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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...

Venezuela's ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant

Apr. 12, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's longtime spy chief was arrested Friday in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a U.S. drug warrant a few weeks after he threw his support behind opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. The arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised the late leader...

Venezuela's rival factions rally as power struggle persists

Mar. 30, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido took his campaign for change to one of the country's most populous states on Saturday, while supporters of the man he is trying to oust, President Nicolas Maduro, held a rival demonstration in the capital after another nationwide blackout....

Red Cross ready to aid Venezuela, warns against politics

Mar. 29, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday that it is poised to deliver aid to Venezuela, warning that it will not accept any interference from President Nicolas Maduro or opposition leader Juan Guaido. Federation president Francesco Rocca...

Weary Venezuelans adapt to more nationwide power cuts

Mar. 26, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans reacted with despair and resourcefulness on Tuesday as nationwide power cuts closed schools and businesses, paralyzing a nation that was only starting to recover from its worst blackouts earlier this month. The new outages, which began Monday, forced people to follow...

For Venezuela's 1 percent, a lavish wedding amid crisis

Mar. 25, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

ACARIGUA, Venezuela (AP) — It was the sort of celebration that's become rare in troubled Venezuela: a lavish destination wedding of two young entrepreneurs at a dude ranch on the country's vast tropical plains, a region known for its rugged cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle — and where camps...

Venezuelan power struggle creates diplomatic duel abroad

Mar. 24, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When Lorena Delgado approached the Venezuelan consulate in Colombia's capital on a recent afternoon hoping to extend the life of her expiring passport, she found the metal gates to the languishing building shuttered. Days earlier, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro had severed ties...

South American leaders launch new bloc to replace Unasur

Mar. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A group of South American presidents on Friday launched a new regional bloc to replace the Union of South American Nations that was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to counter U.S. influence in the region. The previous group, called Unasur, was started in 2008 when...

AP Exclusive: Guaido's Citgo snubs US execs in Caracas jail

Mar. 22, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When the Trump administration paved the way for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to name a new board to run the U.S. affiliate of Venezuela's state oil company, it was a rare glimmer of hope for the American families of six oil executives jailed for over a year without a...

Mexican president promises not to seek re-election

Mar. 19, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has signed an open letter promising to not seek re-election after his six-year term ends in 2024. That move was prompted by opposition fears that a proposal to let voters oust the president midway through his term might actually end up...