• Miami Oct 30, 2019

    Venezuela's Battle to Keep Prized Citgo Refineries Hits US Courts

    Venezuela’s opposition led by Juan Guaidó took its fight to keep control of its prized Citgo refineries to the U.S. courts on Tuesday in an attempt to block bondholders from foreclosing. Guaidó’s team argues that socialist President Nicolás Maduro in 2016 put Citgo up as collateral in an ill-advised debt swap without the opposition-controlled National Assembly’s approval — making the...

  • United States Jun 22, 2019

    US, Canada Sanction Nicaraguan Officials Over Human Rights

    The Trump administration and Canada’s government imposed sanctions Friday on some Nicaraguan officials, tying them to a tough crackdown on street demonstrations that began in the Central American country in April 2018. The U.S. said it was sanctioning four officials: National Assembly President Gustavo Porras, telecommunications institute director Orlando José Castillo, Health Minister Sonia Castro and Transportation Minister Oscar Mojica....

  • officer May 5, 2019

    Cause of Venezuelan Chopper Crash Is Under Investigation

    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 on the southeastern outskirts of Caracas on Saturday followed days of upheaval during which opposition leader Juan Guaidó called in vain for a military...

  • DONALD TRUMP Apr 3, 2019

    Venezuela Lawmakers Strip Opposition Leader of His Immunity

    Lawmakers loyal to Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro stripped Juan Guaido of immunity Tuesday, paving the way for the opposition leader’s prosecution and potential arrest.

  • food Mar 30, 2019

    Red Cross Ready to Aid Venezuela, Warns Against Politics

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday that it is poised to deliver aid to Venezuela, warning that it will not accept any interference from President Nicolas Maduro or opposition leader Juan Guaido. Federation president Francesco Rocca said at a news conference in the capital of Caracas that the humanitarian network can start distributing assistance...

  • President Mar 29, 2019

    Venezuelan Gov't Bars Guaido From Public Office for 15 Years

    The Venezuelan government on Thursday said it has barred opposition leader Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years, though the National Assembly leader brushed off the measure and said it would not derail his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The announcement by state comptroller Elvis Amoroso, a close Maduro ally, cited alleged irregularities in Guaido’s financial records...

  • Cuba Mar 14, 2019

    Amid Crisis, Cuba Plans Revamp of State and Legal System

    In the midst of a regional crisis over Venezuela and tough economic straits, the Cuban government is about to launch a sweeping makeover of its centrally planned, single-party system with dozens of new laws that could reshape everything from criminal justice to the market economy. Nearly a year of debate and discussion ended last month with the approval of Cuba’s...

  • georgia Feb 28, 2019

    US Seeks UN Vote on New Venezuela Election and Needed Aid

    The United States is calling for a vote on a U.N. resolution urging “the peaceful restoration of democracy” in Venezuela, free and fair presidential elections, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to all people in need — and making clear its support for opposition leader Juan Guaido. The draft resolution is expected to be put to a vote Thursday afternoon, a...

  • Canada Feb 3, 2019

    Juan Guaido Calls for Venezuela Defections as Nicolas Maduro Stands Firm

    Venezuela’s opposition leader called on more members of the military to abandon the country’s socialist government following Saturday’s defection of a high-ranking general, while President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early National Assembly elections that could potentially oust his challenger. Maduro’s call for early legislative voting is likely to intensify his standoff with rival Juan Guaido, who heads the opposition-controlled National...

  • DONALD TRUMP Feb 1, 2019

    Venezuela Opposition Leader to Police: Leave My Family Alone

    The Venezuelan opposition leader challenging Nicolas Maduro’s claim to the presidency warned officers from a feared state security unit Thursday to stay away from his family after he accused them of showing up at his apartment in a tense brush with the very force he is trying to persuade to switch allegiance and back him. A visibly flustered but determined...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 31, 2019

    Venezuelans Take to Streets in Walkout to Push President Nicolas Maduro Out

    Doctors in scrubs, businessmen in suits and construction workers in jeans gathered on the streets of Venezuela’s capital Wednesday, waving their nation’s flag and demanding Nicolas Maduro step down from power in a walkout organized by the nation’s reinvigorated opposition to ratchet up pressure on the embattled president. Protesters said they were heeding the opposition’s call for another mass demonstration...

  • social media Jan 22, 2019

    Venezuela Quells Soldiers' Revolt, Top Court Blasts Congress

    Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil on Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests and the Supreme Court outlawed the opposition-controlled congress’ defiant new leadership. The mutiny triggered protests in a poor neighborhood just a few miles (kilometers) from Venezuela’s presidential palace. It was dispersed with tear gas as residents set...

  • Associated Press Dec 7, 2018

    Eiffel Tower to Be Closed as Paris Braces for More Protests

    The Eiffel Tower in Paris will be closed on Saturday as French authorities tighten security to prevent another outbreak of violence following three weeks of anti-government protests. In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital, the Paris police prefect has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be cleared out. Fearing protesters could target...

  • President Dec 4, 2018

    France Suspends Fuel Tax, Utility Hikes Amid Protests

    The French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called it a “first step” and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend. In a major U-turn for the government, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced in a live televised address that the planned increases, which were set to...

  • President Dec 4, 2018

    Violent Protests in France Reveal a Hard-to-Heal Fracture

    A grassroots protest movement in France has ballooned and radicalized, unleashing anger that devastated the heart of Paris in weekend riots and revealed a fracture in the country between the haves and have-nots. Tough talk by unpopular President Emmanuel Macron, who has been roundly blamed for the chaos, isn’t likely to mend the growing sense of social injustice. Discontent about...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 26, 2018

    Khan Claims Win in Pakistan With Vows on Poverty, US Ties

    Former cricket star Imran Khan declared victory Thursday in Pakistan’s parliamentary election and vowed to run the country “as it has never before been run” by fighting corruption, seeking regional cooperation and forging a new relationship with the U.S. that was not “one-sided.” TV stations reported Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, maintained a commanding lead from Wednesday’s balloting....

  • NBC Mar 19, 2018

    Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn in as South Africa's New President

    Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was sworn in as South Africa’s new president after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in ending his speech to parliament shortly...

  • driver Mar 19, 2018

    Venezuelans ‘Loot to Eat' Amid Economic Tailspin, Inflation

    Sporadic looting, food riots and protests driven by the hungry poor have surged in Venezuela, a country that’s no stranger to unrest. But the uprisings playing out recently have a different face than the mostly middle-class protesters who took to the streets for months last year in political demonstrations trying to oust President Nicolas Maduro. “These protests are coming from...

  • President Dec 11, 2017

    Venezuela's Socialists Win Big in Mayoral Elections

    Venezuela’s ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country, and President Nicolas Maduro is now threatening to ban key opposition parties from future elections in the oil-rich country wracked by economic crisis. Hundreds of supporters shouted “Go Home, Donald Trump” to interrupt Maduro at a rally late Sunday in the colonial center of Caracas, where he...

  • President Aug 9, 2017

    New US Penalties Against 8 More People Over Venezuela Crisis

    The United States is imposing sanctions on eight more individuals, including the brother of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, for undermining democracy in the South American country. The Treasury Department says seven are current or former Venezuelan government officials. The U.S. accuses them of supporting the creation of a constituent assembly that’s charged with rewriting Venezuela’s constitution and has...

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