US to give $20M in humanitarian aid to Venezuela & Guaido gets the funds

The United States has pledge US$20 million in humanitarian aid to Venezeula, as it seeks to ensure that Venezuelan oil revenue goes to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who swore himself in as interim president, and to cut off money from the increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro.

The announcement signals that Washington is willing to go beyond traditional diplomatic measures and will seek to drain cash from Maduro's government which is already struggling under an unprecedented economic meltdown.

Maduro gives US diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has cut off diplomatic relations with the United States, the biggest importer of Venezuelan oil, and said American diplomats had 72 hours to leave the country.

"Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president. .... I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government," Maduro told a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered at the presidential palace.

Trump recognises Venezuelan opposition leader as interim president

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president.

Guaido swore himself in as president on Wednesday.

Trump described hard-left President Nicolas Maduro as "illegitimate" and said the National Assembly, headed by Guaido, is "the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people."

Trump's support for Guaido came shortly after the opposition leader declared himself "acting president" during a mass demonstration against Maduro.

US condemns Maduro's 2nd term as president

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro's inauguration for a second term today in Caracas has left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the country as the United States denounced his re-election along with
other countries as fraudulent.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompano issued a statement denouncing Maduro and his inauguration.

"The United States condemns Maduro’s illegitimate usurpation of power today following the unfree and unfair elections he imposed on the Venezuelan people on May 20, 2018," Pompano stated.

Twelve illegal immigrants held

Po­lice have held 12 Venezue­lan na­tion­als dur­ing an an­ti-crime ex­er­cise.

A state­ment from the Po­lice Ser­vice said the il­le­gal im­mi­grants were ar­rest­ed dur­ing an an­ti-crime ex­er­cise con­duct­ed by of­fi­cers of the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion, in the Cunu­pia dis­trict.

Po­lice said dur­ing the ex­er­cise, the of­fi­cers went to a house on Wel­come Road, Cunu­pia, where they found 12 Venezue­lans, who were sus­pect­ed of be­ing in the coun­try il­le­gal­ly.