Paul O’Grady is left heartbroken after pet dog Bullseye dies

Paul O’Grady is left heartbroken after pet dog Bullseye dies following an abrupt epileptic seizure

Paul O’Grady admits he is heartbroken after one of his pet dogs died following an abrupt seizure.

The animal loving presenter – an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – revealed pet Bullseye passed away as he raced him to a local vet. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 2 listeners on Sunday evening, devastated O’Grady, 63, admitted the dog, who suffered from epilepsy, was taken ill after eating a piece of chocolate. 

Devastated: Paul O’Grady admits he is heartbroken after pet dog Bullseye, who suffered from epilepsy, died following an abrupt seizure

‘Now I will tell you my lousy news,’ he said. ‘You know that I did have an epileptic dog called Bullseye. I’ve got two dogs that both have epilepsy and I’ve managed it with medication.


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‘However on Monday night he had a massive seizure, like a really bad one that he didn’t come out of and on the way to the vets at two o’clock in the morning he died in the car.’ 

O’Grady revealed the situation worsened after he discovered one of his nine other dogs, among them Chihuahua mix Eddie and pups Olga and Louie, had eaten a piece of chocolate – prompting a second trip to the vet. 

Tragic: The animal loving presenter – an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – revealed pet Bullseye passed away as he raced him to a local vet 

He added: ‘I get home from the vets and one of my other dogs had found a bar of chocolate that was 80% cocoa that had been left out stupidly – not by me! I don’t like chocolate – on the coffee table.

‘So we had to go back, it was the same emergency vet, for her to get her stomach pumped and we got her back two days later looking worse for wear because she was covered in charcoal because you know they give them charcoal at the vets.’

Paying tribute to Bullseye, O’Grady admitted the tragedy had forced him to reconsider adding to his menagerie of pets. 

Popular: The presenter’s love of animals led to his long-running role as presenter of the BAFTA nominated Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

He said: ‘I can’t tell you, poor old Bullseye. He was such a lovely dog, he had a thing about doorways, you had to coax him through them and he wouldn’t go upstairs.

‘It was part of his condition I think, he was a sweet little dog and sadly missed. It’s just terrible really and I just said to (BBC Radio producer) Malcolm “no more, that’s it Malcolm, no more animals!”

‘Maybe a mongoose might twist my arm, but no I can’t handle it, it’s what I always say; invite an animal into your life, inevitably you invite heartache.

Well done: The ITV show has won numerous awards during its seven-year run, including three National Television Awards for Best Factual Entertainment

‘But then why contemplate the hangover when you’re at the party, you know what I mean? So that’s the poor saga about poor old Bullseye, he’s gone but not forgotten.’ 

The presenter’s love of animals led to his long-running role as presenter of the BAFTA nominated Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs. 

The ITV show has won numerous awards during its seven-year run, including three National Television Awards for Best Factual Entertainment. 

Battersea Dogs Home have also paid tribute to O’Grady’s work by installing a bronze sculpture of another of his former dogs, Shih-Tzu mix Buster, inside the south-west London charity’s reception.  

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Accused lookout in NYPD friendly fire death arraigned on murder charges

The lookout in the Queens robbery-gone-wrong that left a 19-year veteran cop dead was slapped with 13 charges, including felony murder, during his arraignment Sunday.

Cops say Jagger Freeman, 25, was acting as a lookout when his pal Christopher Ransom robbed a Queens T-Mobile store on Tuesday using an imitation pistol.

Ransom’s erratic behavior during the standoff triggered cops to fire 42 shots at Ransom — one of which struck Sgt. Matthew Gorman in the leg and another of which fatally struck Det. Brian Simonsen in the chest.

“The defendant is wholly responsible and wholly culpable for the injury sustained by detective Gorman and the untimely death of Detective Simonsen,” Queens Assistant District Attorney Michael Curtis said.

Freeman, who appeared disheveled, kept his head low as public defender Jonathan Latimer announced: “The defendant maintained his innocence.”

Prosecutors said Tuesday’s robbery was the second that Ransom and Freeman committed.

Freeman “aided and abetted his co-defendant to violently take what did not belong to them” during a Feb. 8 holdup as well, the prosecutor said.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Detectives Endowment Association president President Michael Palladino repeated the theory that Ransom, who was shot but not killed, was trying to commit suicide by cop.

“It’s one thing to commit an armed robbery. But to then point a pellet gun at a lot of cops during the commission of that robbery is really bizarre behavior. It sounds to me like he just wanted to commit suicide-by-cop,” Palladino told the Cats Roundtable on AM 970.

“The sad irony though is that he survived and our detective died.”

Judge Guy Mitchell ordered Freeman held without bail.

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Why Keith Richards moans that cigarettes are harder to quit than heroin

Rock star Keith Richards says that he is finding cigarettes harder to give up than heroin.

The Rolling Stone, 75, said: “Quitting heroin is like hell, but it’s a short hell. Cigarettes are just always there, and you’ve always done it. I just pick ‘em up and light ‘em up without thinking about it.”

In an interview with Mojo magazine, the hell-raising guitarist said he was also drinking less.

He said: “I have a little wine with meals, and a beer or two, but otherwise… Mind you, if you say, ‘Do you want a drink?’ I wouldn’t turn it down. I’m not a puritan.”

Keith, married to Patti Hansen, 62, also admitted he does not own a mobile phone because he’s “pretty ­technically illiterate”.

It comes as Sir Mick Jagger appears to be mellowing too – and is working on a Rolling Stones ballet with his girlfriend.

The singer, 75, is curating the music for a production written and choreographed by ballerina Melanie Hamrick, the mum of his two-year-old son Deveraux.

A source said she had taken time off from the New York-based American Ballet Theatre to focus on the project, “an original piece set to Rolling Stones music, edited by Mick Jagger, with selections from You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Paint It Black and She’s a Rainbow”.

The ballet, which is Melanie’s first, will premiere at the Mariinsky International Ballet Festival in St Petersburg, Russia, in March.

It will transfer to the Lincoln Center in New York the following month.

Sir Mick and the rest of the Stones will begin their 2019 No Filter tour across America soon after.

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Jussie Smollett's 'phone records rejected by police for being heavily redacted' in investigation into Empire star's brutal racist attack

TMZ report that the PDF file the 35-year-old star submitted could have been "manipulated" – claiming that numbers may have been added or deleted – although police told the publication that there is no evidence that the file had been altered.

Jussie previously revealed that he was on the phone to his manager Brandon Moore at the time of his attack, with Brandon telling authorities that he heard racial and homophobic slurs being made.

Chicago Police Department asked for a copy of Jussie's phone bill to authenticate that the call occurred, receiving the PDF yesterday.

A rep for the actor told TMZ: "Jussie is the victim here, which has been slated by the Superintendent of Police.

"Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police.

"Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible.

"Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim.

"We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie's attackers and bring them to justice."

Police are yet to find any CCTV footage of Jussie's attack, which is being treated as a hate crime.

Jussie previously said that he was attacked shortly after arriving in Chicago from New York for filming.

The actor, who plays Jamal Lyon in drama series Empire, was walking back from Subway in the early hours of the morning when two unknown assailants are said to have yelled both homophobic and racial slurs at him before beating him up while shouting: "This is a MAGA [Make America Great Again] country."

At one point, a rope was tied around Jussie's neck and an unknown substance – reported to be bleach – was poured onto his skin.

Jussie was previously forced to hit back at conspiracy theories surrounding the attack, with residents from the same Chicago neighbourhood casting doubt over his report.

One neighbour, Agin Muhammad, previously told the New York Post: "I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did.

"I’ve been in this neighbourhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here… Half the people are gay and the other half are black."

Another local, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around.

"They have cameras everywhere… Why can’t they find the attack?"

In response, Jussie said in a statement: "I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level.

"Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."


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Trump Made An Innuendo-Filled Joke About Crowd Size — But Beto’s May Have Been Bigger!

The fact our president lies repeatedly about something as easily verifiable and unimportant as crowd size should really worry you.

Donald Trump went down to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Monday evening to keep whipping up support for his stupid wall.

Not only did he lie about crime rates dropping in the town (and get in a fight with El Paso’s mayor along the way), but he also took a moment before the rally to poke fun at Beto O’Rourke.

The possible presidential candidate is actually FROM the area and staged a counter-rally to combat the message of hate.

So of course Trump made a size joke about their crowds:

“We have a line that is very long already, I’m mean you see what’s going on. And I understand our competitor’s got a line too, but it’s a tiny little line.”

And he held his finger and thumb up for emphasis.

Really? Why is it when Trump competes with a man he turns to penis innuendo? We mean, it seems so self-defeating…

In this case, it was more than the double entendre working against Trump; it was the facts as well.

At one point in the evening Trump claimed to have gotten permission to pack 10,000 people into the 8,000 capacity arena in which he was speaking.

The El Paso Fire Department quickly dispelled that claim, telling the El Paso Times they had given no such permission. They also corrected the POTUS — the arena held only 6,500 supporters.

Of course, the facts have never stopped Trump, who later on upped his previous exaggeration, by a LOT:

“So we have, let’s say, 35,000 people tonight. And has 200 people, 300 people. Not too good.”

Trump had nowhere near 35,000 people.

But how many Texans actually did gather to hear O’Rourke describe a more compassionate approach to immigration, including a path to citizenship?

According to multiple sources reporting on the event, O’Rourke had somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000-8,000. (Some local police estimates reportedly had it as high as 10-15,000 though that is unconfirmed.)

Trump may ultimately have had more people show up in the end — the Fire Department only got an accurate count of those inside the Trump rally for safety reasons, and spokesman Enrique Aguilar said “it might be 10,000 with the people outside.”

But he couldn’t even stop lying and let the numbers speak for themselves. On Tuesday he doubled down, telling reporters he’d heard Beto had “less than 1,000 people.”

Again, these big little lies should scare you. Because if he’s willing to lie about this stuff just imagine when it comes to our national security…

Here’s what the truth looks and sounds like:

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Kim Kardashian Just Posted A Photo Of Her Latest Brutal Psoriasis Flare-Up

Could a blueberry smoothie really be the key to managing psoriasis? Kim Kardashian is willing to give it a shot (or, rather, a sip).

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In an Instagram Story posted on Monday, the reality TV star shared a pair of photos addressing her autoimmune disease. The first, an image of a smoothie with the caption “I’m really trying it all!!! Blueberry Detox Smoothie @medicalmedium.” The second, a snap of psoriasis patches on her legs with the caption “Sexy.”

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What exactly is Medical Medium? The company is the brainchild of Anthony William, the best-selling author of titles like Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, and Liver Rescue. He also started the Celery Juice Movement. According to his website, he was “born with the unique ability to converse with Spirit of Compassion who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time.” He boasts a number of celebrity endorsements, including those of Gwyneth Paltrow, Pharrell Williams, and Jenna Dewan.

William’s methods have also come under fire from some critics who call it “junk science.”

It appears that Kim is referring to William’s “heavy metal detox smoothie,” and while there’s no harm in trying it, a smoothie probably won’t work miracles. According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s no cure for psoriasis, which is a chronic disease that can cause dry and itchy skin. Symptoms vary, but they typically include dry, cracked skin that may bleed, patches of red skin covered in scales, and itching, burning or soreness. Topical and oral treatments can reduce symptoms.

Kim has been vocal about her struggle with the condition—making reference to it as far back as a 2011 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Most recently, she clapped back at a post from The Daily Mail, when they said that her “bad skin day” probably resulted for all of the foundation and concealer she wears.

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Ebola outbreak kills nearly 100 children in Congo

Nearly 100 children have died in an Ebola outbreak ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo as health workers warn it could be far from over. According to a press release from Save the Children, 65 of the 97 children who have died since August were under age 5. Additionally, more than 180 have been orphaned by the disease.

“We are at a crossroads,” Heather Kerr, Save the Children’s Country Director in DRC, said in a press release. “If we don’t take urgent steps to contain this, the outbreak might last another six months, if not the whole year.”

The outbreak is the second-largest in history, with the charity reporting at least 731 confirmed cases of Ebola within the last six months and 484 deaths. The country suffered its worst outbreak between 2014 and 2016, which claimed over 11,000 lives and prompted calls for more preventative efforts and the development of an experimental vaccine. However, lack of Ebola knowledge continues to plague relief efforts.

“People don’t yet know what the disease is,” Dr. Brian D’Cruz, of Doctors Without Borders, told the Associated Press.

More than 70,000 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine, but it remains to be seen how effective it is. According to the Associated Press, some patients who have received doses have contracted the virus, which is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. Merck, the drug company behind the vaccine, said it is prepared to ship another 120,000 doses to the Congo by the end of the month.

But scarce availability of the vaccination is not the only roadblock health workers are facing in trying to contain the outbreak. Kerr said aid workers are being threatened by rebels and locals who either don’t believe the virus is real, or who believe it is being spread by the aid workers themselves.

“People have disrupted funerals because they didn’t believe the deceased had succumbed to the virus,” she said in the press release. “Aid workers were threatened because it was believed they spread Ebola. We have to scale up our efforts to reach out to the vocal youth and community leaders to build trust and to help us turn this tide. Treating the people who are sick is essential, but stopping Ebola from spreading further is just as important.”

The Associated Press reports the outbreak, which is mostly afflicting the eastern region, is nearing Goma, a major border city with a population of over 1 million. The United Nations said earlier this month that a coordinated relief effort was already being sent to the region, which included vaccinating nearly 2,000 front-line workers.

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Russia vows not to shoot dozens of polar bears terrorising Arctic town

Russia vows not to shoot dozens of polar bears after they invaded an Arctic town and ‘chased terrified residents’ amid fears plan to relocate predators will end in disaster

  • More than 50 polar bears invaded town on Novaya Zemlya archipelago in Russia
  • Russian officials are preparing an urgent operation to remove the predators
  • They have vowed not to shoot animals and will transport them to new location
  • But a WWF expert in Russia warned plan to relocate them will not end in disaster 

Russia has vowed not to shoot dozens of polar bears terrorising an Arctic town amid fears a plan to relocate the predators will end in disaster.

Officials are preparing an urgent operation to sedate and remove the 52 bears after they invaded Belushya Guba on Russia’s Novaya Zemlya archipelago and started ‘chasing’ frightened locals.

The beasts will be transported a long distance away from the town – but critics of the scheme warn they could rapidly come back.

Extraordinary pictures and video show how people are living in fear in the settlement with polar bears stalking apartment blocks and scavenging at dumps.

Russia has vowed not to shoot dozens of polar bears terrorising an Arctic town amid fears a plan to relocate the predators will end in disaster. More than a dozen polar bears are pictured searching through a pile of rubbish amid a state of emergency and fears that the animals no longer feel scared of patrols

Invasion: A polar bear prowls inside a building, one of more than 50 of the endangered animals who have been terrorising residents in a remote Arctic archipelago in Russia 

The head of the local settlement said that Russia’s nature conservancy agency Rosprirodnadzor – which bans slaughtering the endangered wild animals – is sending a team to the remote islands to sedate and move the animals.

‘We have introduced a state of emergency in the settlements for an unlimited time,’ said Zhigansha Musin.


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‘We asked Rosprirodnadzor to provide us with people. They will catch the bears.

‘The predators will be put to sleep and taken out of the settlement. We will not shoot them. We already have a group of four people.’

The operation to clear the town of polar bears should begin within days after the specialists fly in on Tuesday, he said.

Aggressive: A polar bear at a playground on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in northern Russia, with parents left worried about sending their children to schools and kindergartens

Lurking: One of the polar bears, who cannot legally be shot because they are endangered 

On Sunday his deputy Aleksandr Minayev warned that residents are ‘afraid to go outside’ and ‘daily life is in turmoil’.

‘Parents are wary of letting children to go to schools and kindergartens,’ he said.

Footage shows the bears entering apartment blocks.

But a WWF expert in Russia blamed the country’s defence ministry – which controls the territory around the settlement – for failing to act sooner.

And he forecast the plan to move the bears would end in disaster.

‘Everyone knew this might happen,’ said Mikhail Stishov, WWF coordinator for Arctic biodiversity projects.

‘There are many more polar bears on shores because of lengthy absence of ice.

‘They come to the shore, attracted by human settlements which they specially like when the rubbish disposal system is not set up properly.’

Archipelago authorities had known a problem was coming, he said.

But the Defence Ministry earlier banned WWF experts from visiting the restricted military area, he said.

Presence: Two of the dozens of polar bears regularly spotted in the area. People are ‘afraid to go outside’ and ‘daily life is in turmoil’, a local official said 

He warned: ‘It’s not at all cheap and easy, to sedate and move them away.

‘We have to transport them really far, because if we just take them some 20, 30 kilometres they will be be back very soon to an area which they know has food.

‘So we are talking about a minimum of a two or three hour flight to the other side of the island.

‘And of course it will be next to impossible to move all 50 bears. But if the scientists identity a pack of leaders, or the most daring bears, then taking just them away might be worth trying.

‘The experts who will travel there have all necessary equipment and means to solve the problem.’

Alexey Kokorin, head of the WWF climate programme, said: ‘These are males, because females and cubs are hibernating.

‘But in fact both males and females see humans for just one thing – food.

Playground: One of the animals roams around a Russian yard on the Arctic archipelago 

‘I think there is no other animal like polar bears that so deliberately chases humans.

‘Once they see these strange-looking two-legged seals, they know ‘Ok, this is food’.’

Musin said: ‘I have been in Novaya Zemlya since 1983, yet I’ve never seen such a massive polar bear invasion.’

The animals are ‘literally chasing people and even entering the entrances of residential buildings’.

Shooting in the air, sounding car horns and erecting fences have all failed so far to quell the bar invasion.

Russian laws forbid the slaughter of polar bears except in specific cases where they attack humans.

The besieged town is five miles from a Russian military base.

Some experts say climate change is to blame for the bears behaviour – because the ocean is no longer frozen. 

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State of the Union address – President Donald Trump announces new round of nuclear weapons talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un later this month

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the US president said that he will hold a two-day summit in Vietnam on February 27-28.


The talks are part of an effort to persuade Kim to give up his deadly nuclear weapons arsenal.

Speaking to Congress, the President said that continued outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to peace.

But there is not yet a concrete plan for how denuclearization could be implemented.

President Trump said on Tuesday night: "As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula."

TRICKY TASK

Denuclearizing North Korea is something that has eluded the US for more than two decades.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress last week that American intelligence officials do not believe Kim will eliminate his nuclear weapons.

Nor will Kim scrap his country's capacity to build more – because he believes they are key to the survival of the regime.

Satellite video taken since the June summit has indicated North Korea is continuing to produce nuclear materials at its weapons factories.

MOVES TO DISARM

Last year, North Korea released American detainees and suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests.

It also dismantled a nuclear test site and parts of a rocket launch facility without the presence of outside experts.

The hermit state has repeatedly demanded that the United States reciprocate with measures such as sanctions relief.

But Washington has called for North Korea to take steps such as providing a detailed account of its nuclear and missile facilities that would be inspected and dismantled under a potential deal.

President Trump added: "Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months.

"If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.

"Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one."

The Vietnamese city where the two leaders will meet was not announced.




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Venezuela's funds transfer blocked, opposition lawmaker says

CARACAS (Reuters) – A bank in Portugal has blocked Venezuela’s attempt to transfer $1.2 billion to Uruguay, a lawmaker said on Tuesday as the opposition to President Nicolas Maduro warned of the theft of public funds, while the United States sent food and medical aid to the Venezuelan-Colombian border.

Pressure is building on Maduro, a socialist, to resign amid an economic crisis marked by widespread shortages and hyperinflation, with the United States and a growing number of other nations recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president.

Pope Francis on Tuesday expressed willingness for the Vatican to mediate Venezuela’s mounting crisis if both sides seek it. Russia, which along with China has backed Maduro in the crisis, underscored its view that the crisis can be resolved only with negotiations between the government and opposition.

Guaido, who declared himself interim president last month, is scheduled to meet later on Tuesday with business leaders at Venezuela’s main business group, Fedecamaras, to discuss an economic recovery plan under a future transition government in the OPEC-member South American country.

Maduro’s adversaries have warned that Venezuelan officials are seeking to drain state coffers ahead of a potential change of government.

Portugal-based Novo Banco halted the $1.2 billion transfer of Venezuelan government financial assets to Uruguayan banks, legislator Carlos Paparoni said during a congressional session, a day after Guaido said authorities were trying to move funds.

“I’m pleased to inform the Venezuelan people that this transaction has until now been halted, protecting the resources of all Venezuelans,” Paparoni said.

Venezuela’s Information Ministry, which handles all media inquiries, did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

Lisbon-based Novo Banco, which is 75 percent-owned by U.S. private equity firm Lone Star Funds, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Major European nations including Britain, Germany, France and Spain joined the United States on Monday in recognizing Guaido, while members of a separate regional bloc, the so-called Lima Group, kept the political heat on Maduro.

In power since former President Hugo Chavez’s death in 2013, Maduro has been accused by critics of running the OPEC nation of 30 million people like a dictatorship. Critics have called last year’s disputed presidential vote in which Maduro won re-election a sham, and the mainstream opposition boycotted it.

Trucks carrying food and medical supplies sent by the United States to be stockpiled until it can be brought into Venezuela will arrive later this week at Guaido’s request and will be prepositioned at the main Colombian-Venezuelan border crossing at Cucuta, U.S. officials with knowledge of the plan said.

It is unclear how the supplies will get into Venezuela without Maduro’s blessing and cooperation of the Venezuelan military, which has remained loyal to his government and is stationed on the Venezuelan side of the border.

VATICAN INTERVENTION

The pope, speaking to reporters aboard his plane while returning from a trip to Abu Dhabi, confirmed that Maduro had written a letter to him but said he had not yet read it. Maduro told Italian broadcaster Sky TG24 on Monday that he had sent the letter to the pope “for help in the process of facilitating and reinforcing dialogue.”

Asked about a possible direct mediation effort by the Vatican, the pope said, “I will read the letter and see what can be done, but the initial condition is that both sides ask for it. We are willing.”

Given the failure of previous rounds of dialogue, including one led by the Vatican, opponents are suspicious, believing Maduro uses them to quell protests and buy time.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to address the Venezuela situation in his annual State of the Union address in Washington later on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Venezuela crisis could be solved only by getting the authorities and opposition to talk to each other, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.

“We continue to believe that the only way to exit this crisis is by sitting the government and opposition down at the negotiating table,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by RIA. “Otherwise it will simply be the same regime change that the West had done many times.”

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