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Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

May. 27, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fabian Espinel last year helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the streets of the...

Biden renews sanctions license for Chevron in Venezuela

May. 27, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration has renewed a license partially exempting Chevron from sanctions on Venezuela so it can keep operating in the oil-rich, socialist-run nation. The license issued Friday by the U.S. Treasury Department allows the California-based Chevron and...

Light sentences in 2 US cases targeting graft in Venezuela

May. 23, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two U.S. criminal cases targeting Venezuela’s government ended Monday in a four-year prison sentence for a Miami businessman who serviced the country’s Russian fighter jets and a light sentence for another individual who implicated a fierce opponent of President Nicolas Maduro in...

Ex-rebel emerges as favorite in Colombian presidential race

May. 23, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

FUSAGASUGA, Colombia (AP) — Flanked by bodyguards with bulletproof shields, Gustavo Petro stood on a stage and lashed out at Colombia's political elite in a speech to the residents of Fusagasuga, a rural town where farmers are struggling. The leftist presidential candidate spoke of...

On Venezuelan roads, old cars prevail, break down everywhere

May. 21, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to haul chairs, tents and tables to gatherings all across Venezuela's sprawling capital. The once-white paint is slightly yellowish and the body...

Biden risks troubled Americas summit in Los Angeles

May. 21, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While President Joe Biden travels in Asia, his administration is scrambling to salvage next month’s summit focused on Latin America. The Summit of the Americas, which the United States is hosting for the first time since the inaugural event in 1994, has risked...

US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

May. 17, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow...

Venezuela opposition faction to hold presidential primaries

May. 16, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition faction backed by the United States announced plans Monday to hold a primary contest next year to choose a presidential candidate for the planned 2024 election. The Unitary Platform said in a statement that it has reshaped into a...

Venezuela plans stock sale in break from socialist model

May. 14, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is seeking private investors to pump funds into vital but crippled state-run companies, decades after seizing them in the name of socialism. The government on Monday intends to offer 5% to 10% stakes in companies ranging from...

Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse-turned treasurer extradited to US

May. 13, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Venezuelan woman who rose from being the late President Hugo Chávez's nurse to the nation's treasurer has been extradited from Spain to the U.S. to face money-laundering charges. Federal prosecutors in South Florida are accusing Claudia Díaz, 48, of...