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FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

A Toyota Tacoma with flashing lights sits among vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million, at Port Everglades after they were seized by Homeland Security Investigations, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The vehicles were to be smuggled to Venezuela in violation of U.S. export laws and sanctions against the socialist Venezuelan Government. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring

Jul. 8, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators said Wednesday they have seized 81 vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million that were bound for Venezuela as part of a smuggling ring operated for wealthy and politically connected people. Anthony Salisbury, chief of the Miami Homeland Security...

British judge refuses to give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro control of gold in Bank of England vault

Jul. 2, 2020 5:59 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British judge refuses to give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro control of gold in Bank of England vault.
A worker from the Transportation Ministry explains proper mask usage to non-compliant pedestrians on a corner of downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 29, 2020, amid efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela calls congressional elections amid political fight

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials announced Wednesday that congressional elections will be held on the first Sunday in December to choose members of the only branch of government not now controlled by socialist Presidethat nt Nicolás Maduro. National Elections Council President Indira...

FILE - This file photo shows a reward poster released on March 26, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Justice, for Venezuelan former General Cliver Alcala-Cordones after the U.S. Justice Department indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and several aides on narcoterrorism charges. The former general, who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Maduro, claims he's unable to afford private counsel in the U.S. narcotics case, according to his attorney in late June. (Department of Justice via AP, File)

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

Jun. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration increased pressure on Venezuelan Maduro, Thursday, June 18, targeting a lifeline he's used for selling crude oil run by a close associate of the socialist leader who was recently jailed in Cape Verde. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Trump downplays remarks about meeting Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to walk back comments that he would consider meeting Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro following an interview that cast doubt on his support for the socialist leader's main rival, Juan Guaidó. Trump said in a tweet Monday that...

Venezuela accuses US of blocking ability to pay UN dues

Jun. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela is accusing the United States of blocking its ability to pay over $21 million in dues to the United Nations causing the loss of its voting rights in the General Assembly. Venezuela’s U.N. Ambassador Samuel Moncada asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo then Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami. Venezuela's socialist government tried to recruit former Congressman Pete Sessions to broker a meeting with the CEO of Exxon Mobil at the same time it was secretly paying a close former House colleague $50 million to keep U.S. sanctions at bay, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Sources: Venezuela wooed Texas Republican to ease sanctions

Jun. 22, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government tried to recruit then-Congressman Pete Sessions to broker a meeting with the CEO of Exxon Mobil at the same time it was secretly paying a close former House colleague $50 million to keep U.S. sanctions at bay, The Associated Press has learned. An official at...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, Mauricio Claver-Carone, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs, right, arrives to meet with Bolivia's Foreign Minister Karen Longaric in La Paz, Bolivia. The Trump administration said Tuesday, June 16, 2020, that it plans to nominate Claver-Carone to lead the Inter-American Development Bank. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Testing tradition, Trump taps US official to lead Latin bank

Jun. 16, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday it plans to nominate the top White House official for Latin America to lead the Inter-American Development Bank, aiming to break a six-decade tradition of choosing the bank's leadership from candidates in that region. The Treasury Department said Mauricio...

FILE - In this  Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, sitting at desk second from right, speaks with Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno at the Supreme Court before giving his annual presidential address in Caracas, Venezuela. The court ordered on Monday, June 15, 2020, the takeover of Democratic Action, one of the nation’s oldest and most influential political parties, which is now opposed to the government. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Venezuela court orders takeover of 2 major political parties

Jun. 16, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's Supreme Court, loyal to President Nicolás Maduro, on Tuesday ordered the takeover of two influential political parties opposed to the socialist government ahead of parliamentary elections expected this year. The court suspended and replaced the board of directors...