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Venezuela's Maduro battles for control of US-based refinery

Aug. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday nullified the newly named board of Venezuela's prized Citgo refineries in the U.S. amid a political battle for control of the country, saying opposition leaders had no right to appoint them. The battle over the nation's most...

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

Aug. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist...

Trump freezes Venezuela gov't assets in escalation

Aug. 6, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such...

US sanctions Maduro's stepsons for alleged food corruption

Jul. 25, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on three stepsons of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, accusing them of forming part of a sophisticated scheme that stole hundreds of millions in dollars from food import contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked...

Venezuela's Maduro: US triggered massive blackout

Jul. 24, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday blamed the United States for a second widespread blackout this year that cast most of the South American nation in darkness amid an opposition campaign to overthrow him. Cuban officials, meanwhile, underscored that their...

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Make South America Great Again

Jul. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Argentina (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro urged his South American colleagues Wednesday to borrow a slogan from Donald Trump and focus on making their own nations great rather than emphasizing regional brotherhood. "We don't want a 'Great homeland,'" the far-right Bolsonaro said at a...

Will Trump let Chevron stay in Venezuela?

Jul. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chevron was nearly booted from Venezuela in 2007 during a nationalization drive led by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez. Twelve years later, it faces a similar threat from an unlikely corner: the White House. The Trump administration is facing a July 27 deadline to renew a license...

Will Trump let Chevron stay in Venezuela?

Jul. 16, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chevron was nearly booted from Venezuela in 2007 during a nationalization drive led by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez. Twelve years later, it faces a similar threat from an unlikely corner: the White House. The Trump administration is facing a July 27 deadline to renew a license...

AP Exclusive: Imprisoned supercop's escape from Venezuela

Jun. 25, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the last rays of sunlight faded into the Caribbean Sea, political fugitive Iván Simonovis was speeding toward an island rendezvous with freedom. Three weeks earlier he had fled house arrest in the Venezuelan capital, rappelling down a 75-foot (25-meter) wall in the dead of night,...