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UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Venezuela leader’s foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro at home and abroad tried again Wednesday to pressure the socialist leader into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution though there was no public …


U.S. hits Venezuela with more sanctions ahead of vote

The Trump administration hit Venezuela with new sanctions Wednesday targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro’s government, and threatened more penalties if he goes through with …


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Venezuela opposition calls for 48-hour general strike

Venezuela’s opposition party is calling for a 48-hour general strike in Caracas Wednesday and Thursday, in a continuation of protests over President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to elect a new assembly …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Venezuelans protest Maduro’s plan to rewrite constitution

A few thousand protesters attempted to reach Venezuela’s Supreme Court Saturday before clashing with national guardsmen and largely dispersing by late afternoon – a disappointing turnout for opponents of President …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Venezuela strike erupts into violence, leaving two dead

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan’s capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a …


Venezuela protesters block streets as general strike looms

Protesters have set up spontaneous roadblocks across Venezuela’s capital a day before a general strike planned by opponents of government plans to rewrite the constitution.


U.S. said to ready sanctions against top Venezuelans

The U.S. is poised to impose sanctions on Venezuela’s defense minister and several other top officials for human-rights violations, according to people with knowledge of the plan, who added that …


Venezuelan opposition calls for nationwide strike

Venezuelan opposition leaders called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to increase pressure on the socialist government after more than 7 million people rejected a plan to rewrite the constitution …


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Woman killed, 3 wounded as tensions rise with Venezuela vote

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Venezuelan vote Sunday seen as last chance to stop power grab

Venezuelans vote Sunday in a referendum that the opposition hopes will mark a watershed – and the government insists means nothing at all.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader Lopez given house arrest

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was released from prison and placed under house arrest Saturday after more than three years in military lockup, a shock reversal that fueled hopes for a …


Government supporters storm Venezuela congress, injuring lawmakers

Pro-government militias wielding wooden sticks and metal bars stormed congress on Wednesday and attacked opposition lawmakers during a special session coinciding with Venezuela’s independence day.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

1 year later, Utah man stuck in Venezuela jail amid unrest

The parents of a Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela one year ago as of Friday fear their son will die in a Caracas jail with no relief in sight and …


Amid Venezuela’s chaos, protesters ask: Was helicopter attack rebellion or ruse?

MEXICO CITY – A rogue helicopter that buzzed Venezuela’s Supreme Court building and possibly dropped grenades became a strange centerpiece Wednesday in the country’s meltdown – with some suspecting it …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

U.S. envoy urges global action on worsening Venezuela crisis

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in Venezuela where she said “people are starving while their government …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Protester and guardsman killed as Venezuela unrest persists

Opposition protests in Venezuela took a deadly turn again Wednesday when a teenager was killed at a march demanding an end to the government’s push to rewrite the struggling nation’s …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

No agreement reached as diplomats huddle on Venezuela crisis

Top diplomats from across the Western Hemisphere fell short Wednesday in their bid to reach agreement about how to address Venezuela’s deteriorating democratic crisis, with some countries insisting that foreigners …


Venezuela’s secret plot to sell banned Syrian oil in U.S. market

Syria and Venezuela plotted in recent years to evade international sanctions on Syria through a secret deal to transport its crude oil through Russia to the Caribbean.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Angry Venezuela protesters take aim at Chavez statues, home

Anti-government protesters in Venezuela have settled on a new target for their frustration: Hugo Chavez.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Russia’s Putin pledges to send food to Venezuela

Russia is pledging to send several thousand tons of wheat to Venezuela on a monthly basis, potentially helping alleviate the troubled South American country’s food crisis and further tightening relations …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

U.S. imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

The U.S. has slapped new sanctions on eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, accusing them of abusing power and damaging their nation’s democratic fabric as the Trump administration raises concerns …


Venezuela leader: Officials treated like Jews under Nazis

Venezuela’s embattled socialist president likened the sour reception many of his government’s officials are receiving abroad to the harassment of Jews in Nazi Germany, provoking outrage Tuesday from the small …


More killed, hundreds injured in Venezuela protests

Chaos erupted in Venezuela this week during another round of protests against the socialist government, with buildings set afire, tear gas canisters lobbed back and forth, and at least three …


Venezuelans again shut down capital to protest government

Protesters are hauling folding chairs, beach umbrellas and coolers onto main roads for a national sit-in.


Police block march of elderly Venezuelans

Elderly Venezuelans frustrated with medical shortages and the flight of grandchildren from their troubled South American country joined anti-government street protests demanding elections Friday.


Accused of rebellion, Venezuelans are hauled into secret court

Hundreds of Venezuelans arrested in the past week have been tried in secretive military courts, a new maneuver by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he fights to retain …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37

Students held demonstrations across Caracas Thursday as a two-month-old protest movement that shows no signs of letting up claimed more lives.


Armored car hits crowd as Venezuela riots leave 300 injured

A Venezuelan national guard armored vehicle careened into a crowd of anti-government demonstrators in Caracas on a day of furious protests that left more than 300 people injured.


Venezuela’s Maduro starts constitution rewrite amid protests

Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela’s capital Wednesday, just miles from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite …


U.S. warns on sanctions over Venezuela’s move on constitution

The Trump administration is warning that it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis with near-daily …