Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UN urging temporary protection in LatAm for fleeing Venezuelans

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The UN migration agency is urging Latin American countries hosting growing numbers of Venezuelans fleeing economic crisis to give them temporary rights to stay

BORDER CROSSING. Venezuelan citizens cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela to Cucuta, Norte de Santander Department, Colombia, on July 25, 2017. Luis Acosta/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

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:08 AM

On the last day of his fifth visit as pope to his native continent he reiterates calls for peace in Colombia and prays for a peaceful end to Venezuela s grave crisis

GOODBYE, COLOMBIA. Pope Francis waves just before leaving, at the Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena on September 10, 2017. Luis Acosta/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

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis lands in Colombia to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half century war and prays for stability in its crisis stricken neighbor Venezuela

POPE IN BOGOTA. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia, on September 6, 2017. John Vizcaino/AFP

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

Opposition lawmaker from Venezuela seeks help in Europe

Sep 04, 2017 - 9:59 AM

National Assembly leader Julio Borges is due to meet with the leaders of France Germany Spain and Britain

In this file photo, 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. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela policies leave democracy 'barely alive' – United Nations

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:38 PM

A fresh UN report warns the rights situation in Venezuela is at grave risk of unravelling further as the authorities continue to brutally repress demonstrators

TALKING ABOUT VENEZUELA. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein waits before delivering a press conference on a report on Venezuela at the UN Offices in Geneva on August 30, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/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

Trump moves to squeeze Venezuela's access to finance

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Venezuela denounces the new US sanctions as the worst aggression against the country s people and accuses Washington of trying to stoke a humanitarian crisis in the oil rich cash poor country

Trump file photo from 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

Venezuela will hold referendum on new constitution – assembly

Aug 25, 2017 - 9:22 AM

From next week we will write the chapters of the new constitution says Delcy Rodriguez leader of the Constituent Assembly

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

Colombia offers asylum to Venezuela prosecutor

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The move by Colombia s Juan Manuel Santos risks raising tensions with Nicolas Maduro under pressure from regional and international powers who accuse him of repressing his opponents

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 parliament convenes, rejects new assembly's powers

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Venezuela s National Assembly convenes in defiance of a declaration by the new Constituent Assembly that it was seizing full powers from the opposition led legislature

CONVENING. The First Vice-President of the Venezuelan National Assembly Freddy Guevara (L), attends a session at the National Assembly in Caracas on August 19, 2017. Juan Barretto/AFP

Venezuela government allies seize legislative powers

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The opposition led National Assembly rejects the move

Venezuela officials raid home of fired dissident attorney general

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Venezuelan intelligence officers raid the home of the former attorney general who was fired this month after she broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro

In this file photo, then-Venezuela's chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega (C) speaks to the press during a flash visit to the Public Prosecutor's office in Caracas on August 5, 2017. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

U.S. rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:47 AM

The United States rallies its Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action

GUARDED. A Venezuelan army soldier stands by a portrait of President Nicolas Maduro during the press conference given by Defense Minister general Vladimir Padrino Lopez at Fort Tiuna in Caracas on August 14, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Pence stresses 'peaceable' solution sought for Venezuela

Aug 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

US Vice President Pence: We have many options for Venezuela but the president also remains confident that working with all of our allies across Latin America we can achieve a peaceable solution

IN COLOMBIA. US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (not in frame) at the Presidential guest house in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Venezuela's sanctions-hit Maduro says he wants direct talk with Trump

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

If he s so interested in Venezuela here I am Mister Donald Trump here is my hand says Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro

VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (2-L) arrives at the Congress with his wife Cilia Flores (L), the head of the Constituent Assemby, Delcy Rodriguez (R), and other authorities, to address the all-powerful pro-Maduro assembly which has been placed over the National Assembly and tasked with rewriting the constitution, in Caracas on August 10, 2017. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela government fights growing isolation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Meanwhile Caracas steps up moves against the opposition whose protest movement appears to be losing steam as repression against it increases

TRICOLOR. Anti-government activists demonstrate against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a barricade set up on a road in Caracas on August 8, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

UN slams 'widespread and systematic use of excessive force' in Venezuela

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Venezuela which is suffering from an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of basic goods has gone through 4 months of street demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro that have left 125 people dead

PROTESTS. Venezuelan opposition activists remain behind a shield as they clash with riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela army repels attack on base, hunts assailants

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:58 PM

4th UPDATE The incident heightens fears that Venezuela s deepening political and economic crisis could yet explode into extreme violence

ATTACKED. View of the military base of Paramacay Fort in Venezuela's third city, Valencia on August 6, 2016. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

New Venezuela assembly fires dissenting attorney general

Aug 05, 2017 - 11:48 PM

UPDATED Venezuela s assembly makes the sacking of Luisa Ortega its first order of business

FIRED. Venezuela's chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega (C), one of President Nicolas Maduro's most vocal critics, speaks to the press during a flash visit to the Public Prosecutor's office in Caracas on August 5, 2017 as national guard units are posted at the entries and exits to the building. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

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

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Venezuela attorney general 'under siege' as new assembly sits

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:36 PM

UPDATED The legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly is thrown into question by claims of fraud

DISPUTED ASSEMBLY. Members of the Constituent Assembly attend its installation at the National Congress in Caracas on August 4, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro installs disputed new Venezuela assembly

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:37 AM

3rd UPDATE The inaugural session of its 500 plus members – who include Maduro s wife and son – will take place under high tension

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela opposition delays protest until Friday

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The Democratic Unity Roundtable says on Twitter that the protest would be pushed back to coincide with the planned opening of the controversial Constituent Assembly which Maduro earlier announced would be delayed until Friday

Handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency showing President Nicolas Maduro (C) talking during a meeting with constitutionalists in Caracas on August 2, 2017. President Maduro postponed the launch of a powerful new "constituent assembly" to Friday, pushing it back a day in the face of international accusations of undermining democracy and opposition calls for massive protests. / AFP PHOTO / Venezuelan Presidency / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PRESIDENCY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Maduro denies 'enemy' charge of rigging Venezuela vote

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Maduro faces mounting accusations of trampling on democracy in Venezuela with Sunday s controversial election for an all powerful Constituent Assembly

MEETING SUPPORTERS. Handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency showing President Nicolas Maduro (L) talking during a meeting with constitutionalists in Caracas on August 2, 2017. Venezuela President's office/Handout/AFP

Venezuela poll turnout figures 'manipulated' – e-voting firm

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:07 PM

We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least one million votes Antonio Mugica chief executive of Smartmatic tells reporters in London

SMARTMATIC CEO SPEAKS OUT. Smartmatic founder and CEO Antonio Mugica speaks during a press briefing in central London on August 2, 2017. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Trump holds Maduro responsible for jailed opponents' health, safety

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The United States holds Maduro personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr Lopez Mr Ledezma and any others seized

DETAINED. This combination of pictures created on August 01, 2017 shows Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez (L) in Caracas, and a file photo taken on October 27, 2009 showing Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma speaking in Brasilia. Leopoldo Lopez & Evaristo Sa/AFP

Venezuela sends two top opposition leaders back to jail

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:18 PM

UPDATED Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were both already under house arrest when they were picked up by the intelligence service their relatives say

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

U.S. hits 'dictator' Maduro with sanctions over disputed Venezuela vote

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:58 AM

UPDATED The US measures are unusual in that they targeted a sitting head of state but their reach was mostly symbolic freezing any US assets Maduro might have and banning people under US jurisdiction from dealing with him

'DICTATOR' 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/AFP

Venezuela braces for new protests after deadly vote

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:09 PM

3rd UPDATE Opponents of embattled President Nicolas Maduro vow another day of nationwide marches defying an intensifying crackdown on protests that have left more than 120 people dead in 4 months

CLAIMING VICTORY. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro celebrates the results of the 'Constituent Assembly,' in Caracas, on July 31, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela vote triggers deadly 'war' in the streets

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED At least 9 people are killed as protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country

Venezuelans search for their names on a list at a polling station in Caracas on July 30, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela constitutional row: a quick guide

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:34 AM

What is the new body? Why does Maduro want it? And why is the opposition so angry?

VENEZUELA PROTESTS. A woman takes part in a protest in Caracas on the eve of the symbolic plebiscite called by the government's opposition on July 15 , 2017. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro holds Venezuela vote, defying protests, international scorn

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Surveys by the Datanalisis polling firm show more than 70 of Venezuelans opposed the idea of the new assembly – and 80 reject Maduro s leadership

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. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela protest ban dampens street opposition to Maduro

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED President Nicolas Maduro warns that anyone taking part in new protests against the election to choose a Constituent Assembly tasked with rewriting Venezuela s constitution risk up to 10 years in prison

UNREST. Anti-government activists take shelter during clashes with riot police in a protest in Caracas on July 28, 2017. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Fears of open civil conflict have prompted an exodus of thousands of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia

PROTESTS. Anti-government activists burn tires during clashes with the National Guard in Caracas on July 27, 2017 on the second day of a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela arrests opposition-appointed judges

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:29 AM

The arrests highlight a fight between President Nicolas Maduro s government and a nascent parallel state in the making

In this file photo, judges named by Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly for a parallel supreme court, swear in during a ceremony in Caracas on July 21, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:17 AM

It will be a dramatic week in the opposition s dogged drive to unseat the socialist Maduro whom it blames for an acute economic crisis

Opposition activists clash with riot police during a march towards the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in an offensive against President Maduro and his call for Constituent Assembly in Caracas on July 22, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuelan opposition readies another strike

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Venezuela s opposition calls a fresh 48 hour general strike against embattled President Nicolas Maduro s plans to have the constitution rewritten

Opposition activists clash with riot police during a march towards the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in an offensive against President Maduro and his call for Constituent Assembly in Caracas on July 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Fears mount over Venezuela as death toll passes 100

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:08 AM

So far however there is no sign President Nicolas Maduro and his government will change the path they have set themselves

PROTESTS. Opposition demonstrators throw stones during an anti-government protest in Caracas, on July 20, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela strike deepens challenge to Maduro's rule

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:32 PM

UPDATED Two young men were killed in separate demonstrations according to prosecutors

VENEZUELA STRIKE. Commuters wait for public transport during a general strike in Caracas, on July 20, 2017. Photo by Juan Barreto/ AFP

Venezuela military chiefs stand behind controversial election

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:05 AM

The military chiefs say their forces would protect a controversial vote Nicolas Maduro has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution

PROTESTS CONTINUE. A truck set ablaze by opposition activists blocking an avenue during a protest burns in Caracas, on July 18, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela opposition calls nationwide strike against Maduro

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The strike call is part of what the opposition calls a final offensive aimed at forcing Nicolas Maduro out through early elections before his term ends in 2019

The vice president of Venezuela's National Assembly, Freddy Guevara, talks during a meeting in Caracas on July 17, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP