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Venezuela's sumo novices gird loins against economic crisis

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:00 PM

In Venezuela, a sumo wrestler's most fearsome opponent is not the one staring them down from across the dohyo, or ring, but the country's overwhelming economic crisis

UNDERWEIGHT. Venezuelan female sumo wrestlers train at the Brigido Iriarte stadium in Caracas. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

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

'First sunrise in years': Freed Venezuela activist arrives in Madrid

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Lorent Saleh is the president of NGO Operation Freedom, which works to promote human rights, democracy, and civil liberties in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America

IMPRISONED. Activist Lorent Saleh was imprisoned for 4 years. File photo from Saleh's Facebook page

What does 10,000,000% inflation look like? See Venezuela

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:27 PM

In 2019 hyperinflation in Venezuela is expected to leave earth's orbit, hitting 10 million percent, a figure so large and improbable, readers of the IMF report had to count the zeroes to make sure they had the correct number

Picture of a new five Bolivar-note (R) and its equivalent in old Bolivar-bills in Caracas on August 20, 2018. Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. / 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

Colombian leader urges diplomatic isolation of Venezuela

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Colombia's Ivan Duque says Venezuela should be barred from talks called for September 25 to support countries that have taken in migrants from the country grappling with a severe political and economic crisis

ON VENEZUELA. Ivan Duque, president of Colombia, addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018 a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Foreign journalists freed from Venezuela detention

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:01 AM

(UPDATED) Argentine Laura Saravia along with Brits Barney Green and Dan Rivers are held 'as they left the country' and released some 8 hours later

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

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Brazil President Michel Temer has called on 'the international community to adopt diplomatic measures' to halt the 'tragic' exodus of Venezuelans that 'threatens the harmony of practically the entire continent'

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

Thousands of Venezuelans reach Peru as border restrictions tighten

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Colombia has pleaded with its southern neighbors to agree to a combined migration strategy, while Ecuador has called a meeting of 13 Latin American countries next month to discuss the crisis

AT THE BORDER. Venezuelan nationals' visas petitions are attended after midnight at the binational border attention centre (CEBAF) in Tumbes, northern Peru on August 24, 2018. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Peru has decided it will only allow in Venezuelan migrants in possession of a passport. But only around half of the Venezuelans heading south to escape poverty and economic crisis are carrying passports.

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Panic but no injuries as Venezuela hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The tremor was an added headache for a country whose economy is unraveling amid hyperinflation and widespread grassroots anger with the leftist government.

EARTHQUAKE. People wait in the streets after evacuating buildings in Caracas on August 21, 2018 following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck in the Venezuelan northeastern state of Sucre according to the US Geological Survey.  Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela devalues bolivar by 96% under new rate

Aug 22, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The central bank of the crisis-hit country announces a new exchange rate amid hyperinflation

DEVALUED. Venezuela devalues the bolivar as it deals with an economic crisis. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuelan business leaders hit Maduro's new banknotes

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Alongside the bolivar redenomination, President Nicolas Maduro announces other measures to tackle widespread poverty, including a massive 3,400% wage hike

NEW BILLS. Picture of a new five Bolivar-note (R) and its equivalent in old Bolivar-bills in Caracas on August 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Brazil sends troops to Venezuela border

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:23 AM

Brazil's president mobilizes military after residents in the border town of Pacaraima clashed violently with Venezuelan migrants, driving them out of makeshift camps

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'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

Brazil closes, then reopens border to Venezuelan migrants

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is not justified to take the easy path to 'close the doors' because of difficulties in hosting refugees,' Supreme Court justice Rosa Weber says in her ruling

MASS MIGRATION. File picture taken on February 27, 2018 at the Brazil-Venezuela border in Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil.  A Brazilian federal court has ordered on August 5, 2018 a block on Venezuelans crossing the border from their economically imploding country. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/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

Venezuela inflation hits 24,571% – lawmakers

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The country is in the midst of an ever-deepening crisis, with food and medicine in short supply

People buy vegetables at a street stall in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, on May 19, 2018 on the eve of the country's presidential election. Venezuela holds presidential elections on May 20, in which Maduro is seeking a second six-year term.  / AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO

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

American, wife freed from Venezuela jail arrive in US

May 26, 2018 - 10:14 PM

(UPDATED) Joshua Holt's release comes after Senator Bob Corker met with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/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

Venezuela opposition calls for boycott of May 20 election

May 04, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'Don't take part and leave the streets empty,' says a statement issued by the Democratic Unity Roundtable

VENEZUELA ELECTIONS. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon attend a campaign rally in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, on May 2, 2018. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

The disappearing jobs of yesterday

May 01, 2018 - 4:47 PM

AFP speaks to men and women around the globe whose jobs are becoming increasingly rare, particularly as technology transforms societies

68 dead in Venezuela after jailbreak attempt sparks blaze

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The dead included two women thought to have been visiting the jail at the time of the incident

Venezuela presidential election pushed back to May

Mar 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

'It is proposed that the elections for president be held simultaneously' with elections for regional legislatures

ELECTIONS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/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 presidential vote set for April 22

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The date is announced after talks break down between the government and opposition on setting a date for the polls

RUNNING AGAIN. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a rally in Caracas on February 7, 2018. Federico Parra/AFP