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AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

Dec. 9, 2019 6:42 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...

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...

The Latest: UN chief urges restraint for Bolivians

Nov. 10, 2019 11:01 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Bolivia (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the situation in Bolivia, where Evo Morales resigned the presidency Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed...

Spain court grants US extradition of Venezuela's ex-spy boss

Nov. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After a surprising court reversal on Friday, a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs is one step closer to being extradited from Spain, The Associated Press has learned. The fate of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who was for over a decade the eyes...

Venezuelan baseball league starts amid sanctions

Nov. 4, 2019 5:10 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan baseball league will start on Tuesday amid uncertainty because of Washington's sanctions against the administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Players affiliated to Major League Baseball are forbidden to join in. Venezuela's economic crisis forced the coming...

El Salvador orders expulsion of Venezuelan diplomats

Nov. 3, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador has ordered the expulsion of Venezuelan government diplomats, joining the U.S. and more than 50 other countries that have said opposition leader Juan Guaidó is Venezuela's rightful president. The Salvadoran government said late Saturday in a statement that...

Teachers who don't flee Venezuela get side gigs to survive

Oct. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Daixy Aguero holds her chin up when students wander by and are surprised to find their teacher selling makeup at a weekend Caracas street market. Aguero says it's the only way she can make ends meet on a teacher's pay in Venezuela. Some 40 percent of Venezuela's teachers have left...

Venezuelan lawmaker stripped of protection in power struggle

Oct. 22, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Lawmakers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have stripped the legal protections of an opposition politician, exposing him to potential criminal prosecution amid a struggle for control of the crisis-torn nation. Juan Pablo Guanipa was accused Tuesday of taking part...