CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing standoff

CARACAS, Venezuela  | Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing standoff

CARACAS, Venezuela —January 26, 2019—  Venezuela defused a potential showdown with the United States, suspending a demand that U.S. diplomats leave the country as Washington called on the world to “pick a side” in the nation’s fast-moving crisis.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro broke relations with the United States Wednesday after the Trump administration and many other nations recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, a move that Maduro called a coup attempt.

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