USA journalist detained by Venezuelan officers, then freed

Miami Reporter Missing In Politically Collapsed Venezuela

"President Donald Trump and other senior United States (U.S.) officials have generated alarm in Venezuela and throughout the region with actions and statements-such as the recent threat that "all options are on the table"-which indicate a pursuit of American military-led regime change", reads the letter". His assistant was also taken into custody.

She recalled the EU's leading role in setting up the worldwide contact group, where she said Germany plays an "active" role.

A spokesman for the State Department said the US was aware of the missing journalist and issued a warning to President Nicolás Maduro's government.

They sought, he said, to get him to say "that Juan Guaido is not the president, and that the [awful] situation [here] is a result of [U.S.] sanctions". Dozens of counties, including the USA and Canada, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Executives at a Miami TV station say their correspondent based in Venezuela has been freed from custody hours after security forces seized him at his apartment.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has not made a decision on recognizing a new government in Venezuela, the organisation's spokesperson said on Thursday. "The truth is the only way Maduro clings to power is with the brutality of his supporters and with the help he receives from communist Cuba", Pence said.

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The Virginia-born reporter's detention comes a week after Univision journalist Jorge Ramos was held in the presidential palace after an interview with Maduro went awry.

US Sen. Marco Rubio, a fierce critic of Maduro, tweeted about Weddle's detention on Wednesday, followed by a flurry of posts about sanctions on Venezuela.

A Venezuelan union representing members of the press said there are 36 cases in which journalists and other press employees have been illegally detained since the start of 2019.

A freelance journalist with Virginia ties who was working in Venezuela has been released by Venezuelan authorities, according to CNN.

"Here's the mistake we make: We're quiet when these interventions are happening", said Khanna, who has been an outspoken opponent of USA interference in Venezuela. "Being a journalist is not a crime; the world is watching". "Yesterday [I heard from him at] maybe about 6 or 7 yesterday evening and yesterday morning about 10, I asked him how he was doing, he said he was fine and wanted to know how I was". "Cody has been dedicated and committed to telling the story in Venezuela to our viewers here in South Florida".

USA politicians are also raising awareness about Weddle.

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