Did a Russian Plane Take Off With Venezuela's Gold?

Foreign Secretary call with Juan Guaido: 30 January 2019

The socialist leader also had words for the administration of President Donald Trump which recently imposed sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports in an effort to undermine Maduro's main source of income and weaken his grip on power.

He told officials: "Do not cross the red line".

After fleeing to the United States, Arellano said his father was kidnapped back in Venezuela.

Chevron CEO Michael Wirth says that, "For the foreseeable future, we feel like we can maintain a good stable operation and a safe operation on the ground in Venezuela".

Guaido swore himself in as interim president on January 23 in a direct challenge to Maduro's rule and quickly won the backing of countries in the region, but still has no control over state institutions or any functions of day-to-day governance.

Despite pressure from the European Parliament, which formally recognized the 35-year-old Venezuelan congress head in a vote on Thursday, and following recognition from the United States, Canada and several Latin American nations, which argue Maduro stole his second-term election, the EU has so far avoided a clear position on Guaido.

It comes on the heels of the Trump administration officially recognizing Guaidó as the official president of Venezuela.

Guaido declared himself interim president last week, a move that was supported by some two dozen countries. The person didn't know where the gold was supposed to go or the exact nature of the planned transaction, but the fate of the bars had become a cause of great concern both in Venezuela and overseas.

"This is no time for dialogue", Pence said at a church, prompting loud cheers from the Venezuelan exiles.

Maduro, Chavez's handpicked successor, is facing the most serious challenge to his legitimacy yet, with the United States, Canada and almost a dozen Latin American countries piling on pressure for his removal from office.

Francisco Sucre heads the worldwide committee of the opposition-led National Assembly in Venezuela.

Hours before the rival ralies were set to start, a senior officer of the military's high command rejected the authority of Nicolas Maduro and endorsed his opposition rival.

"We are around the corner from freedom", she said, banging on a pot and wearing a Venezuelan flag.

At Maduro's rally, supporters blamed the opposition for undermining the Bolivarian Revolution plans through years of protests and seeking financial sanctions against the Venezuelan government.

"You have time to put yourselves on the right side of history", Guaido said. He told the Associated Press on Thursday that he planned to defy a government ban on accepting the aid by sending large convoys of medicine into the country with the help of neighboring countries.

Pence is also meeting with community leaders, former elected officials and Florida senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott in the Miami suburb of Doral to talk about the South American nation's political crisis.

Citizen Control, a non-governmental watchdog led by San Miguel, estimates that 180 members of the military were arrested in 2018, and some 10,000 members of the armed forces have left the service since 2015.

Guaido appeared at his building with his wife and daughter, saying, "They will not intimidate this family".

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