Latest Nicolas Maduro News

Blackwater founder Prince visited Venezuela's sanctioned VP

Dec. 13, 2019 11:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Prince, a major Trump donor and the founder of controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater, traveled to Caracas last month for a secret meeting with Venezuela's vice president, according to several people familiar with the visit. It's not clear whether Prince, who has been...

Trump, leader of Paraguay discuss corruption, Venezuela

Dec. 13, 2019 9:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the briefest of moments in the Washington media spotlight for Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benítez. Sitting alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, the South American leader spoke about a dozen words to gathered journalists Friday and then watched in silence as Trump fielded...

US officials downgrade Venezuelan aviation safety rating

Dec. 13, 2019 6:09 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. authorities downgraded Venezuela's aviation rating Friday, saying the crisis-torn nation isn't able to meet basic international standards for airline safety. The Federal Aviation Administration said it recently performed an “extensive review” of Venezuela's...

US oil executives jailed in Venezuela given house arrest

Dec. 10, 2019 2:42 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for two years on corruption charges were granted house arrest Monday. The partial release of the six employees of Houston-based Citgo was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people familiar with the case who spoke on...

AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

Dec. 9, 2019 10:58 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs and peering through the diplomatic compound's curtains for fear of surveillance. But on Monday, 16 national...

US sanctions 2 Venezuelan officials for selling passports

Dec. 9, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on both the former and the current director of the Venezuelan government's office of identification, accusing them of receiving kickbacks involving the sale of passports. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...

Maduro’s foes balk at UN-backed deal to address power crisis

Dec. 4, 2019 10:54 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A proposal to address Venezuela’s electricity crisis with the help of the United Nations is proving a political hot potato for Nicolás Maduro’s opponents. On Tuesday, the opposition-controlled National Assembly at the last minute scratched a schedule debate on a $350 million...

Venezuela’s Guaidó leads thousands in anti-Maduro protest

Nov. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A large crowd rallied around Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in a peaceful protest Saturday, answering his call to take to the streets in an attempt to reignite a campaign aimed at forcing President Nicolás Maduro from power. Guaidó in a speech urged...

Oil tankers ‘go dark’ off Venezuela to evade US sanctions

Nov. 14, 2019 12:02 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In May, after pulling out of a Chinese shipyard for repairs, a giant oil tanker set out on a perilous journey. Dialing in “Caribbean” on a mandatory tracking system, the captain of the Liberia-flagged vessel headed west. Then, weeks later, as it neared Venezuelan waters, the VL...

Economy in mind, Bolsonaro changes tack and cozies up to Xi

Nov. 13, 2019 5:47 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — What a difference a year makes. In the months before last year’s presidential election in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro described China as predatory and thumbed his nose at the Chinese government by visiting Taiwan, Beijing’s archrival. Now, as a more pragmatic president,...