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National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez gives an interview at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Rodriguez said he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of several jailed American citizens. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

Jan. 16, 2021 12:07 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Friday he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of...

A family member of a patient hospitalized with COVID-19 waits in line in hopes of refilling empty oxygen tanks, outside the Nitron da Amazonia company, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

Jan. 15, 2021 9:35 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states. Some hope for Manaus, an isolated city of 2.2 million people, landed in a Brazilian...

National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez gives an interview at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Rodriguez said he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of several jailed American citizens. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

Jan. 15, 2021 9:29 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Friday he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference outside the USPS Jamaica station in the Queens borough of New York. Meeks, the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee under the Biden administration in 2021, is likely to be a key interlocutor for the incoming administration’s efforts to de-escalate tensions with Venezuela’s socialist government and negotiate an exit to the country’s political stalemate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NY Democrat's ties to Maduro may help Biden unlock stalemate

Jan. 14, 2021 4:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — It was the aftermath of a failed coup against Hugo Chávez and Rep. Gregory Meeks was lounging at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod with a young lawmaker from Venezuela with a bushy moustache named Nicolás Maduro. Photographs of the 2002 encounter show the men standing shoulder to...

Street artist Wolfgang Salazar works on his mural featuring Venezuelan athlete Yulimar Rojas, in the Boleita neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. Salazar said he chose to paint Rojas because she embodies the potential of Venezuelan greatness. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP PHOTOS: Venezuelan street artist seeks to inspire

Jan. 14, 2021 9:50 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The glowing face of one of Venezuela’s greatest athletes seems to invigorate a corner of the country’s decaying capital, a splash of color and inspiration for increasingly grim times. Elsewhere, swirls of patterns surround a realistic portrait of beloved singer and...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference outside the USPS Jamaica station in the Queens borough of New York. Meeks, the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee under the Biden administration in 2021, is likely to be a key interlocutor for the incoming administration’s efforts to de-escalate tensions with Venezuela’s socialist government and negotiate an exit to the country’s political stalemate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NY Democrat's ties to Maduro may help Biden unlock stalemate

Jan. 13, 2021 10:23 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — It was the aftermath of a failed coup against Hugo Chávez and Rep. Gregory Meeks was lounging at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod with a young lawmaker from Venezuela with a bushy moustache named Nicolás Maduro. Photographs of the 2002 encounter show the men standing shoulder to...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., to announce key administration posts. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should bring “fundamental change” to U.S. policy on human rights and allow criminal investigations of President Donald Trump, the head of Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Advocacy group: Biden should revamp US human rights policy

Jan. 13, 2021 3:41 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should bring “fundamental change” to U.S. policy on human rights and allow criminal investigations of President Donald Trump, the head of Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Executive Director Kenneth Roth laid out a long wish-list for the...

A man transports children on his tricycle, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Jan 8, 2021, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Trump hits Cuba with new terrorism sanctions in waning days

Jan. 11, 2021 6:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday re-designated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” hitting the country with new sanctions that could hamstring President-elect Joe Biden's promise to renew relations with the communist-governed island. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó fist bumps with a resident during a visit to La Lucha neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Guaidó’s coalition is holding a referendum which culminates on Saturday. It asks Venezuelans at home and abroad to say whether they wish to end President Nicolas Maduro’s rule and hold fresh presidential and legislative elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela opposition scrambles for international legitimacy

Jan. 6, 2021 3:13 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — International critics of Venezuela's socialist government have united in rejecting the country's newly chosen congress as illegitimate, but used notably different language Wednesday in referring to the opposition leader they have long recognized as the country's rightful president...

Seen through a balcony gate, the new president of Venezuela's National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez addresses newly sworn-in lawmakers as he is surrounded by photos of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and independence hero Simon Bolivar at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. The ruling socialist party assumed the leadership of Venezuela's congress on Tuesday, the last institution in the country it didn't already control. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's socialists take control of once-defiant congress

Jan. 5, 2021 5:52 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Parading giant portraits of Hugo Chavez and independence hero Simon Bolivar, allies of President Nicolas Maduro retook control of Venezuela's congress Tuesday, the last institution in the country it didn’t already control. The symbolic restoring of the images to Venezuela's...