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FILE - In this May 25, 2020 file photo, the Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Domestic fuel shortages have led Venezuela to see relief from Iran, which in May sent five tankers of gasoline to the South American country. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez, File)

Report: New players help Maduro evade tanker sanctions

Jul. 13, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As U.S. sanctions scare away the world's largest shippers from Venezuela's oil industry, new players are willing to brave the heightened risks and help keep socialist leader Nicolás Maduro afloat, according to a new report. In the first year since the Trump administration imposed crushing...

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...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

Jul. 10, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises. In Brazil, President...

In this undated photo, courtesy of the family of Yurancy Castillo, shows her in Lima, Peru. Castillo did not want to leave her family, but as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman decided her future rested far away, in Peru. In May, she came down with a fever and a week later went to the hospital, where after three weeks in an intensive care unit deep in southern Peru, she died at age 30. (Family of Yurancy Castillo via AP)

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

Jul. 10, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman known for her beaming smile and wild amber-colored curls decided her future rested far away, in Peru. One of her three...

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...

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, waves during a procession Corpus Christi, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite

Jul. 9, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite. Three...

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly, jokes with lawmakers after giving a press conference at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. Cabello has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela socialist party boss announces he has COVID-19

Jul. 9, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the highest-ranking leader in the distressed South American nation thus far to come down with the virus. Cabello is considered the second-most powerful person...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference at the Popular Will party headquarters, backdropped by a banner featuring party founder and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court ordered the takeover of Popular Will Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolas Maduro’s critics before upcoming legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

AP Explains: Options narrowing for Venezuela's opposition

Jul. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is increasingly moving to sideline the opposition led by U.S.-backed lawmaker Juan Guaidó. A string of recent court rulings dismantling three influential opposition parties along with growing citizen disillusionment — not to...

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...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference at the Popular Will party headquarters, backdropped by a banner featuring party founder and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court ordered the takeover of Popular Will Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolas Maduro’s critics before upcoming legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Venezuela high court orders takeover of Guaidó's party

Jul. 7, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the takeover of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's political party, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolás Maduro’s critics ahead of upcoming legislative elections. The decision...