Latest Hugo Chavez News

US sentence reduced for Hugo Chavez's former bodyguard

Oct. 20, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hugo Chávez's former bodyguard, who became one of the earliest and most-effective witnesses for U.S. investigations into corruption in Venezuela, is scheduled to be released from prison in the coming months. On Tuesday, a Miami federal judge reduced from...

Venezuela general who broke with Hugo Chavez dies in prison

Oct. 12, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Raúl Isaías Baduel, a former Venezuelan defense minister and ally-turned-critic of the late President Hugo Chávez, died from COVID-19 while in prison, where he had been awaiting trial since 2017 for alleged links to a purported plot to overthrow President...

Pat Robertson steps down as host of long-running '700 Club'

Oct. 01, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Pat Robertson, who turned a tiny Virginia television station into a global religious broadcasting network, is stepping down after a half-century running the “700 Club” on daily TV, the Christian Broadcasting Network announced on Friday. ...

Rome court rejects Venezuela extradition bid for ex-oil czar

Sep. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has rejected a request by Venezuela to extradite its former oil czar to face corruption charges, citing the country’s record in violating human rights, his Italian lawyer said Monday. Rafael Ramirez, the longtime head of Venezuela’s PDVSA...

Spain: Venezuelan spymaster loses court extradition dispute

Sep. 20, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Supreme Court refused Monday to suspend a government decision allowing a former Venezuelan spymaster to be extradited to the United States. Lawyers for Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for over a decade was late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s eyes and...

Assertive Mexico seeks leadership role in Latin America

Sep. 18, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean this weekend in Mexico is the latest sign of that country flexing its diplomatic muscle as it looks to assert itself as the new mediator between the region and the United States. Whether or...

Spain arrests Venezuelan spymaster wanted on US drug charges

Sep. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Police in Madrid on Thursday arrested a former Venezuelan spymaster wanted on U.S. narcoterrorism charges, capturing him in a hideout apartment nearly two years after he defied a Spanish extradition order and disappeared. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for over a...

Judge rules Dominion case can proceed against Trump allies

Aug. 11, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Wednesday for a defamation case by Dominion Voting Systems to proceed against Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell, allies of former President Donald Trump who had all falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential...

Dominion sues Trump-friendly broadcasters over fraud claims

Aug. 10, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Vote-counting machine maker Dominion Voting Systems filed defamation lawsuits Tuesday against right-wing broadcasters and a prominent Donald Trump ally over their baseless claims that the 2020 election was marred by fraud. The suits single out Newsmax,...