Venezuelan soldiers have blocked the border crossing with Colombia ahead of a humanitarian aid delivery from the US arranged by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself interim president. ‘We have been threatened by the US empire,’ said Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolás Maduro.  But the aid blockade could lead to troops disobeying Maduro’s orders and allowing the much-needed aid to pass. International pressure is growing on Maduro to step down after major EU nations this week joined the US, Canada and some Latin American countries in recognising Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader

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