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Álvaro Colom, former president of Guatemala, dies at 71

Jan. 24, 2023 01:06 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemala President Álvaro Colom, who governed from 2008 to 2012 and supported a United Nations anti-corruption mission that later investigated him, died Monday, lawmakers from his party announced. He was 71. “I deeply lament the death of...

Venezuela frees former spy chief who defied Nicolás Maduro

Jan. 21, 2023 13:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government has freed a former spy chief who spent nearly five years in prison for leading a movement of loyalists to the late leftist President Hugo Chávez in challenging the rule of his handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro. Miguel Rodríguez Torres...

Jury finds Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse guilty of money laundering

Dec. 13, 2022 18:24 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The former nurse of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been found guilty of money laundering in connection to bribes paid by a billionaire media mogul to green light lucrative currency transactions when she served as the country's national treasurer. A jury in...

Today in History: December 6, 13th Amendment is ratified

Dec. 06, 2022 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2022. There are 25 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified as Georgia became the...

Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats

Nov. 29, 2022 16:58 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For years, as the U.S. has ramped up pressure on Venezuela’s socialist government, dozens of allegedly corrupt insiders have raced through the U.S. criminal justice system, cutting plea bargains to avoid lengthy prison sentences and sparing prosecutors the work of...

US-owned firms appear to help Venezuela avoid US sanctions

Nov. 16, 2022 15:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A company with an office in Houston and another owned by two American citizens appear to be helping Venezuela bypass U.S. sanctions and quietly transport millions in petroleum products aboard an Iranian-built tanker, The Associated Press has learned. The sanctions...