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FILE - In this May 3, 2020 file photo, security forces guard the shore area and a boat in which authorities claim a group of armed men landed in the port city of La Guaira, Venezuela. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on state television that security forces overcame before dawn Sunday an armed maritime incursion with speedboats from neighboring Colombia in which several attackers were killed and others detained. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's plane

May. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It was mid-January and Jordan Goudreau was itching to get going on a secret plan to raid Venezuela and arrest President Nicolás Maduro when the former special forces commando flew to the city of Barranquilla in Colombia to meet with his would-be partner in arms. To get there, Goudreau and...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020 file photo, security forces guard the shore area and a boat in which authorities claim a group of armed men landed in the port city of La Guaira, Venezuela. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on state television that security forces overcame before dawn Sunday an armed maritime incursion with speedboats from neighboring Colombia in which several attackers were killed and others detained. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's plane

May. 28, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It was mid-January and Jordan Goudreau was itching to get going on a secret plan to raid Venezuela and arrest President Nicolás Maduro when the former special forces commando flew to the city of Barranquilla in Colombia to meet with his would-be partner in arms. To get there, Goudreau and...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020 file  photo, opposition leader Juan Guaido listens during a legislative session being held at a religious, private school in Caracas, Venezuela, an alternative location due to the government continuously blocking their access to National Assembly chambers. Guaidó said Monday, May 11, 2020 that two U.S.-based political advisers have resigned following a failed incursion into Venezuela aimed at capturing President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Citgo sues Miami firm over millions lost in Venezuela fraud

May. 26, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — When the U.S. recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation's rightful leader last year it did more than just trigger a bitter feud with socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. Increasingly, it's also unleashing a torrent of lawsuits. The latest came Tuesday, when the...

Security forces, back, leave a facility in the Macuto area in La Guiara, Venezuela, Sunday, May 3, 2020. Interior Nestor Reverol said on state television that Venezuelan forces overcame an armed maritime incursion by boats through the port city of La Guaira from neighboring Colombia before dawn Sunday, in which several attackers were killed and others detained. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

UN urges Venezuela's rival political leaders to resume talks

May. 20, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations called on Venezuela’s feuding political leaders Wednesday to urgently resume serious negotiations, while Russia and its Caracas government ally traded barbs with the United States and Colombia over a failed armed raid on the Venezuelan coast. U.N. political...

A view of the vessel the Clavel, right, sailing on international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

Venezuela to escort Iranian tankers bringing needed fuel

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation's armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country in case of any U.S. aggression. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said Venezuela's...

Indians stand outside a local snack shop during extended lockdown in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India has recorded its biggest single-day surge in new cases of coronavirus. The surge in infections comes a day after the federal government extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased some restrictions to restore economic activity and gave states more control in deciding the nature of the lockdown. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

May. 18, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports 5,242 new cases, largest single-day surge,...

Security forces guard the shore where authorities claim a group of armed men landed in the port city of La Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, May 3, 2020. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on state television that security forces overcame before dawn Sunday an armed maritime incursion with speedboats from neighboring Colombia in which several attackers were killed and others detained. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela says 39 ex-soldiers caught trying to enter country

May. 14, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities said Thursday they have seized 39 military deserters trying to enter the country from Colombia, saying they are believed linked to the failed armed incursion by sea early in the month that was aimed at toppling President Nicolás Maduro. Defense Minister...

Miami ex-congressman sued over work with Venezuela's Maduro

May. 13, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A consulting firm owned by a former Miami congressman who was roommates with Sen. Marco Rubio and shared his anti-communist politics has been sued over allegedly breaking a $50 million consulting contract with Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. The lawsuit against David Rivera's...

A man wearing a face mask walks by a screen showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S.Korea: Rules stay relaxed despite virus spike

May. 13, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea: No plans to backtrack on relaxed rules despite...

This combination of two screen grabs, one from the webpage of Silvercorp USA, top, and the bottom one from Tucker/Hall, a Jacksonville, FL-based PR firm that specializes in crisis management. The Silvercorp USA webpage, a company owned by U.S. citizen Jordan Goudreau, a former Green Beret behind a failed military incursion in Venezuela shows a complete paragraph at top left, lifted from the the Tucker/Hall webpage. Goudreau has claimed responsibility for a failed military incursion Sunday to capture socialist leader Nicolas Maduro that resulted in the detention in Venezuela of two of his former special forces colleagues. (Silvercorp USA, Tucker/Hall via AP)

Ex-Green Beret behind Venezuela raid suspected of plagiarism

May. 7, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The former Green Beret behind a failed military incursion in Venezuela can add another infraction to his growing list of potential screw ups — cut and paste plagiarism. The website for Jordan Goudreau’s Silvercorp USA appears to have lifted entire passages from the website of...