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US targets graft in Venezuela's flagship food box program

Oct. 21, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors have unveiled criminal charges against an alleged corruption ring accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to a top ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to profit from lucrative contracts to import food and medicine at a time of widespread...

Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to US

Oct. 16, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South...

Venezuela's government halts talks with opponents in retaliation for extradition to US of Maduro ally

Oct. 16, 2021 19:13 PM EDT
MÏAMI (AP) — Venezuela's government halts talks with opponents in retaliation for extradition to US of Maduro ally.

Russia struggles to meet global orders for Sputnik V vaccine

Oct. 15, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Esperita García de Perez got her first vaccination against COVID-19 in May. That, along with her Catholic faith, made her feel better protected against the virus, and she had hoped to get her second shot of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine a few weeks...

Venezuela general who broke with Hugo Chavez dies in prison

Oct. 12, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Raúl Isaías Baduel, a former Venezuelan defense minister and ally-turned-critic of the late President Hugo Chávez, died from COVID-19 while in prison, where he had been awaiting trial since 2017 for alleged links to a purported plot to overthrow President...

Venezuela's government, opposition end latest round of talks

Sep. 27, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Delegates from Venezuela’s government and opposition concluded another round of talks in Mexico City on Monday after a delay that saw the government’s side arrive a day later than scheduled due to an apparent unhappiness with mediator Norway. The...

Rome court rejects Venezuela extradition bid for ex-oil czar

Sep. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has rejected a request by Venezuela to extradite its former oil czar to face corruption charges, citing the country’s record in violating human rights, his Italian lawyer said Monday. Rafael Ramirez, the longtime head of Venezuela’s PDVSA...

Assertive Mexico seeks leadership role in Latin America

Sep. 18, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean this weekend in Mexico is the latest sign of that country flexing its diplomatic muscle as it looks to assert itself as the new mediator between the region and the United States. Whether or...

UN experts: Venezuelan judiciary has big role in repression

Sep. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Experts working with the U.N.’s top human rights body say Venezuela’s judicial system has played a “significant role” in state repression in the country, citing widespread allegations of rights violations. One defendant quoted in a new report...

Venezuela names US fugitive to team negotiating with foes

Sep. 14, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is seeking to add to a new member to his team negotiating in Mexico with his political opponents — an ally jailed in Cape Verde awaiting extradition to the U.S. on money laundering charges. Alex Saab will be...