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The Latest: US sanctions on Venezuelan bank aimed at Maduro

Apr. 17, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's position on Cuba (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. says it's imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Venezuela. The Trump administration says the bank has been instrumental in propping up the government of Venezuela's president, Nicolas...

Venezuela's ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant

Apr. 12, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's longtime spy chief was arrested Friday in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a U.S. drug warrant a few weeks after he threw his support behind opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. The arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised the late leader...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

Apr. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his...

US renews call on Russian personnel to leave Venezuela

Apr. 5, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is renewing calls for Moscow to withdraw its military personnel from Venezuela, where they are helping prop up embattled President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS' mah-DOO'-roh). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that he's seen no...

Russia scoffs at US calls for withdrawal from Venezuela

Mar. 28, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. calls for Moscow to withdraw its military specialists from Venezuela, saying they are there to honor obligations under previous arms contracts. Asked to comment on Washington's demand for Moscow to pull out its personnel and halt other assistance to...

Russia says troop deployment to Venezuela fully legitimate

Mar. 27, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scoffed at the U.S. demand to withdraw its military personnel from Venezuela, saying that their presence in the country is fully legitimate. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement late Tuesday that the presence of Russian military personnel in...

Large new blackouts strike Venezuelan capital, provinces

Mar. 25, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A new power outage spread across much of Venezuela on Monday, knocking communications offline and stirring fears of a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation's largest-ever blackout. The outage began shortly after 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and appeared to have affected...

Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb.

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — About 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandoned the government of President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian authorities said Monday. Colombia's foreign ministry released the updated number of...

The Latest: Colombia: Maduro relatives seek outage relief

Mar. 12, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political and economic crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Like many other Venezuelans, they were sick and tired of the blackout. Colombian authorities say 10 people close to President Nicolas Maduro tried to enter the country Monday seeking relief...

US envoy dismisses military force in Venezuela in prank call

Mar. 6, 2019 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. envoy for Venezuela dismissed the possibility of American military action in the South American country in a recording made by two Russian pranksters and released Wednesday. Special Representative Elliott Abrams said in the recording that the U.S. wouldn't use force in Venezuela...