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FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

US denies sending American accused of spying in Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Wednesday rejected claims that the government sent an American citizen to Venezuela where he’s been charged with plotting terrorist attacks and labeled a spy. Venezuelan authorities say they captured a man identified as Matthew John Heath with a...

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab holds a photo of bullets he says were seized with other weapons in connection with what the government calls a failed attack over the weekend aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Sep. 14, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest. The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuelan president says US spy captured near refineries

Sep. 11, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro said Friday that Venezuelan authorities captured a U.S. spy targeting a pair of refineries on the north Caribbean coast as this nation once wealthy from oil is gripped by a deep gasoline shortage. The spy, Maduro alleged, was a Marine who had served...

Motorcyclists wearing masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic wait their turn to fill up at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020. Gasoline shortages have returned to Venezuela, sparking mile-long lines in the capital as international concerns mounted that Iran yet again may be trying to come to the South American nation's rescue. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelan gas lines surge as Iranian tankers go undercover

Sep. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Gasoline shortages have returned to Venezuela, sparking mile-long lines in the capital as international concerns mounted Tuesday that Iran yet again may be trying to come to the South American nation's rescue. Three Iranian tankers that delivered gasoline to Venezuela earlier this...

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)

Houston man jailed in Venezuela feared sick with coronavirus

Sep. 3, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An American oil executive jailed in Venezuela has been out of contact with relatives and attorneys for nearly a week and his family fears he could be suffering from the coronavirus. José Pereira, the former president of Houston-based Citgo, was transferred on Aug. 28 to an unknown...

This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows the FSO Nabarima oil tanker off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. The oil tanker listing off a remote Venezuelan coastline is triggering international calls for action. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro and maritime experts say the FSO Nabarima is taking on water and could sink. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Damaged Venezuelan oil tanker drawing international concern

Sep. 2, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The sight of a huge oil tanker that has taken on water and is leaning to one side off a remote stretch of Venezuela's coast has triggered international calls for action. After years of neglect, the FSO Nabarima, a rusting hulk full of thick crude, is in a dangerous state of...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Washington says pardons by Venezuela's Maduro are token acts

Sep. 1, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. “Restoring constitutional rights that...

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)

Venezuela's Maduro pardons dozens of political opponents

Aug. 31, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government said Monday that it had pardoned more than 100 people, including dozens of political opponents who are in prison, have taken refuge in foreign embassies in Caracas or fled the country. The move comes ahead of congressional elections set for Dec. 6 that...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017 court room art, defendants Efrain Campo, center left, and Francisco Flores, center right, nephews of Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores, listen to proceedings during their sentencing hearing at federal court in New York. Flores and his cousin, Campo, were found guilty in 2016 in a highly charged case that cast a hard look at U.S. accusations of drug trafficking at the highest levels of embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist administration. In a petition posted Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, on the Supreme Court's docket, attorneys for Flores argued that jury was misled when they were told by a Manhattan federal judge that the men should've known the cocaine was bound for the U.S., a requirement for conviction under U.S. law. (Elizabeth Williams via AP File)

Venezuela 1st lady's nephew takes drug case to Supreme Court

Aug. 25, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A nephew of Venezuela’s first lady appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an 18-year sentence for conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. Francisco Flores and his cousin, Efrain Campo, were found guilty in 2016 in a highly charged case that cast a hard look at U.S....

Food items, cigarettes and candles sit for sale behind the burglar bars of a private residence, where a couple calculates their sales from their bed in the Santa Rosalia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Strict measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 have left many without work, so some Venezuelans have turned their homes and other spaces into makeshift take-out restaurants or shops as they struggle to get by during the coronavirus lockdown.  (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's pandemic lockdown sparks entrepreneurial spirit

Aug. 25, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When coronavirus quarantines shut down street vendors in Venezuela's capital, Dioselis Bello pushed her hot dog cart inside her house and reopened for business. Like many struggling to get by, she can't survive long without working. Now, customers walk up to her front window to...