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FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. A Venezuela court has launched the trial for the six oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.  (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday. The lingering case appears to have taken a new sense of urgency,...

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)

With renewed US backing, Guaidó pushes anti-Maduro fight

Aug. 4, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The challenge in ousting President Nicolás Maduro has only increased, Juan Guaidó said Tuesday as the Trump administration vowed its continued recognition of the opposition leader as the nation’s interim president, even if his coalition loses control of congress...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. The six men, five Venezuelan-Americans, and one a permanent U.S. resident were lured to Caracas for a meeting in late 2017 at the offices of the Houston-based company's parent, state-run oil giant PDVSA when masked security agents entered a boardroom and hauled them away. (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

2 American oil execs jailed in Venezuela put on home arrest

Jul. 30, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two American oil executives jailed in Venezuela have been released and granted house arrest in the South American nation, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said late Thursday. The two are among six Citgo executives detained more than two years ago while on a business trip to...

A sign for the first Iranian supermarket that is set to open its doors in Latin America stands near a poor neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The opening of the supermarket is another sign of the growing alliance between Venezuela and Iran, which has intensified during the last couple of months after Iran sent several tankers loaded with fuel to help the South American nation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

US frowns upon Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capital

Jul. 30, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials frowned upon the opening of an Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capital, saying Thursday that any presence of Iran in the Western Hemisphere is "not something we look very favorably on.” Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of...

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...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018 file photo, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gives an interview in Yangon, Myanmar. Richardson will travel the week of July 13, 2020, to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S., according to The Richardson Center in an annoucement on Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Thet Htoo, File)

Ex-US governor says Americans not released from Venezuela

Jul. 17, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday but was unable to win the release of several Americans jailed in the South American nation. Richardson said he and Maduro talked about the potential release of American...

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 Jan. 24, 2018 file photo, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gives an interview in Yangon, Myanmar. Richardson will travel the week of July 13, 2020, to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S., according to The Richardson Center in an annoucement on Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Thet Htoo, File)

Ex-US diplomat Richardson to urge Maduro to free Americans

Jul. 13, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to travel this week to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S. The Richardson Center, which seeks freedom for Americans held by hostile foreign...