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U.S. weighs oil sanctions on Venezuela as it steps up pressure
7 minutes ago
The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, signaling potential new sanctions against the country's vital oil sector as it recognized Venezuela's opposition leader as interim president.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Maduro rival Guaido claims Venezuela presidency with U.S. backing
7 minutes ago
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Nicolas Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.
[From Reuters: Top News]
In a month, Venezuela's Guaido emerged from obscurity to challenge Maduro
8 minutes ago
In less than a month, Juan Guaido has gone from a virtual unknown in Venezuelan politics to the country's most-watched figure, assuming the presidency of the opposition-controlled congress and briefly being detained by the secret police.
[From Reuters: Top News]
U.S. rejects Maduro decision to sever diplomatic ties
16 minutes ago
The United States on Wednesday rejected a move by Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro to break diplomatic ties, saying it did not think he had the authority to cut ties and it would conduct relations with a government led by opposition leader Juan Guaido.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Nurse charged with rape of disabled Arizona woman who gave birth
19 minutes ago
An Arizona male nurse has been charged with raping a severely disabled woman at the long-term care facility where he worked, a crime that came to light only after she gave birth, prosecutors said on Wednesday.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen postpones testimony to Congress, citing 'threats'
30 minutes ago
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U.S. Congress because of threats against his family from Trump, his adviser said on Wednesday.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Like a son but cheaper: harried South Koreans pamper pets instead of having kids
32 minutes ago
Kang Sung-il buys Sancho, his Pomeranian, a toy every business trip and this Lunar New Year holiday will dress him up in a new $50 suit to visit 'grandma', Kang's mother.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Highlights: Australian Open day 10
34 minutes ago
Serena Williams blew a 5-1 final set lead against seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday, squandering four match points as she was beaten 6-4 4-6 7-5.
[From Reuters: Top News]
North Korea's Kim 'believes in' Trump ahead of second Trump summit: KCNA
39 minutes ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke highly of U.S. President Donald Trump, state media said on Thursday, and expressed satisfaction over the results of talks between officials from both countries about a second summit between Kim and Trump.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Pope, on trip to Panama, says fear of migrants makes people crazy
58 minutes ago
Pope Francis wasted no time wading in on the standoff over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall on Wednesday as he started his trip to Panama, saying on the plane from Rome that hostility to immigrants was driven by irrational fear.
[From Reuters: Top News]
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