In Venezuela, criminals feel the pinch of an economic crisis

America 05/27/19, 23:00

The feared street gangster El Negrito sleeps with a pistol under his pillow and says he's lost track of his murder count. But despite his hardened demeanor, he's quick to gripe about how Venezuela's failing economy is cutting into his profits.Firing a gun has become a luxury. Bullets are expensive ...

Venezuela’s Guaidó asks for relations with US military

America 05/11/19, 15:33

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 ...

Venezuela’s top court targets opposition lawmakers

World 05/07/19, 14:27

Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court on Tuesday opened a criminal investigation against seven opposition lawmakers following a failed attempt to spark a military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro.The lawmakers are suspected of "betraying the homeland" and "instigating an insurrection," among other charges, the nation's highest court said. Those facing accusations include ...

Cause of Venezuelan chopper crash is under investigation

America 05/05/19, 09:44

Venezuelan authorities are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed seven military officers while they were while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro was visiting troops.The crash of the Cougar helicopter outside Caracas on Saturday followed days of upheaval during which opposition leader Juan Guaidó called ...

7 Venezuelan military officers killed in chopper crash

America 05/04/19, 21:39

Seven Venezuelan military officers were killed on Saturday when their helicopter crashed while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro appeared alongside troops, days after the opposition called in vain for a military uprising.The Cougar helicopter hurtled into a mountain outside Caracas in the early hours of an overcast ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Soccer 05/04/19, 03:25

photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.This week's gallery includes boys playing with a soccer ball in a destroyed building in Gaza City, anti-government demonstrators running from tear gas in Caracas, ...

Exclusive: US missed chance to woo Venezuela generals

World 05/03/19, 16:09

Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernández, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed visas for his family. After days of internal ...

Update: Venezuelan ambassador rebukes Spain

Europe 05/03/19, 07:19

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):3:15 p.m.Venezuela's ambassador in Madrid is rebuking the Spanish government for allowing a leading opponent of President Nicolás Maduro to speak out from his refuge at the Spanish Embassy in Caracas.Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Bassil, left, receives his Spanish counterpart ...

Spanish FM says Venezuela embassy can’t be political center

Europe 05/03/19, 06:45

Spain's acting foreign minister says a Venezuelan anti-government activist is a guest at the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, which can't be turned into a center of political activities.Josep Borrell says Leopoldo López has not asked for political asylum and he can't because he would have to do that in Spain ...

Venezuelans return to daily struggle after violent unrest

America 05/02/19, 16:49

Bumping shoulders with fellow shoppers as she navigated Caracas' biggest open-air market, Naira Garcia had no trouble tuning out the messy political struggle that plunged Venezuela into two days of deadly violence this week.She focused instead on her own daunting task: How to feed her family of five for the ...

Update: Rights group: 4 dead in Venezuela street clashes

World 05/02/19, 10:40

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):11:35 a.m.A Venezuelan human rights group says at least four people died in two days of protests after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a military uprising.In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, accompanied ...

Venezuela’s Maduro calls for military unity after clashes

America 05/02/19, 08:00

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has called for military unity in an appearance with soldiers, two days after security forces failed to respond to opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call for an uprising.Flanked by commanders, Maduro said on national television Thursday that the military must be prepared to combat "traitors" and the ...

Trump threatens Cuba as US supports Venezuela uprising

America 04/30/19, 17:30

The Trump administration quickly declared enthusiastic support Tuesday for the Venezuelan opposition effort to spark a military uprising against embattled President Nicolas Maduro, hoping for decisive action in the political crisis that has engulfed the South American nation. Late in the day, President Donald Trump threatened a "full and complete embargo" ...

Venezuela’s Guaido takes to streets in military uprising

America 04/30/19, 08:18

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. "I want to tell the Venezuelan people: This is the ...

Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine

Europe 04/18/19, 14:34

As Venezuela's reliance on Russia grows amid the country's unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin's point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region. In a rare interview, Russian Ambassador Vladimir Zaemskiy rejected an assertion this week by ...

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

World 04/16/19, 16:39

Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly-needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to force President Nicolás Maduro from power.In ...

After years of crisis, Venezuelans wonder what is ‘normal’

America 04/15/19, 23:00

A normal country?At first glance, the graffiti reading "Un pais normal?" seems ambiguous in Venezuela's frayed capital, where the government brandishes slogans like clenched fists and the opposition lobs insults at President Nicolás Maduro. Actually, the message on a Caracas wall is a tart comment in a place where talk ...

Red Cross visits to Venezuela jails include military prisons

America 04/09/19, 23:02

The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his government's human rights record.The fact that the visits include military ...

Venezuelans take the streets as power struggle intensifies

America 04/06/19, 14:11

Rival political factions took to the streets across Venezuela on Saturday in a mounting struggle for control of the crisis-wracked nation, where U.S.- backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó is attempting to oust socialist President Nicólas Maduro. It was the first march Guaidó has led since Maduro loyalists stripped him of legal ...

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