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Venezuela arrests security chief for opposition leader days ahead of presidential vote

Jul. 17, 2024 14:51 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials in Venezuela arrested the head of security for the country's top opposition leader on Wednesday, a little more than a week before President Nicolás Maduro faces a tough reelection. Former lawmaker and opposition powerhouse María Corina Machado...

Venezuelans rehearse voting weeks before the pivotal presidential election

Jun. 30, 2024 17:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Some Venezuelans cast mock votes in a rehearsal Sunday, less than a month before the highly anticipated election in which President Nicolás Maduro seeks a third term. The test allows Venezuela’s ruling party to gauge its voter-mobilizing powers, which...

Colombia launches talks with rebel group led by fighters who returned to arms after 2016 peace deal

Jun. 24, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia launched peace talks with the Second Marquetalia rebel group on Monday as the administration of leftist President Gustavo Petro tries to pacify rural areas of the country that have seen rising violence despite efforts to broker ceasefires with various armed...

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Gonzalez seeks unity in first rally

May. 18, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

LA VICTORIA, Venezuela (AP) — The presidential candidate of Venezuela’s chief opposition coalition on Saturday sought to cultivate a mood of hope and possibility in a large rally that marked the start of a campaign he admittedly never imagined leading. Edmundo González Urrutia,...

Venezuela's barred opposition candidate is now the fiery surrogate of her lesser-known replacement

May. 16, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — At an intersection packed in four directions, rallygoers scream and light up cellphones in the evening as Venezuelan opposition figure María Corina Machado climbs onto a flatbed truck like a presidential candidate. She has been barred from the...

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...

Ex-Venezuelan diplomat 'never' considered being president but will launch campaign this month

May. 10, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A few weeks ago, Edmundo González Urrutia was just another grandfather visiting his daughter and grandchildren, who live abroad, enjoying two months of family time in retirement. But the leisurely pace - and the anonymity - will have to wait as he now campaigns to...