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In Venezuela, Guaidó questions Maduro claims about US talks

Aug. 21, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolás Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. Guaidó spoke a day after Maduro and...

New blackout for Venezuela's capital compounds energy woes

Aug. 20, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Parts of Venezuela's capital and at least one state endured a power blackout on Tuesday lasting several hours, in an occurrence that has become commonplace in the crisis-stricken nation beset by energy woes. The power went out in a wide swath of Caracas during the early afternoon,...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela's socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 18, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official has told The...

In Venezuela, young baseball players still have big dreams

Aug. 16, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More than 100 boys train daily on a baseball field next to the biggest slum in Caracas, using old bats, balls and gloves in hopes of achieving the ultimate goal: a professional baseball career in the United States and an escape from Venezuela's hardship. Chances are small, and...

Venezuela's Maduro battles for control of US-based refinery

Aug. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday nullified the newly named board of Venezuela's prized Citgo refineries in the U.S. amid a political battle for control of the country, saying opposition leaders had no right to appoint them. The battle over the nation's most...

Venezuela's moribund economy shows a pulse amid US sanctions

Aug. 12, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Errol Irausquin is carving out a profitable niche with his burgeoning Fat Panda restaurant business in Venezuela's capital, despite an economic collapse that has driven millions from their crumbling homeland. Capitalizing on his success selling from a food truck, Irausquin brought...

Maduro halts talks with opponents over US asset freeze

Aug. 7, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's government late Wednesday halted negotiations with the opposition in protest of the Trump administration's freezing of its U.S. assets, thrusting into crisis the country's best chance of peacefully resolving a political standoff that has kept the nation on the edge for...

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

Aug. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist...