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AP Exclusive: Imprisoned supercop's escape from Venezuela

Jun. 25, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the last rays of sunlight faded into the Caribbean Sea, political fugitive Iván Simonovis was speeding toward an island rendezvous with freedom. Three weeks earlier he had fled house arrest in the Venezuelan capital, rappelling down a 75-foot (25-meter) wall in the dead of night,...

UN human rights chief appeals for dialogue in Venezuela

Jun. 21, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official urged Venezuela's government and opposition Friday to put aside deep political differences and commit to dialogue aimed at ending a humanitarian crisis showing no signs of letting up. The comments by U.N. High Commissioner for Human...

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...

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...

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...

Russia, other key powers discuss Venezuelan crisis in Sweden

Jun. 13, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Sweden is hosting talks between major global powers with stakes in dealing with Venezuela's political turmoil, the latest effort to jumpstart flagging attempts to find a peaceful solution to the country's crisis. A European diplomat said Thursday that representatives of Russia, the...

Norway mediation effort in Venezuela's crisis slows

Jun. 7, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan leader Juan Guaidó said Friday that the opposition's demand for presidential elections is not negotiable, slowing mediation efforts by Norway aimed at resolving Venezuela's political crisis. "A new meeting isn't planned at the moment, we can get what we've proposed...

Putin says Russia didn't meddle in US vote, despite evidence

Jun. 6, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reaffirmed his staunch denial that his government meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election despite the extensive evidence to the contrary, and insisted Moscow has no intention of interfering in any future votes, either....

Putin: Russia has no intention to deploy troops or set up military bases in Venezuela

Jun. 6, 2019 7:53 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Putin: Russia has no intention to deploy troops or set up military bases in Venezuela .

Norwegian diplomat pushes Venezuela talks against the odds

May. 31, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — If there's a negotiated settlement to Venezuela*s protracted crisis, it will likely be reached with the help of a self-effacing, tight-lipped Scandinavian diplomat with a fondness for distance running. Dag Nylander is leading the exploratory talks between representatives of Nicolas...