U.S. Withdraws Diplomatic Staff from Venezuela as Blackout Continues

HeadlineMar 13, 2019
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In news from Venezuela, the U.S. is withdrawing remaining diplomatic staff from its embassy in Caracas and says it will soon impose new sanctions against the government of Nicolás Maduro. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” raising questions about whether the U.S. is coming closer to a military intervention in Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s top prosecutor has called for the supreme court to investigate whether opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó was involved in the “sabotage” of the power grid, which has plunged Venezuela into a nearly week-long blackout. Members of the opposition say at least 21 people have died since the power outage started.

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