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AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

May. 24, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

May 17-23, 2024 In the Dominican Republic, Haitians and migration featured heavily in the election conversation. Argentine President Javier Milei belts hard rock at a presentation of his new book in Buenos Aires. Mexico's heatwave is so dire, howler...

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Gonzalez seeks unity in first rally

May. 18, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

LA VICTORIA, Venezuela (AP) — The presidential candidate of Venezuela’s chief opposition coalition on Saturday sought to cultivate a mood of hope and possibility in a large rally that marked the start of a campaign he admittedly never imagined leading. Edmundo González Urrutia,...

Venezuela's barred opposition candidate is now the fiery surrogate of her lesser-known replacement

May. 16, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — At an intersection packed in four directions, rallygoers scream and light up cellphones in the evening as Venezuelan opposition figure María Corina Machado climbs onto a flatbed truck like a presidential candidate. She has been barred from the...

Son-in-law of top opponent of Venezuela's president pleads guilty to US money laundering charges

May. 15, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The son-in-law of a prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges for his role in a vast bribery conspiracy to siphon $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company. As part of his plea agreement announced Tuesday in federal...

Ex-Venezuelan diplomat 'never' considered being president but will launch campaign this month

May. 10, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A few weeks ago, Edmundo González Urrutia was just another grandfather visiting his daughter and grandchildren, who live abroad, enjoying two months of family time in retirement. But the leisurely pace - and the anonymity - will have to wait as he now campaigns to...

Venezuela's opposition backs unknown former diplomat in latest gambit to unseat Maduro

Apr. 20, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is rallying behind an unknown former diplomat to challenge Nicolas Maduro in this summer's presidential election, the latest gambit to unseat the self-declared socialist, whose lock on power seems all but assured. On Friday night, all 10 parties...

Venezuela closes its embassy in Ecuador to protest the police raid on the Mexican Embassy there

Apr. 16, 2024 21:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the closure of his country’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador on Tuesday in solidarity with Mexico in its protest over a raid by Ecuadorian authorities on the Mexican Embassy in Quito. Maduro and other presidents...

Venezuelans living abroad want to vote for president this year but can't meet absentee requirements

Apr. 14, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Giovanny Tovar left Venezuela five years ago in search of a job after his country came undone under the watch of President Nicolás Maduro. He now sells empanadas and tequeños in the streets of Peru’s capital, where he pushes around a small cart outfitted with a deep fryer. ...

Chile will ask Venezuela to extradite citizens suspected of killing an anti-Maduro dissident

Apr. 12, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Prosecutors in Chile said Friday they plan to formally request that Venezuela extradite two of its citizens to stand trial for charges related to the abduction and killing of a Venezuelan dissident in Chile earlier this year, a case that has strained relations between the...

Former Venezuelan oil minister is arrested in connection with corruption probe, authorities say

Apr. 09, 2024 21:46 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s once-powerful oil minister, who resigned unexpectedly last year during a corruption probe at the top ranks of the state-run crude industry, has been arrested, the government said Tuesday. The former oil czar is being investigated over an alleged scheme...