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Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine

Apr. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Venezuela's reliance on Russia grows amid the country's unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin's point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region. In a rare interview, Russian Ambassador...

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

Apr. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to...

After years of crisis, Venezuelans wonder what is 'normal'

Apr. 16, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A normal country? At first glance, the graffiti reading "Un pais normal?" seems ambiguous in Venezuela's frayed capital, where the government brandishes slogans like clenched fists and the opposition lobs insults at President Nicolás Maduro. Actually, the message on a Caracas...

The Latest: Maduro calls US vice president 'ridiculous'

Apr. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political and humanitarian crisis (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro is lambasting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's remarks at the U.N. Security Council as both "ridiculous" and "racist." In a televised address early Wednesday...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

Apr. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his...

Venezuela street rallies show deep divide in power struggle

Apr. 6, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Rival political factions took to the streets across Venezuela on Saturday in a mounting struggle for control of the crisis-wracked nation, where U.S.- backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó is attempting to oust socialist President Nicólas Maduro. It was the first march...

Switzerland to represent US interests in Venezuela

Apr. 5, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Switzerland has agreed to represent America's interests in Venezuela following the Trump administration's decision to withdraw its staff from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. It says Switzerland will be what's known as the "protecting power" for the United States...

Mountain park becomes public bath amid Venezuela crisis

Apr. 4, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After generations of breathing life into Venezuela's crowded capital, the tree-covered slopes of El Avila mountain looming above Caracas are being transformed into a public bath amid worsening power failures that are disrupting life in the crisis-wracked country. Every day,...

AP PHOTOS: As the sun sets, Venezuela's capital empties

Apr. 4, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When the sun goes down in Venezuela's capital of Caracas, the once-thriving metropolis empties under darkness. Many street lights don't work. Residents avoid stepping outside their homes due to crime — or for lack of anything to spend — as a creeping economic...

AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?

Apr. 3, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A previously little-known Venezuelan congressman, Juan Guaidó, leaped to the front stage of Venezuela's political conflict early this year by declaring himself interim president in a bid to force the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro loyalists so far have stopped...