Venezuelan army helicopter crashes near Caracas, killing seven

Trudeau reaches out to Cuba on behalf of Lima Group to end Venezuela crisis

The United States and its local allies, Maduro said, "have a conspiracy, with a lot of money, to weaken, to divide, to destroy the FANB from within using a group of traitors".

The pre-dawn military uprising on Tuesday, urged on by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, failed to gain momentum as security forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro cracked down on opposition demonstrators and the military's top brass made a show of loyalty to the embattled socialist leader.

Venezuelan authorities are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed seven military officers while they were while heading to a state where President Nicolas Maduro was visiting troops. "They are - they are at the center of this", the secretary said, noting Cuban security forces are guarding Maduro.

Two days of clashes followed between opposition supporters and government forces, which left four people dead and hundreds injured.

The Lima Group, which includes Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, reiterated on Friday that it opposes military intervention to remove Maduro from power, and encouraged Venezuelans to continue efforts to keep fighting for democracy.

The country's attorney general Tarek William Saab said Friday that 18 arrest warrants had been issued for "civilian and military conspirators" following the failed uprising, with lieutenant colonels among the uniformed personnel being sought.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Trump against US interference in Venezuela during a May 3 phone call.

Venezuelans on Wednesday heeded a call from Guaido to take to the streets in a bid to force Maduro from power, but there was little concrete sign of change in a crisis.

Venezuela's military leadership has since reiterated its support for the government, and Maduro is standing his ground.

The standoff has drawn in major world powers, with the United States throwing its support behind Guaido and Russian Federation and China backing Maduro. She said, "Instead of 'We disagree, ' it's 'She doesn't know what she's talking about".

Duque said on Twitter on April 27 that explosives set off at a military base had been orchestrated from Venezuela, where he alleged Maduro was protecting Colombian ELN rebels.



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