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Venezuela's Guaido defends sanctions against Maduro regime

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Angry workers of state airline company confront the opposition leader, complaining of the US sanctions on the Venezuela flag carrier

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks to members of members of the media as he arrives for a plenary session of the National Assembly at Bolivar square, in Caracas, on February 12, 2020. Opposition leader Juan Guaido returned to Venezuela on Tuesday after an international support-building tour and called on the people in the crisis-wracked nation to keep pushing back against President Nicolas Maduro. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

U.S. warns Venezuela of consequences if Guaido harmed

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Elliott Abrams, the US envoy leading the drive to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, warns that the US was 'prepared' with unspecified actions if Guaido faces trouble

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks with members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela 2019 inflation close to 10,000%, says central bank

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:05 AM

Venezuela's central bank says inflation reached 9,585% in 2019. The opposition-controlled parliament puts it at 7,374%.

View of a tree decorated with banknotes which are worthless -as a result of inflation- as people queue at a gas station in Caracas, on March 10, 2019, during a power outage. - National Assembly leader Juan Guaido said Sunday he will ask the Venezuelan legislature to declare a "state of alarm" in order to request international aid amid a massive power outage. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

Inviting rival to State of the Union, Trump vows to 'smash' Venezuela's Maduro

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:06 PM

'Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people,' Trump says

MADURO. Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Guaido calls for 'great mobilization' ahead of Venezuela return

Feb 02, 2020 - 4:36 PM

'There is only one option – to achieve free elections,' adds the Venezuelan opposition leader

IN MIAMI. Juan Guaido, acting President of Venezuela, speaks at an event on February 1, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Venezuela intelligence agents raid Guaido offices – opposition

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Lawmaker Angel Torres says the agents 'abruptly entered' the offices, amid opposition fears they could plant false evidence

RAIDED. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during a session of the National Assembly with the presence of pro-government deputies in Caracas on September 24, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Maduro says still in control, open to talks with U.S. – report

Jan 19, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'A relationship of respect and dialogue brings a win-win situation. A confrontational relationship brings a lose-lose situation,' says the Venezuelan President

MADURO. In this file photo on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials involved in assembly takeover

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:36 AM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announces financial penalties on 7 officials in Caracas

TRADE. n 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. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Venezuela contact group recognizes Guaido as speaker

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Guaido, whose claim to be acting president is recognized as legitimate by more than 50 countries, is re-elected speaker of the assembly on Sunday

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) sings Venezuela's national anthem, accompanied by opposition lawmakers and supporters, on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Christian Hernandez/AFP)

Venezuela's Guaido gains access to parliament speaker's seat

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Earlier, dozens of National Guard troops wearing helmets and carrying riot shields blocked Juan Guaido from entering Congress

ACCESS. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks at the National Assembly, in Caracas, on January 7, 2020. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Guaido and rival both claim to be Venezuela's parliament speaker

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Juan Guaido attempts to climb over the railing around the National Assembly premises to gain entry to its compound, only to be pushed back by police with riot shields

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido is pictured during a parliamentary session with allied lawmakers at the offices of the El Nacional newspaper in Caracas, on January 5, 2020 after being prevented from entering the National Assembly. - Venezuela's opposition denounced a "parliamentary coup" on Sunday after its leader Juan Guaido was prevented from entering the National Assembly by police and a rival tried to take his role as speaker. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Venezuela's 'acting president' confident of parliamentary reelection

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Sunday's election comes after a tumultuous year in which Guaido declared himself acting president and at times seemed close to toppling socialist President Nicolas Maduro

ACTING PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

EU extends sanctions against Venezuela for a year

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:51 PM

An embargo on arms and equipment that could be used for political repression is extended to November 14 next year, along with asset freezes and travel bans on 25 senior members of the Maduro regime blamed for rights abuses

VENEZUELA SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

El Salvador expels Venezuela diplomats in challenge to Maduro

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:35 AM

El Salvador under its new President Nayib Bukele is one of more than 50 countries declaring Nicolas Maduro's Venezuelan government illegitimate

LEAVING. Members of the diplomatic corps leave the Venezuelan embassy in San Salvador on November 3, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

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