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Maduro calls U.S. vice president 'a madman' for linking Venezuela to caravan

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president of Venezuela, says 'imperialist paranoia' leads the US 'to accuse Maduro and Venezuela of everything that happens to them'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a rally in Caracas on February 7, 2018. Maduro launched Wednesday a political movement to promote his candidacy for reelection. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Venezuela says Colombia's president shielding Maduro's attackers

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Venezuela says Colombian President Ivan Duque 'has placed Colombian institutions at the service of obscure and unspeakable interests against the government of Venezuela, endorsing and supporting all sorts of actions and conspiracies'

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

U.S. officials met Venezuela officers to discuss coup bid – report

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The New York Times says that the coup plans to oust President Nicolas Maduro eventually stalled

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela urged to accept migration crisis humanitarian aid

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Venezuela denies it has a migration problem and has accused the United Nations and 'enemy countries' of exaggerating the issue

VENEZUELA. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuelans in Peru take up Maduro's offer to fly home

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The move is part of the socialist government's 'Return to the Homeland' scheme to counter a mass exodus and woo back young Venezuelans to work in the crisis-torn country

'RETURN TO THE HOMELAND.' Venezuelan migrants wait to enter the boarding area of the international airport in Lima after a group of Venezuelan nationals – who chose to return to their country after experiencing difficulties in Peru – received a plane ticket paid by their government, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Teo Bizca/AFP

Venezuela relaunches currency, as analysts warn of worsened crisis

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:28 PM

Ahead of the relaunched currency, President Nicolas Maduro announces a minimum wage hike, the fifth so far this year

VENEZUELA. In this file photo, a person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela court seeks extradition of Maduro opponents

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Exiled critic Luisa Ortega and opposition leader Julio Borges are accused of being involved in an alleged 'drone' assassination attempt, while former oil chief Rafael Ramirez is accused of fraudulent embezzlement

In this file photo, then-Attorney General Luisa Ortega, the most high-profile official to break ranks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, speaks at during a session of the National Assembly in Caracas, on July 3, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:38 PM

President Nicolas Maduro says threats against his life come from 'terrorist cells' in Florida

Venezuelan opposition urges U.S., Colombia to ignore extradition request

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Venezuela's Supreme Court orders the arrest of Julio Borges for 'attempted murder,' suspecting his involvement in what officials say is a drone 'assassination' attempt on President Nicolas Maduro.

JULIO BORGES. The leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly Julio Borges speaks with the media before a parliamentary session in Caracas on August 29, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela vows to eradicate plots after Maduro 'assassination' bid

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) In a video posted on Twitter shortly before midnight, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says police and the military have captured some of the conspirators and are now hunting the masterminds

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

How far can Venezuela go in raising price of world's cheapest gas?

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:50 PM

You can buy 3.5 million liters of gasoline for $1 in crisis-hit Venezuela

An employee and a customer pump fuel at a gas station in Caracas, on July 30, 2018. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced fuel price regulations for the cheapest gasoline in the world, through the use of the "Carnet de la Patria" -an electronic identity card aimed at organizing and regulating government social benefits- during a congress of the ruling party that, paradoxically, is debating to relax the rigid controls on the economy to overcome the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

Venezuelan president escapes drone 'attack'

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses Colombia of plotting this attempt to 'assassinate' him

LOUD BANG. This screenshot taken from a handout video released by Venezuelan Television (VTV) shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C), his wife Cilia Flores (L), and military authorities reacting to a loud bang during a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of VTV/AFP

Venezuela loosens grip on currency in bid to ease crisis

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:58 AM

The Constituent Assembly, dominated by President Nicolas Maduro's loyalists, announces the passage of a decree authorizing money exchange operations

CURRENCY. In this file photo, a customer receives money at a currency exchange office in Caracas on February 19, 2015. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela to remove 5 zeroes from currency

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The measure, according to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, seeks to 'protect' local currency

HYPERINFLATION. A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighborhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela senior citizens block streets demanding pension checks

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Some 200 seniors block traffic near the presidential palace demanding payment in full of their monthly retirement pension

A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighbourhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to take control of popular markets in different states across the country, in the midst of an hyperinflationary spiral and severe shortage of staple foods.  Federico PARRA / AFP

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Sitting atop the world's largest reserves of crude, Venezuela – once Latin America's richest country – is now a state of millionaires, but the millions are in bolivars and practically worthless

HYPERINFLATION. A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighborhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

UN rights chief calls for probe of abuses by Venezuela military

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that the rule of law is virtually absent in Venezuela,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard get into a military transport truck at the end of the launching ceremony of the "Plan Republica", the security operation for the presidential election on May 20, in Caracas, on May 15, 2018.  Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Venezuela sends 'coup plotters' to jail

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The group Foro Penal announces that a military court has handed down sentences of between 3 and 6 years

Cuban leader defends Maduro on 1st foreign visit

May 31, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says the main reason for his visit to Venezuela is to show solidarity with Nicolas Maduro after his May 20 reelection was widely dismissed as a sham by the US, EU, and 13 other Latin American states

SOLIDARITY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) bestows the Simon Bolivar Order on Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 30, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

Venezuela's Maduro seeks oil output boost as he is sworn in

May 25, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Striking a rare conciliatory note, Nicolas Maduro admits a fresh take on Venezuela's problems is needed, in a lengthy speech before the military and government hierarchy

SECOND TERM. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) speaks next to members of the military high command during a military honour ceremony in Caracas on May 24, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

U.S. demands 2 Venezuelan diplomats leave within 48 hours

May 24, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Venezuela's move to expel US diplomats earlier this week follows a US tightening of sanctions over President Nicolas Maduro's controversial re-election as president over the weekend

File photo of Venezuela embassy in US from Wikimedia Commons

Venezuela's Maduro expels U.S. diplomats, rejects sanctions

May 23, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The Venezuelan president declares US charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and deputy head of mission Brian Naranjo 'persona non grata'

AFTER REELECTION. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro wins as rivals call for new Venezuela elections

May 21, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The official result gives Maduro 67.7% of the vote, with Falcon a distant second with 21.2%. In the last opinion polls before the vote, the pair are seen as running neck-and-neck.

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro rivals should reject result: Venezuela opposition

May 21, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia calls on Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci, who ran against Maduro in the controversial poll, to join opposition calls 'to demand free and democratic elections together'

RESULTS. An election official prints the result of the voting of an electoral machine during the vote counting at a polling station on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Maduro eyes reelection amid economic ruin in Venezuela

May 21, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The latest polls place Maduro neck-and-neck with his main rival Henri Falcon, a former army officer who failed to gain the endorsement of the main opposition

VENEZUELA POLLS. A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Caracas on May 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Maduro seeks 2nd term in isolated, ruined Venezuela

May 18, 2018 - 3:20 PM

President Nicolas Maduro's ebullient campaign meetings have done little to disguise a lack of enthusiasm in the oil-rich but cash-poor South American country, where the result is widely seen as a foregone conclusion

SECOND TERM? Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Venezuelan opposition says won't contest April 22 polls without guarantees

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Opposition leader: 'Do not count on the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), or the people, to endorse what until now is only a fraudulent and illegitimate simulation of the presidential election'

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. Juan Baretto/AFP

Venezuela opposition out in the cold as Maduro eyes 2nd term

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The Supreme Court, in a shock ruling Thursday, January 25, effectively ordered the national election council to exclude the Democratic Union Roundtable

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela calls early election, Maduro ready to run for second term

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:51 AM

The 55-year-old Maduro, a towering mustachioed former bus driver who was Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, says he is ready to run if he receives the party's nomination

WILLING TO RUN AGAIN. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela government, opposition in fresh talks on crisis

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:27 AM

The two-day meeting, on the neutral ground of the Dominican Republic, comes after the government of President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ban key opposition parties from the election

FRESH TALKS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela frees first of 80 opponents in rare good will move

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Delcy Rodriguez, the president of the assembly and head of its Truth Commission investigating the protests, says that Christmas is 'a moment of reconciliation'

PROTESTS. People demonstrating against President Nicolas Maduro are blocked by the National police in front of the Electoral National Council in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on September 7, 2016. File photo by AFP

Venezuelan leader says no to opposition in presidential race

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:16 AM

While municipal elections were under way across the country, the Maduro clearly has his mind on the 2018 presidential race in which he plans to seek reelection – despite an approval rating of around 30%

RUNNING AGAIN. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Aizar Raldes/AFP/File

Venezuela creating digital currency amid financing crisis

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The Petro will be backed by Venezuela's oil and gas reserves and its gold and diamond holdings

VENEZUELAN LEADER. In this file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. Juan Barreto/File/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro to seek 2nd term in 2018 – vice president

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Next year's presidential election in the South American country is scheduled for December, but some experts believe it could be brought forward to March

NEW TERM? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech reviewing his year in office at the Supreme Court of Justice in Caracas on January 15, 2017. Juan Baretto/AFP

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Madrid

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Fugitive Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has crossed the border into neighboring Colombia, saying he intends to fly to Europe to organize resistance against President Nicolas Maduro's rule

OPPOSITION. The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, 62, greets followers at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on November 17, 2017, before embarking to Spain after escaping house arrest in the Venezuelan capital. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

European Union slaps sanctions on crisis-hit Venezuela

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The EU says 'constructive dialogue and negotiation' were the only way to solve the crisis in Venezuela, where protests against Maduro have turned violent and economic collapse has led to dire shortages of food and medicine

UNDER SIEGE. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela's day of reckoning?

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:12 AM

November 13 looks to be a day of reckoning for the OPEC-member nation, bringing with it a tighter squeeze on its beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro and his socialist government

NICOLAS MADURO. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as he holds a sign that reads 'popular victory 54%; we are happiness, we are the majority' after a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela faces more isolation, sanctions after contested vote

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Experts say Venezuela's punishing political and economic crisis will only deepen

CLAIMING VICTORY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) speaks beside First lady Cilia Flores (R) and Diosdado Cabello (L), a member of the Constituent Assembly, in Caracas on October 15, 2017. Presidencia/AFP

Venezuela rivals hold exploratory talks on crisis

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Jorge Rodriguez a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says some progress have been made towards face to face negotiations

PROGRESS IN TALKS. The president of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez (2nd-L) and Jorge Rodriguez (R), mayor of the Libertador municipality in Caracas and leader of the pro-government United Socialist Party of Venezuela speak during a press conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on September 13, 2017.  Erika Santelices/AFP

Maduro to accept talks with Venezuela opposition

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is prepared to meet the opposition for talks brokered by the Dominican Republic and former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero

OPEN TO TALKS. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro says governors 'must submit' to new legislative body

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:48 AM

All of the governors who will be elected must submit to the Constituent Assembly or else they will be immediately dismissed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says in a speech

Maduro cancels Human Rights Council appearance in Geneva – UN

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Speaking in Geneva shortly before the appearance was scrapped Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth says the idea of President Maduro coming to the UN to speak about human rights is laughable

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a national flag during the closing of the campaign to elect a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the constitution, in Caracas on July 27, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

New Venezuelan assembly to try opposition leaders for treason

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:12 AM

UPDATED The all powerful constituent assembly approves a decree in which it announces a historic trial against those who involved in promoting these immoral actions against the interests of the Venezuelan people

PRO-MADURO ASSEMBLY. General view of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly during a session in Caracas on August 8, 2017. Juan Barreto/AF

Venezuela ex-attorney general says contract killers set after her

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Luisa Ortega: I have information that the persecution is continuing against me and that the government has contracted hitmen to end my life

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega speaks during a press conference at the General Prosecutor's office in San Jose on August 28, 2017. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro calls for military loyalty after U.S. threat

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urges the military to be prepared to fight fiercely in the face of an eventual US invasion

MILITARY LOYALTY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Fleeing Maduro critic says Venezuela now lawless

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in a massive corruption scheme at Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, one of President Nicolas Maduro's most vocal critics, invited by Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot, speaks during a conference with representatives from the Latin American regional trading alliance Mercosur, in Brasilia, on August 23, 2017. Ortega promised to use the international forum in Brazil to intensify corruption allegations against Maduro, who called for her arrest. Days after a dramatic escape from Venezuela, Ortega arrived in Brasilia promising to dish dirt on Maduro, who in turn asked Interpol to put out a "red notice" warrant for his critic.  / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA

Venezuela asks pope help, vaunts Russia ties versus US

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Nicolas Maduro: I ask for the pope s help against the military threat from the United States

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP