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Here’s the latest for Friday February 18th: Pres. Trump rallying support for Venezuelan opposition leader, Wisc. Gov. looks to change marijuana laws; Protest gather against National Emergency; and animals of all kinds at Pakistani pet show.

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Rubio says Venezuelan aid-blockade is “international crime”

US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio visits Venezuela-Colombia border, where blocked humanitarian aid is waiting to enter crisis-hit Venezuela.

US military planes head for Venezuela with aid

The U.S. Air Force has begun flying tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro. (Feb. 16)

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US humanitarian aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

Humanitarian aid from the United States designated for Venezuela arrives in neighboring Cucuta, Colombia. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for nationwide protests to support volunteers planning to travel to the border to bring in the aid, which President Nicolas Maduro has denounced, that has been piling up there. IMAGES

AP: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an AP interview that his government was in secret talks with the Trump administration and predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation. (Feb. 15)

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ONLY ON AP: Maduro blames US sanctions for crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed the economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuela for the severe food and medicine shortages in the country. (Feb. 14)

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Maduro supporters rally against foreign intervention

Venezuelan pro-government supporters rally to support President Nicolas Maduro and to reject what they see as foreign intervention.

Venezuelan students hold vigil for those killed in protests

Students in Venezuela hold a vigil for people killed during protests in the country, as the country remains locked in a political crisis between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is trying to force the socialist leader from power so he can set up a transitional government and hold new presidential elections. IMAGES

Malnutrition, one of the saddest faces of the Venezuelan crisis

Samuel, who is 15 months old, weighs as little as a newborn and was close to death upon admission at Caracas Central Hospital. As Venezuela’s government and opposition quarrel over letting in foreign humanitarian aid, the saddest face of the crisis is indeed that of suffering children – but thanks to a team of medics and a Venezuelan NGO, some young children are on track to a happier health.