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US still seeks to extradite ex-Venezuelan spy master

Sep. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it is exploring ways to extradite a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling, even after Spain's National Court rejected a U.S. extradition request. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti said...

AP Exclusive: US helping Venezuela's Guaido track stolen art

Sep. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating the suspected looting of valuable European and Latin American artwork they believe is being quietly plundered by Venezuelan government insiders as Nicolas Maduro struggles to maintain his grip on power. The U.S. Treasury in recent months has sought...

US, Venezuela opposition majority renew support for Guaidó

Sep. 17, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-led congress stood by Juan Guaidó on Tuesday, saying he will be the crisis-wracked nation's interim president until Nicolás Maduro's grip on power has been broken. The socialist government hours later released the No. 2 leader of congress, Edgar...

Spanish court publishes ruling on Venezuelan ex-spy chief

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court says it rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges because the charges lacked detail and accepted the defense's claim that it was politically motivated. The court's ruling released...

Split emerges in Venezuela opposition over talks with gov't

Sep. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A minority group of opposition parties in Venezuela agreed Monday to enter negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro's government without the participation of U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó, eroding his efforts to hold together a coalition to confront the...

Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

Sep. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. He...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won't waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated. Defense lawyers for retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal claimed in the court that...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...

Venezuela's socialist govt happy over removal of John Bolton

Sep. 10, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's embattled socialist government expressed delight Tuesday over the firing of U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, whose hawkish views and tough rhetoric were constant irritants for the region's leftist leaders. Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami, who was a special...