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In this undated photo courtesy of the Heath family, Matthew Heath is seen at his mother's home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The former U.S. Marine corporal was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela on Sept. 10, 2020, and accused by President Nicolás Maduro of being a terrorist and spying for Donald Trump, but the American’s plight has largely gone unnoticed. (Heath family via AP)

Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela

Oct. 31, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. “Han Solo always wins!” The weeks-old message is all the family of Matthew Heath has to pin its hopes on since the...

Una mujer porta una mascarilla mientras limpia una acera frente a un mural del fallecido presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez durante una jornada de limpieza y desinfección organizada por el consejo comunal y organización colectiva del vecindario 23 de Enero de Caracas, Venezuela, el miércoles 29 de abril de 2020. (AP Foto/Matias Delacroix)

Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse indicted in US for money laundering

Oct. 31, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Hugo Chávez’s former nurse has been charged with money laundering in a Miami federal court, accused of taking bribes from a billionaire media mogul to green light lucrative currency transactions when she served as Venezuela’s national treasurer. Claudia...

Andres Burgos, a 55-year-old publicist, gives a package of arepas or corn flour patties to a man begging for money at a traffic light in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Burgos hands out his homemade arepas from the seat of his bicycle to needy children, adults and the elderly. He calls it BiciArepazo, which translates roughly as Bike Arepas. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Ad exec feeds downtrodden Venezuelans from his bicycle seat

Oct. 29, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Andrés Burgos’ world was becoming increasingly solitary. The office of his advertising firm was practically empty, thanks to Venezuela’s crushing economic crisis, and many of his relatives had sought a brighter future abroad. So Burgos marshaled his cooking...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, and Vice President Tareck El Aissami tour La Rinconada baseball stadium that is under construction on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro tasked El Aissami, who later became Venezuela's Oil Minister, with restructuring their nation's oil giant PDVSA in February 2020. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

Venezuelan president: Key oil refinery attacked; 2 detained

Oct. 28, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that a large oil refinery suffered a “terrorist attack” as his government struggles to provide domestic fuel to the nation amid a historic political and economic crisis. Maduro spoke at a nationally televised...

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with his wife Lilian Tintori and their son and daughter pose for a photo after a news conference in Madrid on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López who has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president is holding a news conference in Madrid. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

From Spain, top dissident vows to fight for free Venezuela

Oct. 27, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan politician who for years has led some of the biggest challenges to the government of Nicolás Maduro, pledged Tuesday from his self-imposed exile in Spain to continue fighting to “free” his homeland. López, who spent over six years in...

Elena Suazo, a kindergarten cafeteria worker, puts on the protective gear she brought from home, outside the entrance to the COVID-19 wing of José Gregorio Hernández Hospital which used to be the emergency room, as she prepares to enter and care for her 76-year-old hospitalized father, in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. In this ruined country, the only way to ensure that he received the care he needed was to do it herself, regardless of the dangers to her own health. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans brave COVID wing to bathe, feed sick loved ones

Oct. 27, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaning against a hospital wall for balance, Elena Suazo wiggled each foot into blue protective pants. Then she slipped her arms into a surgical gown and snapped on white rubber gloves, finally ready to enter the COVID-19 wing. Suazo is not a nurse. She is a cafeteria worker at a...

Photographed through a door from outside the José Gregorio Hernández Hospital, Mirley Avila feeds her father Miguel Avila inside the COVID-19 wing in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, on a day when there weren't enough nurses so they let her in to feed him, change his sheets and undergarments. According to Caracas Nurses College President Ana Rosario Contreras, a 2018 survey by the organization found that at least 6,000 nurses have abandoned Venezuela and that the number has grown since. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans brave COVID wing to bathe, feed sick loved ones

Oct. 27, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaning against a hospital wall for balance, Elena Suazo wiggled each foot into blue protective pants. Then she slipped her arms into a surgical gown and snapped on white rubber gloves, finally ready to enter the COVID-19 wing. Suazo is not a nurse. She is a cafeteria worker at a...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Maduro foe joins family in Spain after fleeing Venezuela

Oct. 25, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — After more than six years in confinement, Venezuela’n opposition leader Leopoldo López is a free man and has been reunited with his family in Madrid. López arrived Sunday in the Spanish capital following what aides described as a whirlwind escape from the Spanish...

A worker moves boxes at Snowman Logistics, India's largest cold storage company in Taloja, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The vaccine cold chain hurdle is just the latest disparity of the pandemic weighted against the poor, who more often live and work in crowded conditions that allow the virus to spread, have little access to medical oxygen vital to COVID-19 treatment, and whose health systems lack labs, supplies or technicians to carry out large-scale testing. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator. From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe. But...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela

Oct. 24, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president, his party said Saturday. The 49-year-old former Caracas-area mayor has been...