German Ambassador expelled from Venezuela after supporting 'interim President' Juan Guaido

Caracas calls possible US sanctions against Venezuela's partners blockade tools

Caracas calls possible US sanctions against Venezuela's partners blockade tools

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as interim president by the US and more than 50 other countries, arrived for a session of the opposition-led National Assembly, as a bitter political standoff with President Nicolas Maduro continues.

A statement from Venezuela's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said German Ambassador Daniel Kriener had repeatedly "interfered in the country's internal affairs, in clear contravention of the norms that govern diplomatic relations".

Kriener was granted a period of 48 hours to leave the territory of Venezuela, the statement said.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has asked the New York-based Citibank finance group to delay by 120 days Venezuela's repurchase of gold granted by President Nicolas Maduro's government as collateral for a loan in 2015, Reuters reported unnamed sources as saying on Wednesday.

At the country's main airport, Kriener spoke to journalists and said he hoped the leader of the National Assembly would be safe. There were concerns that the opposition leader might face detention, but Mr Maduro's government did not move against him.

The German foreign ministry in Berlin confirmed the expulsion order.

"This is an incomprehensible decision that aggravates the situation and does not contribute to de-escalation", Maas said in a statement.

Guaido said in a speech to opposition lawmakers that Kriener's expulsion 'must be taken as a threat to the free world'.

"They're threatening an important European country that is providing humanitarian help to Venezuela", he said.

On Monday, the embassy said on its Twitter account that Kriener hoped Guaido's return 'was a step towards a peaceful and political process to overcome the Venezuelan crisis'.

Katrina Kaif shares an endearing pic with Salman Khan post wrapping `Bharat` shoot
Meanwhile, as soon as Katrina posted the picture, the Internet started revisiting hers and Salman's rumoured romance. Salman, Katrina and Zafar's last collaboration, Tiger Zinda Hai, is one of the biggest hits of their careers.

Guaido vowed Tuesday to increase pressure on Maduro, who in turn promised to crush a "crazed minority" that wants to remove him from power.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has cut ties with Colombia after opposition leaders used the neighboring Andean nation as a launching point for humanitarian aid meant to undermine his authority.

More than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, but Maduro has powerful backing from Russian Federation and China.

The measure, announced by President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, is the latest tightening of screws in Washington's campaign to force Maduro from power.

The U.S., Germany and some 50 other countries have urged Maduro to resign so the country can prepare for elections. Maduro says he is the target of a USA -backed coup plot.

Earlier, Bloomberg cited sources as saying that the Bank of England had denied Maduro's request to withdraw Venezuela's gold reserves after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton lobbied the United Kingdom government to cut off the Venezuelan government's access to foreign assets.

The man who says he is the rightful president, meanwhile, escalated his campaign to topple Maduro with an appeal for support from state unions, long reliant on government handouts.

The Trump administration has imposed oil sanctions in Venezuela as well as sanctions on high-ranking members of the Venezuelan security forces and other senior officials.

The move, which came a week after Venezuela deported a team from US television network Univision, drew condemnation from Organization of American States Secretary-General Luis Almagro and Florida Senator Rick Scott.

Recommended News

  • North Dakota State football team gets fast food from Donald Trump

    North Dakota State football team gets fast food from Donald Trump

    Trump made some brief comments and the Bisons presented him with a jersey that had his name and the number 45 on the back. During his address to the team, the president nonchalantly referenced when the Clemson team visited in January.
    Warner Bros. Pushes Sherlock Holmes 3 Back a Year

    Warner Bros. Pushes Sherlock Holmes 3 Back a Year

    Downey and Law were both expected back in their roles as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from a script by Chris Brancato . A set back that further delays the production of a film that had been stuck in development for years.
    Jessica Mendoza set to join the Mets front office

    Jessica Mendoza set to join the Mets front office

    The latest is ESPN's Jessica Mendoza being hired by the New York Mets as an advisor to new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen . I would also like to thank ESPN and Disney for their understanding and confidence as I balance both tasks moving forward.
  • Uber 'not liable' for self-driving death

    Uber 'not liable' for self-driving death

    In December, Uber filed confidentially for an initial public offering and is expected to seek a valuation of up to $120 billion. The potential for a corporation to be charged with manslaughter raises multiple issues of novelty and legal first impressions.
    3 convicted in college basketball bribery scandal get prison sentences

    3 convicted in college basketball bribery scandal get prison sentences

    The accused parties were said to have offered money to the parents of players so that they could go to the aforementioned schools. During the trial, testimony focused on KU coach Bill Self's relationship with government witness T.J.
    Geneva: 2020 Mazda CX-30

    Geneva: 2020 Mazda CX-30

    The proportions are balanced and the machine appears to be slightly less aggressive than the CX-5 but, dare we say, that's good. Along with a trio of engines, Mazda will offer both six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes in overseas markets.
  • Three bombs found at London transport hubs

    Three bombs found at London transport hubs

    The stamps on the envelope have pictures of hearts and resemble ones issued by Ireland's post office for Valentine's Day 2018. No person or group claimed responsibility for sending the devices and police said they haven't made any arrests.
    Successful docking for SpaceX Dragon capsule

    Successful docking for SpaceX Dragon capsule

    SpaceX , founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has made the trip to the ISS a dozen times since 2012, but only to refuel the station. Both astronauts - Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken - were at SpaceX Mission Control in Southern California, observing all the action.
    Snoop Dogg hands back his private Lakers box

    Snoop Dogg hands back his private Lakers box

    Snoop said "Ship all them n***as out". "Five dollars for the mother***ing booth to the Laker games". They f--g suck". "I'm selling my f-ing booth right now", he said. "This year, y'all can have it".
  • 20 states including Virginia aim to block Trump abortion rule

    20 states including Virginia aim to block Trump abortion rule

    Title X-funded clinics that don't honor what opponents have dubbed a "gag rule" will be forced to forgo federal funding. What constitutes "family planning", however, has become a political point of contention.
    Mahindra Group firm Automobili Pininfarina unveils electric super auto

    Mahindra Group firm Automobili Pininfarina unveils electric super auto

    It combines true inspiration and innovation in its technical achievement and emotional appeal. Designed and built in Italy, Pininfarina Battista is slated to launch in 2020.
    Ghosn Lawyer Says He's Optimistic Former Nissan Head Could Soon Win Bail

    Ghosn Lawyer Says He's Optimistic Former Nissan Head Could Soon Win Bail

    Ghosn has offered to wear an electronic tether and hire security guards, but such methods are not used in Japan for bail. Nissan Motor Co. declined comment on the criminal case but said an internal investigation had found unethical conduct.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.