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Colombia asks for legal status for its people already in US

Times Union | 30 Nov 2022

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia wants the Biden administration to grant temporary legal status to its citizens now living in the United States, noting its own efforts to address regional migration by hosting 2 million Venezuelans who fled their homes. Gustavo Petro, who was elected Colombia's first leftist president in June, is committed to the...

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Biden eases Venezuela sanctions as opposition talks resume

Federal News Radio | 27 Nov 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Saturday eased some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between President Nicolás Maduro’s government and its opposition. The Treasury Department is allowing Chevron to resume “limited” energy production in Venezuela after years of sanctions that have...

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Trump’s act is ‘old and tired’, says his own former national security adviser

The Observer | 27 Nov 2022

John Bolton, former national security adviser to Donald Trump, has described the former US president’s act as “old and tired” and said the Republican party is ready to move on to a “fresh face”. Bolton is the latest ex-White House official to condemn Trump after Republicans underperformed in this month’s midterm elections, which added to a losing...

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Oil drops as Russian price cap proposal eases concerns about tight supply

Reuters | 24 Nov 2022

Summary G7 price cap on Russian oil could be above current trading levelEIA gasoline stocks data shows higher-than-expected buildU.S. may soon authorise Chevron to boost Venezuelan output TOKYO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Oil declined on Thursday, hovering around two-month lows, as the Group of Seven(G7) nations' proposed range for a price cap on...

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Venezuela's anti-inflation efforts dealt blow as currency tumbles

Reuters | 24 Nov 2022

CARACAS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Venezuela's effort to curb high inflation by stabilizing exchange rates is becoming less effective as the local bolivar currency slips in value against the dollar, analysts said on Wednesday. For months, President Nicolas Maduro's administration has sought to fight inflation by anchoring the bolivar's...

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Maduro government to resume talks with Venezuelan opposition

Anadolu Agency | 24 Nov 2022

The Venezuelan government and political opposition will resume talks on Friday after having suspended them for a year. The announcement was made Wednesday by Colombian President Gustavo Petro, who has been a key player in achieving the approach. "On November 25 and 26, talks between (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro's...

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Digital Wild West: Latin America Unprepared for Crypto-Crime

InSight Crime | 23 Nov 2022

A lack of regulation surrounding how cryptocurrencies are being used by organized crime has left Latin American and Caribbean countries dangerously exposed, according to a new report. Focused on the rising use of crypto in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and Mexico, this report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) paints a picture of a...

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Colombia, ELN guerrillas resume talks after nearly four years

Gulf News | 22 Nov 2022

Caracas: Colombia's government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), the last recognised rebel group in the country, on Monday resumed formal peace talks in Venezuela for the first time since they were suspended in 2019. In their first meeting, the parties agreed to "resume the dialogue process with full political and ethical will," according to...

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Explainer: What legal problems does U.S. presidential candidate Trump face?

Reuters | 16 Nov 2022

Nov 15 (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday announced he will run again for the White House in 2024, faces a series of investigations and lawsuits.MISSING GOVERNMENT RECORDS The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting a criminal investigation of Trump for retaining government records, including some marked as classified, after...

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Could Venezuelan Military Finally Bring Bolívar's Illegal Gold Miners to Heel?

InSight Crime | 12 Nov 2022

The Venezuelan government has placed small-scale miners and rogue mining gangs in its crosshairs, as shown by a major military deployment in the country's valuable southern gold mining region. On November 10, Venezuelan soldiers destroyed a rural camp and arrested several members belonging to a gang known as 3R, or the R Organization (Organización...

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Iran inks MOU with Iraq, Venezuela and Serbia on medicinal plants

Tehran Times | 05 Nov 2022

TEHRAN – Iran signed three memorandums of understanding with Serbia, Venezuela, and Iraq for the development of technologies in medicinal plants, natural products, and traditional medicine. ......

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Venezuela and Colombian presidents discuss trade, human rights

Reuters | 02 Nov 2022

CARACAS, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela held their first bilateral meeting in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, on Tuesday, where they discussed topics including trade, human rights and protecting the Amazon rainforest. The neighbors' fraught relationship has improved since Colombian President Gustavo Petro - the...

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China's recipe for bigger pie of global development in new blueprint

People Daily | 28 Oct 2022

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- The world has been keeping tabs on one of China's most important meetings in its political calendar concluded last week to gauge the direction China will take in the next half-decade and beyond. The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Sunday unveiled its new top leadership, which will take the world's most populous nation...

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Israel to become Hungary-like state if Netanyahu wins election -opinion

The Jerusalem Post | 28 Oct 2022

In the end, it comes down to how you view democracy: is it majority rule or is it a nuanced blend that includes protection of the minority and an array of inalienable rights? If you lean toward the former, then you might be delighted with a victory for the Right in Israel, next Tuesday. There is no reason to disbelieve the Right’s firebrands...

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Colombia urged to push human rights in renewed relationship with Venezuela

Reuters | 25 Oct 2022

BOGOTA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Colombia could use its restored diplomatic relations with Venezuela to help curb human rights violations in its neighbor, advocacy group Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Monday. Colombia and Venezuela reopened a major crossing point to cargo transport between the two countries in...

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

The White House | 25 Oct 2022

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:23 P.M. EDT MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Hi, hi, hi. Good afternoon, everybody. Happy Monday. Okay. This morning, another shooting — another school shooting — this time in St. Louis, Missouri — has reportedly left at least three people dead, including the shooting suspect, and injured several others. Our...

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Brazil election: What to know about the high-stakes race

Artesia Daily Press | 24 Oct 2022

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil is days from a presidential election featuring two political titans and bitter rivals that could usher in another four years of far-right politics or return a leftist to the nation’s top job. On one side is incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who built a base of hardcore support as a culture warrior with a...

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Global deforestation pledge will be missed without urgent action, say researchers

The Observer | 24 Oct 2022

The destruction of global forests slowed in 2021 but the vital climate goal of ending deforestation by 2030 will still be missed without urgent action, according to an assessment. The area razed in 2021 fell by 6.3% after progress in some countries, notably Indonesia. But almost 7m hectares were lost and the destruction of the most carbon- and...

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U.S.-bound migration from Venezuela plunges under new policy

Pioneer Press | 22 Oct 2022

MEXICO CITYBorder crossings by Venezuelans fleeing to the United States from their South American country plummeted in the first week of a U.S. policy to expel them to Mexico without an opportunity to seek asylum, U.S. and Mexican officials said Friday. Biden administration officials said about 150 Venezuelans were crossing the border from...

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Cairo hosts 24th meeting of GECF

Egypt Independent | 21 Oct 2022

Cairo will host the 24th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) from October 23 to 25. Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Tarek el Molla will chair the meeting in his capacity as President of the GECF Ministerial Meeting for 2022. The ministerial meeting is the supreme governing body of...