US Reporter Arrested in Venezuela by Maduro's Military

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Weddle said his interrogation was videotaped and he was prodded to make statements for the camera that Guaido is not the legitimate president and Venezuela's woes are due to us sanctions.

Guaido had risked arrest on his return to Venezuela for flouting a court-imposed travel ban to visit other Latin American countries.

"We will continue to hold all of the Maduro regime accountable until democracy and libertad (liberty) are fully restored", US Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech.

In the statement, Nicolas Maduro's administration accused him and the German government of "crass" and "unlawful" meddling.

Maduro, meanwhile, pressed his supporters to hold "anti-imperialist" marches Saturday to counter fresh protests planned by Guaido. "Ambassador Kriener is doing excellent work in Caracas, including in recent days".

'That's ultimately a decision for Venezuelans to make, ' Abrams said.

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Caracas "is sending a message to the worldwide community that such frontal support would have consequences, but it also carries a risk", said Venezuelan analyst Mariano de Alba.

According to a story in the Bristol Herald Courier, Cody Weddle's family believes he was detained around 8 a.m. Wednesday after authorities raided his home in Caracas.

The American journalist and southwest Virginia native detained by Venezuelan security forces Wednesday morning has been released, according to CNN.

After the interrogation, he said Venezuelan counterintelligence agents left him in the custody of Venezuelan immigration officials at the airport.

Venezuela broke off diplomatic ties with neighbouring Colombia after Maduro's security forces blocked a February 23 attempt by Guaido and allies to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela from Colombia and Brazil.

The government of acting President Nicolas Maduro said he had 48 hours to leave Venezuela. "Trump is waiting for any excuse to intervene", she went on to say, in reference to the persistent threats leveled by the White House since it threw its weight behind Maduro's ouster in late January.

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The U.S., Germany and some 50 other countries consider Maduro's re-election invalid and have urged him to step aside so the country can prepare for elections.

Maduro - who says he is the victim of an attempted coup and "economic war" led by the United States - retains control of state functions and the support of the armed forces.

CARACAS, Venezuela-A USA journalist was seized by security forces at his apartment Wednesday amid Venezuela's escalating political turmoil, then was freed several hours later and deported, executives at his Miami-based TV station and union representatives said.

The United States ratcheted up the pressure on Wednesday, with National Security Advisor John Bolton warning foreign banks that they could face sanctions if they participate in transactions benefiting Maduro.

USA diplomats demanded Weddle's release and sharply criticized the detention.

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