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Despite upheaval, Venezuela's Maduro touts an anniversary

May. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday celebrated the anniversary of his disputed re-election amid a growing humanitarian crisis and political upheaval. Maduro tweeted that the May 20, 2018, election, was a "victory" for Venezuelans, though the opposition and many...

Vast gasoline lines form in oil-rich Venezuela

May. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel in the South American nation's second-largest city, Maracaibo. Some drivers said they'd had to wait almost 24 hours to fuel up, and people have been grabbing catnaps on the hoods...

Mediation in Norway aims to resolve Venezuela crisis

May. 16, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving Venezuela's crisis accelerated on Thursday as the government and opposition sent envoys to talks in Norway, though the two sides' mutual mistrust and differences on key issues could prevent any quick solution. The Norwegian attempt to mediate...

Arrests at Venezuelan Embassy might signal end of standoff

May. 16, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four demonstrators who had staged a protest inside the Venezuelan Embassy for weeks were arrested Thursday, signaling a possible resolution to the extended standoff. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, told The Associated Press that police entered the embassy early in the morning. A...

Activists at Venezuelan embassy in US ignore warning

May. 14, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several activists ignored a trespassing warning and remained holed up in Venezuela's embassy in the United States on Tuesday, highlighting a dispute over who is the legitimate leader of the South American nation. The activists, who consider socialist Nicolás Maduro to be the...

Venezuela announces end to exchange controls after 16 years

May. 13, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has lifted foreign exchange controls on banks for the first time in 16 years, but some observers were skeptical Monday that the measure will do much to lift the shrinking economy. Few people lined up at money exchange windows in private banks in Caracas to take advantage...

Maduro's foes fill embassies in Venezuela as crisis deepens

May. 12, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador's residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing President Nicolás Maduro's latest crackdown. "Gracias,...

Venezuela's Guaidó asks for relations with US military

May. 11, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he's instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the U.S. military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign. The leader said he's asked Carlos...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

May. 11, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes children flying a kite from a dilapidated building in Caracas, Venezuela;...

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

May. 11, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes children flying a kite from a dilapidated building in Caracas, Venezuela;...