Latest Venezuela News

Protesters: 'Cop City' activist's killing doesn't make sense

Jan. 29, 2023 14:42 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Tortuguita’s cautious voice rang out from a platform amid the tall pines the first time Vienna met them: “Who goes there?” she remembers them calling. The tree-dweller, who chose the moniker Tortuguita – Spanish for “Little Turtle” – over their given...

US court gives $153 million to Miami man jailed in Venezuela

Jan. 23, 2023 17:22 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge in Miami has awarded $153 million in damages to the family of an exiled Venezuelan lawyer lured back home by his father’s kidnapping only to end up imprisoned for two years on trumped up charges of working as a “financial terrorist” undermining President...

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...

Venezuela, Lebanon, SSudan lose UN voting rights over dues

Jan. 19, 2023 19:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela, Lebanon and South Sudan are in arrears on paying dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and are among six nations that have lost their voting rights in the 193-member General Assembly, the U.N. chief said in a letter circulated Thursday. ...

Colombia extradites to US brother of powerful left lawmaker

Jan. 19, 2023 14:21 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Colombia on Thursday extradited to the U.S. the brother of powerful leftist senator on charges that he conspired with dissident guerrillas to smuggle huge quantities of cocaine. A handcuffed Álvaro Córdoba was handed to agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

Maduro's newest foe: an in-home caregiver who fled Venezuela

Jan. 13, 2023 10:20 AM EST

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Like many of the 7 million Venezuelans who have abandoned their homeland in recent years, when Dinorah Figuera left behind her family and medical career in 2018 she was forced to accept meals from local charities and hop from one low-cost shared apartment to another upon...

Biden, López Obrador open Mexico meetings with brusque talk

Jan. 09, 2023 21:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador challenged U.S. President Joe Biden to end an attitude of “abandonment” and “disdain” for Latin America and the Caribbean as the two leaders met on Monday, making for a brusque opening to a summit of North American leaders....

Venezuela orders arrest of exiled lawmakers fighting Maduro

Jan. 09, 2023 15:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government has ordered the arrest of three exiled former lawmakers at the forefront of renewed efforts to unseat President Nicolas Maduro. Dinorah Figuera leads an all-female team selected last week by fellow opposition politicians to...

Exiled Venezuela lawmakers chosen to lead anti-Maduro fight

Jan. 09, 2023 13:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition has selected an all-female team of mostly unknown exiled former lawmakers to replace the beleaguered Juan Guaidó as the face of its faltering efforts to remove socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Last week, politicians who were...

Message from US asylum hopefuls: Financial sponsors needed

Jan. 06, 2023 17:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Migrants and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries have increasingly found that protections in the United States are available to those with money or the savvy to find someone to vouch for them financially. President Joe Biden...