Nicolas Maduro

  • Venezuela Jan 7

    Venezuela’s Would-Be Congress Leader Shrugs Off Accusations

    Nicolás Maduro’s government in Venezuela has moved aggressively to wipe out what remains of resistance to his socialist rule by trying to install a pliant leadership in congress. It’s a move opponents compare to an attempted coup of Venezuela’s last democratic institution. The surprise gambit took place during a chaotic National Assembly session Sunday at which Maduro’s chief challenger expected...

  • Venezuela Jan 6

    Venezuela’s Guaidó Blocked From Congress as Impasse Deepens

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó faces an internal test of his authority in a key vote Sunday as he campaigns to oust President Nicolás Maduro and end Venezuela’s economic and humanitarian crisis....

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    The opposition-controlled National Assembly will decide whether to keep Guaidó as its leader for a second year. Guaidó will also come under pressure to articulate a fresh vision for...

  • Venezuela Dec 17, 2019

    Venezuelan Opposition Politicians Resort to Virtual Lawmaking

    Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela who say they fear persecution by President Nicolas Maduro’s government can now cast their votes through the cloud, the National Assembly decided Tuesday. The opposition-led congress adopted a rules change that allows its members to virtually cast their votes and participate in debates. They can now participate in sessions from outside Venezuela or domestically without...

  • Venezuela Dec 5, 2019

    Maduro Foes Balk at UN-Backed Venezuela Power Crisis Deal

    A proposal to address Venezuela’s power crisis with the help of the United Nations is proving a political hot potato for Nicolas Maduro’s opponents....

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    On Tuesday, the opposition-controlled National Assembly at the last minute scratched a schedule debate on a $350 million credit from a regional development bank to supply emergency power to areas in Venezuela that have been in the...

  • Oct 30, 2019

    Venezuela’s Battle to Keep Prized Citgo Refineries Hits US Courts

    Venezuela’s opposition led by Juan Guaidó took its fight to keep control of its prized Citgo refineries to the U.S. courts on Tuesday in an attempt to block bondholders from foreclosing. Guaidó’s team argues that socialist President Nicolás Maduro in 2016 put Citgo up as collateral in an ill-advised debt swap without the opposition-controlled National Assembly’s approval — making the...

  • Oct 19, 2019

    US Slaps New Sanctions on Cuba Over Human Rights, Support for Venezuela

    The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and its human rights record at home. The Department of Commerce said in a statement it is revoking existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines and will deny future applications for aircraft leases. It will also expand the sanctions on...

  • Sep 24, 2019

    Trump Administration to Triple Democracy Aid to Venezuela

    The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The $52 million in new aid was announced Tuesday by Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for...

  • Aug 18, 2019

    US Talks Secretly to Venezuela Socialist Boss

    The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela’s socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The Associated Press. Diosdado Cabello, who is considered the most-powerful man in Venezuela after Maduro, met last month...

  • Aug 8, 2019

    Shootings Prompt Other Countries to Warn About Travel to US

    The United States often takes a leading role in calling out the world’s most dangerous places, warning its people about the risks of traveling to countries that are at war, under terrorist threats, experiencing civil unrest or displaying significant anti-American sentiment. The latest mass shootings have triggered a sharp role reversal, with three countries warning their citizens about the risks...

  • Aug 6, 2019

    Bolton Warns Foreigners That Violate Venezuela Asset Freeze

    U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist administration. Bolton’s comments came after the White House froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S. late Monday, putting the...

  • Jul 22, 2019

    Venezuela Power Coming Back Following Massive Blackout

    The lights were returning to life across Venezuela on Tuesday following a massive blackout that crippled communications, froze the Caracas metro and snarled rush hour traffic, officials said. Energy Minister Freddy Brito said power had been restored in the capital of Caracas and at least five of the South American nation’s 23 states. Partial power had returned to another four...

  • Jul 21, 2019

    United States Accuses Venezuelan Jet of Aggressive Action Over Caribbean

    U.S. authorities said their EP-3 plane was performing a multi-nationally approved mission on Friday and the Venezuelan SU-30 fighter jet closely trailed the plane, which the U.S. says endangered its crew.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    Trump Administration Won’t Be Granting Venezuelans Temporary Protection for Now

    The administration of President Donald Trump, who had been gaining support among some Hispanics for his stand on Venezuela, isn’t willing yet to grant temporary protection from deportation to Venezuelans, NBC News reports. The administration did not explicitly reject Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans. But in response to a plea from 23 Democratic senators and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for...

  • May 25, 2019

    Venezuela Negotiators Return to Norway for Crisis Talks

    Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition have returned to Norway for talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South American country, the Norwegian government said Saturday. Norway said it will mediate discussions next week in Oslo, in an indication that the negotiation track is gaining momentum after months of escalating tension between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and...

  • May 18, 2019

    Protesters Arrested at Venezuelan Embassy Face US Charges

    Four demonstrators who staged a weeks-long protest inside the Venezuelan Embassy were formally charged by U.S. authorities and appeared Friday in federal court in Washington.

  • May 14, 2019

    Activists at Venezuela Embassy Served With Eviction Notice

    U.S. authorities have served an eviction notice to activists who have stayed for more than a month inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, and asked them to leave immediately.

  • May 12, 2019

    Maduro’s Foes Fill Embassies in Venezuela as Crisis Deepens

    From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador’s residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing President Nicolás Maduro’s latest crackdown. “Gracias, Gracias ambassador. In the name of all of us,” said Guevara speaking into his cellphone as he sits down for a rare...

  • May 11, 2019

    Venezuela’s Guaidó Asks for Relations With US Military

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he’s instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the U.S. military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign. The leader said he’s asked Carlos Vecchio, who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, to open “direct communications” toward possible military “coordination.” The remarks,...

  • May 10, 2019

    Venezuela’s Guaidó Promises to Persevere Despite Crackdown

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is looking to jumpstart his movement to oust Nicolas Maduro in the wake of last week’s failed military uprising, promising to persevere in the face of a deepening crackdown. In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Guaidó reiterated his willingness to consider inviting foreign troops to force Maduro from power, echoing the line from...

  • May 8, 2019

    Protesters Arrested as Demonstrations Heat Up Outside Venezuelan Embassy in DC

    Protesters at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington were taken into custody Wednesday evening as demonstrations got heated.

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