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US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

May. 17, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow...

Venezuela opposition faction to hold presidential primaries

May. 16, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition faction backed by the United States announced plans Monday to hold a primary contest next year to choose a presidential candidate for the planned 2024 election. The Unitary Platform said in a statement that it has reshaped into a...

Venezuela plans stock sale in break from socialist model

May. 14, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is seeking private investors to pump funds into vital but crippled state-run companies, decades after seizing them in the name of socialism. The government on Monday intends to offer 5% to 10% stakes in companies ranging from...

Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse-turned treasurer extradited to US

May. 13, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Venezuelan woman who rose from being the late President Hugo Chávez's nurse to the nation's treasurer has been extradited from Spain to the U.S. to face money-laundering charges. Federal prosecutors in South Florida are accusing Claudia Díaz, 48, of...

Bolivia's Arce warns may not attend Summit of the Americas

May. 11, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's President Luis Arce says he may not go to the Summit of the Americas if some countries from the region are not invited, joining Mexico's leader in objecting to suggestions that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua might be excluded from the June meeting in Los Angeles. ...

Mexico president threatens to skip Americas Summit

May. 10, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Tuesday that he would not attend next month's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles if the Biden administration excludes Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — adding his voice to increasing warnings of a boycott by some leaders across the region. ...

Ex-Venezuela mayor surrenders in Miami for oil bribe scheme

May. 05, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A one-time ally of Hugo Chávez wanted for prosecution by his socialist successor Nicolás Maduro has quietly surrendered in Miami in connection to a major bribery scheme involving joint oil ventures with foreign partners. Jhonnathan Marín was serving as mayor of the...

Venezuela's Maduro, others meet with Iran oil minister

May. 04, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking Venezuelan officials have met with the oil minister of Iran to discuss cooperation in energy matters and efforts to defeat economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies. Officials from both...

Appeals court thwarts Maduro ally's claim of diplomat status

May. 02, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals panel has thwarted an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's attempts to be recognized as a foreign diplomat, leaving it to a lower court to decide for now whether he is immune from prosecution. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel did...

Venezuelan immigrants bring flavors from home to new lands

May. 02, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The eyes of Fabiana Marquez brightened after she took the first bite of a savory, crescent-like bread stuffed with ham and cheese. Memories flooded her mind. The Venezuelan immigrant hadn’t eaten a “cachito” in almost five years until she stumbled across a vendor outside...