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Guaido's U.S. ambassador takes control of 3 Venezuelan properties

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:38 AM

'We are recovering and protecting the assets of the Venezuelan people to stop the usurper regime from continuing to steal from and destroy them,' Carlos Vecchio says

CARLOS VECCHIO. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's US representative, Carlos Vecchio, speaks at a press conference about the status of the Venezuelan embassy and consulates in the US on February 21, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido vows he would 'very soon' take up office in Miraflores, the presidential palace

PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido is expected to tour the country in a bid to spark a citizen movement. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

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Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Venezuela calls public sector back to work as blackout recedes

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Venezuela's infrastructure has degraded over years because of lack of investment, a significant brain drain, and the government's practice of putting the military in charge of key civilian facilities and companies

LOOTING. General view inside a wholesale supermarkert looted during the massive blackout that has paralyzed Venezuela for six days, in Maracaibo, in the border state of Zulia on March 13, 2019. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

China offers to help Venezuela restore power after vast blackout

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'China is willing to offer assistance and technical support to Venezuela to restore the power system,' says foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

BLACKOUT. View of Caracas during a partial power outage on March 9, 2019. File photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

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Mar 12, 2019 - 9:09 PM

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Venezuela's Guaido calls for new rally as lawmakers declare 'alarm'

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Juan Guaido calls on the military and security services to 'refrain from preventing or hindering' protests on Tuesday

VENEZUELAN WOES. People queue for drinking water being distributed in a tanker in the municipality of Chacao in a tanker, in Caracas, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

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Mar 12, 2019 - 1:18 PM

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U.S. to pull all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

Mar 12, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The move follows a January 24 order for all non-emergency US government employees to depart Venezuela

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S. sanctions Russia-based bank over Venezuela dealings

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The move comes as Washington ramps up actions on Nicolas Maduro's regime, which is battling to hold onto power

STEVE MNUCHIN. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on July 12, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's Maduro

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Mike Pompeo hits at the 'central role Cuba and Russia have played and continue to play in undermining the democratic dreams of the Venezuelan people and their welfare'

GETTING WATER. People collect water from a sewage canal at the river Guaire in Caracas on March 11, 2019, as a massive power outage continues affecting some areas of the country. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela still in dark, Guaido wants 'state of alarm' declared

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:35 AM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido says he has convened an emergency session of the National Assembly 'to take immediate actions with respect to the necessary humanitarian aid'

IN THE DARK. Photojournalist work in a hotel room in Caracas on March 10, 2019, during the third day of a massive power outage which has left the capital and much of the country without communications, water and electricity. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

EXPLAINER: Where is the Venezuelan crisis heading?

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Experts agree on one major factor that will decide Venezuela's fate: the military

MOVING FORWARD. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido take part in a march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido calls for nationwide march vs Maduro

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Juan Guaido tells thousands of supporters he will embark on a tour of the country before leading a nationwide march in the capital Caracas

CALL FOR ACTION. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures as he speaks during a press conference after a meeting with union leaders in Caracas on March 5, 2019. Federico Parra/AFP

Guaido, Maduro rallies set as Venezuela emerges from blackout

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Both opposition leader Juan Guaido and Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro ask their supporters to fill the streets of Caracas and other cities

PROTEST. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, demonstrate in Caracas on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

United Nations rights office to send team to Venezuela

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:18 PM

The mission, expected to be in Venezuela from March 11 to 22, will also try to ensure a future visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

MICHELLE BACHELET. In this file photo taken on February 25, 2019 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet looks on during the opening day of the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Venezuela suspends work, classes due to major blackout

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) The government says the blackout is affecting 23 of the crisis-wracked country's 24 states

BLACKOUT. Night view of a street during a power cut in the city of Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela on March 7, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

EU hopes Venezuela reconsiders expulsion of German ambassador

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Germany's ambassador Daniel Kriener was among more than a dozen foreign representatives who welcomed opposition leader Juan Guaido at Caracas airport, but so far the only one deemed 'persona non grata'

EXPELLED. In this file photo taken on February 19, 2019 German ambassador to Venezuela Daniel Kriener speaks to journalists after attending a meeting with Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, at the National Assembly in Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Guaido urges Europe to tighten sanctions on Maduro regime

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Maduro holds the presidency illegally. It is not legitimate to declare an ambassador undesirable,' Juan Guaido adds

TIGHTEN SANCTIONS. Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido speaks during a rally to press the military to let in US humanitarian aid. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela expels German envoy for backing Guaido as U.S. tightens sanctions

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) The foreign ministry gives German envoy Daniel Kriener 48 hours to leave for 'interference' in Venezuela's internal affairs

Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions – U.N.

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Venezuela clearly illustrates the way violations of civil and political rights can accentuate a decline of economic and social rights,' says United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet

VENEZUELA. 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. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido tells Maduro pressure 'just beginning'

Mar 06, 2019 - 1:05 PM

As part of his challenge to Maduro, Juan Guaido is attempting to take control of the state bureaucracy, which he considers to have been 'kidnapped' through blackmail and persecution

JUAN GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (C) arrives for a meeting with union leaders in Caracas on March 5, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Juan Guaido: the 'kid' taking on Venezuela's Maduro

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:16 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the hand-picked successor to late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, calls opposition leader Juan Guaido 'a kid playing at politics'

KID. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (center) speaks during a press conference after a meeting with union leaders in Caracas on March 5, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

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Mar 05, 2019 - 8:07 PM

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Hero's welcome as opposition leader Guaido returns to Venezuela

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:52 AM

'We're stronger than ever, let's carry on in the streets, mobilized,' Juan Guaido says

COMING HOME. Handout photo released by Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido's photography service showing as he looks at his wife Fabiana Rosales during a rally upon their return in Caracas on March 4, 2019. Photo by Donaldo Barros/Juan Guaido's photography service/AFP

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Mar 04, 2019 - 8:42 PM

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Venezuelan opposition to march as Guaido returns, risking arrest

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) Opposition leader Juan Guaido's return to Venezuela poses an immediate challenge to the embattled President Nicolas Maduro

RETURNING. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (left) poses for a selfie picture with supporters at the lobby of a hotel in Salinas, Ecuador on March 3, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

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VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela regime as Russia ups support

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The US says it's targeting 6 Venezuelan military officers for stopping their aid from coming through the border, while Moscow promises relief through President Nicolas Maduro

People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the "Aid and Freedom Coalition" movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. - Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, most of it from the United States, from flowing into the country. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Russia vows more support for 'friend' Maduro, including aid

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his allies – including Russia – have accused the United States of attempting to carry out a coup against his government

ALLIES. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow on February 6, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

United Nations to vote on dueling U.S., Russia drafts on Venezuela

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:43 PM

The US puts forward a measure calling for presidential elections to end the political standoff, while Russia urges a peaceful settlement of the crisis, recalling that aid deliveries to Venezuela require the consent of Maduro's government

GUAIDO-MADURO SITUATION. 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

Venezuela calls for Trump-Maduro talks

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:43 PM

'We are proposing the path of dialogue, even with the United States.... Why shouldn't they meet, President Trump and President Maduro?' says Venezuela's foreign minister Jorge Arreaza

TRUMP-MADURO TALKS? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza speaks to the United Nations Security Council meeting on Venezuela February 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

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Feb 26, 2019 - 8:08 PM

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Maduro says U.S. wants to 'fabricate' Venezuela crisis to start war

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Maduro tells American broadcaster ABC News, 'They are trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America'

VENEZUELAN DEMONSTRATION. A demonstrator holds a Venezuelan flag on the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge in Urena, Venezuela, border with Colombia on February 24, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido and Pence agree to tighten noose on Maduro

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:54 AM

The meeting comes after 4 people were killed and hundreds injured as Guaido supporters clashed with Venezuelan security forces on the borders with Colombia and Brazil over the weekend in a thwarted bid to bring in humanitarian aid

GUAIDO AND PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido, take part in a meeting with Foreign Ministers of the Lima Group at Colombia's Foreign Affairs Ministry in Bogota, on February 25, 2019. Photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido meets with foreign allies for anti-Maduro strategy

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(5th UPDATE) Relaying US President Donald Trump's message, Vice President Mike Pence tells the Venezuelan opposition leader, 'We are with you 100%'

OPPOSITION LEADER. Fifty countries recognize Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate president.  Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

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Feb 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

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U.S. condemns violence by Maduro's 'thugs' in Venezuela

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

This comes after Venezuela security forces fired at demonstrators against Venezuela's aid lockdown, leaving 2 people dead and more than 300 injured

CONDEMNED. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro refuses to accept aid from other countries, especially the United States, seeing it as a prelude to an invasion. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Guaido ramps up pressure after deadly Venezuela border clashes

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:33 AM

(UPDATED) At least two people, including a 14-year-old boy, are killed in clashes with Venezuelan security forces

VIOLENCE ERUPTS. Aerial picture showing smoke billowing from trucks which were carrying humanitarian aid and which were set ablaze on the Francisco de Paula Santander International Brige between Cucuta in Colombia and Ureña (R) in Venezuela, on February 23, 2019. A truck loaded with humanitarian aid was set ablaze on Saturday on the Colombia-Venezuela border, an opposition deputy told reporters amid rioting on the Santander bridge crossing. Photo by Edinson Estupinan/AFP

Venezuela troops fire tear gas on demo at Colombia border

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Venezuelans demand that the military let them cross the footbridge to Colombia for work or to buy goods not available in their country

CRISIS. Two Venezuelan soldiers lie on the ground as they are detained by Colombian police after driving into Colombia in an armor car from the Venezuelan side of Simon Bolivar International bridge in Cucuta on February 23, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

Feb 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Juan Guaido delivers a blow to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro as he turns up unexpectedly at the concert in the Colombian border town of Cucuta

DEFIANT. Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during the 'Venezuela Aid Live' concert, organized to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort, at the head of the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 22, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Venezuela braces for dueling government, opposition concerts

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The spectacle will play out on opposite ends of a 300-meter bridge connecting Venezuela with Colombia to the west

DUELING CONCERTS. Colombian police stand next to a stage for a concert organized by British billionaire Richard Branson to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 21, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

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Feb 20, 2019 - 1:12 PM

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Venezuela 'on alert,' suspends links with Curacao to block aid

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) Regional commander Vladimir Quintero confirms reports Venezuela had ordered the suspension of air and sea links with Curacao and the nearby Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba and Bonaire

A woman photographs boxes containing humanitarian aid for Venezuela inside a warehouse at the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on February 19, 2019. US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitarian aid. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Maduro government has until Saturday, February 23, to let aid shipments into Venezuela

WAITING. People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the 'Aid and Freedom Coalition' movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This incident is the latest point of tension between the international community and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is in the grip of a power struggle with interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. - "I swear to formally assume the national executive powers as acting president of Venezuela to end the usurpation, (install) a transitional government and hold free elections," said Guaido as thousands of supporters cheered. Moments earlier, the loyalist-dominated Supreme Court ordered a criminal investigation of the opposition-controlled legislature. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

Thousands of Venezuela volunteers begin preparing U.S. aid entry

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The oil-rich country's economic meltdown under Nicolas Maduro has left millions in poverty facing shortages of medicine and food, with hyperinflation making purchases impossible

Venezuela's Guaido says thousands of supporters ready to bring in U.S. aid

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says 600,000 people have registered to help bring desperately needed aid in through different border points

AID IS COMING. Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido speaks during a rally to press the military to let in US humanitarian aid. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Pence urges EU to recognize Guaido as Venezuela president

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'So today we call on the European Union to step forward for freedom and recognize Juan Guaido as the only legitimate president of Venezuela,' says US Vice President Mike Pence

INTERIM. The president of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

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WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler