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Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) To applause in the chamber, Venezuela gets the nod in a vote by the UN General Assembly to choose 14 new members for the 47-member body based in Geneva

UNHRC. File photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Trump says Venezuelans will end up 'free'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Trump tells around two dozen Latin American leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that socialism had 'destroyed' Venezuela, but that the country's people 'will be free'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Top Venezuelan gov't official in North Korea – state media

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Diosdado Cabello, the right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is in North Korea leading a 'high-level delegation'

The president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, gestures during the 1st International Meeting of Workers in solidarity with the Venezuelan Government and people at the Alba Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 29, 2019. The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemskiy, accused the United States of obstructing with its sanctions an agreement between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition to resolve the political crisis. Matias Delacroix / AFP

Putin urges dialogue between Venezuela's Maduro, opposition

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Putin says, 'We believe that any refusal to have dialogue is irrational, harms the country, and only threatens the population's well-being'

URGING DIALOGUE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP)

Maduro-allied lawmakers return to Venezuela assembly

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Socialist deputies chant pro-Maduro slogans as they take their seats in the legislature to a barrage of booing from the opposition

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures during a session of the National Assembly with the presence of pro-government deputies in Caracas on September 24, 2019. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned the United States was watching the situation in Venezuela "very closely," as it unleashed new sanctions targeting the crisis-wracked country's ties with Cuba. Matias Delacroix / AFP

U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Venezuela nurses turn to side jobs to survive economic crisis

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

In Venezuela, nurses have been forced to reinvent themselves as home entrepreneurs, security guards, or builders just to survive

SIDE JOBS. Venezuelan nurse Edgar Fernandez, who works at a state hospital, sings in mariachi costume at a restaurant at the town of El Junquito near Caracas, on August 24, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuelan officials discussed Maduro exit behind his back – Bolton

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Washington has been pressuring President Nicolas Maduro through sanctions to step down while publicly prodding members of his inner circle to cut their ties to him before it's too late

MADURO'S EXIT? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro freezes talks with opposition after U.S. sanctions

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Nicolas Maduro attributes the cancellation to 'the grave and brutal aggression' being 'continuously... carried out by the Trump administration against Venezuela'

NICOLAS MADURO. In this handout photo released by Miraflores presidential press office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during an event to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Boyaca at the National Pantheon, in Caracas on August 7, 2019. Photo by Francisco Batista/Presidencia Venezuela/AFP

U.S. warns off Venezuela allies China and Russia

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are sending a signal to third parties that want to do business with the Maduro regime: Proceed with extreme caution,' says US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

Trump orders freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in U.S.

Aug 06, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Donald Trump's freeze order against Venezuelan government assets in the US also bars transactions with Venezuelan authorities whose assets are blocked

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Venezuela government, opposition reopen Barbados talks

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Crisis-wracked Venezuela has been mired in a political impasse since January when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, quickly receiving the support of more than 50 countries

BARBADOS TALKS. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Miss Venezuela ditches contestants' measurements

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Organizers say they want to fight stereotypes about what an ideal woman looks like and hence will not reveal their measurements

Contestants pose for pictures during a rehearsal for 2019 Miss Venezuela beauty contest, in Caracas, Venezuela on July 30, 2019. - For the first time, in the 2019 version of the Miss Venezuela contest, which will be held on Thursday, it won't be mentioned waist, hip and bust measurements of the candidates to avoid female gender stereotypes, the organization said. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

Venezuela limps back to normal after another blackout

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Nicolas Maduro denounces what he says is a 'criminal attack against tranquility and peace of the homeland'

POWER CUT. People are seen in a street of Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela, on July 22, 2019 as parts in the country, including the capital Caracas, were hit by a massive power cut. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

What happened when the U.N. reviewed Venezuela's human rights situation?

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dismisses the report as being 'fraught with false statements.' Will the same happen to the Philippines?

Maduro 'optimistic' after opposition talks resume in Barbados

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:54 PM

'If you work with goodwill and there is no American interventionism, I am sure that we will reach an agreement,' says Maduro, who blames the United States for fanning the crisis

NICOLAS MADURO. A handout photo released by Miraflores presidential palace press office shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a military parade at Los Proceres boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela on July 5, 2019. Photo by Marcelo Garcia/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

Guaido says talks with Venezuela government to resume, move to Barbados

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) Maduro's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez implicitly corroborates Juan Guaido's announcement by reproducing a Norwegian Foreign Ministry statement

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/ AFP

Power outage hits Venezuela's largest refinery complex – lawmaker

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:43 AM

'Access to both refineries has been closed and they have been taken over by the National Guard and officials of the SEBIN intelligence service,' Luis Stefanelli, a National Assembly deputy, says

OIL REFINERY. View of an oil refinery in the Maracaibo lake, on May 2, 2018 in Maracaibo, Venezuela File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Malaria surges back in crisis-hit Venezuela

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malaria is rapidly making its presence felt in Venezuela – a country that could once boast of being the first to have eradicated the disease in 1961

Yukpa natives surround a friend suffering from malaria at his house near Los Angeles del Tukuko mission, near Machiques, Zulia state, Venezuela on June 11, 2019. - Malaria, which had been eradicated some years ago among the Yukpa indigenous people, is back in Venezuela due to the crisis. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

Rule of law in Venezuela 'eroded' – U.N. rights chief

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Venezuela immediately slams the report, saying it 'is dominated by a selective and partial vision'

ON VENEZUELA. In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chilean Michelle Bachelet, speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions on son of Venezuelan leader Maduro

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:31 AM

The US says that Nicolas Ernesto Maduro Guerra and others close to Maduro's regime help him 'maintain a stranglehold on the economy and suppress the people of Venezuela'

Venezuelan citizens protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outside the Venezuelan embassy in San Jose, on April 30, 2019. Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting president in January 2019 and claimed on April 30 to have also secured the backing of Venezuelan soldiers, while the country's leftist government said an attempted coup was under way. Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP

Venezuela says it thwarted 'coup' bid

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Venezuelan government claims the claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro

MADURO. Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro raising his fist during a celebration at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, on June 26, 2019. Handout photo by Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

Venezuela's former spy chief says Maduro could yet fall

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:37 PM

Figuera tells the Washington Post members of Maduro's family and his government are engaged in money laundering and corruption, and alleges Hezbollah cells are allowed to operate in Venezuela and raise funds

NICOLAS MADURO. Handout photo released by Miraflores palace press office showing Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) at a wreath laying ceremony during the 198th anniversary of the Carabobo battle in Valencia, Carabobo state, on June 24, 2019. Handout photo/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

Venezuela bus accident kills 18

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The accident occurs in a rural area of Zulia state which borders Colombia

Venezuela says it is closing consulates in Canada

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The Venezuelan foreign ministry says it is in response to Canada's temporary closing of its embassies in Caracas

Thousands of Venezuelans cram border with Colombia

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:18 AM

This comes after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the reopening of the Venezuelan border in the western state of Tachira

SUPPLIES SHORTAGE. People queue to cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela to Cucuta, in Colombia, to buy goods due to supplies shortage in their country, on June 8, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

3.3 million people have fled Venezuela crisis – UN

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Venezuela suffers from shortages of food and medicine amid a power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuelans living in Peru take part in a rally in support of Venezualan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Lima on May 1, 2019. - Hundreds of Venezuelans in Peru gathered in solidarity to the protests in their home country called by Guaido to increase the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP)

FALSE: Venezuelans use microchips to buy food, basic needs

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The Venezuelan government has replaced the devalued Bolivar Fuerte with Bolivar Soberano, not microchips

Tempers flare as oil-rich Venezuela starts to ration gas at the pumps

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Venezuela's oil output drops from 3.2 million barrels per day a decade ago to 1.03 million barrels in April this year. Other estimates put that output as low as 768,000 barrels per day.

GAS ISSUES. A Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) worker pumps gas in a car in Caracas, on May 21, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Guaido renews call for Maduro resignation after Norway talks

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Representatives of Guaido and Maduro met face-to-face in Oslo as part of talks mediated by Norway aimed at resolving the country's political deadlock

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Venezuela claims 130,000% inflation, below international estimates

May 29, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Millions of people have fled the country as astronomical rises in the cost of consumer goods and broader economic woes have made food and basic supplies unobtainable for average people

U.S. walks out of U.N. arms control body in Venezuela protest

May 28, 2019 - 7:02 PM

'Whatever is discussed in there, whatever is decided, has absolutely no legitimacy because it is an illegitimate regime presiding over that body,' says US ambassador to the conference, Robert Wood

WALK OUT. This file photo shows US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Norway pushes Venezuela mediation effort

May 17, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The mediation bid comes after a months-long power struggle between opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro, amid sometimes deadly street clashes

MEDIATION. This file photo shows a view of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela peace talks in Oslo provide glimmer of hope

May 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

It is the second time that such talks have been held in Oslo between Nicolas Maduro's regime and Juan Guaido's representatives, says Norway's NRK radio and television network

SHOWDOWN. A combination of file photos of Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (left) and President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Guaido blasts Venezuela regime after security forces block congress

May 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Juan Guaido says the security forces used 'brute force,' adding that congress was 'occupied militarily'

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Mexico gives 'protection' to Venezuelan opposition lawmaker

May 15, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Mexico says its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition deputy Franco Manuel Casella to provide him 'protection and safety'

PROTECTED. Franco Manuel Casella Photo from Twitter/@AsambleaVE

Venezuelan lawmakers accuse security services of 'intimidation'

May 15, 2019 - 1:53 AM

Deputies say members of the National Guard, who provide security for the building, along with police and SEBIN intelligence agents blocked access to the opposition-controlled National Assembly

FIGHTING INTIMIDATION. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) speaks accompanied by lawmakers of the parliament during a press conference at the New Time Party headquarters in Los Palos Grandes neighbourhood in Caracas, on May 3, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. police move to eject pro-Maduro activists from Venezuela embassy

May 14, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The activists attempt to prevent the entry of the representative of opposition leader Juan Guaido

Caracas blasts Juan Guaido's courting of U.S. military

May 14, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez lambast the move by opposition leader Juan Guaido's representative in Washington, accusing him of paving the way for a US 'military intervention'

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez attends a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their meeting in Moscow on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Venezuela detains Juan Guaido's deputy

May 09, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Edgar Zambrano, Guaido's deputy as National Assembly speaker, is arrested by intelligence agents in Caracas for backing the failed April 30 uprising orchestrated by Juan Guaido

Venezuelan Deputy Carlos Prosperi (C) talks to the press outside the Democratic Action Party's headquarters after the Venezuelan Deputy and first Vice president of the National Assembly Edgar Zambrano was arrested by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) in Caracas, on May 8, 2019. Venezuela's Supreme Court announced the indictment of three more lawmakers -- named as Freddy Superlano, Sergio Vergara and Juan Andres Mejia -- on Wednesday for backing the failed April 30 uprising orchestrated by opposition leader Juan Guaido.  RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

Venezuela to prosecute lawmakers who backed failed uprising

May 08, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Venezuela's Supreme Court allows the stripping of parliamentary immunity of 7 members of the opposition-controlled National Assembly

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. 'We're very close to achieving change in Venezuela,' Guaido tells AFP. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

5 dead, 233 arrested in Venezuela protests – Attorney General

May 07, 2019 - 7:38 AM

Nicolas Maduro threatens to go after 'traitors' after crisis-wracked Venezuela's military leadership reaffirms its loyalty to the socialist president

PROTEST. A man flutters Venezuelan national flags in front of a line of police during an opposition demo calling for the armed forces to disobey Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro near La Carlota Air Base in Caracas on May 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Maduro rallies military as opposition appeals to troops

May 05, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro instructs the military 'to be ready to defend the homeland with weapons in your hands if one day the US empire dares to touch' it

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade to commemorate the 17th anniversary of a failed 2002 coup d'état against former leader Hugo Chavez, at Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on April 13, 2019. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Spain refuses to hand over opposition figure to Venezuela

May 03, 2019 - 8:06 AM

A statement from the Spanish foreign ministry says: the government 'does not envisage in any circumstances handing over Leopoldo Lopez to the Venezuelan authorities nor asking him to leave the ambassador's residence'

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gives a message at this house in Caracas on July 26, 2017. Leopoldo Lopez/handout/AFP

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

1 dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

May 02, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Jurubith Rausseo, 27, died at a clinic after being hit by a 'bullet in the head during (a) demonstration,' the non-governmental Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict says on Twitter, condemning her 'murder'

PROTESTS. Venezuelans living in Peru take part in a rally in support of Venezualan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Lima on May 1, 2019. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Venezuela opposition leader calls for massive May Day protest

May 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says the opposition rally on May 1 will be 'the biggest in the history of Venezuela' as he presses his attempt to unseat the president

MAY DAY PROTEST. People walk past a burned bus in Caracas on May 1, 2019 after a day of violent clashes on the streets of the capital spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido's call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Rioting breaks out in Venezuela amid 'attempted coup'

May 01, 2019 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says he has defeated an attempted coup – congratulating the armed forces for having 'defeated this small group that intended to spread violence through putschist skirmishes'

RIOT. Opposition demonstrators clash with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after troops joined opposition leader Juan Guaido in his campaign to oust Maduro's government, in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP