Venezuelan Troops Open Fire Near Border as Aid Standoff Intensifies

Venezuelan National guards block the road at the border between Venezuela and Brazil

KUMARAKAPAY, Venezuela/CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on members of an indigenous community near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing at least one and injuring others, as President Nicolas Maduro defied U.S.-backed efforts to bring aid into his economically devastated nation.

U.S. Concerned Over Hezbollah’s Growing Role in Lebanon

Members of Hezbollah

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah’s growing role in the Lebanese government worries the United States, the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon said during a meeting with Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday, according to the U.S. embassy.

Venezuela’s Maduro Seeks OPEC Help Against U.S. Sanctions

Nicolas Maduro

MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro has sought OPEC support against U.S. sanctions imposed on his country’s oil industry, citing their impact on oil prices and potential risks for other members of the producer group.

Iran Reveals Missile, Shows Off Underground Factory

Iran flags

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 km (621 miles), the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, ignoring demands Western demands that Tehran halt its missile program.

U.S. Job Growth Surges; Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.0 Percent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth surged in January, with employers hiring the most workers in 11 months, pointing to underlying strength in the economy despite a darkening outlook that has left the Federal Reserve cautious about further interest rate hikes this year.

EU Parliament Recognizes Guaido as Venezuelan Interim President

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament recognised Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, heightening international pressure on the OPEC member’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

U.S. Warships Pass Through Taiwan Strait Amid China Tensions

Shiyu, or Lion Islet, which is part of Kinmen county, one of Taiwan's offshore islands

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday in the first such operation this year, the Taiwan government said, as it increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway to the concern of China.