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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 24, 2019 shows (L) Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido waving to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew military …

Guaidó Envoy: Nicolás Maduro Can Run in Free Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó’s envoy to Rome, Francisco Sucre, said in an interview this week that when the nation’s opposition organizes a free and fair election, dictator Nicolás Maduro will have the option of putting his name on the ballot.

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Nearly Two Dozen Cuban Dissidents on Hunger Strike After Violent Crackdown

The head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a Cuban pro-democracy organization, announced Wednesday that 23 members of the group are on hunger strike after violent raids resulted in a mass arrest of fellow members in anticipation of the communist regime staging a fraudulent “constitutional referendum” this month.

Venezuelan President Maduro has ordered a new round of military drills after US President Trump's threat of military action, prompting UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to urge the Venezuelan opposing parties to re-start crisis negotiations

Maduro Declares Venezuela ‘Impregnable’ from U.S. Invasion in War Games Launch

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro launched large-scale military exercises over the weekend, boasting in over a dozen posts on his Twitter accounts of how his “highly trained” soldiers held “impeccable demonstrations,” proving that the country is “impregnable” from any foreign threat.

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War Drums? Maduro Plays Congas in Salsa Concert While Denying Venezuelans Food Aid

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro – close to marking three weeks out of power since President Juan Guaidó took office on January 23 – played a conga solo in a salsa performance this weekend that appeared in a state propaganda video circulating on social media. This was a far cry from the image of a diligent wartime leader he has attempted to cultivate to the outside world.

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Spanish White House Video Compares Venezuela’s Maduro to Stalin, Mussolini

The White House published a Spanish-language video message to the Venezuelan people on Thursday comparing socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro to Josef Stalin, Muammar Qaddafi, Benito Mussolini, and other tyrants who usurped power in their home countries, expressing solidarity with the opposition.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference, where he warned the Lima Group that he would take energetic measures if they do not rectify their position on Venezuela in 48 hours, on the eve of assuming a new six-year mandate, at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela …

Venezuela’s Maduro: I Will Retire from Politics at Age 90

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro once again ruled out stepping away from his socialist regime, telling Russian propaganda outlet RT Tuesday that he expects to retire from politics at age 90 and live in Caracas.

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido declares himself the country's "acting president" during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro, on the anniversary of the 1958 uprising that overthrew military dictatorship, in Caracas on Wednesday. | Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

President Guaidó Unveils Giant Government Program to Fix Venezuela

Interim President Juan Guaidó of Venezuela unveiled what he called the “Plan País,” or “Nation Plan,” on Thursday, his policy prescription for ending the humanitarian crisis in the country created by two decades of socialist policies.

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President Juan Guaidó in NYT: Venezuela Must ‘Reinstate Normality’

President Juan Guaidó of Venezuela published an opinion column in the New York Times on Wednesday – a newspaper that has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the socialist Maduro regime Guaidó is replacing – introducing himself to the American people and pleading for a return to “normality” in his country.

Nicolás Maduro appeared in military fatigues in various videos posted on his Twitter account. In one video, Maduro appears jogging for 17 seconds surrounded by soldiers as loud leftist propaganda music plays in the background.

Venezuela: Maduro Jogs with Troops in Propaganda Videos

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, deposed last week in constitutional action by the country’s National Assembly, published a series of propaganda videos this weekend in which the portly politician appeared to be training with Venezuelan troops, whom he claimed were still loyal to his socialist regime.

Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaido gestures before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caraballeda, Vargas State, Venezuela, on January 13, 2019. - The president of the opposition-controlled but sidelined National Assembly was released less than an hour after being arrested by Venezuelan intelligence agents on …

Maduro Regime, American Left Ignore Socialist Pedigree of Venezuela’s New President

Deposed Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and his allies in the American far left have worked overtime this week to paint the inauguration of President Juan Guaidó as a U.S.-backed, right-wing coup. In doing so, they omit perhaps the single defining trait of Guaidó’s opposition coalition: his party, Popular Will, is a member of the Socialist International (SI).

The president of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly, Juan Guaido, listens during a session to denounce as 'illegitimate' President Nicolas Maduro's second mandate, among other topics, at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas on January 15, 2019. - Maduro began a new term on January 10 with the economy in ruins …

Venezuelan President Guaidó Floats Amnesty for Maduro, Top Socialist Officials

Interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó suggested on Thursday that the nation’s opposition is open to discussing granting prosecutorial amnesty to dictator Nicolás Maduro and top officials, such as drug traffickers Diosdado Cabello and Tareck El Aissami, despite their flagrant record of years of human rights abuses.

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Turkey’s Erdogan: ‘Maduro Brother, Stand Tall’ in Venezuela

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a serial human rights violator believed to be the world’s most prolific jailer of journalists, expressed “shock” at the United States declaring Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro illegitimate and offered words of support to the socialist leader Thursday.

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno speaks during an interview with local press at Carondelet Palace in Quito on December 6, 2018, after Ecuadorean Vice-President Maria Alejandra Vicuna resigned. - Moreno said conditions met for Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London. (Photo by RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP) (Photo credit should …

Maduro Accuses Ecuador of ‘Nazi Persecution’ Against Venezuelans

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro accused Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno of using “Nazi persecution” tactics to vet Venezuelan refugees in his country following the gruesome murder of a pregnant Ecuadorian woman and her child by her estranged Venezuelan boyfriend.

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Brazil: Bolsonaro Promises to Fire ‘Communist’ Government Employees

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff Onyx Lorenzoni told reporters following a cabinet meeting Thursday that Bolsonaro intends to fire any “communists” who work for the government currently, contending that those holding opposing ideological views to the new government cannot properly execute its goals.

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China Brags: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Wants ‘Better and Better’ Ties with Beijing

China’s state media reported Thursday that Ji Bingxuan, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy to Brazil for the inauguration of conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, delivered a personal letter from Xi to the new president and received “warm greetings” to send back to Beijing.

Supporters of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro take part in a rally along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo Brazil on October 21 2018. - Barring any last-minute upset, Brazil appears poised to elect Jair Bolsonaro, a populist far-right veteran politician, as its next president in a week's time. (Photo …

Bolsonaro Takes Helm in Brazil: ‘Our Flag Will Never Be Red’

Brazil inaugurated Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right conservative who campaigned on a platform of smaller government and fighting socialism, as its president on Tuesday. In his first speech in office, Bolsonaro urged Brazilians to “dream” while remaining vigilant of the threats of socialism.