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People stand close to their vehicles as they wait in line to fill up their vehicles with gasoline in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 11, 2020. Lines at gas stations around the country's capital looked getting longer Saturday. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Prices may be rising for world's cheapest gas in Venezuela

May. 27, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday he's appointed a team of specialists to consider whether the price of the world's cheapest gasoline in Venezuela should rise for drivers in the crisis-stricken nation. Venezuela boasts the world's largest underground oil reserves, but...

Venezuelan Olympic medalist Stefany Hernandez, a BMX racing cyclist, rides across an empty Bolivar Avenue amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Despite a quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19, Hernandez trains three times a week in hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP PHOTOS: Olympic dreams for locked-down Venezuela athletes

May. 27, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Stefany Hernández zips on her bike across a vast, empty boulevard in Venezuela's capital, getting in training where she can find it. A 2015 world champion bike motocross racer, she's trying to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, now delayed until next year, while coping with...

Homes cover a hill in the San Agustin neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, May 17, 2020. President Nicolas Maduro is relaxing quarantine measures over the weekend by allowing children and older adults out of their homes for a few hours each day. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's apparent respite from COVID-19 may not last long

May. 27, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Defying dire predictions, Venezuela so far seems to have avoided the coronavirus wave striking much of South America. But experts warn that while the virus may have been slow to spread here, due in large part to Venezuela’s isolation, the number of daily illnesses could...

People push a car that ran out of gas to a state-run oil company PDVSA filling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 25, 2020. The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran this week is expected to temporarily ease Venezuela's fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two U.S. foes. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline

May. 25, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves. The gasoline shipments are...

A view of the vessel the Clavel sailing on international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

1st Iranian ship reaches Venezuela with no sign of US threat

May. 23, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran reached Venezuelan waters late Saturday, expected to temporarily ease the South American nation’s fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two U.S. foes. The oil tanker Fortune...

A DirectTV logo identifies the company's headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 22, 2020. Venezuela’s high court ordered on Friday the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property, days after the U.S. firm abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelan high court orders DirecTV property seized

May. 22, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's high court ordered the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property Friday, days after the U.S. company abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. The Supreme Court ruling told the nation's telecommunications agency to seize satellite...

Security forces, back, leave a facility in the Macuto area in La Guiara, Venezuela, Sunday, May 3, 2020. Interior Nestor Reverol said on state television that Venezuelan forces overcame an armed maritime incursion by boats through the port city of La Guaira from neighboring Colombia before dawn Sunday, in which several attackers were killed and others detained. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

UN urges Venezuela's rival political leaders to resume talks

May. 20, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations called on Venezuela’s feuding political leaders Wednesday to urgently resume serious negotiations, while Russia and its Caracas government ally traded barbs with the United States and Colombia over a failed armed raid on the Venezuelan coast. U.N. political...

A view of the vessel the Clavel, right, sailing on international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

Venezuela to escort Iranian tankers bringing needed fuel

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation's armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country in case of any U.S. aggression. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said Venezuela's...

FILE - In this  Jan. 9, 2020 file photo, a DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. AT&T, one of the last major American companies still operating in Venezuela, said Tuesday, May 19, 2020 it will immediately abandon Venezuela’s pay TV market, as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the Venezuelan government, making it impossible to comply with the legal requirements of both countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

AT&T quits Venezuela as US sanctions force it to defy Maduro

May. 19, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday it will immediately ditch Venezuela's pay TV market as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The Dallas-based company's closing of its Venezuela unit is...

Maria Figueroa, a 34-year-old mother of four, fails to connect to the internet to send pictures of her sons' homework back to their teachers, from the roof of her apartment, which has gone two weeks without running water in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. With schools shut down amid the new coronavirus pandemic, students with connectivity receive online instruction, but most are not connected, nor have devices, requiring parents and teachers to make trips to schools. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans struggle to educate kids amid pandemic lockdown

May. 15, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — María Figueroa often climbs onto the rooftop of her building in Venezuela’s capital clutching a phone and laptop looking for a signal and has paid to run an internet cable to her neighbor’s home, as she struggles to educate her children remotely amid a...