5 dead in Venezuela protests as movement gains steam
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5 dead in Venezuela protests as movement gains steam

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in wealthy eastern Caracas amid a tropical downpour Thursday, April 13, to support a protest movement that is gaining steam even as it turns more deadly. Venezuela officials confirmed earlier in the day that a fifth person had died in the wave of anti-government … Continue reading

Venezuela protesters target Maduro, vow to keep up pressure
International News / Latin America & the Caribbean

Venezuela protesters target Maduro, vow to keep up pressure

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanding new elections faced off with security forces who launched tear gas and stood shoulder-to-shoulder blocking roadways in the Venezuelan capital Monday, April 1o. Demonstrators covered their faces to protect against the plumes of tear gas that wafted through the streets of Caracas. A few threw rocks as … Continue reading

Venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office
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Venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government has barred opposition leader Henrique Capriles — twice a major presidential candidate — from running for office for 15 years, a surprise move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement Capriles read from excerpts of the comptroller general’s order at a rally Friday, April 7, … Continue reading

Venezuela’s Maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments
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Venezuela’s Maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on Sunday, April 9, for an investigation against a leading opposition politician for falsely suggesting the government was carrying out a Syria-like chemical attack against protesters. Caracas-area Mayor David Smolansky on Saturday denounced the presence of a previously unseen red gas used to scatter thousands of … Continue reading

OAS head urges bloc suspend Venezuela over elections
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OAS head urges bloc suspend Venezuela over elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States wants regional governments to suspend Venezuela from the Washington-based group unless general elections are held soon to break a political impasse that he said Tuesday, March 14, is destroying the country’s democracy. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro made the request in a 75-page report … Continue reading

Venezuela’s VP shrugs off drug sanctions as US weighs policy
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Venezuela’s VP shrugs off drug sanctions as US weighs policy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government condemned U.S. sanctions on the country’s vice president, saying Tuesday, February 14, that the Trump administration’s designation of Tareck El Aissami as a major drug trafficker represented an unprecedented and “highly dangerous” infringement on the South American nation’s sovereignty. In a series of defiant messages posted on social media, … Continue reading

Hugo Chavez returns to life in TV show criticized by allies
Latin America & the Caribbean / TV

Hugo Chavez returns to life in TV show criticized by allies

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The revolution will now be televised. The life of Hugo Chavez, who mesmerized Venezuela’s impoverished masses before dying of cancer in 2013, is being dramatized in a Spanish-language TV series that is generating a backlash even before it airs. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “El Comandante” premieres this week throughout Latin … Continue reading

Venezuela opposition leader delayed by govt backers
Latin America & the Caribbean

Venezuela opposition leader delayed by govt backers

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he was harassed in a Margarita Island airport for four hours by armed and hooded government supporters. The tense standoff ended after midnight Wednesday when the supporters withdrew from an area close to baggage claim where they awaited Capriles and a delegation of opposition politicians … Continue reading

Venezuelan oppositions vows to keep up pressure on Maduro
Latin America & the Caribbean

Venezuelan oppositions vows to keep up pressure on Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition is vowing to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro after flooding the streets of Caracas with demonstrators Thursday, September 1, 2016, in its biggest show of force in years. Protesters filled dozens of city blocks in what was dubbed the “taking of Caracas” to pressure electoral authorities to … Continue reading

Amid threats of violence Venezuelan opposition tests resolve
Latin America & the Caribbean

Amid threats of violence Venezuelan opposition tests resolve

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday,Sept. 1,  in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march called the “taking of Caracas” aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. The … Continue reading

Venezuela Currency Crash
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Venezuela Currency Crash

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly-depreciating currency at a quicker pace, leading to a staggering plunge in its free-market value, as the crisis-plagued economy edges closer to an outbreak of hyperinflation. DolarToday, a widely followed website that tracks exchanges made near the Colombian border, reported Friday that the bolivar had lost a … Continue reading