Mexican president promises not to seek re-election
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has signed an open letter promising to not seek re-election after his six-year term ends in 2024.
AP Explains: Venezuela’s humanitarian aid standoff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela's interim president last month, vowing to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power and end the once-wealthy nation's deepening political and humanitarian crisis.
Venezuela crisis resonates loudly in battleground Florida
As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro clings to power, many of the loudest American voices urging on the Trump administration in its campaign to push Maduro out are concentrated in one place: Florida.
Florida has a large number of anti-Maduro Venezuelans and Cubans and is also likely to be a critical battleground state in the 2020 race for the White House. As a result, the crisis in the South American country is reverberating politically thousands of miles away in the U.S.
The Latest: Thousands rally in Spain to support Guaido
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):
Several thousand Venezuelans rallied in central Spain's capital of Madrid Saturday to show their support for Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela.
Former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, who escaped a Venezuelan prison and fled to Spain in 2017, attended the rally in opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Report: Iran’s president supports Venezuela’s government
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has his expressed support for Venezuelan embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
IRNA's report on Saturday says Rouhani met with the Venezuelan envoy to Tehran, Carlos Alcala Cordones, and voiced his support for Maduro's government.
"We believe the people of Venezuela though unity and standing by the government will defuse the pressures by Washington," Rouhani is quoted as saying.
Struggle for control of Venezuela returning to the streets
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Momentum is growing for Venezuela's opposition movement led by lawmaker Juan Guaido, who has called supporters back into the streets for nationwide protests Saturday, escalating pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
A defiant Maduro's socialist government has called on its own loyalists to flood the streets waving flags to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian revolution launched by the late Hugo Chavez.
Young Maduro loyalist is new hope for Venezuela’s socialists
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Amid the political turmoil roiling Venezuela it's easy to overlook this milestone: the 20th anniversary on Saturday of Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution.
On Feb. 2, 1999, Chavez took office with a fiery anti-imperialist rhetoric that would inspire leaders across Latin America and reshape the region's relations with Washington.
Spanish shipbuilder recalls 4 workers from Venezuela
MADRID (AP) — Spain's state-owned shipbuilder says it has called back for security reasons four Spanish technicians in Venezuela who were readying for final delivery a navy patrol ship sold 14 years ago to the Venezuelan government.
A spokesman with Navantia says the recall doesn't change the shipbuilder's plan to deliver the vessel, which is called Eternal Commander Hugo Chavez. It is the last of eight similar ships that the former Venezuelan leader bought from Spain in 2005 for $1.4 billion.
Venezuelans abroad anxiously watch events unfolding at home
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Maria Eugenia Pirona moved from Venezuela to Spain over six months ago she had lost hope that things would get better in her homeland. A lawyer and former civil servant, Pirona had seen her comfortable life ruined by the deepening political and economic strife.
Why Venezuela military leaders are standing behind Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Even as Venezuelans fill the streets rallying behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and the list of foreign nations recognizing him as the country's rightful president grows, the top members of the all-important military are sending a different message: Forget about it.
Venezuelans clean up after violent protests in capital
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Working class neighborhoods in Venezuela's capital erupted in violence late Tuesday for a second straight night amid fears that demonstrations called by the opposition could spur further violence.
In the Catia district, a few miles from the presidential palace, youths set fire to barricades while shouting for President Nicolas Maduro's government to fall.
Colombia proposes new regional bloc to isolate Venezuela
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque said he is talking with like-minded conservative leaders to create a regional bloc that would replace the Venezuelan-influenced Union of South American Nations.
Duque said in a radio interview Monday that he's already discussed the idea with Chile's Sebastian Pinera.
He said that the proposed group, to be called Prosur, would focus on defending democracy and free-market economies.
AP Explains: Venezuela’s economy, political crisis
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro started a second, six-year term Thursday amid international cries urging him to step down and return democratic rule to a country suffering a historic economic implosion.
Venezuela man gets 3 years for money-laundering scheme in US
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Venezuelan businessman has been sentenced to three years in U.S. federal prison for his role in a billion-dollar money-laundering scheme.
Court records show that 50-year-old Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray was sentenced Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, federal court. He pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Venezuela holds onto prized US refineries amid legal battle
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela will hold onto its U.S.-based Citgo refineries, settling a long-standing dispute that threw ownership of the crisis-wracked country's prized assets into peril as its massive debt mounts.
Spanish court allows extradition of ex-Chavez bodyguard
MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has agreed to extradite to Venezuela a former bodyguard of the country's late leader Hugo Chavez.
The court ruled Friday that Adrian Velasquez Figueroa can go home to face charges of corruption and money-laundering.
The court had previously ruled that his wife, Claudia Diaz, a one-time Chavez nurse, should also be extradited on the same charges.
Venezuela seeks to extradite former official indicted by US
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan is seeking the extradition of a former national treasurer days after U.S. prosecutors say he pleaded guilty to accepting over $1 billion in bribes in a far-reaching corruption probe, officials announced Thursday.
Venezuela's chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said his office has launched a case against Alejandro Andrade, a former bodyguard for the late-President Hugo Chavez who ascended the ranks to become Venezuela's treasurer.
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- Houston ChronicleSettlement allows Venezuela to keep Citgo’s three U.S. refineriesNovember 27, 2018
Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba Ali Rodriguez dies
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ali Rodriguez, an icon of Venezuela's socialist revolution who went on to serve as a diplomat in top government posts, died on Monday.
Rodriguez had served as ambassador to Cuba since 2014. He passed away in Havana and was 81 years old, Venezuela's state TV network said.
Ex-Chavez bodyguard fights extradition from Spain
MADRID (AP) — The lawyer for a former bodyguard of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is arguing his client should not be extradited from Spain to face money-laundering charges because his home country doesn't respect human rights.
Lawyer Ismael Oliver Romero also told a hearing at Spain's National Court on Thursday that the Venezuelan extradition request should not be admitted because the alleged crimes are not fully documented.
Venezuelan journalist Petkoff, ex-guerrilla leader, dies
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Teodoro Petkoff, a giant of Venezuela's politics who led a band of communist guerrillas in his youth before winning the praise of Wall Street in a top government post and then launching a newspaper that fearlessly railed against socialist President Hugo Chavez, died Wednesday.
Xabier Coscojuela, editor of the newspaper Tal Cual, said the paper's founder died after a long illness. Petkoff was 86.
Spanish court agrees to extradition of Hugo Chavez’s aide
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has given preliminary authorization for an aide of late President Hugo Chavez to be extradited to Venezuela.
Claudia Diaz is being sought along with her husband Adrian Velasquez for alleged money laundering in deals that, according to Venezuelan authorities, emerged in the so-called Panama Papers.
Lawyer Ismael Oliver says his client Diaz plans to appeal the decision.
APNewsBreak: US mediation expert to push Venezuela talks
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Harvard-educated conflict resolution expert is flying to Caracas next week to attempt the seemingly impossible: jumpstarting political dialogue in deeply polarized Venezuela.
Citing silence on Venezuela, Colombia withdraws from UNASUR
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will leave a South American bloc promoted by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to counter U.S. influence in the region.
President Ivan Duque said in a televised address Monday that UNASUR is now "the greatest accomplice of the Venezuelan dictatorship."
Colombia and five other nations had suspended their memberships amid differences over who should lead the group earlier this year.
Ecuador leaves Venezuelan-run regional alliance
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has withdrawn from a regional bloc led by Venezuela in a bid to further distance itself from that country's socialist government.
Foreign minister Jose Valencia said on Thursday that Ecuador has decided to abandon the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA, immediately because Ecuador wants to be "independent" of organizations that are trying to impose "specific views" on Latin America's social and political issues.
Judge: Canadian firm can go after Venezuela’s US refineries
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Canadian gold mining company on Thursday won the right to go after Venezuela's prized U.S.-based oil refineries and collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old take-over by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez.
Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. Federal District Court in Delaware made the ruling in favor of Crystallex, striking a blow to crisis-wracked Venezuela, which stands to lose its most valuable asset outside of the country — Citgo.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The government freed dozens more Venezuelan opposition activists from jail Saturday, bringing to almost 80 the number of prisoners whose release authorities hope will unite the fractured nation.
Among the 40 people released were two substitute lawmakers, one of whom had been held since 2014 for allegedly inciting violence in protests that year. The son of a former defense minister for the late Hugo Chavez was also let go.
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Here's a look at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the two opposition candidates he faces in Sunday's election:
The 55-year-old former bus driver rose to power after earning the late President Hugo Chavez's trust and taking on key roles in the socialist leader's former government. Before his death from cancer in 2013, Chavez urged Venezuelans to choose Maduro to continue his legacy.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — He enlisted in Venezuela's National Guard to earn a ticket out of poverty. But little more than two years later, his monthly pay is worth only about $2, forcing him to moonlight at a tire shop, and he has put in for a discharge.
"I don't know what everybody else does to survive," said Ruben, a 21-year-old sergeant, who fearing retaliation agreed to speak about his situation only if his last name was not revealed. "If I don't get out of this, I'll starve to death."
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — On cue each week, Hector Madera takes his battle for Venezuela's socialist revolution to the airwaves of a small radio station in the capital of Caracas, even as his once-wealthy country crumbles around him.
Salsa music floods a studio in the hillside slum of San Agustin as Madera leans into the microphone opening his two-hour talk show. Imperialist aggressors from the United States are waging an economic war on this country, he tells his loyal listeners.
Spain: 2 linked with late Venezuelan president detained
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Spanish authorities acknowledged on Wednesday that a married couple with links to Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez has been arrested in a case of suspected corruption in their home country.
Officials in Madrid said they detained the pair at Venezuela's request.
Venezuelan crisis plays out in Wellington horse country
WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — In a large house on Sunnyland Lane, deep in Wellington's exclusive horse country, Alejandro Andrade and his family enjoy a life far from the hardships faced today by people in their home country of Venezuela.
In the world of progressive politics, all eyes are turned to Great Britain.
MIAMI (AP) — Helene Villalonga decided she had to get out of Venezuela for a while when two men, one brandishing a gun, showed up at her party rental business and told her to stop working for local politicians opposed to then-President Hugo Chavez.
Villalonga put a sign in the window of her business that said "closed for vacation" and set off with her two youngest children to the U.S., figuring she would be gone a few weeks.
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.
Colombia's FARC political party of former rebels withdrew from the upcoming presidential election after medical problems forced its candidate, ex-guerrilla commander Rodrigo Londono, to undergo coronary bypass surgery.
Venezuelan police arrest Chavez’s ex-spy chief at event
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan police on Tuesday arrested Hugo Chavez's powerful former spy chief, on accusations of sowing unrest as he leads a movement of disgruntled leftists seeking to replace President Nicolas Maduro.
Miguel Rodriguez Torres was speaking at an event organized by female activists from his political movement in a Caracas hotel when he calmly stopped his speech and left the podium, saying he had "received a notification that requires me to urgently leave."
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaders from Latin American governments belonging to an anti-U.S. bloc have converged on Venezuela's capital Monday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Hugo Chavez's death.
Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba, Evo Morales of Bolivia and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua were among those who made the trip, which coincided with a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, known as the ALBA bloc.
Maduro picked as Venezuela’s socialist party candidate
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's ruling socialist party has officially tapped President Nicolas Maduro as its candidate for this year's election.
Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello on Friday announced the unanimous decision. The government has said the election will be held by the end of April.
Maduro succeeded the late President Hugo Chavez, leading the oil-rich country into a deepening crisis marked by soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine.
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s socialist president, helps election chances by moving up date
BUENOS AIRES Venezuela's economy is imploding, the country has one of the world's highest homicide rates, and a number of top officials, including the vice president, face sanctions from the U.S. and European nations.
Venezuela’s President Maduro confirms re-election bid
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Wednesday that he will seek a second term as president of Venezuela in an early election already widely rejected by the international community.
"I am going to be a candidate ... fulfilling the order of the working class, fulfilling the order of the popular base," he announced in a broadcast on state television.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean, published in the past week, Dec. 8 through 14.
Mexico's Tigres soccer team clinched the country's championship title against Monterrey as Argentina's Independiente took the Copa Sudamericana title over Brazil's Flamengo. Fans lit flares and players threw each other up into the air in celebration.
Koch brothers sue Venezuela to collect $409 million
WASHINGTON (AP) — The capitalist Koch brothers want the socialist president of Venezuela to pay up.
Two companies that belong to Koch Industries, the energy conglomerate of the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, are suing Venezuela to collect $409 million awarded by an international arbitration panel.
Koch Minerals Sarl and Koch Nitrogen International Sarl filed the lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Russia, Venezuela sign debt restructuring deal
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Finance Ministry says it has signed a deal to restructure Venezuela's debt.
The ministry said Wednesday's deal signed in Moscow envisages that Venezuela will pay its $3.15 billion debt to Russia over 10 years. It noted that payments will be "minimal" during the first six years.
The ministry added that the debt restructuring agreement will allow Venezuela to allocate more funds for economic development.
Venezuela opposition governors boycott swearing in ceremony
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition boycotted a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday for governors held by the all-powerful, pro-government constitutional assembly following disputed elections largely won by ruling party candidates.
Eighteen new socialist governors stood, lifted one hand and pledged to uphold Venezuela's constitution in the ceremony at the assembly's chamber. A painting of the late President Hugo Chavez stood nearby.
Venezuela officials: Ruling party wins most governorships
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's National Electoral Council said candidates for the socialist movement founded by the late President Hugo Chavez won nearly all of the 23 governorships up for grabs in Sunday's regional elections. Opposition leaders disputed the accuracy of the vote count.
Venezuela opposition hopes for victory in regional elections
GUARENAS, Venezuela (AP) — Carlos Ocariz was pressing the flesh at a bus stop, trying to persuade potential voters to choose him as their next governor, when a shouted insult from a young man in a passing car pierced the air: "Sellout!"
After a startled pause, Ocariz continued chatting up passengers preparing to board one of the government's new red buses in Miranda, on his mission to keep Venezuela's second most populous state under opposition control.
Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor leaks Odebrecht bribe video
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor leaked a video Thursday purporting to show an Odebrecht executive saying he agreed to pay $35 million toward President Nicolas Maduro's campaign in exchange for prioritizing the Brazilian construction giant's projects.
Departing AP reporter looks back at Venezuela’s slide
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The first thing the muscled-up men did was take my cellphone. They had stopped me on the street as I left an interview in the hometown of the late President Hugo Chavez and wrangled me into a black SUV.
Heart pounding in the back seat with the men and two women, I watched the low cinderblock homes zoom by and tried to remember the anti-kidnapping class I'd taken in preparation for moving to Venezuela. The advice had been to try to humanize yourself.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has provoked international criticism and enraged his political opponents by pushing for a special assembly to rewrite the troubled South American nation's constitution.
Sunday's election of delegates to the assembly comes after nearly four months of political upheaval that have resulted in more than 100 deaths and left thousands injured and detained.