Haley pushes for action on Maduro’s government
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.