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US hopes to keep Venezuela off UN Human Rights Council

Oct. 11, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N. General Assembly should vote against Venezuela next week because of severe human rights abuses under President Nicolás...

Fishermen live in stain of Venezuela's broken oil industry

Oct. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout of Venezuela's collapsing oil industry as the fishermen who scratch out an existence on the blackened, sticky shores of Lake Maracaibo. The once prized source of vast wealth has turned into a polluted wasteland, with crude...

Ex-Ecuador president wants new vote, denies planning coup

Oct. 10, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Thursday dismissed as "nonsense" allegations that he is plotting with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to destabilize the current Ecuador government amid violent unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. In an interview with The Associated Press, Correa...

Protesters move into Ecuador's capital; president moves out

Oct. 8, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous people, some carrying long sticks, converged on Ecuador's capital Tuesday as anti-government protests and clashes led the president to move his besieged administration out of Quito. The South American country of 17 million people appeared to be at a dangerous...

Labor group: Venezuela gov’t must stop violence against foes

Oct. 4, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts at the U.N. labor agency is calling on Venezuelan authorities to halt violence, threats and other forms of “aggression” against workers and employers who oppose President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The three-person commission at the International...

Colombia offers new Venezuela rebel info after photo fiasco

Sep. 30, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia doubled down Monday on their claim that guerrilla troops are operating in Venezuela with the support of President Nicolás Maduro a week after similar allegations presented at the United Nations were marred by erroneous photographs. Colombia's...

Venezuela VP condemns countries that shunned Maduro

Sep. 27, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela's vice president condemned the U.S. and more than 50 other governments that have recognized an opposition leader as her nation's rightful president, calling it the "worst mistake in the diplomatic history of these countries." Delcy Rodríguez told the U.N. General...

EU slaps sanctions on 7 more in Venezuela over rights abuses

Sep. 27, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday slapped sanctions on seven members of Venezuela's security and intelligence services on suspicion that they are involved in torture and other abuses, as the U.N's top rights body set up a fact-finding missions to look into human rights violations in the country....

At UN, Venezuela's rival delegations circle each other

Sep. 26, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — They came from the same country. They were in town for the same reason — as diplomatic representatives of their government. And they took pains to make sure their paths never, ever crossed. Two separate Venezuelan delegations can be found at the United Nations during the...

Trump meets with opposition Venezuela delegation at UN

Sep. 25, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump showed his support for the Venezuelan opposition Wednesday as he met with its delegation to the U.N. General Assembly instead of the official government delegation and called for an end to the "horrible and brutal oppression" of President Nicolas Maduro. Trump has...