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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

Venezuela opposition's Lopez leaves Chile embassy for Spanish consulate

May 01, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Chile's foreign minister tweets: 'Lilian Tintori and Leopold Lopez – who are of Spanish descent – moved to the Spanish embassy. They made a personal decision.'

CRISIS. Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a message at the Miraflores presidential palace. Handout photo/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

Rage, hope as Venezuelan soldiers join anti-Maduro protests

May 01, 2019 - 7:02 AM

'We're also people and we're fed up with this dictatorship,' said one of the soldiers backing 35-year-old Venezuela's National Assembly leader Juan Guaido

RAGE. Forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro confront supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido after members of the Bolivarian National Guard joined Guaido's campaign to oust him, in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/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

U.S. oil sanctions take effect on Venezuela as crisis intensifies

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The United States will take action against anyone who deals with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA

View of the monument in homage to the struggles of the Venezuelan people for the conquest of their oil heritage, in front of the headquarters of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas, on January 29, 2019. - The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela's state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro's power base. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)

First Red Cross humanitarian aid arrives in Venezuela

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The shipment includes 24 tons of medical supplies and 14 power units to be distributed amongst 8 hospitals and 30 outpatient clinics – half of them public

RED CROSS AID. People queue to receive drums to collect water and water purification tablets from members of the Venezuelan Red Cross in Caricuao neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 16, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Venezuela accuses Canada of supporting Trump's 'war adventure'

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:56 AM

In a statement, Venezuela's foreign ministry says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'has invalidated Canada as a reliable actor in dialogue'

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

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

'Paraguay is a leader in defending democracy and calling Maduro as he is, a tyrant who has ruined his country," says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PRESSURE ON MADURO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offers a press conference after holding a meeting with Peru's President Martin Vizcarra at the Governement Palace in Lima on April 13, 2019. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Pence asks U.N. to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Washington will present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council aimed at recognizing Juan Guaido and appointing his representative as the ambassador to the world body

Large parts of Venezuela hit by new blackout

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) The electricity shortage hits a large section of the capital as well as significant areas in at least 20 of the 23 states of Venezuela

BLACKOUTS. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido calls demo to maintain pressure on Maduro

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Thousands of opposition supporters are expected to march through the capital Caracas from 11:00 am on Saturday, as Venezuela's power struggle is exacerbated by massive blackouts and the collapse of water supplies

RALLY. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido listen to him (L) speaking during a rally at El Paraiso neighbourhood in Caracas on April 05, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

U.S. moves to cut off Venezuela oil, Cuba trade

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The latest measures seek to cut off vital lifelines for President Nicolas Maduro

Opposition supporters demonstrate behind a Venezuelan national flag against the lack of water and electricity in the neighbourhood of Los Palos Grandes in Caracas, on March 31, 2019. Living conditions are plummeting in the oil-producing Latin American nation, which is spiralling ever deeper into economic chaos during a protracted political crisis. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

Venezuela's Guaido stripped of immunity, can face prosecution

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Lawmakers loyal to President Nicolas Maduro strip opposition leader Juan Guaido's immunity – and authorize the high court to criminally prosecute him for proclaiming himself the crisis-hit country's ruler

STRIPPED OF IMMUNITY. File photo of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Top Venezuela court tightens noose on opposition chief Guaido

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The decision of the Supreme Court – which is controlled by Maduro loyalists – to call on the ruling Constituent Assembly legislature to strip Guaido of his immunity could open the way for the opposition chief to be prosecuted

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro announces 30 days of electricity rationing in Venezuela

Apr 01, 2019 - 8:39 AM

(UPDATED) Crippled infrastructure, little investment in the power grid, and poor maintenance means the widespread blackouts in Venezuela throughout the month of March are likely here to stay

ANGER. Opposition supporters demonstrate behind a Venezuelan national flag against the lack of water and electricity in the neighborhood of Los Palos Grandes in Caracas, on March 31, 2019. Photo by  Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro announces ban on rival holding public office

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:10 PM

National Assembly legislature speaker Juan Guaido immediately shoots back, saying the 15-year prohibition announced on state television by Maduro's Auditor General Elvis Amoroso was invalid

GUAIDO'S BAN. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido delivers a speech during the presentation of his national reconstruction plan "Country Plan" in Caracas on March 28, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Kremlin says U.S. not to 'worry' about Russia-Venezuela ties

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian foreign ministry also insists the presence of its troops in Venezuela do not pose a threat to anyone

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN VENEZUELA. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Despair, anger as Venezuelans endure paralyzing blackout

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:37 PM

A second wave of nationwide blackout again paralyzes Venezuela, once South America's wealthiest

Night view of a street during a power cut in the city of Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela on March 7, 2019. - The government of Nicolas Maduro denounced a "sabotage" against the main electric power dam in the country, after a massive blackout left Caracas and vast regions of Venezuela in the darkness. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP)

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Venezuela declares holiday as new blackout grips country

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The government declares Tuesday, March 26, a work-free and school-free day to take a load off the grid

BLACKOUT. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

New blackout hits swaths of Venezuela including Caracas

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez blames the latest blackout on 'an attack on the charging and transmission center' at the Guri dam, which supplies 80% of the power to Venezuela

BLACKOUT. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Maduro accuses U.S. of financing assassination plot against him

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro also alleged that Colombia, their US-aligned neighbor, is also involved in the assassination plot

KILL PLOT? Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says frozen assets of their country are being used for his assassination. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

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

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

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

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

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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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