Amid controversy over human rights in Venezuela, Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez explains why his government fired its ambassador there after the diplomat expressed support for controversial President Nicolas Maduro.
Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans have taken part in an informal opposition vote against the government of leftist President Nicolas Maduro. The vote was marked by episodes of violence.
In a surprising escalation of tensions over an ongoing political crisis, Trump has raised the prospect of military action in Venezuela. The Pentagon has said the White House has not issued any orders to the military.
The world body said Venezuelan security forces have killed dozens and arbitrarily detained more than 5,000 people. It calls on President Maduro to rein in security forces and investigate alleged abuses.
The vice president began his trip in Colombia ahead of visits to Argentina, Chile and Panama. Talks with foreign leaders are likely to be dominated by a political crackdown in Venezuela and drug trafficking into the US.
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