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No Pos Wow: Maduro Wants To Be Friends With Trump, Mariah Carey DGAF, And More

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you updated on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

Mexico’s fútbol federation and Atlas are standing behind Rafa Marquez.

Both the Mexican fúbol federation and the Atlas fúbol club have both issued statements supporting Marquez after being sanctioned by the United States government in connection with drug trafficking.

“We recognize and admire Rafael Marquez’s career,” reads a statement by the federation. “He just completed 20 years as an iconic figure of the Mexican national team and he has represented us in a great way in many international events, always showing a distinctive leadership and commitment. We are confident that Rafael Marquez will clarify these accusations and we will support him and the suitable authorities in order to accomplish that goal.”

Nike, on the other hand, has decided that it is time to review their connection to Marquez following the sanction.

“We are shocked by these deeply disturbing allegations and are reviewing the situation to determine next steps,” a Nike spokesperson told Forbes.

More: Mexico federation, Atlas back Rafa Marquez in drug trafficking case

President Trump’s tough rhetoric against Mexico helped start a defense relationship with Mexico and Brazil.

Bloomberg reported that since Trump has taken a hard stance against Mexico and favors a border wall, Mexico has taken its defense business to Brazil. Rather than working with the U.S. in importing defense equipment, Mexico is looking at Brazil to start a new partnership. There has already been a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, between the Mexican Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos, and Brazilian Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann.

“The meetings we had in April were extremely positive,” Brazil Defense Products Secretary, Flavio Basilio, told Bloomberg. “This new proximity can be attributed to the U.S. developments, with American policy contributing to the search for new partners. We see this as a good opportunity.”

More: Mexico Wants to Team Up With Brazil on Defense Thanks to Trump’s Rhetoric

Mariah Carey’s ex-choreographer confirmed that she didn’t dance in that viral clip because she just didn’t want to.

Complex was able to get the scoop on Mariah Carey’s lackluster year of performances that all started during her New Years Eve performance in New York City. According to her former choreographer Anthony Burrell, Carey has just ran out of f*cks to give. The conversation comes after a viral video went around the Internet of Carey in a pink leotard being carried around the stage during a live performance, barely moving to the music. Tbh, we could already tell.

“It’s just typical Mariah,” Burrell told Complex. “Mariah is clear: when she doesn’t wanna do something, she doesn’t do it. She’s performing with lackluster and no f*cks given, and it’s taking away her star.”​

More: Mariah Carey’s Ex-Choreographer Explains Why She’s Fresh Out of F*cks to Give

A huge emerald was recently discovered in Brazil totaling $309 million.

Earlier this week, Forbes reported that a massive emerald cluster was unearthed in a mine in a region of Brazil known for producing great gems. According to Forbes, the emerald weighs almost 800 pounds and has already been bought by a private party. The owner of the gem is not releasing their identity for fear of their family’s safety. The cluster of emeralds is being moved from place to place to keep it secure. The gem cluster is estimated to cost $309 million dollars and is more than four feet tall. It is unclear if the owner plans to resell it or donate it to a museum.

More: $309 Million Emerald Weighing Nearly 800 Pounds Was Just Found in Brazil

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wants a meeting with President Trump to build a relationship between the two countries.

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The Washington Post reports that Maduro recently told the newly assembled, and highly controversial, Constituent National Assembly that he wants to have a meeting with Trump to work on building a close relationship. According to The Washington Post, Maduro wants to have the same relationship with the U.S. as he has with Russia. The plea from Maduro comes after the U.S. announced that it will considering stricter sanctions on Venezuela following the humanitarian crisis gripping the country.

More: Venezuela’s Maduro: ‘Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand’


READ: No Pos Wow: Trump And Peña Nieto Back Together, New Parrot Discovered In Mexico, And More

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused both the U.S. and Colombian governments of trying to stage an invasion. President Maduro accused made the accusations towards the beginning of May when two Americans were arrested with a group of other people.

Both the U.S. and Colombia have denied any report of an attempted coup on Venezuela.

On May 3, a group of Venezuelan rebels and two Americans allegedly began a coup attempt in Venezuela. They began on the northern tip of the country and reportedly had plans to take control of Maracaibo and Caracas. They were all immediately captured and 8 Venezuelans in the group were killed during the conflict.

According to the Daily Mail, Jordan Goudreau, 43, was involved with the coup and told a close friend about it. It is alleged that Goudreau bragged about having a contract with the U.S. government to protect oil interests in Venezuela.

The mercenaries behind the attempted coup claim to have done security for a President Trump rally in 2018.

Goudreau, who has been described as the mastermind of the coup attempt, owns the security company Silvercorp. An old Instagram post shows the Florida-based company running security for a Trump rally back in 2018. The company has since deleted the Instagram posts after news broke about their failed attempt to train Venezuelan rebels and capture the South American country.

“He came out to Colorado,” Drew White, Goudreau’s former business partner told Daily Mail. “He said he had a deal from the State Department to protect oil interests in Venezuela. He was saying it was handed to him directly. He was saying it was directed and passed down by the State Department, that it was a legitimate operation and they also had some private funding backing, which isn’t unusual with these kinds of things. Essentially he was like, ‘We’re going to topple Maduro.’ At that point I was like, ‘This doesn’t seem legitimate” and we broke ways.”

Goudreau claims that the Trump administration and Venezuelan resistance leader Juan Guaidó green-lit the operation.

The U.S. and Venezuela have had a contentious relationship over the past few years. The political unrest in Venezuela has continued to draw criticism from the international community as Venezuelans have protested for a new leader. When the relationship with Trump soured, Maduro began to claim that the U.S. was attempting to overthrow the government.

Both the U.S. and Colombian governments have denied any involvement in the alleged coup.

Reports state that the group of men attempting to topple the Venezuelan government did nothing to hide their plan. The security group was tweeting their plans to the open-world alerting anyone with a Twitter account to their plans. SilverCorp USA has since deleted their Twitter account. Experts and officials have decisively denied any collaboration between the mercenaries and the two governments.

“There is no way that I can see any kind of U.S. involvement,” Fernando Cutz, who served as a Latin America adviser on the National Security Council under both Obama and Trump, told the Huffington Post. “There were no logistics, the numbers were a joke, they clearly didn’t have any intel. A group of high schoolers would have done a better job.”

Social media has spent time dragging the security company over its failed coup attempt.

There is still a lot of speculation swirling around the “coup.” However, Goudreau’s friend is pretty sure that the missions was not as official as Goudreau claims.

“He’s a good man,” White told Daily Mail. “He was the best man at my wedding. We have a lot of history together and it never seemed like he was lying like that. But once you started looking at it, none of it really added up. He kept asking to meet with people for funding. But typically with a State Department contract, the funding is shored up. You might have some private entities helping here and there. But it was pretty obvious that it was not a state-sanctioned activity.”

READ: Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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Despite a global pandemic – or maybe because of it – Venezuela’s two governments are holding high-level talks, according to several sources – as reported by Reuters.

The breaking development comes as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on the Venezuela and a growing number of countries now recognize the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

The two sides are discussing everything from the Coronavirus pandemic to fuel shortages and hyperinflation.

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According to a report by Reuters, the two sides have come together to discuss a variety of issues despite a growing bitterness between the two leaders.

Obviously, Venezuela faces ongoing crises but the global health pandemic has heightened fears within the country of all out chaos. The country is barely equipped to handle normal, everyday health emergencies let alone a global pandemic.

The U.S. and its international allies have also tightened the already unprecented sanctions on the country and has issued an arrest warrant for Maduro. Many within the government, according to sources, say this has motivated them to seek political survival under a possible change of government.

Other than the Coronavirus and ongoing domestic economic issues, the talks are said to have no clear agenda.

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It’s not entirely certain what either side is hoping to achieve with these talks. “There are two extremes: Maduro and those who believe that the virus will end Guaido’s leadership, and those on the other side (who) hope this crisis will bring down Maduro,” said an opposition legislator in favor of the discussions.

Maduro and Guaidó are competing with one another to help combat the effects of the pandemic, with each side convinced the outbreak will undermine the other politically. But it remains to be seen which side will come out ahead given the vacuum of leadership and the growing crisis everyday Venezuelans face.

Activists and rights groups around the world have urged the two factions to seek a truce in order to coordinate the delivery of aid and boost gasoline imports.

Meanwhile, the United States has put ‘maximum pressure’ on the Maduro regime to try and force a change of government.

The US state department in March offered to begin lifting parts of the sanctions if members of the Socialist party formed an interim government without Maduro, a plan backed by Guaidó but quickly shot down by the government.

The U.S. has also issued an international arrest warrant for Maduro – accusing him of drug trafficking and money laundering. This allegedly has members of his government looking for an exit strategy.

Venezuela has so far escaped the worst effects of the Coronavirus.

Venezuela is particularly vulnerable to the wider effects of the pandemic because of its ongoing socioeconomic and political crisis causing massive shortages of food staples and basic necessities, including medical supplies. The mass emigration of Venezuelan doctors has also caused chronic staff shortages in hospitals.

So far, the country has seen just 311 confirmed cases and 10 deaths related to the virus – but these numbers are suspected to be unreliable because of a lack of testing in the country.

Maduro has reacted to the pandemic by reversing his opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and asking for $5 billion in international aid to help his government combat the virus. The county has also suspended all international flights and borders between Venezuela and Colombia and Brazil have been closed since mid-March.