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UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

More unrest in Venezuela as president seeks new constitution

Caracas residents blocked streets with broken concrete and twisted metal and flaming piles of trash Tuesday to protest the socialist president’s bid to rewrite the constitution amid a deepening political …


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Embattled Venezuelan president calls for new constitution

Venezuela’s increasingly embattled president called Monday for a new constitution as an intensifying protest movement entered a second month amid clashes between police and demonstrators.


Venezuelans march to prison to demand freedom for activists

Hundreds of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are marching to a military prison outside Caracas to demand the release of Leopoldo Lopez and other jailed activists they consider political prisoners.


Venezuela goes through with threat to leave Organization of American States

Venezuela’s government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics …


Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government’s response to political unrest that has been blamed for 26 deaths in recent weeks …


Venezuelans shut down roads and highways in protest

Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela Monday as part of a sit-in against the government.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 3:14 p.m.

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white, some walking with their hands up, marched Saturday in a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated …


At least 12 people killed overnight in Venezuela unrest

At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday.


Venezuela seizes a General Motors plant amid antigovernment protests

Venezuelan authorities seized a General Motors plant Wednesday, an unexpected move that appeared aimed at provoking U.S. authorities and distracting attention from intensifying protests against President Nicolas Maduro.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Venezuela’s opposition seeks to keep pressure on Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition is looking to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro by taking to the streets again Thursday hours after at least two people were killed and hundreds arrested …


U.S. to host Venezuela in Utah ahead of World Cup qualifiers

The United States will play Venezuela in an exhibition on June 3 at Sandy, Utah, as the Americans prepare for World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico.


Police fire tear gas in Venezuela protest clashes

Venezuelan police fired tear gas Monday at an opposition march led by deputies of the National Assembly against Supreme Court justices they accused of carrying out a coup.


UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Venezuelans pour into Caracas streets in anti-Maduro protest

Venezuela’s government fired tear gas and rubber bullets at some of the thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who poured into the streets of Caracas amid a weeklong protest …


Venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office

Leading Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced Friday that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing …


Venezuela opposition keeps up pressure in streets

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans shut down much of the capital on Thursday and clashed with police to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration.


Venezuela walks back move to strip congress’ power

Venezuela’s president and Supreme Court backed down Saturday from an unprecedented move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the South American country was …


Stripped of their powers, Venezuelan lawmakers charge Maduro with a ‘coup’

Outraged opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced him as a full-fledged dictator Thursday, after his allies on the supreme court stripped the country’s parliament of its power.


Venezuela asks U.N. help in boosting medicine supplies

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked the United Nations for “help” boosting medicine supplies as he struggles to combat crippling shortages.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Venezuela condemns drug sanctions on VP as U.S. weighs policy

Venezuela’s vice president shrugged off U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international drug trafficker, saying Tuesday that the actions by the Trump administration only deepen his commitment to the …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

Trump sanctions Venezuela vice president on drug trafficking

The Trump administration decreed sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Monday, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking.


Venezuelans scramble as most-used banknote becomes void

Venezuela became a country without cash Friday. As the country’s most widely used banknote went out of circulation, the higher-denomination bills that were supposed to replace the 100-bolivar note had …


Venezuelan opposition turns to protests, talks and National Assembly

Venezuela’s cornered opposition will open up three fronts in the coming week against the Nicolas Maduro administration that range from the conciliatory – dialogue – to the provocative – a …


AP Explains: Standoff, sick economy drive Venezuelan crisis

Venezuela is in the midst of an escalating political confrontation as the deeply unpopular socialist administration struggles to stay in power and a newly energized opposition tries to bring about …


Venezuelans step up pressure on Maduro with 12-hour strike

Some stores and schools were closed and rush-hour traffic was noticeably lighter Friday as many residents in Venezuela’s capital stayed home to express their outrage at President Nicolas Maduro.


Colombia’s largest airline cancels flights to Caracas

Colombia’s largest airline has cancelled all flights to Caracas after what it said was a security breach involving one of its aircraft and Venezuela’s air force.


Venezuelans, seeking food and medicine, swarm across Colombian border

They came looking for flour, pasta and cooking oil. They came looking for blood pressure medicine, spark plugs and condoms. They came looking for loved ones and a way out.


Thousands cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for …


Aeromexico latest airline to suspend flights to Venezuela

Mexico’s largest airline says it has indefinitely suspended flights to Venezuela’s capital due to the complicated economic situation in the South American nation.


Venezuela unrest continues as shortages persist, protesters demand food

Venezuela, where anger over food shortages is still mounting, continued to be roiled this week by angry protests and break-ins of grocery stores and businesses that have left five dead, …


Veteran Venezuelan newspaper prints last edition amid crisis

A major regional newspaper that has survived dictatorship and hyperinflation during its 82-year run is printing its last edition as imported newsprint grows scarce in Venezuela’s crashing economy.