01 March 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 01 Mar 2018 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White DoD 01 Mar 2018 -- Presenter: Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White
- US established 20 military bases in Syria's Kurdish-held north: Russian official Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- A top Russian security official says the US has set up around 20 military bases in areas controlled by Kurdish militants it supports in northern Syria, adding that Washington "provoked" Turkey into launching an offensive in those regions by providing the Kurds with advanced weapons.
- Pentagon deploys hundreds of US troops in southeastern Syria: Reports Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The Pentagon has reportedly deployed hundreds of American troopers in southeastern Syria on the border with Iraq as the United States is virtually occupying tens of kilometers there without the consent of the Syrian government.
- US Deploys 600 Additional Troops in Syria's At-Tanf - Reports Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Aссording to the Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit, the United States has deployed 600 troops in the international coalition's base in At-Tanf in Syria, adjacent to the Iraqi border.
- Afghan Taliban Cool To Ghani Peace Offer While UN, 20 Countries Support It RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- The Afghan Taliban gave a cool reception to President Ashraf Ghani's offer of political recognition and a truce while representatives from more than 20 countries voiced support for his peace plan.
- Pakistan Vows to 'Wholeheartedly' Further Afghan Peace Effort VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Pakistan praised Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, Thursday for offering unconditional talks to the Taliban, pledging to extend any help "wholeheartedly" to further the peace effort between the warring parties.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US fully prepared to counter any nuclear threat: Pentagon Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The United States military says it is fully prepared to defend the country against any nuclear threat, after Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed a new nuclear weapon which he said makes nuclear defense systems "useless."
- US Nuclear Posture Review Takes New Russian Weapons Into Account - Pentagon Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The US Department of Defense has commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address, describing Moscow's military capabilities.
- US 'Not Surprised' by Russia's Nuclear Claims, 'Fully Prepared' to Defend Itself VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- The United States is brushing aside a series of claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he has an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can hit a target anywhere in the world.
- Cyber Troops Focus on Security at Arctic Eagle 2018 AFPS 01 Mar 2018 -- An electronic sensor along the more than 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline sounds the alarm.
- Trump NSA Nominee: Russia, China, Others Don't Fear Retaliation for Cyberattacks VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the country's cyberspace operations said Thursday Russia, China and other countries do not fear retaliation for their cyberattacks on the United States.
- Dual Carrier COMPTUEX NNS 01 Mar 2018 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is supporting the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) during their composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) work-up cycle, this week, Feb. 25- March 2.
- Hurricane Hunters complete atmospheric river reconnaissance AFNS 01 Mar 2018 -- Much like a river on the ground carries water in streams through the earth, an atmospheric river carries water vapor in streams through the sky.
- DARPA Chief Describes Promising Future Technologies AFPS 01 Mar 2018 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will employ enhanced funding to discover technologies used to defend the homeland, bolster deterrence and aid service members engaged in counterterror and counterinsurgency fights, the agency's director said here today.
- Projecting the force in the Pacific Army News 01 Mar 2018 -- Recent developments in the Pacific, including a historic escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula, ongoing issues between China and its neighbors in international waters, and a reevaluation of the relationship between the United States and the Philippines, are reminders that the region remains a very volatile political environment.
- Exercise Arctic Eagle tests radiological response in Valdez Army News 01 Mar 2018 -- More than 200 Air and Army National Guard members travelled by ferry, plane and vehicle to the outlying community of Valdez, Alaska, to participate in a portion of exercise Arctic Eagle, Feb. 20-26.
- Truman Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX NNS 01 Mar 2018 -- The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) March 1, certifying the strike group ready for deployment.
- Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Manchester (LCS 14) NNS 01 Mar 2018 -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, Feb. 28.
- NMCB 11 Takes Charge in the Republic of the Marshall Islands NNS 01 Mar 2018 -- Fifteen Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) Marshall Islands (MHL) deployed from Gulfport, Mississippi to the Marshall Islands to relieve NMCB 133 and execute construction tasking for six months in support of the local populous.
- 'Not Coming Down Fast Enough': Pentagon Unsatisfied With Lockheed's F-35 Prices Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office's patience is running thin with Lockheed Martin and its inability to reduce plane costs despite the large contractor's consistent promises to the contrary.
- US Lawmakers Restore NATO Observer Group to 'Stand with European Allies' VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- A bipartisan group aimed at strengthening congressional ties with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, has been re-established, more than a decade after it was disbanded.
- U.S. Senate Resurrects NATO Observer Group RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is resurrecting a NATO observer group, aimed at strengthening congressional ties with the North Atlantic alliance.
- Deputy Secretary General commends Greece for contributions to NATO NATO 01 Mar 2018 -- Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller began her first official visit to Greece on Thursday (1 March 2018), meeting with Greek officials and delivering a keynote address on the enduring importance of NATO. In remarks at the Delphi Economic Forum, Ms. Gottemoeller set out the Alliance's essential role in a more uncertain world, highlighting the value of Allies' collective efforts and outlining priorities in preparation for the NATO Summit in July. She also thanked Greece for its contributions to NATO activities, and for meeting the 2% defence investment pledge.
- President's Address to the Federal Assembly President of Russia 01 Mar 2018 -- [national security excerpts]
- Russia vows 'instant' response to nuclear attack on itself, allies Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia would regard any use of nuclear weapons against its allies as a "nuclear attack" on itself and give an "instant" response.
- 'I'm Not Bluffing': Putin Boasts Of New, Advanced Russian Arsenal RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin dedicated around one-third of his nearly two-hour address to a joint session of parliament and other VIPs on March 1 to descriptions and animations or other video clips of new "strategic weapons," almost all of which he suggested were nuclear-capable.
- 'Listen To Us Now': Putin Unveils Weapons, Vows To Raise Living Standards In Fiery Annual Address RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new arsenal of nuclear-capable weapons, vowed to cut Russia's poverty rate in half, and make the country's economy one of the world's mightiest during his annual state-of-the-nation address in Moscow on March 1.
- Russian MoD Confirms 5th-Gen. Su-57 Stealth Fighters Were Tested in Syria Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has commented on President Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address to the bicameral parliament, the Federal Assembly, to a large extent devoted to the country's success in the military sphere.
- Goodbye Arms Control, Hello Arms Race? Putin's New Weapons, And U.S. Policy Shifts, Stoking New Arsenal Buildup RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- If it hasn't started already, then a new arms race is almost certainly about to get under way, arms-control experts and analysts warn.
- Q&A: Arms Expert Says Putin's Weapons Boasts Look Like 'Overkill' RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- President Vladimir Putin used a speech before lawmakers and other Russian officials on March 1 to accuse the international community of attempting "to contain Russia" and vowed that a new generation of strategic, homegrown, nuclear-capable weapons would compel the international community "to listen to us now."
- Russian Plane Maker Ready to Adapt Su-57 For New Russian Carrier Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Russia's United Aircraft Corporation said it is ready to develop a new version of the Su-57 multirole fighter for Russia's anticipated new aircraft carrier. The company representative said the carrier version of the plane must be developed in conjunction with the carrier's systems.
- New Arms Race? Putin Boasts of High-Tech Weaponry VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- On one level it was the kind of speech an incumbent leader seeking reelection would give, offering material improvements, making economic promises, and pledging to create more jobs and build better houses.
- Ukraine - Javelin Missiles and Command Launch Units DSCA 01 Mar 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine of Javelin Missiles and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) for an estimated cost of $47 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- At Least 60% of French Support Return of Obligatory Military Service - Poll Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The majority of French citizens (60 percent) advocate the return of compulsory military service for a period of 3-6 months, a poll conducted by the YouGov France public opinion research center showed on Thursday.
- Germany Wants to Sideline US War Jets in Favor of Europe's Own Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The German defense ministry considers Eurofighter Typhoon the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets beginning in 2025.
- India's Homegrown Anti-Tank Guided Missile Clears Final Trial Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Last December, the Indian government canceled a plan to purchase the Israeli Spike ATGM in favor of homegrown NAG. The Indian Army reportedly has a current requirement for around 68,000 ATGMs of various types and over 850 launchers over the next 20 years. Nag can hit high-speed moving tanks without the support of an operator.
- Japan Debating Placing Missiles on Okinawa to Counter China Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The Japanese government has been in talks to place surface-to-ship missile batteries on Okinawa's mainland in response to Beijing's growing maritime assertiveness, the Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.
- Department Press Briefing - March 1, 2018 US Dept. of State 01 Mar 2018
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders The White House 01 Mar 2018
- 1 March 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Mar 2018
- Turkey Sends Special Police Forces to Afrin - Reports Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Turkey's military advance in the Kurdish-dominated area was launched on January 20 and continues amid the UN Security Council's recent resolution 2401, calling on all parties to immediately cease hostilities in the area to secure safe and unhindered humanitarian aid supplies, as well as medical evacuations.
- Kurdish Forces Reportedly Hit Turkish Helicopter in Northern Syria Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- A Turkish attack helicopter was hit in northern Syria but was able to safely fly back to Turkey this afternoon, according to Kurdish media.
- UN 'will not give up' on push for ceasefire, says Syria envoy UN News 01 Mar 2018 -- The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict on Thursday said the world body has not given up on the implementation of a recent Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the war-ravaged country.
- Possible Breakthrough in Delivery of Aid to Syria's Eastern Ghouta VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- A senior U.N. official says he has received indications Syrian authorities may grant permission for U.N. humanitarian convoys to enter the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta to deliver desperately needed aid to civilians.
- Russian Implementation of Syria Cease-Fire Inadequate, DoD Spokesperson Says AFPS 01 Mar 2018 -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Feb. 24 for an immediate 30-day cease-fire throughout Syria, but the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad continues attacking its citizens, especially in East Ghouta, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said today.
- Iran's Supreme Leader sees Syrian president as resistant fighter IRNA 01 Mar 2018 -- Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's resistance has made him a great fighting figure.
- Pauses in fighting in Syria's suburb of Eastern Ghouta not enough, says UN official Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- A top United Nations official says the five-hour daily pauses in fighting in the militant-riddled Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, laid out under a plan by Russia, are not enough to take in aid or evacuate civilians.
- Syria on frontline of fight against enemies of Islam: Ayatollah Khamenei Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Syria is on the frontline of the fight against the enemies of Islam.
- Russia says militants indiscriminately target civilians in Syria's Eastern Ghouta Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The Russian military says militants continue to indiscriminately target civilians in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, which has witnessed deadly violence over the past few days.
- Russia calls for UN assessment of humanitarian situation in Syria's Raqqah Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The Russian defense chief has called on the UN to set up an international commission to assess the humanitarian situation in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, which is controlled by US-backed Kurdish militants.
- US Hasn't Seen Evidence of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria's Ghouta - Pentagon Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The US Department of Defense has commented on the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry's investigation over the alleged use of chlorine in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government forces.
- Russian Military: Syrian Army Repels 3 Attacks on E Ghouta Humanitarian Corridor Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- A humanitarian corridor in Syria's Eastern Ghouta with access to Muhayam-al-Wafedin settlement was opened after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution last week.
- US Uses Double Standards, Interpreting UNSC Syria Resolution - Turkish Official Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The United States applies double standards suggesting Turkey to read the UN Security Council resolution on the Syrian truce in the light of Ankara's operation in Afrin, it is Washington that should read the document, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Thursday.
- Militants Move Freely in US-Controlled Zone in Syria - Russian Security Council Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Militants are moving freely near the US base in Syria's al-Tanf region, while UN humanitarian convoys cannot reach the area, Alexander Venediktov, the assistant to the secretary of the Russian Security Council, told Sputnik.
- US Loses Strategic Partner Amid Afrin Battle - Reports Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The US-led anti-Daesh coalition is losing its most effective battleground partner in Syria, as Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces are increasingly being diverted away from the fight against militants, The New York Times reported citing unnamed American officials.
- Iraqi lawmakers call on Baghdad to set timetable for withdrawal of foreign troops Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The Iraqi parliament has demanded that the central government in Baghdad set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops, led by those of the US, from the Arab country after their purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group practically came to an end following the demise of the terror outfit two months ago.
- Iraqi MPs Demand Gov't to Make Plan for Foreign Troops Withdrawal – Source Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- The Iraqi parliament on Thursday demanded the government to develop a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, a source in the parliament told Sputnik.
- Moscow assists Baghdad in ensuring security: FM Jaafari Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The Iraqi foreign minister says Baghdad is receiving assistance from Russia in ensuring security in the Arab country, ravaged by the war against the Daesh terror group, and that the two sides "exchange information" on a regular basis.
- Bangladesh Requests Myanmar Troop Withdrawal from Common Border VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Bangladesh has requested that neighboring Myanmar withdraw its security forces from their common border after a Myanmar troop build-up near a camp where thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees have been living since fleeing Myanmar in August.
- Ukraine crisis 'forgotten by the world,' senior UN relief official says, urging greater global support UN News 01 Mar 2018 -- With 4.4 million people in Ukraine soon to enter a fifth year of conflict, the international community has an important role to play in supporting conflict resolution and bringing about lasting peace – the only durable humanitarian solution for the affected population, a senior United Nations official has said.
- Russian Authorities 'Scared,' Says Convicted Crimean Tatar Activist RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- A court in Russian-controlled Crimea has handed a suspended sentence of two years to a Crimean Tatar activist who opposes Moscow's rule over the Ukrainian region.
- Lebanon army says ready to confront Israeli military aggression Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The Lebanese army has expressed its preparedness to confront any Israeli military aggression or infiltration into its borders amid escalating tensions between the two sides.
- South Sudan Rebel Leaders Form Coalition VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Nine South Sudanese opposition groups have formed an alliance to accelerate efforts to end the conflict in South Sudan.
- South Sudan Accuses 'Troika' of Controlling Peace Process VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei has lashed out at the United States, Britain, and Norway, accusing them of controlling South Sudan's peace process.
- AMISOM Heads Meet Amid Security Concerns About Somalia VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Officials from countries that contribute to AMISOM, the African Union force in Somalia, are meeting this week in Uganda to discuss a transitional security plan for the troubled country. While AMISOM has made gains in Somalia, the risks still presented by militant group al-Shabab remain vivid due to inadequate funding and troop numbers.
- Somalia's Al-Shabab Militants Shoot Donkeys as Part of Economic War VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have shot and killed nine donkeys they said were transporting goods to a government-controlled area in the Bakool region.
- Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- The United Nations says four of its peacekeepers were killed Wednesday when their vehicle ran over a mine in central Mali.
- Killed in (Peacekeeping) Action: 4 UN soldiers die in Mali Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- Four United Nations (UN) peacekeepers were killed in central Mali on Wednesday after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected militants.
- Venezuelan Security Forces Kill Nearly Dozen Colombian Militants in Border Clash Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Venezuelan security forces killed seven Colombian militants in an armed clash on the border between the two countries, a senior Venezuelan security official said Wednesday
- Report: Mueller Investigating Alleged Trump Attempts To Fire Sessions Over Russia Probe RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to push Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign last summer as part of a pattern of attempting to obstruct his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, The Washington Post is reporting.
- Exxon, Citing Sanctions, To Abandon Joint Ventures With Russia's Rosneft RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- Exxon Mobil Corp has cited U.S. and European sanctions against Russia in announcing that it is abandoning its joint ventures with Russian state-run oil giant Rosneft.
- South Korea's Moon informs Trump of plan to send special envoy to North Korea Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told his American counterpart Donald Trump that he intends to send a special envoy to Pyongyang in response to an invitation by Kim Jong-un, the North's leader, following the recent Olympic-driven detente between the two Koreas.
- Statement of Policy Research Director at Institute for American Studies of DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 01 Mar 2018 -- The director of Policy Research of the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday released the following press statement:
- Pentagon Predicts 10,000 US Military Casualties in Early Days of N. Korean War Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- American military leaders who met to discuss a prospective US invasion of North Korea have reportedly claimed the fighting would cause around 10,000 American casualties in the very earliest stages of what could become a protracted conflict.
- 19th CPC Central Committee 3rd plenum issues communique People's Daily 01 Mar 2018 -- The 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee issued a communique at the end of its three-day third plenary session, which concluded Wednesday.
- Anti-corruption, social security remain people's top concerns: survey People's Daily 01 Mar 2018 -- Anti-corruption, social security and educational reform are the top concerns of Chinese citizens, an online survey conducted by People's Daily Online preceding the Two Sessions has revealed.
- China on track for "high-quality development" in 2018 People's Daily 01 Mar 2018 -- In a few days, China's annual sessions of top legislative and political advisory bodies will open a window for the world to gain an insight into the country's economic transition in the coming decades -- a drive toward "high-quality development."
- Pakistan Confirms Inclusion on FATF's Terrorist Financing List in June VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Pakistani authorities this week confirmed the country is going back on the "gray list" of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog that monitors terror financing and money laundering.
- Germany admits cyberattack after Russia accused Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- Germany has confirmed that it has been the target of an ongoing cyberattack on government computer systems.
- German Government Computers Hacked; Reports Point To Russia RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- German officials say they are investigating a cyberattack on government computers, although they declined to comment on media reports blaming the hacking on a Russian group blamed for infiltration efforts in the United States and Europe.
- Beijing's promise to give benefits to Taiwanese being watched: MAC CNA 01 Mar 2018 -- The government will keep close watch on whether Beijing will fulfill a recently unveiled plan to offer a slew of economic incentives to Taiwanese living in China, the deputy head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
- China 'strongly dissatisfied' with US bill on Taiwan Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- China has expressed strong dissatisfaction with a newly-passed US Senate bill that aims to promote closer ties between the US and self-governing Taiwan, which China sees as part of its territory.
- China Lodges Complaint to US After Adoption of Taiwan Relations Bill Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Beijing has strictly criticised Washington for the US Senate decision to back a bill easing mutual visits and meetings between the officials of Taiwan and the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
- European Council President Tusk Warns of Hard Border in Ireland After Brexit Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that London's stance on exit from the EU single market and customs union might result in the establishment of a hard border on the island of Ireland, which Brussels would like to avoid.
- Defence Secretary names new warship HMS Cardiff on St David's Day UK MOD 01 Mar 2018 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced the name of one of the new Type 26 warships as HMS Cardiff on St. David's Day.
- Ukraine Moves Closer To Anticorruption Court, But Doubts Remain RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- Ukraine's parliament has approved the first reading of legislation creating an anticorruption court demanded by protest groups and the country's external backers, although critics charge the effort does not go far enough.
- EU Moves Closer To Approving 1 Billion-Euro Aid For Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- The European Commission is moving closer to approving a 1 billion-euro ($1.22 billion) financial package to Ukraine, although officials are awaiting further signs from Kyiv to ensure that its reform process remains on track before the funds will be delivered.
- Juncker Ends West Balkans Tour With Support, But No Accession Date RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has wrapped up his tour of the Western Balkans, urging the leaders of the six countries he visited to speed up the pace of reforms.
- Armenia Scrapping Protocols To Normalize Relations With Turkey RFE/RL 01 Mar 2018 -- Armenia has canceled two 2009 protocols aimed at normalizing bilateral relations with bitter regional rival Turkey, the Caucasus country's presidential office says.
- Venezuela Delays Presidential Elections to Late May VOA 01 Mar 2018 -- Venezuelas ruling socialists and some opposition parties have agreed to delay the presidential election by a month to the second half of May.
- US mulls new sanctions on Venezuela to pressure Maduro Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a full-scale oil embargo against Venezuela in order to mount more pressure on the country's President Nicolas Maduro.
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