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In this handout photo released by Colombia's Presidential Press Office, Colombian President Ivan Duque and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bump elbows before their meeting at the presidential house in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of four South American countries — three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist government is under intense U.S. pressure. (Nicolas Galeano/Colombia's Presidential Press Office via AP)

Pompeo finishes Latin America tour with focus on Venezuela

Sep. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of four South American countries — three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist government is under intense U.S. pressure. After a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque on Saturday, the two...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks at Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo speaking during a press conference at the Boa Vista Air Base in Roraima, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The stop in Brazil is part of Pompeo’s three-day visit of his South American tour. (Bruno Mancinelle/Pool via AP)

Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on Venezuela

Sep. 18, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the small nation of Guyana on Friday looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer. During the brief visit, Pompeo and President...

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)

Experts cite 'crimes against humanity' in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts for the U.N.’s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric...

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...

FILE  - In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen, the former nurse of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain, where she fought and won a case of extradition at Venezuela's request for alleged money laundering. It was 2014 when Diaz, then Venezuela's former treasurer, was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years, and allegedly turned to one of the oldest ways of moving vast sums of money anonymously: buying gold. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Correction: Venezuela-Gold Ingots story

Sep. 9, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — In a story August 3, 2020, about a Venezuelan official allegedly hiding unexplained wealth by buying gold, The Associated Press erroneously reported some financial information about the Switzerland-based Compagnie Bancaire Helvetique SA. The bank’s assets under management for clients...

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...

Colombia targets ex US Green Beret behind anti-Maduro plot

Sep. 3, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Colombia's police chief is calling on a former U.S. Green Beret behind a plot to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to “answer for his crimes” in the South American country. Gen. Oscar Atehortúa made the announcement a day after police arrested four...

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...