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Venezuela's baseball season kicks off but virus takes a toll

Nov. 27, 2020 6:05 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s storied baseball season kicked off Friday — and an economic crisis and global pandemic will make it one for the record books. Stadiums that have long been a temporary escape from the South American country's mounting poverty and political turmoil were...

This December 2015 family photo shows Jose Pereira, second left, one of the Houston-based Citgo oil executives convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela, pictured with his wife Mervis, from left, and children, Sara, John, unidentified grandson and Joao, in Houston, Texas. Jose Pereira, 63, is one of the six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela who were found guilty of corruption charges by a Venezuelan judge on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Courtesy of John Pereira via AP)

Family of jailed oil exec asks for Venezuelan leader's mercy

Nov. 27, 2020 4:59 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The family of a Houston-based Citgo oil executive convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela alongside five others appealed directly to President Nicolás Maduro on Friday for mercy. In an open letter, relatives of José Pereira, 63, wrote to Maduro that he has a long...

Jesus Loreto, an attorney representing Tomeu Vadell, one of six U.S. oil executives jailed for three years in Venezuela, shows a letter written by Vadell, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. In the letter provided exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Vadell pleads for freedom, reflects on his past and shares the pain he feels over being separated from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he's never held. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

Nov. 26, 2020 10:44 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were found guilty of corruption charges by a judge Thursday and immediately sentenced to prison, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States. Some relatives had...

A Venezuelan judge has found 6 American oil executives guilty of corruption charges and sentenced them to prison

Nov. 26, 2020 7:48 PM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan judge has found 6 American oil executives guilty of corruption charges and sentenced them to prison.
Nancy Rodriguez, a 76-year-old COVID-19 patient, wipes tears as she explains her battle with the virus under a tent for patients who will be discharged from the Peréz de León II Hospital, a public hospital where Doctors Without Borders operates in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Sept. 22, 2020. Venezuela's count of roughly 800 COVID-19 deaths among its more than 90,000 cases is likely an undercount, as many are fearful of the broken health care system and choose to stay home. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Doctors Without Borders ends COVID care in Venezuela clinic

Nov. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of a hospital in a Venezuelan slum that had been one of the nation’s best-equipped to treat COVID-19 patients, saying government restrictions made work impossible. Roughly 40 foreign professionals including...

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, left, listens to Sidney Powell, both lawyers for President Donald Trump, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump campaign legal team distances itself from Powell

Nov. 22, 2020 10:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Perhaps Sidney Powell has gone too far for even Rudy Giuliani this time. The Trump campaign's legal team moved to distance itself Sunday from the firebrand conservative attorney after a tumultuous several days in which Powell made multiple incorrect statements about the voting process,...

Members of President Donald Trump's legal team, Sidney Powell, right, with Jenna Ellis, left, attend a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flailing effort resting on mendacity

Nov. 21, 2020 8:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's flailing attempt to cling to office after voters decisively chose to oust him has taken the country into a dark and fictional place. According to falsehoods being told on his behalf and embraced by him, the U.S. election was manipulated by scheming from a dead...

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. Giuliani is jokingly

AP FACT CHECK: Trump legal team's batch of false vote claims

Nov. 20, 2020 1:00 AM EST

Despite a lack of evidence of widespread irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s legal team used a Thursday press conference to go through a laundry list of far-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election. Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping...

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. Giuliani is jokingly

AP FACT CHECK: Trump legal team's batch of false vote claims

Nov. 19, 2020 8:18 PM EST

Despite a lack of evidence of widespread irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s legal team used a Thursday press conference to go through a laundry list of far-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election. Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, the U.S flag flies outside the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. U.S. charge d'affairs for Venezuela James Story and his team of fellow diplomats lowered the flag at the U.S. Embassy in March 2019, just a couple months after President Donald Trump recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

US has 1st ambassador in decade to Venezuela amid tensions

Nov. 18, 2020 11:38 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Washington has its first ambassador for Venezuela in a decade despite the U.S. having no diplomats at its Caracas embassy amid a breakdown in relations. James Story's nomination as ambassador was confirmed Wednesday by a U.S. Senate voice vote. The South Carolina native takes the...