Latest Venezuela government News

A popular tour guide's death leads to more scrutiny of border issues

Jul. 13, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

Kristie Thibodeaux's gunfire death made headlines first because it happened in the French Quarter — New Orleans' oldest neighborhood and a place where residents of historic homes and owners of tourist-dependent restaurants and clubs have long worried about recurring violent crime. ...

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...

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...

What to know about Venezuela's election as Maduro faces the toughest race of his decade in power

Jul. 05, 2024 01:08 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's self-described socialist government is facing a serious electoral challenge in a presidential election for the first time in decades. President Nicolás Maduro, now in his 11th year in office, is being challenged by former diplomat Edmundo...

After a stop in Cuba, 2 Russian ships dock in Venezuelan port as part of 'show the flag' exercises

Jul. 03, 2024 02:23 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two Russian naval ships docked Tuesday in the Venezuelan port of La Guaira after exercises in the Atlantic Ocean that Moscow said were to “show the flag” in remote, important regions, and an initial stopover in Cuba. The frigate Admiral Gorshkov and...

Venezuela's opposition coalition welcomes President Maduro's plan to jumpstart dialogue with the US

Jul. 02, 2024 14:23 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's main opposition coalition on Tuesday welcomed President Nicolas Maduro's announcement the day before about his intentions to jumpstart negotiations with the United States this week. The executive secretary of the U.S.-backed Unitary Platform...

Ahead of election, Venezuela's Maduro says he has agreed to resume negotiations with United States

Jul. 01, 2024 21:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government plans to resume negotiations with the U.S. government this week, President Nicolás Maduro announced Monday, less than a month before a highly anticipated election in which he and his party are facing their toughest challenge in decades. ...

Colombia captures one of the founders of the Tren de Aragua gang, wanted in Venezuela and Chile

Jul. 01, 2024 18:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police arrested one of the founders of Tren de Aragua, a transnational gang that was founded in a Venezuelan prison and is now involved in multiple criminal enterprises throughout Latin America, authorities said Monday. Larry Álvarez was arrested...