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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...

Russian and Venezuelan defense chiefs meet to discuss ties

Aug. 15, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the Venezuelan...

4 opposition lawmakers stripped of immunity in Venezuela

Aug. 12, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Legislators loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday stripped immunity from four opposition lawmakers accused of treason amid a struggle for control of the crisis-stricken nation. The move brings to 18 the number of opposition politicians Maduro's government has...

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...

Turkey criticizes US freeze on Venezuela assets

Aug. 9, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has voiced its disapproval of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, saying the move will make matters worse for ordinary Venezuelans who have suffered years of economic hardship. The United States this week froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S., putting the country on a...

Norway downplays Maduro's skipping of talks with opposition

Aug. 8, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The chief facilitator of negotiations between Venezuela's socialist administration and opposition has downplayed the decision by President Nicolás Maduro to skip a scheduled round of talks. Dag Nylander of Norway's Foreign Affairs Ministry told The Associated Press on...

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...

Maduro halts talks with opposition to protest US sanctions

Aug. 7, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says it will not attend a planned round of talks with the opposition this week to protest the Trump administration's freezing of its assets in the U.S. In a statement Wednesday night, President Nicolas Maduro's government said it was also reviewing the...

AP Explains: The wide reach of Trump's Venezuela sanctions

Aug. 7, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Wide-reaching U.S. sanctions aimed at toppling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government could inflict further damage on an economy already reeling from six-digit inflation by scaring off remaining investors. The new measures don't include Venezuela's private sector, but the...

The Latest: Venezuela ambassador accuses US of wanting war

Aug. 6, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on relations between the United States and Venezuela (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Venezuela's U.N. ambassador is accusing the Trump administration of "sabotaging" talks between President Nicolas Maduro's government and opposition, saying Washington is trying to start a war....