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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

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

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

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

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela says 'attempted coup' under way

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The US throws its full support behind Juan Guaido, with the White House calling on the military to protect the people and support the country's 'legitimate institutions'

OUST MADURO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (C) and high-profile opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez (L), who had been put under home arrest by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, speak with members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/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

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

Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro-Guaido conflict

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Maduro insists shortages plaguing the country are caused by Washington's punitive sections, and he has vowed to stop the 'spectacle of fake humanitarian aid'

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Here is a summary of whom key players are backing, after Juan Guaido declared himself acting president on January 23 in defiance of the leftist President Nicolas Maduro

POLITICS. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R). File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela bars self-declared president Guaido from leaving country

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:18 AM

The 35-year-old head of the National Assembly legislature 'is prohibited from leaving the country until the end of the [preliminary] investigation' for having 'caused harm to peace in the republic'

GUAIDO. Venezuela's National Assembly head and self-proclaimed 'acting president' Juan Guaido (L), listens to deputy Rafael Veloz, during a session at the National Assembly in Caracas on January 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. hands bank accounts to Venezuela's Guaido

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off on the order for Juan Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and federally insured banks

INTERIM. In this file photo, Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido calls for new protests, Pope fears 'bloodbath'

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Encouraged by the international support for his cause, Juan Guaido is on a mission to weaken the military's support of Nicolas Maduro, which has been essential to keeping him in power since 2013

REJECTED. A member of the Bolivarian National Guard burns a copy of amnesty measures for anyone in the military who disavows President Nicolas Maduro, distributed by opposition supporters, at the main entrance of the forces' headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela on January 27, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

EU drafting appeal for Venezuela's Maduro to call elections – diplomats

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:49 PM

'We want an immediate call for elections in the near future,' says one diplomat following a meeting of European Union ambassadors who discussed wording for a new and tougher declaration

APPEAL. This file photo shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? 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. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is re-elected in voting boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as fraudulent by the United States, European Union, and Organization of American States

NEW TERM. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. 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

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'

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

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

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

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 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

Venezuela opposition out in the cold as Maduro eyes 2nd term

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The Supreme Court, in a shock ruling Thursday, January 25, effectively ordered the national election council to exclude the Democratic Union Roundtable

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, 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 government, opposition in fresh talks on crisis

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:27 AM

The two-day meeting, on the neutral ground of the Dominican Republic, comes after the government of President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ban key opposition parties from the election

FRESH TALKS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuelan leader says no to opposition in presidential race

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:16 AM

While municipal elections were under way across the country, the Maduro clearly has his mind on the 2018 presidential race in which he plans to seek reelection – despite an approval rating of around 30%

RUNNING AGAIN. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Aizar Raldes/AFP/File

Venezuela's Maduro to seek 2nd term in 2018 – vice president

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Next year's presidential election in the South American country is scheduled for December, but some experts believe it could be brought forward to March

NEW TERM? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech reviewing his year in office at the Supreme Court of Justice in Caracas on January 15, 2017. Juan Baretto/AFP

Venezuela 'selective default' declared, govt insists it is paying up

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Standard & Poor's declares Venezuela in 'selective default' after it failed to make $200 million in payments on two global bond issues by the end of a 30-day grace period on November 12

LINING UP FOR CASH. People queue to withdraw money from an ATM in Caracas on November 14, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela faces more isolation, sanctions after contested vote

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Experts say Venezuela's punishing political and economic crisis will only deepen

CLAIMING VICTORY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) speaks beside First lady Cilia Flores (R) and Diosdado Cabello (L), a member of the Constituent Assembly, in Caracas on October 15, 2017. Presidencia/AFP

Maduro claims landslide win in disputed Venezuela elections

Oct 16, 2017 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Maduro's socialist party won governorships of 17 of the 23 states with the opposition Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) coalition taking only 5

VOTE CAST. A Venezuelan votes during regional elections in Caracas' municipality of Chacao, where people choose the governor for the state of Miranda, on October 15, 2017. Federico Parra/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

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 government allies seize legislative powers

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The opposition led National Assembly rejects the move

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

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 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

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 enters crucial week in battle over constitution rewrite

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED The opposition energized by the release from jail of one of their emblematic leaders Leopoldo Lopez is leading the charge against the new assembly to be chosen in a July 30 election

A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela gov't supporters beat opposition lawmakers in congress

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The armed group broke through the gates of the only state institution still nominally controlled by the opposition in another episode of political violence

ATTACKED. Opposition deputy Americo De Grazia (C) is assisted after being injured by supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who stormed into the National Assembly building in Caracas on July 5, 2017 when opposition deputies were holding a special session to mark Independence Day. Francisco Bruzco/AFP

Venezuela opposition rallies behind attorney against gov't

Jun 10, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The opposition files a case with prosecutors alleging that the government judges and electoral officials were conspiring to violently change the constitution

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Venezuelan students and other opposition demonstrators protest outside the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) to demand an end to media censorship in the country, in Caracas on June 9, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

Move to re-write Venezuelan constitution amid planned protests

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED Sixty people have died and around 1 000 people have been wounded since April 1 when opponents of President Nicolas Maduro intensified attempts to remove him from power according to government figures

MORE VIOLENCE. Venezuelan opposition demonstrators and riot police clash during a protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 31, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP