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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.


Venezuela sets April 22 for election after talks break down

Venezuelan officials moved swiftly Wednesday to call an early presidential election, acting hours after a breakdown in talks between the government and opposition over how to conduct the vote.


Venezuelans ‘loot to eat’ amid economic tailspin

Venezuela’s spiraling economy has its citizens looting trucks and stores just to eat.


Venezuela opposition rejoins talks as presidency vote looms

Negotiators for Venezuela’s opposition say they will return to the negotiating table next week as international pressure mounts on President Nicolas Maduro’s government over its decision to push up presidential …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

Maduro to seek re-election as Venezuela eyes vote by April

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that he’s ready to seek re-election as the ruling socialist party pushes forward voting in a bid to consolidate its power in the face …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

EU imposes sanctions on 7 senior Venezuelan officials

The European Union imposed economic and travel sanctions Monday against seven senior Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses or breaching the rule of law in the crisis-ridden country.


Rebellious ex-policeman among dead in Venezuela shootout

Officials in Venezuela confirm that a rebellious police officer who led a brazen attack in Caracas last year was among seven killed in a shootout with armed forces.


Venezuela forces take down fugitive group in deadly shootout

Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who has been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

As Venezuela’s national currency loses value at a catastrophic rate, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless bolivars.


Venezuela’s Socialist party wins landslide victory in mayoral elections, election board says

Venezuela’s pro-government election board said the ruling Socialist party won a landslide victory in Sunday’s mayoral elections, strengthening President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power ahead of next year’s presidential race, …


Venezuela’s ruling party wins big in mayoral elections

Venezuela’s ruling socialist party swept mayoral races in most of the state capitals and major cities in Sunday elections boycotted by several opposition parties, officials announced.


Venezuela’s mayoral elections reveal opposition turmoil

Venezuelans will choose hundreds of mayors on Sunday in elections pitting candidates backed by President Nicolas Maduro against a fractured opposition still bruised by a poor showing in recent gubernatorial …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Trump sends diplomat known for candid views to Venezuela

The Trump administration will send to Venezuela as its top diplomatic envoy a former ambassador with a reputation for candidness and controversy at a time when relations between the countries …


Venezuela’s U.N. ambassador resigns on orders from Maduro

Venezuela’s former oil czar resigned as ambassador to the United Nations Tuesday on what he said were orders from President Nicolas Maduro, a sign of growing divisions in the ruling …


Venezuela to launch cryptocurrency to fight Trump sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government will launch a cryptocurrency to fight what he calls a financial “blockade” by the Trump administration against the socialist-run country.


Some Venezuelan socialists are pushing for free-market reforms

As Venezuela’s economy sinks deeper into depression with a fourth consecutive year of recession to go along with hyperinflation, some ruling socialist party members are raising their voices to call …


Venezuela arrests top oil officials in corruption probe

Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two former top officials in a widening corruption probe into the state-run oil industry that some see as an attempt by President Nicolas Maduro to …


Spain: Ex-Caracas mayor meets leader after fleeing Venezuela

The ousted mayor of Caracas pledged to spread his protest against Venezuela’s socialist government across the world as he arrived in Spain on Saturday, a day after escaping from house …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma said he plans to take his fight against Venezuela’s socialist government to Europe after he escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia on Friday. The …


U.S. calls Venezuela a global threat at a meeting some boycott

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling Venezuela “an increasingly violent narco-state” that threatens the world.


Venezuela assembly passes new law clamping down on media

Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a wide-reaching law Wednesday that clamps down on social media and broadcasters alike by ordering prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who …


Venezuela frees 2 opponents as Maduro consolidates power

Venezuela’s government has released two prominent opposition activists it has held for more than a year without trial, one of them a Spanish citizen, as President Nicolas Maduro looks to …


Maduro moves to restructure Venezuela’s $120B foreign debt

Venezuela’s president says his socialist government will begin restructuring a foreign debt estimated at more than $120 billion, saying U.S. financial sanctions are crippling the oil-dependent economy’s ability to pay.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Venezuela opposition looks for answers after election loss

Pro-government candidates have swept to an unforeseen victory in Venezuelan gubernatorial races according to official results that have quickly been challenged by the country’s opposition.


Opposition vies for landmark victory in polarized Venezuela

Elections in Venezuela on Sunday could tilt a majority of the country’ 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule …


Venezuela sees Iran, Syria riding to the rescue

Facing potentially debilitating oil sanctions from the Trump administration, the Caracas government is searching desperately for new ways to get its most valuable commodity – oil – to awaiting buyers.


Study in contrasts at U.N. as French, U.S. presidents speak

This year’s U.N. gathering of world leaders put an immediate spotlight Tuesday on deep differences on tackling crises from North Korea to global warming: France’s president urged world leaders to …


Pope kicks off visit to Colombia aimed at building bridges

Pope Francis opens the first full day in his Colombia visit on Thursday with messages to political leaders and citizens alike encouraging all to rally behind a peace process seeking …