Israel recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader as president

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Photo: Marco Bello/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that Israel would recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's de facto president, joining the U.S., Canada and a host of Latin American nations.

The big picture: As I reported yesterday, the Trump administration asked Israel to support its move against President Nicolás Maduro and recognize Guaidó as president. Israel, which has no diplomatic relations with Venezuela, initially hesitated to support Guaidó amid fears that the Maduro regime would harm the Jewish community in Venezuela.

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

Xi Jinping. Photo: Noel Celis - Pool/ Getty Images

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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