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Colombian government, guerrilla group resume peace talks

Nov. 21, 2022 18:42 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Colombian government and the South American country’s largest remaining guerrilla group resumed peace talks Monday, breaking a roughly four-year hiatus during which the rebels have expanded the territory where they operate. Neighboring Venezuela,...

Airline flights resume between Colombia and Venezuela

Nov. 07, 2022 19:44 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Commercial flights between Colombia and Venezuela resumed Monday as relations improve between the South American neighbors following the election of Colombia’s first leftist president. The first flight to connect both countries was operated by Turpial, an...

Colombia leader to see Venezuela's Maduro as isolation thaws

Oct. 31, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela will have a face-to-face meeting Tuesday for the first time in six years as Colombia's new leader moves rapidly to improve long-frigid relations with a socialist neighbor still facing international sanctions. The meeting announced by the...

Survivors of Venezuelan mudslide bury dead, look for missing

Oct. 13, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

LAS TEJERÍAS, Venezuela (AP) — A day after burying his mother, Rafael Negrín on Wednesday carried the coffin of his aunt who also died in floods and landslides in central Venezuela that killed at least 43 people and left dozens missing. In total, Negrín lost three family...

Rain-fueled landslide sweeps through Venezuela town; 22 dead

Oct. 09, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

LAS TEJERÍAS, Venezuela (AP) — A landslide fueled by flooding and days of torrential rain swept through a town in central Venezuela, leaving at least 22 people dead as it dragged mud, rocks and trees through neighborhoods, authorities said Sunday. Dozens of people are missing. ...

Venezuela swaps 7 jailed Americans for Maduro relatives

Oct. 01, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare softening of hostile relations, Venezuela freed on Saturday seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on narcotics convictions. The swap of the...

Cargo traffic movement resumes between Colombia, Venezuela

Sep. 26, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Trucks loaded with aluminum and medications crossed a bridge linking Colombia and Venezuela for the first time in seven years Monday following restoration of diplomatic relations, giving regional businesses hope for growing trade. Colombia's new leftist...

Officials: Navy bribery case fugitive tried to get to Russia

Sep. 22, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Since escaping two weeks ago, officials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” — who orchestrated one of the U.S. Navy’s largest bribery scandals — zipped between countries to find a place where he could become virtually untouchable for...

Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across US

Sep. 21, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — It cost Nerio two months and everything he had to get from Venezuela to the U.S., traveling mainly by foot and watching as exhausted fellow migrants were assaulted or left behind to die. Like an increasing number of Venezuelans, Nerio undertook a dangerous...

UN experts: Rights abuses continue in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 20, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Independent experts working with the U.N.’s top human rights body say Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro personally ordered the detention of government opponents and critics who ended up suffering electric shocks, beatings, asphyxiation and other cruel acts while in...