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A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Close adviser to Venezuela's president has coronavirus

Aug. 12, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s communications minister and close adviser to President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, as the daily cases in the nation steadily rise. Jorge Rodríguez becomes the latest of several high-ranking officials...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks upon his arrival to the headquarters of Democratic Action political party in Caracas, Venezuela, the day after Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered its takeover ahead of parliamentary elections expected this year. A coalition of political parties in Venezuela led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaido said Sunday, Aug. 2, that it won't participate in upcoming congressional elections called by officials loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.  (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuelan coalition opposed to Maduro rejects upcoming vote

Aug. 2, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A coalition of political parties in Venezuela led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó said Sunday that it won't participate in upcoming congressional elections called by officials loyal to President Nicolás Maduro. A group of 27 opposition parties rejected the Dec. 6 election as...

A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Maduro's hold on Venezuela tightens as coronavirus surges

Jul. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More than a year after a young U.S.-backed politician rose up to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the socialist leader holds a yet stronger grip on power — with a boost from the novel coronavirus. The Venezuelan opposition hoped that 2020 could bring new...

In this photo distributed by Colombia's Attorney Generals Office, officials pose with their backs to the camera by a pool on a property allegedly belonging to Alex Saab in Barranquilla, Colombia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Authorities seized a luxury mansion allegedly belonging to the businessman detained in Cape Verde on U.S. corruption charges related to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. (Colombia's Attorney Generals Office via AP)

Colombia seizes properties of businessman tied to Maduro

Jul. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia have seized a luxury mansion complete with a spa, tennis court and two pools allegedly belonging to a businessman detained in Cape Verde on U.S. corruption charges related to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Images of the home became public as U.S....

People wear masks while viewing the gorilla habitat at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Latest: 2 more big Calif cities keeping schools shut

Jul. 15, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco and Sacramento have become the latest cities in California to announce that public school students will not return to classrooms when the new term begins because of surges in coronavirus cases and delays in getting test results back. They join Los Angeles and San Diego, the...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

A Toyota Tacoma with flashing lights sits among vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million, at Port Everglades after they were seized by Homeland Security Investigations, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The vehicles were to be smuggled to Venezuela in violation of U.S. export laws and sanctions against the socialist Venezuelan Government. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring

Jul. 8, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators said Wednesday they have seized 81 vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million that were bound for Venezuela as part of a smuggling ring operated for wealthy and politically connected people. Anthony Salisbury, chief of the Miami Homeland Security...

British judge refuses to give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro control of gold in Bank of England vault

Jul. 2, 2020 5:59 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British judge refuses to give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro control of gold in Bank of England vault.
A worker from the Transportation Ministry explains proper mask usage to non-compliant pedestrians on a corner of downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 29, 2020, amid efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela calls congressional elections amid political fight

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials announced Wednesday that congressional elections will be held on the first Sunday in December to choose members of the only branch of government not now controlled by socialist Presidethat nt Nicolás Maduro. National Elections Council President Indira...