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Venezuela: Donald Trump Goes All-Out To Support Effort To Oust Maduro

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Venezuela: Donald Trump Goes All-Out To Support Effort To Oust Maduro

It’s now three weeks since U.S. President Donald Trump began supporting an all-out effort to oust Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leader whom many had predicted would ultimately fall.  Many nations have recognized opposition leader, Juan Guaido who has declared himself president.

It appears the pressure on Maduro has not moved him.  Street protests against him have not accomplished much.  Predicted and expected mass military defections have not happened.

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The U.S. has said it would only use military force as a last resort. So, Maduro appears to be succeeding in blocking U.S. humanitarian aid which is now stuck in Colombia.

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Guaido vows he would double efforts this week to move the U.S. emergency food aid and medicine into the country.

Analysts warn of a possible dangerous confrontation at the Colombia-Venezuela border.  They also say the whole scenario could dissipate and leave Maduro stronger.

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Despite having the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela is suffering rising levels of malnutrition, disease and violence after twenty years of socialist rule.  Meanwhile, Maduro claims the U.S. is backing an assassination attempt against him.

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Attorney General Barr Preparing For Mueller Report

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Attorney General Prepares For Mueller Report

The U.S. Special Counsel’s investigation into the Trump administration could wrap up as soon as next week with the delivery of a confidential report to the Justice Department.

Reports say Attorney General William Barr is preparing to receive a report from special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over an FBI investigation of the Trump campaign in May 2017.

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Barr, who was confirmed by the senate last week, will determine soon after receiving Mueller’s report what information will be provided to Congress.

The exact end date for the Mueller probe has been a longstanding source of speculation in Washington, D.C. In December.

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American Television Network, NBC, had reported that Mueller planned to deliver his report by mid-February, but a delay in Barr’s confirmation may have contributed to a delay in submitting the report.

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Hundreds Of Women, Children Evacuated From Last IS Holdout In Syria

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Hundreds Of Women, Children Evacuated From Last IS Holdout In Syria

Hundreds of persons, including women and children, have been evacuated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group’s last holdout in Syria, bringing U.S.-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the so-called “caliphate.”

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An official from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday the civilian evacuation is expected to be completed on the same day.

News correspondents say they saw at least 17 trucks on Wednesday carrying men, women and children out of the last patch of ISIL territory in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz.

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SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin says most of the hundreds who had left were civilians, but also included ISIL fighters.

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Putin Warns US Against Deploying New Missiles In Europe

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Putin Warns US Against Deploying New Missiles In Europe

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, threatening to retaliate in kind by targeting western capitals with Russia’s new weaponry.

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Delivering a State of the Nation Address, Putin said the US has abandoned a key arms control pact – the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty – to free its hands to build new missiles and tried to shift the blame for the move on Russia.

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The INF deal was signed in 1987 by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and resolved a crisis over soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting western capitals.

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