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Oil spill in Venezuela stains treasured Caribbean beaches

Aug. 12, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An oil spill in Venezuela has coated a stretch of the crisis-wracked nation's Caribbean coastline, treasured for its white sand beaches, clusters of small islands and wildlife. Fisherman and locals living around Morrocoy National Park began reporting oil washing ashore last week...

People wearing face masks wait their turn to be called for a PCR test for the COVID-19 outside a local clinic in Santa Coloma de Gramanet in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

Aug. 11, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., India and Brazil,...

FILE - This May 4, 2020 file photo released by the Venezuelan Miraflores presidential press office shows what Venezuelan authorities identify as the I.D. cards of former U.S. special forces citizen Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, in Caracas, Venezuela. The two former Green Berets were arrested in May 2020 while participating in a botched raid organized from neighboring Colombia to oust Maduro. (Miraflores Palace presidential press office via AP, File)

Ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

Aug. 8, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro. Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. A Venezuela court has launched the trial for the six oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.  (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday. The lingering case appears to have taken a new sense of urgency,...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks upon his arrival to the headquarters of Democratic Action political party in Caracas, Venezuela, the day after Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered its takeover ahead of parliamentary elections expected this year. A coalition of political parties in Venezuela led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaido said Sunday, Aug. 2, that it won't participate in upcoming congressional elections called by officials loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.  (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

With renewed US backing, Guaidó pushes anti-Maduro fight

Aug. 4, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The challenge in ousting President Nicolás Maduro has only increased, Juan Guaidó said Tuesday as the Trump administration vowed its continued recognition of the opposition leader as the nation’s interim president, even if his coalition loses control of congress...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. The six men, five Venezuelan-Americans, and one a permanent U.S. resident were lured to Caracas for a meeting in late 2017 at the offices of the Houston-based company's parent, state-run oil giant PDVSA when masked security agents entered a boardroom and hauled them away. (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

2 American oil execs jailed in Venezuela put on home arrest

Jul. 30, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two American oil executives jailed in Venezuela have been released and granted house arrest in the South American nation, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said late Thursday. The two are among six Citgo executives detained more than two years ago while on a business trip to...

A sign for the first Iranian supermarket that is set to open its doors in Latin America stands near a poor neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The opening of the supermarket is another sign of the growing alliance between Venezuela and Iran, which has intensified during the last couple of months after Iran sent several tankers loaded with fuel to help the South American nation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

US frowns upon Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capital

Jul. 30, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials frowned upon the opening of an Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capital, saying Thursday that any presence of Iran in the Western Hemisphere is "not something we look very favorably on.” Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of...

A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Maduro's hold on Venezuela tightens as coronavirus surges

Jul. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More than a year after a young U.S.-backed politician rose up to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the socialist leader holds a yet stronger grip on power — with a boost from the novel coronavirus. The Venezuelan opposition hoped that 2020 could bring new...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018 file photo, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gives an interview in Yangon, Myanmar. Richardson will travel the week of July 13, 2020, to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S., according to The Richardson Center in an annoucement on Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Thet Htoo, File)

Ex-US governor says Americans not released from Venezuela

Jul. 17, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday but was unable to win the release of several Americans jailed in the South American nation. Richardson said he and Maduro talked about the potential release of American...