation.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 03:26Published

Rival concerts take place on either side of Venezuela-Colombia border [Video]Rival concerts take place on either side of Venezuela-Colombia border

Two rival concerts were planned on Friday on either side of a bridge linking Venezuela and Colombia.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:21Published

Venezuelan Soldiers Clash With Opposition at Brazil Border [Video]Venezuelan Soldiers Clash With Opposition at Brazil Border

Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on civilians who were trying to help get humanitarian aid into the country.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Venezuelan Troops Reportedly Kill One In First Bloodshed Linked To U.S. Aid [Video]Venezuelan Troops Reportedly Kill One In First Bloodshed Linked To U.S. Aid

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, Venezuelan troops killed at least one person was killed and several others wounded near the Brazilian border, the first bloodshed linked to opposition..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

Fleeing Venezuela: A Mother Of Two’s Journey [Video]Fleeing Venezuela: A Mother Of Two’s Journey

Ana Carina Palacio, 26, tells the story of how she and her children fled their home country of Venezuela, which is struggling with severe economic and political turmoil. Palacio, like thousands of..

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 03:40Published

Richard Branson Speaks About Venezuela Aid Concert [Video]Richard Branson Speaks About Venezuela Aid Concert

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson says he aims to raise 100 million US dollars within 60 days on behalf of venezuela through a fundraising concert in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.

Credit: Time     Duration: 01:38Published

Venezuelan Vice President Reportedly Could Visit Moscow Soon [Video]Venezuelan Vice President Reportedly Could Visit Moscow Soon

According to a report by Reuters, Venezuela's deputy foreign minister said that Vice President Delcy Rodriguez may visit Moscow soon. Venezuela, an ally of Moscow, is in political turmoil and the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Maduro shuts Venezuela's border with Brazil amid aid standoff [Video]Maduro shuts Venezuela's border with Brazil amid aid standoff

Maduro calls opposition leader Guaido's aid caravan a 'provocation', says he may close the border with Colombia as well.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published

Maduro: Venezuela Is Closing Its Borders with Brazil [Video]Maduro: Venezuela Is Closing Its Borders with Brazil

The Associated Press said the move is meant to keep U.S.-supplied aid from coming into Venezuela via Brazil.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

Venezuela Convoy Heads to Colombia Border As Maduro Threatens to Close It [Video]Venezuela Convoy Heads to Colombia Border As Maduro Threatens to Close It

According to Reuters, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday as opposition leader Juan Guaido and lawmakers pushed through to get to the frontier to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Brazil to Deliver Aid For Venezuela Despite Impending Border Closure [Video]Brazil to Deliver Aid For Venezuela Despite Impending Border Closure

According to Reuters, Brazil is going ahead with the airlifting of humanitarian aid for Venezuela despite the impending closure of the border by Venezuelan leftist President Nicholas Maduro. Brazilian..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Maduro Ponders Completely Isolating Venezuela To Prevent Entry Of Humanitarian Aid [Video]Maduro Ponders Completely Isolating Venezuela To Prevent Entry Of Humanitarian Aid

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday. Maduro made the threat as opposition leader Juan Guaido and some 80 lawmakers ran a gauntlet of roadblocks..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Venezuela's Maduro Threatens To Close Colombian Border [Video]Venezuela's Maduro Threatens To Close Colombian Border

Reuters reports Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday. The socialist leader's statement came as opposition leader Juan Guaido and a large group..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Eleven Venezuela Diplomats In U.S. Defect Since Last Month [Video]Eleven Venezuela Diplomats In U.S. Defect Since Last Month

According to Reuters, Eleven Venezuelan diplomats in the United States have defected from President Nicolas Maduro’s government since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:30Published

Trump's Latest Attack Ties 2020 Democrats To Socialism [Video]Trump's Latest Attack Ties 2020 Democrats To Socialism

President Donald Trump is trying to drum up fears about socialism as he seeks to discredit an expanding field of Democratic candidates for 2020. Trump has repeatedly pointed to the chaotic situation in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:18Published

Venezuela Shuts Border With Caribbean Islands Ahead of Aid Efforts [Video]Venezuela Shuts Border With Caribbean Islands Ahead of Aid Efforts

According to Reuters, Venezuela on Tuesday shut the maritime border with nearby Dutch Caribbean islands ahead of an opposition effort to bring in humanitarian aid from foreign territories. Maduro has..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Venezuela Closes Maritime Border [Video]Venezuela Closes Maritime Border

According to Reuters, Venezuela’s government on Wednesday said it had closed the country’s maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean islands due to the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

Venezuelans turn to smuggling across Colombia border to survive [Video]Venezuelans turn to smuggling across Colombia border to survive

Scores of smugglers cross illegal paths on the border between Venezuela and Colombia daily to sell products like food, medicine and scrap metal in order to feed themselves and their families.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published

Venezuela Reopens Border With Dutch Antilles [Video]Venezuela Reopens Border With Dutch Antilles

Venezuelan authorities reopened the country’s maritime border with the Dutch Antilles islands on Wednesday after closing it on Tuesday. Reuters reports a regional military commander confirmed the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Amnesty International: Venezuela Security Forces Kill, and Punish Anti-Maduro Protesters [Video]Amnesty International: Venezuela Security Forces Kill, and Punish Anti-Maduro Protesters

According to Reuters, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday that Venezuelan security forces have executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:52Published

Freezing Venezuelan Accounts In Switzerland [Video]Freezing Venezuelan Accounts In Switzerland

According to Reuters, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to the president of Switzerland on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:44Published

Power play: Juan Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro take their rivalry to the stage [Video]Power play: Juan Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro take their rivalry to the stage

Contested Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Interim President Juan Guaidó are to hold rival music festivals.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:18Published

 

AP Top Stories February 19 A

Here's the latest for Tuesday February 19th: States file lawsuit against Trump emergency declaration; Trump speaks about Venezuela; West Virginia teachers going on strike; People rescued from stuck..
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Trump calls for Venezuela's Maduro to give up power

President Trump spoke in Miami about the political crisis unfolding in Venezuela. CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett joins "Red and Blue" to break down Mr. Trump's message for Venezuela's socialist..
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Trump on humanitarian aid for Venezuela

Speaking to a gathering of Venezuelan Americans in Florida, President Trump said humanitarian aid for the people of Venezuela has been stopped at the border. He called the nation's disputed president..
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Trump slams "tyrannical socialist government" of Venezuela

In a speech to the Venezuelan American community in Miami, President Trump vowed support for Venezuela's opposition leader and slammed the socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro for leading the country..
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Here's why Donald Trump will threaten Venezuela's military leaders during a speech in Florida

President Trump's speech will be directed at Florida's Venezuelan community as he tries to appeal to Latino voters heading into the 2020 election.
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Trump delivers address on Venezuela - live updates

He says all options are on the table when it comes to Venezuela
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Rubio warns Venezuelan troops against "crime" of blocking aid

Standing at Venezuela's border with Colombia, U.S. senator tells Maduro's troops that following his orders would be a "crime against humanity"
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US military planes head for Venezuela with aid

The U.S. Air Force has begun flying tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro. (Feb. 16)
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U.S. sanctions five top Venezuela officials close to Maduro

"Treasury continues to target officials who have helped the illegitimate Maduro regime repress the Venezuelan people," Mnuchin said
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Pompeo says Maduro knows he's losing support in Venezuela

U.S. military aircraft will deliver tons of emergency supplies to the Columbian border on Saturday
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Maduro blames US sanctions for crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed the economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuela for the severe food and medicine shortages in the country. (Feb. 14)
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Venezuela was my home, and socialism destroyed it. Slowly, it will destroy America, too.

While neither 'Medicare-for-all' nor a wealth tax will turn America into Venezuela overnight, all it would take is a series of catastrophic policies.
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US envoy: Pressure will eventually oust Nicolas Maduro

The Trump administration envoy to Venezuela says he believes increasing international pressure will eventually lead to the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. (Feb. 13)
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Omar, Venezuela envoy clash on U.S. meddling in Latin America

Elliott Abrams, the State Department's special representative to Venezuela, was involved in controversial foreign policy decisions during the Cold War
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Trump talks border deal, Venezuela crisis

President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he would be taking a "very serious look" at the border deal reached by congressional negotiators. He said a lot of "good points were made" about..
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Venezuela on agenda as Trump welcomes Colombian President Ivan Duque

Venezuela on agenda as Trump welcomes Colombian President Ivan Duque
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Donald Trump denounces 'turmoil' in Venezuela, declines to talk about using U.S. troops

“We look at all options," Donald Trump told reporters when asked about troops, but “I never talk about that."
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Trump welcomes Colombia's president

President Trump has said all actions are on the table in Venezuela, which borders Colombia
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Venezuelan opposition sets date for showdown with Maduro's forces

"Allow in the humanitarian aid. That's an order," U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó tells military, announcing date for aid caravans to challenge blocked border
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Transcript: Vicki Huddleston on "Intelligence Matters"

Venezuela showdown could lead to U.S. confrontation with Cuba, says former top U.S. diplomat
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