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US court gives $153 million to Miami man jailed in Venezuela

Jan. 23, 2023 17:22 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge in Miami has awarded $153 million in damages to the family of an exiled Venezuelan lawyer lured back home by his father’s kidnapping only to end up imprisoned for two years on trumped up charges of working as a “financial terrorist” undermining President...

Venezuela frees former spy chief who defied Nicolás Maduro

Jan. 21, 2023 13:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government has freed a former spy chief who spent nearly five years in prison for leading a movement of loyalists to the late leftist President Hugo Chávez in challenging the rule of his handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro. Miguel Rodríguez Torres...

Colombia extradites to US brother of powerful left lawmaker

Jan. 19, 2023 14:21 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Colombia on Thursday extradited to the U.S. the brother of powerful leftist senator on charges that he conspired with dissident guerrillas to smuggle huge quantities of cocaine. A handcuffed Álvaro Córdoba was handed to agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

Nearly 250,000 migrants crossed treacherous Darien in 2022

Jan. 17, 2023 11:22 AM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Nearly 250,000 migrants crossed the treacherous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama in 2022 on their way north, a figure that was nearly double the number from a year earlier, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. At least 36 migrants...

Maduro's newest foe: an in-home caregiver who fled Venezuela

Jan. 13, 2023 10:20 AM EST

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Like many of the 7 million Venezuelans who have abandoned their homeland in recent years, when Dinorah Figuera left behind her family and medical career in 2018 she was forced to accept meals from local charities and hop from one low-cost shared apartment to another upon...

Colombia's VP hears UN condemnation of attempt on her life

Jan. 11, 2023 20:33 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Colombia’s vice-president on Wednesday listened to many members of the Security Council condemn the recent attempt against her life and then thanked the U.N.’s most powerful body for their solidary against violence in the country, which she said is aimed at undermining...

Venezuela orders arrest of exiled lawmakers fighting Maduro

Jan. 09, 2023 15:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government has ordered the arrest of three exiled former lawmakers at the forefront of renewed efforts to unseat President Nicolas Maduro. Dinorah Figuera leads an all-female team selected last week by fellow opposition politicians to...

Exiled Venezuela lawmakers chosen to lead anti-Maduro fight

Jan. 09, 2023 13:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition has selected an all-female team of mostly unknown exiled former lawmakers to replace the beleaguered Juan Guaidó as the face of its faltering efforts to remove socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Last week, politicians who were...

Border pressures migrate north as Venezuelans head to Denver

Jan. 09, 2023 11:11 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Javier Guillen just wanted to get to the United States as he endured a three-month trek from Venezuela, hiking through Central American jungles and spending four days clinging to the roof of a Mexican train known as “the beast” to avoid police and kidnappers. But...

Message from US asylum hopefuls: Financial sponsors needed

Jan. 06, 2023 17:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Migrants and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries have increasingly found that protections in the United States are available to those with money or the savvy to find someone to vouch for them financially. President Joe Biden...