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Canada announces $53M in aid to people of Venezuela

Canada announces $53M in aid to people of Venezuela

The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge at a key border crossing, issuing a challenge on Wednesday to a US -backed effort by the opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the troubled nation.

(EPA/AAP) Venezuela's National Bolivarian Guard prevented the entrance of humanitarian aid announced by self-appointed interim president Juan Guaido (EPA/AAP) This image taken from video, shows a fuel tanker, cargo trailers and makeshift fencing, blocking the bridge.

It lands amid a political standoff between Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who asked for the global assistance, and President Nicolas Maduro, who rejects it as part of an USA -led coup.

When asked about a letter sent to him by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the pontiff admitted not reading it yet.

Shipments aree also coming from Venezuelan companies overseas, Colombia, Canada and Germany.

The United States has pledged $20 million in aid that is to be gathered in Colombia, Brazil and an unnamed Caribbean island, but Guaido won't be able to bring it into Venezuela without the military's agreement.

"We need more and more pressure on the top of the army corps, and in the top of the political dictatorship", Viera-Blanco said.

Earlier, it became known that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested the pontiff's assistance in resolving the civil standoff in his country. You want to humiliate Venezuela, and I will not let our people be humiliated.

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Trump told Congressional leaders that he won't sign a spending bill which does not include funds for a border wall. Pelosi said she was open to negotiating funding for more ports of entry or additional border security technology.

He thanked each European Union country in turn on Twitter "for supporting all Venezuelans in this struggle we undertake to rescue our nation's democracy, freedom and justice".

"For years now, we've witnessed the breakdown in democracy in Venezuela and a dictatorship willing to use force, fear and coercion to retain power".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - a long-standing admirer of Nicholas Maduro's socialist predecessor Hugo Chavez - has strongly condemned outside interference in Venezuela "whether from the United States or anywhere else".

She said the Lima Group was emphasizing a peaceful transition to democracy, led by the Venezuelan people in step with their country's constitution.

Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for the Americas and Europe, said Maduro's "mismanagement and kleptocratic approach" are singularly responsible for crippling his country's economy.

The fund would receive income accrued by state-run oil firm PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp since last month, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni told Reuters. Mexico opposes any measures to oust Mr Maduro, who also has the backing of Turkey, Russia and China.

"This is already quite advanced, I hope that next week it can be announced by our representative in the United States", Paparoni said, though he did not give details about the nature of the US -based fund or the financial institution involved.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met Tuesday in Washington with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and promised coordination on aid.

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