Venezuela Collects Three Million Anti-Obama Signatures

Venezuela's socialist government said on Wednesday it has collected more than three million signatures asking U.S. President Barack Obama to repeal measures declaring the South American country a security threat. In the worst flare-up between the ideological enemies since Nicolas Maduro took power in 2013, Washington earlier this month declared a "national emergency" over "the unusual and extraordinary threat" from Venezuela and sanctioned seven officials over allegations of rights abuses and corruption. In response, Maduro has accused Washington of planning to invade Venezuela and public squares around the nation of 29 million people have become centers for a nationalist petition drive by the ruling Socialist Party.