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UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela

Jun. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for allegedly silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence. On her first visit to the South...

Russia, other key powers discuss Venezuelan crisis in Sweden

Jun. 13, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Sweden is hosting talks between major global powers with stakes in dealing with Venezuela's political turmoil, the latest effort to jumpstart flagging attempts to find a peaceful solution to the country's crisis. A European diplomat said Thursday that representatives of Russia, the...

Venezuela's massive blackout sparks boom in generator sales

Jun. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Wilfido Briñez considers himself lucky to live with the roar of electric generators outside his front door in Maracaibo, Venezuela's second largest city and ground zero for the nation's rolling blackouts. While many of his neighbors sit in the dark waiting for the lights to...

Venezuelans adopt recycling habits amid economic uncertainty

Jun. 11, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In Venezuela, the financial hopes of Eliset González are riding on a niche trade. Each day, González sits at a market kiosk in Caracas and repairs broken lightbulbs for people who can't afford new ones in the crisis-torn nation. "I feel that with this I help the...

Jailed Citgo executives ordered to stand trial in Venezuela

Jun. 8, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Six American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for 18 months finally got their day in court Friday only to see their hopes of being released dashed. Judge Rosvelin Gil, during a preliminary hearing, accepted prosecutor Aramay Terán's request that the six...

Norway mediation effort in Venezuela's crisis slows

Jun. 7, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan leader Juan Guaidó said Friday that the opposition's demand for presidential elections is not negotiable, slowing mediation efforts by Norway aimed at resolving Venezuela's political crisis. "A new meeting isn't planned at the moment, we can get what we've proposed...

The Latest: US will recognize expired Venezuelan passports

Jun. 7, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The Trump administration says it will recognize the validity of Venezuelan passports for five years beyond their printed expiration dates. The State Department announced Friday that the passports will be...

Venezuelan activist's wife, daughter arrive in Spain

Jun. 4, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The wife and daughter of a prominent Venezuelan opposition activist have arrived in Madrid after leaving the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Spain said Tuesday. Lilian Tintori, the wife of Leopoldo López, and her child are "in perfect health," the Spanish government said in a...

Univision says it recovered contentious Maduro interview

May. 30, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Univision television network said Thursday that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. Ramos said the recovery of...

Norway says Venezuelan talks making progress

May. 29, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Norway's government on Wednesday praised progress made in talks between representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the political opponents trying to oust him, even as tensions mounted back home. The second round of meetings in Norway that ended Wednesday were...