Police arrest activists squatting in Venezuelan Embassy

Police arrest activists squatting in Venezuelan Embassy

Maduro on Thursday made no direct reference to the meetings, but said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez was "on a very important mission for peace in the country... in Europe".

"We are going to protect it even more because Venezuela complies with worldwide conventions and global law", Maduro said of the USA embassy, calling inhabitants of the White House "brutes" and "criminals".

In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said: "conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew traveling to or from that country".

The Venezuelan opposition has rejected that possibility in the past, accusing Maduro of using talks as a distraction as he consolidated his power.

Norway confirmed the talks and expressed hope for a peaceful solution.

With the military support seen as key, Guaido tried to incite an uprising against Maduro on April 30 but only about 30 members of the armed forces joined him.

Juan Guaido, left, said Venezuela's opposition won't enter into any "false negotiation" with President Nicolas Maduro.

Canada's foreign minister met with her Cuban counterpart in Havana on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Cuba's long-time ally Venezuela and other issues after the island's Communist government said it was willing to help mediate.

Maduro calls Guaido a USA puppet who is trying to foment a coup.

Today, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Jorge Valero confirmed that talks are now taking place in Oslo, Norway between two representatives of the Maduro government and three representatives of the opposition, whose putative leader is phony "President" Juan Guaidó.

Opposition leader Julio Borges, appointed as Guaido's representative before the Lima Group, initially denied that any talks were taking place before acknowledging that the reports were true.

Some Venezuelans also expressed concern about the impact of the ban on people receiving food and other provisions via cargo planes from relatives overseas to help them weather a humanitarian crisis.

Speaking to reporters in Caracas, Guaido confirmed reports that National Assembly vice president Stalin Gonzalez and former lawmaker Gerardo Blyde represented the opposition in Norway.

Venezuela's future is in limbo, as its embattled president continues to fend off a national movement for regime change.

Valero gave no more specific details about the Norway talks.

He noted that this was not the first time Oslo served as a mediator in a conflict in Latin America, referring to the country's efforts to broker peace between the Colombian government and FARC left-wing rebels between 2010 and 2016.

Related Articles

  • World famous Grumpy Cat dies at age 7

    World famous Grumpy Cat dies at age 7

    And in an era when many people imitate presidents, President Obama did an impression of Grumpy Cat during a speech in 2015 . She appeared on TV, popping up in episodes of "American Idol", "The Bachelorette" and WWE's " Monday Night Raw ".
    Asus launches ZenFone 6 with flip camera

    Asus launches ZenFone 6 with flip camera

    The back of the Asus Zenfone showcases a curved finish along with a dedicated fingerprint scanner below the camera . That's all powered again by premier Qualcomm silicon - in this case, the brand new Snapdragon 855 system-on-chip.
    Epic Mega Sale now live on the Epic Games Store

    Epic Mega Sale now live on the Epic Games Store

    KitGuru Says: This is a tricky one because on the one hand, Epic Games limited consumer choice with its exclusive games strategy. While it is not now Summer here in Australia, most online sales will still call it a Summer sale on the Australian store pages.
  • Friendly airstrike kills 17 Afghan policemen

    Friendly airstrike kills 17 Afghan policemen

    While scores of insurgents were killed , the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation strike also killed eight policemen by mistake . The police officer, Haji Gran Habib, was a former Taliban fighter who had joined the government side 17 years ago, said Maj.
    'Highly condemnable': Nitish Kumar on Pragya Thakur's remark on Godse

    'Highly condemnable': Nitish Kumar on Pragya Thakur's remark on Godse

    Thakur, whose family says she is a cancer survivor, has often wept while describing the torture she claims she endured in custody. "Statements of Ananthkumar Hegde, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Nalinkumar Kateelare are their personal opinions".
    QB Stevens transfers to Mississippi State

    QB Stevens transfers to Mississippi State

    Stevens' father did not like that there were no guarantees at PSU for his son during his final year of college eligibility. However, Stevens won't have any guarantees that he'll be the starter this fall at Mississippi State, either.
  • Lena Headey Has Some Things To Say About Cersei’s End

    Lena Headey Has Some Things To Say About Cersei’s End

    The rest of this story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season eight, episode five, " The Bells ". The ending, as Mr Benioff and Mr Weiss have admitted themselves, was always likely to be contentious.
    Trump order bans U.S.  firms from dealing with Huawei

    Trump order bans U.S. firms from dealing with Huawei

    Two other Huawei affiliates were charged this year with stealing tech secrets from telecom group T-Mobile in a separate case. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the actions were not related to the ongoing trade dispute, Purdy seems to disagree.
    Amazon's Fire 7 tablet gets an under-the-hood upgrade

    Amazon's Fire 7 tablet gets an under-the-hood upgrade

    Outside of those consistent benefits, Prime members also get to take advantage of special deals and discounts. Amazon offers a two-year worry-free guarantee promising to replace the tablet if it gets damaged in any way.
  • Derby County: Lampard says Rams reaching play-off final is a career highlight

    Derby County: Lampard says Rams reaching play-off final is a career highlight

    Derby's victory was all the more impressive given Lampard's sixth-placed side had only just scraped into the playoffs. He added: "There have been mistakes and that leads to doubts about the head coach". "You know about this process.
    I.M. Pei, architect who designed Cleveland’s Rock Hall, dies at 102

    I.M. Pei, architect who designed Cleveland’s Rock Hall, dies at 102

    Pei seldom explained the ideas behind his architectural designs, and yet he always insisted with his designs. He established his own architectural firm in 1955, a year after he became a USA citizen.
    Rick And Morty + Kanye West = Season 4 Thing That Could Happen

    Rick And Morty + Kanye West = Season 4 Thing That Could Happen

    The order is part of a new long-term deal the network has signed with series creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon . Should Rick And Morty's rules apply to our own planetary plane , Kanye West already exists in many alternate worlds.