US refuses to pull out of Venezuela after Maduro dismisses diplomats amid deadly protests

The United States rejected a move by Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro to break diplomatic ties, saying Washington would conduct relations with a government led by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The US and other major countries are backing Venezuela’s new self proclaimed acting president in repudiation of President Nicolas Maduro as mass protests rocked the economically strapped country.

The move by Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-led legislature, to declare himself new leader came as thousands of rival protesters jammed the streets of Caracas, at times clashing with riot police. It also raised the stakes in the oil-rich nation which has slid into poverty under Maduro.

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