Military helicopter crashes in Venezuela, killing 7, amid protests

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Guaido's claim is also supported by over 50 nations, while Maduro is backed by countries like China, Russia and Turkey (amongst others) who have slammed global interference in Venezuela's internal affairs.

Pompeo added, "Maduro can not feel good about the security of his position today, and he shouldn't". Earlier this week, Guaidó unsuccessfully called on the country's military to revolt against Maduro, however, anti-Maduro protests have continued.

On This Week, anchor Jonathan Karl aired a clip of President Donald Trump saying, after his call with Vladimir Putin, that the Russian president is "not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela".

Pompeo called on Russia, Cuba and Iran to end their support for the Maduro regime.

The United States has imposed tough sanctions and Trump has refused to take the threat of military action off the table, in an intensifying campaign to drive Maduro out.

"You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela", Omar said at the time on the progressive show "Democracy Now!" We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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Seven Venezuelan military officers have been killed when their helicopter crashed while heading to a state where President Nicolas Maduro appeared alongside troops on Saturday.

Maduro blames the USA government for attempting to foment a coup against him by supporing opposition head Juan Guaido, who denounces Maduro as illegitimate and has assumed a rival presidency. That's not as a result of US policies, that's a result of the dictatorship and socialism that has been imposed on the people of Venezuela by Nicholas Maduro.

"Oh the Russians - the Russians need to get out, too", Pompeo said.

The socialist leader accused Guaido - recognised by more than 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president - of trying to launch a "coup d'etat".

"This process must be done peacefully and respecting the constitutional order in Venezuela", Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio told journalists after meeting with his counterparts in a Lima Group meeting in Peru.

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