Ha­ley pushes for ac­tion on Maduro’s gov­ern­ment

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NEW YORK | U.S. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley on Thurs­day urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take ac­tion to deal with the wors­en­ing cri­sis in Venezuela where she said “peo­ple are starv­ing while their gov­ern­ment tram­ples their democ­racy.”

Ms. Ha­ley said in a state­ment that the United States ap­plauds the con­tin­u­ing ef­forts of coun­tries that are re­solved “to main­tain­ing our hemi­sphere’s com­mit­ment to democ­racy” — even if the U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States “are blocked from do­ing so.” Venezuela’s U.N. Mis­sion said it “cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jected” Ms. Ha­ley’s call for ac­tion by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and Caracas re­leased a state­ment signed by 57 coun­tries sup­port­ing Venezuela’s gov­ern­ment and op­pos­ing any in­ter­fer­ence in the coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs.

Nearly three months of po­lit­i­cal un­rest were set off by the at­tempt by Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment to nul­lify the op­po­si­tion­con­trolled congress in late March. diplo­mat said Thurs­day that the head of the Is­lamic State group has most likely been killed in a Rus­sian airstrike.

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Oleg Sy­ro­molo­tov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Thurs­day that “ac­cord­ing to the De­fense Min­istry’s in­for­ma­tion, there is a high prob­a­bil­ity that [Abu Bakr] al-Bagh­dadi has been killed when the Rus­sian air force hit mil­i­tants’ head­quar­ters on the south­ern out­skirts of Raqqa in late May.”

The De­fense Min­istry first made the claim Fri­day, adding that al-Bagh­dadi’s death in the May 28 strike was still “be­ing ver­i­fied through var­i­ous chan­nels.” U.S. of­fi­cials said they could not con­firm the claim, as Is­lamic State lead­ers re­port­edly have fled to a re­mote re­gion of east­ern Syria.

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