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Venezuela asks Spain to extradite leading opposition figure

May. 25, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela has filed a request to get a prominent opposition activist extradited from Spain to complete the remaining 8 years of a 14-year prison sentence for instigating violence in antigovernment protests and other alleged crimes, The Associated Press learned Tuesday. ...

Venezuelans tied to anti-Maduro plot sentenced to 6 years

May. 19, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Colombia has sentenced three Venezuelan men to six years in prison for helping organize an ill-conceived plot to remove President Nicolás Maduro involving former American Green Berets. The sentence handed down late Tuesday was the minimum...

Venezuelan lawmakers OK opposition members to election board

May. 04, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s National Assembly named two opposition stalwarts, including a formerly jailed activist, as election officials Tuesday, the latest move by President Nicolás Maduro to seek improved relations with the Biden administration. It is...

Venezuela gives US oilmen house arrest in gesture to Biden

Apr. 30, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives jailed in Venezuela more than three years ago on corruption charges were granted house arrest on Friday in a gesture of goodwill toward the Biden administration as it reviews its policy toward the politically turbulent South American country. ...

Venezuela's 'doctor of the poor' beatified in small ceremony

Apr. 30, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man revered by millions of Venezuelans as the “doctor of the poor” is one step away from sainthood after being beatified Friday in the South American country’s capital. Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernández, who died in 1919, was beatified in a...

Venezuela's beloved 'doctor of the poor' to be beatified

Apr. 29, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With the austerity of a monk, a vocation to seek the good of others and a bright scientific mind, Jose Gregorio Hernández won the affection of those who called him “the doctor of the poor.” He became a religious icon after his death in 1919, and since then...

Vatican No 2 skips trip to Venezuela, cites pandemic

Apr. 28, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican No. 2 is skipping a planned trip to Venezuela this week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s former ambassador to Caracas, had planned to celebrate the April 30 beatification of Jose Gregorio Hernandez,...

UN agency to provide food assistance for Venezuelan children

Apr. 19, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The food assistance agency of the United Nations announced Monday that it will begin operations in Venezuela after reaching an agreement with the South American nation’s government. The efforts of the World Food Program will focus on feeding...

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Apr. 17, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The number of lives lost, as...

Swiss banker to Venezuelan kleptocrats becomes star witness

Apr. 08, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Matthias Krull pulls up his pant leg and slides a gardening shear on the ankle monitor that for two years has been a constant reminder of his crimes. With a court order in hand, and a child’s voice echoing from the next room, the former Swiss banker...