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Venezuela clears trial for opposition figure ahead of Bachelet visit

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"In the coming months, the Comfort will make 14 ports of call in 13 partner nations, providing medical care to those that are suffering and especially the displaced people of Venezuela," Pence said at a news conference.

When asked about the possibility of granting Venezuelans temporary protected status -- a designation that would allow them to stay in the U.S. because of extraordinary circumstances in their home country -- Pence said there had been "discussions" about it at the White House.

"The objective of our administration is to see democracy and the rule of law restored in Venezuela so Venezuelans can go home to a free nation," he added.

Venezuela is experiencing a massive economic and political crisis under Maduro, who won a second term in an election boycotted by most of the opposition last year. In January, Guaido declared himself interim president and has been recognized by more than 50 countries.

One million people have left Venezuela since November, according to U.N. agencies.


The latest increase has brought the total number of Venezuelan migrants and refugees abroad to 4 million, up from 695,000 in late 2015, when the opposition's election victory set the stage for an intensifying conflict with Maduro.

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