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Trump administration met with, but rebuffed, Venezuelan officers who said they were plotting a coup, officials say

The Trump administration met several times last year and early this year with Venezuelan military officers purporting to be dissidents plotting a coup against President Nicolas Maduro, but ultimately rebuffed …


Aftershock hits Venezuela following biggest quake since 1900

A strong aftershock jolted Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Wednesday following the most powerful earthquake to hit the area in more than a century, though officials said neither caused major damage …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Strong quake rocks Venezuela; buildings evacuated in capital

A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Tuesday, startling residents in the capital who evacuated buildings and briefly interrupting a pro-government rally in favor of a controversial economic reforms.


Official: Venezuelan general arrested in assassination plot

The investigation into an assassination attempt on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro using drones has widened to include the arrest of two high-ranking military officers, the nation’s top prosecutor said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Venezuela president ties opposition leader to drone attack

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused one of the country’s most prominent opposition leaders of being linked to the alleged assassination attempt using drones.


Witnesses describe drone attack in Venezuela; 6 arrested

Investigators searched a blackened apartment building Sunday where witnesses described seeing a drone and then hearing a thunderous explosion in what President Nicolas Maduro called an assassination attempt by the …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Venezuela’s Maduro: Drone attack was attempt to kill him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, …


Measles infects more than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 reported deaths

Brazil’s Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.


Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned

On a recent humid evening in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, a Venezuelan woman wrapped her newborn daughter in a pale yellow blanket and left her with a note …


Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, U.S. official says

As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Trump claims Saudi Arabia will boost oil production

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had received assurances from King Salman of Saudi Arabia that the kingdom will increase oil production, “maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels” in response …


Venezuela’s currency is worth so little that artisans make purses out of it

Venezuela’s currency has become virtually worthless, making it better used to turn colorful bolivar bills into a purse than to spend them on a purse – or anything else.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

17 killed in stampede after brawl at crowded Caracas club

Seventeen people were killed at a crowded nightclub in Venezuela’s capital Saturday after a tear gas device exploded during a brawl and triggered a desperate stampede among hundreds gathered for …


Dozens of jailed activists released in Venezuela

Dozens of activists in Venezuela who government opponents consider political prisoners were released from jail Friday in what authorities call a gesture aimed at uniting the fractured nation, officials said.


Backchannel, ‘Dracula’ help free Utah man in Venezuela

A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed “Dracula” broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release of …


UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to U.S.

Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin …


International outcry grows over disputed Venezuela vote

A growing roster of nations condemned Venezuela’s


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Voting centers across Venezuela’s capital city appeared largely empty during elections on Sunday despite assurances from government officials that millions had turned out to vote by mid-morning.


U.S. asks Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela

The United States on Monday asked the countries of the Western Hemisphere to suspend Venezuela from the 35-nation Organization of American States.


Americas leaders vow to stem corruption, confront Venezuela

Leaders from throughout the Americas vowed Saturday to confront systemic corruption with an accord aimed at improving transparency and boosting civil society at a time when graft scandals plague many …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Pence to press hard line on Venezuela, promote U.S. trade

Filling in for his boss, Vice President Mike Pence intends to promote the U.S. as a steady trading partner and press Latin American partners to further isolate Venezuela during his …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Venezuelan jail dead buried in mass tomb as questions linger

Weeping relatives lowered caskets of many of the 68 people officials say were killed in one of the nation’s worst jail fires into a freshly dug mass tomb on Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Venezuela AG says 68 dead after riot, fire at police station

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor reported late Wednesday that 68 people were killed by a fire that erupted inside a police station, which townspeople said followed a disturbance by detainees being held …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Trump bans U.S. use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency

The Trump administration on Monday banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency, saying that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions.


Pragmatic candidate livens up Venezuela’s presidential race

In another year, Henri Falcon might be just another middle-of-the-pack presidential candidate in Venezuela. He’s far from the most popular opposition leader. He’s a dull speechmaker. The parties that back …


Venezuela official says presidential elections to be delayed

A top Venezuelan official says the government has reached an agreement with several opposition parties to delay presidential elections by a month.


Venezuelan politician to challenge President Maduro

A prominent Venezuelan politician appeared to be breaking ranks on Tuesday with the opposition coalition by challenging leader Nicolas Maduro in the upcoming presidential election.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Venezuela’s Maduro calls for early Congress vote as well

President Nicolas Maduro is doubling-down on plans to concentrate power by calling Wednesday for early congressional elections to coincide with a presidential vote in April that opponents hours earlier said …


Summit host yanks Venezuela’s invitation over early election

The host nation for a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders on Tuesday withdrew its invitation to Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro over his country’s plan to hold an early presidential election.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Colombia tightens border control as Venezuela migrants surge

Colombia is tightening control over its porous border with Venezuela as a growing tide of migrants flees into the neighboring Andean nation.