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UN to hold emergency meeting at Guyana's request on Venezuelan claim to a vast oil-rich region

Dec. 07, 2023 19:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency closed meeting Friday at the request of Guyana following Venezuela’s weekend referendum claiming the vast oil- and mineral-rich Essequibo region that makes up a large part of its neighbor. In a letter to the...

Helicopter carrying 5 senior Guyana military officials is missing near tense border with Venezuela

Dec. 06, 2023 22:27 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A military helicopter carrying seven people vanished Wednesday near Guyana’s border with Venezuela, with authorities saying there was bad weather in the area and stressing there was no indication it may have been hit by hostile fire as tensions escalate between the...

Guyana's president says his country is preparing to defend itself from Venezuela over disputed area

Dec. 06, 2023 16:42 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Guyana's president told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his country is taking every necessary step to protect itself from Venezuela, which has ordered its state-owned companies to explore and exploit oil and minerals in the vast Essequibo region, which Guyana...

Venezuela's AG orders arrest of opposition members, accuses them of plotting against referendum

Dec. 06, 2023 16:06 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's top prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the arrest of a dozen opposition members, including former National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó and three campaign staffers of presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado. Attorney General Tarek William Saab...

Maduro orders the 'immediate' exploitation of oil, gas and mines in Guyana's Essequibo

Dec. 05, 2023 22:49 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday directed the country's state-owned companies to “immediately” begin to explore and exploit the oil, gas and mines in Guyana's Essequibo region, a territory larger than Greece and rich in oil and minerals that Venezuela...

Wisconsin pastor accused of exploiting children in Venezuela and Cuba gets 15 years

Dec. 04, 2023 17:50 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin pastor accused of sexually exploiting children from Venezuela and Cuba was sentenced Monday to 15 years in a federal prison. Cory Herthel, 40, pled guilty in August to one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a child. The...

Venezuela's government wins vote on claiming part of Guyana, but turnout seems lackluster

Dec. 04, 2023 15:46 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro got the victory he sought in a weekend referendum on whether to claim sovereignty over an oil-rich area of neighboring Guyana. But lackluster turnout suggested his government is losing influence and is tone deaf to people’s needs. ...

Venezuelans approve a referendum to claim sovereignty over a swathe of neighboring Guyana

Dec. 03, 2023 23:38 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans on Sunday approved a referendum called by the government of President Nicolás Maduro to claim sovereignty over an oil- and mineral-rich area of neighboring Guyana it argues was stolen when the border was drawn more than a century ago. It...

Venezuela's government and opposition agree on appeal process for candidates banned from running

Dec. 01, 2023 18:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuela’s government and a faction of the opposition have agreed on a process through which aspiring presidential candidates who were banned from running for office can attempt to get that decision reversed. The timeline to file an appeal opened Friday. The...

UN court bars Venezuela from altering Guyana’s control over disputed territory

Dec. 01, 2023 12:37 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations’ top court on Friday ordered Venezuela not to take any action that would alter Guyana’s control over a disputed territory, but did not specifically ban Venezuela from holding its planned referendum Sunday on the territory’s future. ...