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Brazil's Lula urges Venezuela's Maduro to respect vote results, is 'frightened' by talk of bloodbath

Jul. 22, 2024 17:17 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Monday his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro should respect the results of the elections scheduled for Sunday, and said he was “frightened” by Maduro's reference to a possible post-election bloodbath. ...

Venezuelan opposition voters band to safeguard election, warning of the ruling party's tricks

Jul. 22, 2024 09:53 AM EDT

SABANETA, Venezuela (AP) — Tears roll down the face of Tanyia Colmenares when she recalls her truncated dream of being a lawyer, which ended after two semesters in law school when she had to drop out to survive Venezuela's complex crisis. While she never got to defend a client in...

The uncertainty that plagues life in crisis-ridden Venezuela is also wreaking havoc on relationships

Jul. 18, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Victoria Estevez finally met someone who saw past her shyness. They spent two months learning about their likes and dislikes, texting about their families and friends, and walking around their hometowns on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. On a trip to the capital in...

Venezuela arrests security chief for opposition leader days ahead of presidential vote

Jul. 17, 2024 14:51 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials in Venezuela arrested the head of security for the country's top opposition leader on Wednesday, a little more than a week before President Nicolás Maduro faces a tough reelection. Former lawmaker and opposition powerhouse María Corina Machado...

Chile says a Venezuelan fugitive has been arrested in the killing of an anti-Maduro dissident

Jul. 12, 2024 22:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile announced Friday that one of the suspects wanted in the kidnapping and killing of a dissident Venezuelan soldier on Chilean soil early this year has been arrested in Costa Rica. The slaying in February caused shock in Chile, where Ronald Ojeda, a...

Why Nicolás Maduro appears 13 times on the ballot for Venezuela's presidential election

Jul. 12, 2024 00:24 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — His smile is confident, his hair well-combed and his eyes are squinting slightly: The first candidate you'll likely see on the ballot in Venezuela's upcoming presidential election is Nicolás Maduro, the incumbent seeking reelection. Unlike some of his...

US sanctions a Venezuela gang for spreading criminal activity across Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sanctioned a Venezuelan gang allegedly behind a spree of kidnappings, extortion and other violent crimes tied to migrants that have spread across Latin America and the United States. The U.S. also offered a $12 million reward for...

Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 12:12 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America.

How does Venezuela's presidential election work?

Jul. 10, 2024 09:44 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government faces its toughest electoral test in decades in a July 28 presidential election, which could give President Nicolas Maduro another six years in power or end the self-described socialist policies that once successfully boosted anti-poverty programs...

'Freedom!' chants at Venezuelan opposition rallies ahead of election show depth of needs and fear

Jul. 06, 2024 19:00 PM EDT

BARINAS, Venezuela (AP) — The chant is concise, but it could not be more meaningful for millions of Venezuelans in 2024: “Freedom!” Members of the country's political opposition shout it with tears in their eyes, or red angry faces, or with hopeful ear-to-ear smiles. They shout...