Latest Venezuela News

US launches hospital ship to countries absorbing Venezuelans

Jun. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence declared Tuesday that Venezuela's authoritarian leader "must go" as the U.S. Navy launched a hospital ship on a five-month mission to help Latin American countries struggling to absorb migrants from the crisis-wracked country. Pence briefly toured the ship at Miami's...

Venezuelan prosecutor: Opposition leader linked to crimes

Jun. 18, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Tuesday accused opposition leader Juan Guaidó of being the author of an alleged public corruption scheme stemming from a call for security forces to abandon President Nicolás Maduro. Attorney General Tarek William Saab said his office is...

Venezuela's misery doesn't even spare the dead in Maracaibo

Jun. 18, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Even the dead aren't safe in Maracaibo, a sweltering, suffering city in Venezuela. Thieves have broken into some of the vaults and coffins in El Cuadrado cemetery since late last year, stealing ornaments and sometimes items from corpses as the country sinks to new depths of...

10 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 18, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US AND IRAN NEAR POTENTIAL FLASHPOINT Washington and Tehran are edging closer to a possible confrontation as Tehran says it's breaking compliance with a nuclear accord and the Trump administration orders...

Venezuela's Guaidó grapples with case of alleged corruption

Jun. 17, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition on Monday came under increasing scrutiny for a case in which two activists allegedly misappropriated funds designated to help Venezuelan security forces who deserted and crossed into Colombia. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó said his...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents. Diplomats and members of the Venezuelan opposition said the sanctions being...

Venezuelans rush to Peru before new requirements take effect

Jun. 14, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

AGUAS VERDES, Peru (AP) — Tired and thirsty, Betania Ramírez crossed into Peru on Friday with her 1-year-old girl in her arms and her 8-year-old boy beside her. Ramírez has no friends or relatives in Peru, and some of her luggage was stolen as she crossed two countries in cargo trucks and on foot...

UN human rights chief Bachelet to visit Venezuela next week

Jun. 14, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official has scheduled a trip to Venezuela next week featuring meetings with President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, among others. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's office said the former Chilean...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jun. 14, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Amateur soccer teams made up of transgender men and other LGBT teams played games in Rio as they count on the nation's love of soccer to help...