Latest Nicolas Maduro News

A look at assassinations and assassination attempts this century

May. 17, 2024 04:10 AM EDT

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously wounded in an apparent assassination attempt just weeks before a Europe-wide election that has been deeply divisive. He was shot multiple times in an attack in the town of Handlova that authorities described as politically motivated, although...

Son-in-law of top opponent of Venezuela's president pleads guilty to US money laundering charges

May. 15, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The son-in-law of a prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges for his role in a vast bribery conspiracy to siphon $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company. As part of his plea agreement announced Tuesday in federal...

Billionaire Texas oilman inks deal with Venezuela's state-run oil giant as US sanctions loom

Apr. 24, 2024 18:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A company started by a Texas billionaire oilman announced a deal Wednesday with Venezuela's state-owned oil company to rehabilitate five aging oil fields, days after the Biden administration put a brake on sanctions relief over concerns about the fairness of the country's upcoming...

Venezuela's opposition backs unknown former diplomat in latest gambit to unseat Maduro

Apr. 20, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is rallying behind an unknown former diplomat to challenge Nicolas Maduro in this summer's presidential election, the latest gambit to unseat the self-declared socialist, whose lock on power seems all but assured. On Friday night, all 10 parties...

US reimposes oil sanctions on Venezuela as hopes for a fair presidential election fades

Apr. 17, 2024 19:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday reimposed crushing oil sanctions on Venezuela, admonishing President Nicolás Maduro's attempts to consolidate his rule just six months after the U.S. eased restrictions in a bid to support now fading hopes for a democratic opening in the OPEC...

Retired Venezuelan general who defied Maduro gets over 21 years in US prison

Apr. 08, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A retired three-star Venezuelan army general who twice tried to mount coups against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sentenced Monday to over 21 years in prison after he admitted providing weapons to drug-funded rebels. Cliver Alcalá, 62, of Caracas,...

Venezuela's Maduro makes his candidacy official while a would-be rival struggles to register

Mar. 25, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It’s a tale of two dramatically different political campaigns. On Monday, throngs of supporters of President Nicolás Maduro rallied at a giant stage draped in the red, yellow and blue colors of Venezuela's flag outside the electoral council headquarters...

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate María Machado names substitute while she fights ban

Mar. 22, 2024 19:46 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition powerhouse María Corina Machado on Friday named a substitute to her presidential bid while she fights a government ban on her running for office. The announcement comes as Machado faces increasing political repression from the...

As election nears, Venezuelan government keeps arresting opponents allegedly tied to criminal plots

Mar. 21, 2024 20:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Venezuela’s government would have it, President Nicolás Maduro and members of his inner circle have been the target of several conspiracies since last year that could have left them injured or worse. Few details have been released about the alleged plots....