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Head of US Southern Command Says Maduro Does Not Trust His Military

The head of the Southern Command, General John Kelly, said Thursday that the Venezuelan government, with Nicolas Maduro at the head, does not trust the military. Kelly told the Senate committee that forces in the Venezuelan military are loyal to themselves, and are waiting and watching to see what happens. The general added that a sign of the government's suspicions about where the military leans to is that it has not used it much to control the protests. On Wednesday, Secretary of State, John Kerry, said his government is prepared to invoke the charter of OAS (Organization of American States)…
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US Will Sell Oil From Strategic Reserves

The Department of Energy of the United States said it plans to sell five million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves. Government officials said the sale is a trial that has been planned for months. The decision comes at a time when global energy markets closely watch the developments of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. On the territory of Ukraine pass pipelines carrying Russian gas to the European Union. However, the White House said the two events are not connected. The decision lowered by 2% the price of crude oil on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Increased Western Pressure on Russia

Western leaders warned Russia to cease its attempts to annex the Crimea or otherwise face sanctions. President Barack Obama, said Moscow would pay a price if it continues its current path. Speaking from the White House after meeting with interim Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Obama said a referendum, scheduled for Sunday, on the annexation of Crimea into Russia, is a violation of international law. Earlier, the European Union and the G-7, said they would take action against Russia if the referendum takes place.
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The White House Calls on Cuba to Release Alan Gross

The White House reiterated Monday that the arrest of American businessman Alan Gross in Cuba prevents a more constructive relationship between Washington and Havana. So said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney during the daily briefing at the capital. "We continue working to secure their release," Carney said. "Gross is a husband of 64 years, a father and a dedicated professional with a long history that has offered assistance to underserved communities in more than 50 countries." "We reiterate our call on the Cuban government to release Alan Gross." Gross was arrested by Cuban authorities in December 2009 and sentenced…
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US and Chinese Presidents Analyze Ukrainian Crisis

President Barack Obama discussed the Ukrainian crisis with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping . The White House said the two leaders had agreed on the importance of upholding the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese agency, Xinhua news said that Xi Jinping has called on all parties to channel their differences through diplomacy and exercise restraint . British and German officials said the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has promised to talk to his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on the possibility of creating an international contact group to facilitate dialogue with the new Ukrainian government. Ukrainian…
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