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US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

May. 17, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow...

Venezuela opposition faction to hold presidential primaries

May. 16, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition faction backed by the United States announced plans Monday to hold a primary contest next year to choose a presidential candidate for the planned 2024 election. The Unitary Platform said in a statement that it has reshaped into a...

Venezuela plans stock sale in break from socialist model

May. 14, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is seeking private investors to pump funds into vital but crippled state-run companies, decades after seizing them in the name of socialism. The government on Monday intends to offer 5% to 10% stakes in companies ranging from...

Appeals court thwarts Maduro ally's claim of diplomat status

May. 02, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals panel has thwarted an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's attempts to be recognized as a foreign diplomat, leaving it to a lower court to decide for now whether he is immune from prosecution. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel did...

Pension hike not enough for Venezuelans to afford basic food

Apr. 09, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When lunchtime comes, Maybel Sequera and Juan González share a plate of noodles and beans at their home in a low-income neighborhood west of Venezuela’s capital. Their meager lunch was a gift from a nonprofit organization as the couple cannot afford to feed...

Music stars return to Venezuela after skipping it for years

Apr. 04, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The ground shook at the instant the voice of Mexican music star Alejandro Fernandez collided with the deafening cheers of fans gathered for his first concert in Venezuela in over a decade. After an initial shocked pause at seeing the artist finally take...

International Criminal Court to open office in Venezuela

Mar. 31, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court said Thursday that it will open an office in Venezuela as it investigates allegations of torture and killings by the South American country’s security forces. The decision to open the office...

Mexican president revels in new airport; questions remain

Mar. 21, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated a new Mexico City airport on Monday, one of his four hallmark building projects. The government pulled out all the fanfare it could muster, including releasing a documentary on the project showing an...

Customized cars, SUVs take parties on the road in Venezuela

Mar. 17, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of people dance rhythmically, almost shoulder to shoulder, in a neighborhood in the outskirts of Venezuela’s capital, transforming a narrow street into a mini dance festival. It’s near midnight, and when “Do It To It” of TikTok fame starts playing,...

Pressure builds on Biden to repay Venezuela's goodwill moves

Mar. 10, 2022 09:21 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Pressure is building on the Biden administration to begin unwinding sanctions on Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro freed two American prisoners and promised to resume negotiations with his opponents. Maduro’s goodwill gesture came during a weekend trip to...