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Guaidó admits lack of military support as Venezuela standoff continues

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó conceded Wednesday that this week's anti-government protests did not yet have the backing of enough military defectors to oust President Nicolás Maduro, CNN reports. Maduro has accused President Trump of orchestrating Guaidó's Tuesday "coup d'etat attempt." He called for supporters to show "utmost loyalty" and take to the streets to defend his socialist government. Maduro called for two "days of action" this weekend.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia of propping up Maduro, and said the U.S., which backs Guaidó as the South American nation's leader, was leaving all options on the table, including military action. Russia said the U.S. was spreading false information in an "information war."