Venezuela arrests U.S. fugitive as part of oil graft purgeApril 14, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities in Venezuela have brought corruption charges against a businessman who is a fugitive in a separate U.S. money laundering case targeting a top ally of the country's president, Nicolás Maduro.
Getting safe water a struggle for many of Venezuela’s poorMarch 22, 2023 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Everyone knows Franklin Cáceres in his neighborhood on the far east side of Venezuela’s capital. A roadside vendor directs a visitor downhill, past a curve and to the left.
A generation of Venezuelan children know only strugglesMarch 5, 2023 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Valerie Torres’ mother has tried to shield her from the worst of Venezuela’s protracted crisis — the deadly protests, the sick people begging for help, the malnourished children with protruding ribs.
Brazilian team suffers racist abuse before match in CaracasFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
SAO PAULO (AP) — South American soccer body CONMEBOL condemned racist incidents that took place in Venezuela's capital before a Copa Libertadores qualifying match between Carabobo and Brazil's Atletico Mineiro.
US court gives $153 million to Miami man jailed in VenezuelaJanuary 23, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge in Miami has awarded $153 million in damages to the family of an exiled Venezuelan lawyer lured back home by his father’s kidnapping only to end up imprisoned for two years on trumped up charges of working as a “financial terrorist” undermining President Nicolás Maduro's rule.
Pelicans dying as bird flu outbreak spreads to VenezuelaDecember 5, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An outbreak of bird flu in pelicans has authorities in Venezuela taking emergency efforts to protect poultry producers.
Numerous pelicans were found dead over the weekend along Venezuela’s coast as the species arrived amid their annual winter migration.
Colombian government, guerrilla group resume peace talksNovember 21, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Colombian government and the South American country’s largest remaining guerrilla group resumed peace talks Monday, breaking a roughly four-year hiatus during which the rebels have expanded the territory where they operate.
Airline flights resume between Colombia and VenezuelaNovember 8, 2022 GMT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Commercial flights between Colombia and Venezuela resumed Monday as relations improve between the South American neighbors following the election of Colombia’s first leftist president.
Colombia leader to see Venezuela’s Maduro as isolation thawsOctober 31, 2022 GMT
The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela will have a face-to-face meeting Tuesday for the first time in six years as Colombia's new leader moves rapidly to improve long-frigid relations with a socialist neighbor still facing international sanctions.
Survivors of Venezuelan mudslide bury dead, look for missingOctober 13, 2022 GMT
LAS TEJERÍAS, Venezuela (AP) — A day after burying his mother, Rafael Negrín on Wednesday carried the coffin of his aunt who also died in floods and landslides in central Venezuela that killed at least 43 people and left dozens missing.
Rain-fueled landslide sweeps through Venezuela town; 22 deadOctober 9, 2022 GMT
LAS TEJERÍAS, Venezuela (AP) — A landslide fueled by flooding and days of torrential rain swept through a town in central Venezuela, leaving at least 22 people dead as it dragged mud, rocks and trees through neighborhoods, authorities said Sunday.
Venezuela swaps 7 jailed Americans for Maduro relativesOctober 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare softening of hostile relations, Venezuela freed on Saturday seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on narcotics convictions.
Officials: Navy bribery case fugitive tried to get to RussiaSeptember 23, 2022 GMT
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Since escaping two weeks ago, officials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” — who orchestrated one of the U.S.
UN experts: Rights abuses continue in Maduro’s VenezuelaSeptember 20, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Independent experts working with the U.N.’s top human rights body say Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro personally ordered the detention of government opponents and critics who ended up suffering electric shocks, beatings, asphyxiation and other cruel acts while in custody.
US court awards $73 million for Venezuelan opponent’s deathSeptember 20, 2022 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge in Miami has awarded $73 million in damages to the family of a prominent opponent of Venezuela's socialist government who died while in custody in what he described as a “murder for hire” carried out by a criminal enterprise led by President Nicolás Maduro.
Despite setbacks, Venezuelan opposition leader touts recordSeptember 17, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gave a quasi-state of the nation address Friday, offering a broad accounting of millions of dollars under his control and taking credit for social programs benefiting people across the troubled South American country.
Colombia, Venezuela border to reopen to cargo trafficSeptember 9, 2022 GMT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela on Friday announced that the years-long closure of their countries' shared border to cargo transport will end Sept. 26. Air service between their capitals will also resume.
Venezuela, Colombia take step toward normalizing tiesAugust 30, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The governments of Venezuela and Colombia took a step toward normalizing ties Monday when President Nicolás Maduro hosted an event to welcome the newly appointed ambassador from the neighboring country, a post that had been empty since 2019 over a diplomatic impasse.
Pay pushes Venezuelan teachers to protest, consider quittingAugust 15, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Public school teachers across Venezuela had planned to use their annual vacation bonus to buy uniforms for their children, waterproof leaky roofs, get new prescription glasses or fix the pair barely held together by adhesive tape.
Ride-sharing apps rise in Venezuela as public transit decaysJuly 30, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ride-sharing apps like Uber, DiDi and Lyft may have driven across much of the globe, but they haven't yet rolled into Venezuela, where U.S. sanctions and years of hyperinflation and other woes made it difficult to operate.
US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild tiesJune 28, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S.
Venezuelan opposition to file complaint for attack on leaderJune 14, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition group backed by the United States will file a complaint with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the physical attack its leader suffered over the weekend during a visit to a rural community as part of a tour meant to unite his party and allies.
Venezuelan opposition leader attacked during national tourJune 12, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The leader of the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela was physically attacked Saturday during a visit to a rural community, according to members of his parallel government, who accused a group of ruling party associates of carrying out the assault.
Venezuelan leader, Iranian president sign 20-year agreementJune 11, 2022 GMT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and Iran's hard-line president signed a 20-year cooperation agreement Saturday, a day after Maduro praised the Islamic Republic for sending badly needed fuel to his nation despite U.S.
Biden renews sanctions license for Chevron in VenezuelaMay 27, 2022 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration has renewed a license partially exempting Chevron from sanctions on Venezuela so it can keep operating in the oil-rich, socialist-run nation.
On Venezuelan roads, old cars prevail, break down everywhereMay 21, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to haul chairs, tents and tables to gatherings all across Venezuela's sprawling capital.
US to ease a few economic sanctions against VenezuelaMay 17, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuela opposition faction to hold presidential primariesMay 16, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition faction backed by the United States announced plans Monday to hold a primary contest next year to choose a presidential candidate for the planned 2024 election.
Venezuela plans stock sale in break from socialist modelMay 14, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is seeking private investors to pump funds into vital but crippled state-run companies, decades after seizing them in the name of socialism.
The government on Monday intends to offer 5% to 10% stakes in companies ranging from telephone and internet service providers to a petrochemical producer.
Music stars return to Venezuela after skipping it for yearsApril 4, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The ground shook at the instant the voice of Mexican music star Alejandro Fernandez collided with the deafening cheers of fans gathered for his first concert in Venezuela in over a decade.
International Criminal Court to open office in VenezuelaMarch 31, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court said Thursday that it will open an office in Venezuela as it investigates allegations of torture and killings by the South American country’s security forces.
Mexican president revels in new airport; questions remainMarch 21, 2022 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated a new Mexico City airport on Monday, one of his four hallmark building projects.
The government pulled out all the fanfare it could muster, including releasing a documentary on the project showing an army general talking to a statue.
Pressure builds on Biden to repay Venezuela’s goodwill movesMarch 10, 2022 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Pressure is building on the Biden administration to begin unwinding sanctions on Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro freed two American prisoners and promised to resume negotiations with his opponents.
American freed from Venezuela says his ‘nightmare’ has endedMarch 9, 2022 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — An American oil executive freed from custody in Venezuela said that even as he celebrates with his family the end of a long “nightmare,” he's praying for the release of five colleagues who are still imprisoned and “deserve the same blessings.”
Venezuelan opposition gathers to hear call for unityFebruary 12, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition parties on Saturday staged one of their largest rallies since the coronavirus pandemic erupted, hearing calls for unity to end more than two decades of socialist governments — though they were outnumbered by a pro-government demonstration elsewhere in the capital.
Venezuela’s Guaidó, opposition seek to unite under big tentFebruary 11, 2022 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition was reenergized recently by an unexpected gubernatorial victory in the home state of the late President Hugo Chavez. Now it is trying to use that momentum to bring its divided factions together and launch yet another attempt to topple his political heirs.
Venezuela upholds long jail sentences for US oil executivesFebruary 5, 2022 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A court in Venezuela has upheld long prison sentences for six American oil executives detained in the South American country on corruption charges for more than four years.
US hostage envoy visited Venezuela to meet jailed AmericansDecember 11, 2021 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat quietly traveled to Venezuela this week and met with imprisoned Americans as part of an ongoing effort to secure release of men the Biden administration believes are being held as bargaining chips by a top U.S.
Venezuela’s high court retroactively disqualifies candidateNovember 30, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan opposition candidate who has been leading in vote count in the governor's race for the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez has been retroactively disqualified by the country’s highest court more than a week after the election was held.
EU reports improvements, old tactics in Venezuela electionNovember 23, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s regional elections last weekend happened under better conditions compared to the country's elections in recent years but were marred by the use of public funds to benefit pro-government candidates, European Union monitors announced Tuesday.
Venezuela votes in regional election under international eyeNovember 22, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A divided Venezuelan opposition found itself Monday on familiar territory, having lost an overwhelming majority of races disputed in a regional election a day earlier. But the divisions over how to move forward from their expected defeat and achieve their goal of knocking off President Nicolás Maduro have never been so evident.
Venezuela votes in regional election under international eyeNovember 22, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Under the scrutiny of international observers, Venezuelans cast ballots for thousands of local races in elections that for the first time in four years included major opposition participation, a move that divided the already fractured bloc adversarial to President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelan musicians set world’s largest orchestra recordNovember 21, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelan musicians, most of them children and adolescents, have earned the title of the world’s largest orchestra.
Venezuelans to participate in high-stakes regional electionsNovember 19, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro is not on the ballot for Sunday’s elections across Venezuela and the winners of the gubernatorial and local races likely won’t be well known beyond their country’s borders.
Businessman in Venezuela corruption case pleads not guiltyNovember 15, 2021 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A businessman accused of siphoning off millions in state contracts from Venezuela pleaded not guilty on Monday in a high profile case that's strained relations between Washington and Caracas.
Venezuelan musicians pursue world’s largest orchestra recordNovember 14, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of violins, violas and double basses sounded at Venezuela’s military academy Saturday, then woodwinds, brass and percussion gradually joined in — and thousands of musicians, mostly children and adolescents, were playing with a single goal: setting the record as the world’s largest orchestra.
International Criminal Court to probe abuses in VenezuelaNovember 4, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Criminal Court is opening a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro’s rule, the first time a country in Latin America is facing scrutiny for possible crimes against humanity from the court.
Miami prosecutors partly dismiss charges against Maduro allyNovember 1, 2021 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Miami have dismissed several criminal charges against an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro due to assurances they made to Cape Verde over a year ago as part of a rancorous extradition fight.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to USOctober 17, 2021 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country.
Russia struggles to meet global orders for Sputnik V vaccineOctober 15, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Esperita García de Perez got her first vaccination against COVID-19 in May. That, along with her Catholic faith, made her feel better protected against the virus, and she had hoped to get her second shot of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine a few weeks later.
Without Neymar, Brazil tests its options against VenezuelaOctober 6, 2021 GMT
SAO PAULO (AP) — Not having star playmaker Neymar or midfielder Casemiro available for selection will allow Brazil coach Tite to experiment with his lineup in Thursday's World Cup qualifier at Venezuela.
Venezuela introduces new currency with 6 fewer zerosOctober 1, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A new currency with six fewer zeros debuted Friday in Venezuela, whose currency has been made nearly worthless by years of the world’s worst inflation.
But the new bills were difficult to find in the capital, where consumers' fears that prices will continue to spiral upward proved to be right.
Scott Smith, AP reporter in Venezuela, dies at 50August 20, 2021 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Scott Smith, a correspondent for The Associated Press who traveled across Venezuela to document personal stories of desperation and hope in the troubled country, has died. He was 50.
Smith was diagnosed in February with brain cancer and was evacuated from the capital, Caracas, in a rare show of cooperation between the U.S.
Hyperinflation, US dollars pricing out Venezuelan consumersAugust 11, 2021 GMT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Yosmar Sanguino says she struggles to put food on the table for her two daughters and three grandchildren in a low-income neighborhood of Venezuela’s capital.
She often whips up arepas — traditional flat, round corn patties — with butter and cheese.