Latest Nicolas Maduro News

Navy bribery fugitive 'Fat Leonard' seeks Venezuelan asylum

Sep. 26, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of U.S. Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. ...

Cargo traffic movement resumes between Colombia, Venezuela

Sep. 26, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Trucks loaded with aluminum and medications crossed a bridge linking Colombia and Venezuela for the first time in seven years Monday following restoration of diplomatic relations, giving regional businesses hope for growing trade. Colombia's new leftist...

Venezuela rejects UN report detailing torture, rights abuses

Sep. 26, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Venezuela's government on Monday rejected a report by independent experts working with the United Nations’ top human rights body who alleged President Nicolas Maduro had personally ordered the detention of government opponents, who endured electric shocks, asphyxiation and other...

Democrats in Florida seek to win over Latinos on gun control

Sep. 25, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Annette Taddeo walked to a podium overlooking Miami’s Biscayne Bay and described to her audience how she had fled terrorism as a teenager in Colombia and now feared for the safety of her 16-year-old daughter at an American public school. A blue and bright orange bus...

'Fat Leonard' may be Venezuela bargaining chip, experts say

Sep. 23, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of U.S. Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration, according...

Officials: Navy bribery case fugitive tried to get to Russia

Sep. 22, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Since escaping two weeks ago, officials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” — who orchestrated one of the U.S. Navy’s largest bribery scandals — zipped between countries to find a place where he could become virtually untouchable for...

Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across US

Sep. 21, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — It cost Nerio two months and everything he had to get from Venezuela to the U.S., traveling mainly by foot and watching as exhausted fellow migrants were assaulted or left behind to die. Like an increasing number of Venezuelans, Nerio undertook a dangerous...

UN experts: Rights abuses continue in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 20, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Independent experts working with the U.N.’s top human rights body say Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro personally ordered the detention of government opponents and critics who ended up suffering electric shocks, beatings, asphyxiation and other cruel acts while in...

Venezuelan migration picks up, reaches about 6.8M

Aug. 31, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

LOS PATIOS, Colombia (AP) — Arbelys Briceño fixed her eyes on the chicken soup in the plastic container set before her, the first warm meal she'd had in days. She began eating slowly, almost hesitantly, but then picked up the pace — and snagged another serving when soup kitchen workers offered...

UN rights chief hints report on Xinjiang may miss deadline

Aug. 25, 2022 05:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The outgoing U.N. human rights chief suggested Thursday that her office may not make good on her promise to release its long-awaited report on China’s Xinjiang region by the end of her term next week. Speaking to reporters, Michelle Bachelet said her office is...