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Venezuela's year-on-year inflation down to 3,500%

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:40 PM

An opposition legislator says Venezuela's economic crisis could worsen with the depreciation of the bolivar

DEVALUED. Venezuela devalues the bolivar as it deals with an economic crisis. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela top court strips Guaido of opposition party leadership

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Guaido, who is recognized by the United States and some 60 other countries as the country's interim president, is the leader of the Popular Will party

HEADACHE. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures during a plenary session of the National Assembly at the San Antonio municipal theatre in San Antonio de Los Altos south of Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

UK court sides with Guaido in Venezuela gold dispute

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:10 PM

The rival claims come two years after election results handing President Nicolas Maduro a victory sparked mass protests and a violent police crackdown

UK-RECOGNIZED PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Juan Guaido, acting President of Venezuela, speaks at an event on February 1, 2020 in Miami, Florida. File photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Biker paramedics ride to the rescue in Venezuelan capital

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:48 PM

In the midst of a collapsing health system, desperate Caracas emergency services are increasingly looking to the 'Angeles de las vias (Angels of the Roads) NGO to fill the gap

Members of the NGO paramedic group "Angeles de las vias" assist a victim of a car accident in Caracas, on June 18, 2020 amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. The "Angeles de las vias", as these twelve motorized paramedics call themselves, attend free emergencies in the Venezuelan capital in the face of the "very difficult situation" that state-dependent firefighters and paramedics are going through. Federico PARRA / AFP

Venezuelan oil production sinks to lowest output in 77 years

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Experts blame Venezuela's oil production drop on government mismanagement, corruption, and a failure over many years to invest in infrastructure upgrades and maintenance

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 30, 2009, partial view of an oil refinery in the city of Moron, Venezuela. - Venezuela's oil production fell in May 2020 to 570,000 barrels per day, according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a decline to levels of more than seven decades ago. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Venezuelan national assembly says 12-month inflation at 3,600%

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Crisis-wracked Venezuela has been in recession for more than 6 years

HYPERINFLATION. View of a tree decorated with banknotes which are worthless – as a result of inflation – as people queue at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 10, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido agree to cooperate in virus fight

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:44 PM

With help from the Pan American Health Organization, the two sides will coordinate efforts to seek financial resources to combat the pandemic

COOPERATION. In this file photo, Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures in front of a screen depicting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a session at the National Assembly in Caracas on September 3, 2019. File photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Iran dismisses 'desperate' U.S. move to end nuclear waivers

May 28, 2020 - 11:47 PM

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says that with the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pulling the 'final plug' on the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018

'FINAL PLUG.' In this file photo, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi speaks to the media before a meeting with other UN members on the escalating situation with the United States at United Nation headquarters on June 24, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Venezuela confirms Guaido rival as parliament speaker

May 27, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Juan Guaido dismisses Luis Parra as 'an accomplice to dictatorship'

SPEAKER. Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Luis Parra gestures during a press conference at the National Assembly building, in Caracas, on January 20, 2020. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd' – HRW and Johns Hopkins

May 27, 2020 - 9:01 AM

President Nicolas Maduro's government reports 10 COVID-19 deaths out of 1,121 cases in a country of 30 million people

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela attorney general seeks to declare Guaido party 'terrorist organization'

May 26, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab says his office had asked the Supreme Court 'to determine if the Voluntad Popular political organization is a terrorist organization'

JUAN GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks to members of members of the media as he arrives for a plenary session of the National Assembly at Bolivar square, in Caracas, on February 12, 2020. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela sues Bank of England over gold reserves

May 22, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The Banco Central de Venezuela demands that the Bank of England release Venezuela's gold reserves for coronavirus response, but Britain does not recognize the authority of the Maduro government

DIRE WARNING. The Bank of England in London. Photo from Shutterstock

Two Guaido advisors resign over Venezuela 'invasion' accusations

May 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Guaido accepts the resignations of Rendon, his 'general strategist,' and lawmaker Vergara, his 'presidential commissioner' in crisis management, the press office says

HEADACHE. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures during a plenary session of the National Assembly at the San Antonio municipal theatre in San Antonio de Los Altos south of Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela charges Americans with terrorism, conspiracy

May 09, 2020 - 9:59 AM

President Maduro accuses US President Donald Trump of being behind the invasion

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. - The United States on November 5, 2019 vowed to maintain maximum pressure to topple Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as it slapped sanctions on five more officials."While Maduro and his associates continue to enrich themselves, the Venezuelan people suffer brutality, violence and oppression at the hands of the intelligence, security and armed forces," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

Trump denies U.S. role in mysterious Venezuela sea invasion

May 06, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Nicolas Maduro appears on state television with the US passports of a pair he says belongs to US security forces

POTUS. US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Venezuela arrests two Americans for failed 'invasion'

May 05, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro appears on state television to show the passports of Luke Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41, and tells the Venezuelan military high command that the pair were members of the US security forces

Handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency showing Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, during a meeting with members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on May 4, 2020. Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab on Monday accused opposition leader Juan Guaido of contracting "mercenaries" to lead an "invasion" that the Nicolas Maduro regime claims to have thwarted. The government had said Sunday that it foiled an attack from the sea aimed at toppling the socialist president, killing eight assailants and capturing two others. Jhonn ZERPA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP

Venezuelan oil price falls to $9.90, lowest level in 20 years

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Oil prices have been sliding in Venezuela since 2014 and exacerbating the country's ongoing economic crisis

GAS ISSUES. A Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) worker pumps gas in a car in Caracas, on May 21, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

EU backs U.S. plan for Venezuela transitional government

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:46 AM

The proposed transitional government is made up of members from the parties of President Nicolas Maduro and his rival Juan Guaido

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks at the National Assembly, in Caracas, on January 7, 2020. - Opposition leader Juan Guaido and a rival lawmaker, Luis Parra -who both had claimed to be Venezuela's parliament speaker, following two separate votes and accusations of a "parliamentary coup- called for a parliamentary session today. (Photo by Federico Parra / AFP)

In Venezuela shift, U.S. asks Guaido to renounce power – for now

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido should set up a transitional government to arrange elections in 6 to 12 months.

SHIFT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado (L) during a meeting at the Department of State on February 6, 2020 in Washington,DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Venezuela prosecutor's office summoned Guaido for 'attempted coup'

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The opposition leader is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries, including the United States, that refuse to recognize socialist President Nicolas Maduro after his disputed 2018 reelection

SUMMONED. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

U.S. indicts Venezuela leader Maduro for 'narco-terrorism'

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:31 PM

The State Department also announces a $15-million reward for information leading to the arrest of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

INDICTED. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

IMF rejects Venezuela request for billions in virus aid

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The Washington-based International Monetary Fund indirectly cites a dispute over Nicolas Maduro's leadership in denying his petition

DENIED. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas.  Photo by YuriI Cortez/AFP

Venezuela puts 7 states in virus quarantine as LatAm steps up measures

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Argentina and Colombia also close their borders

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Brazil recalls 'all' diplomats, officials in Venezuela

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:14 AM

It's the latest hardening of relations between Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the government of radical leftist Maduro that he has branded a 'dictatorship'

JAIR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a ceremony to pass the Economic Freedom Act at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido defends sanctions against Maduro regime

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Angry workers of state airline company confront the opposition leader, complaining of the US sanctions on the Venezuela flag carrier

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks to members of members of the media as he arrives for a plenary session of the National Assembly at Bolivar square, in Caracas, on February 12, 2020. Opposition leader Juan Guaido returned to Venezuela on Tuesday after an international support-building tour and called on the people in the crisis-wracked nation to keep pushing back against President Nicolas Maduro. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

U.S. warns Venezuela of consequences if Guaido harmed

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Elliott Abrams, the US envoy leading the drive to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, warns that the US was 'prepared' with unspecified actions if Guaido faces trouble

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks with members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela 2019 inflation close to 10,000%, says central bank

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:05 AM

Venezuela's central bank says inflation reached 9,585% in 2019. The opposition-controlled parliament puts it at 7,374%.

View of a tree decorated with banknotes which are worthless -as a result of inflation- as people queue at a gas station in Caracas, on March 10, 2019, during a power outage. - National Assembly leader Juan Guaido said Sunday he will ask the Venezuelan legislature to declare a "state of alarm" in order to request international aid amid a massive power outage. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

Inviting rival to State of the Union, Trump vows to 'smash' Venezuela's Maduro

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:06 PM

'Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people,' Trump says

MADURO. Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Guaido calls for 'great mobilization' ahead of Venezuela return

Feb 02, 2020 - 4:36 PM

'There is only one option – to achieve free elections,' adds the Venezuelan opposition leader

IN MIAMI. Juan Guaido, acting President of Venezuela, speaks at an event on February 1, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Venezuela intelligence agents raid Guaido offices – opposition

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Lawmaker Angel Torres says the agents 'abruptly entered' the offices, amid opposition fears they could plant false evidence

RAIDED. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during a session of the National Assembly with the presence of pro-government deputies in Caracas on September 24, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Maduro says still in control, open to talks with U.S. – report

Jan 19, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'A relationship of respect and dialogue brings a win-win situation. A confrontational relationship brings a lose-lose situation,' says the Venezuelan President

MADURO. In this file photo on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials involved in assembly takeover

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:36 AM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announces financial penalties on 7 officials in Caracas

TRADE. n this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on July 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Venezuela contact group recognizes Guaido as speaker

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Guaido, whose claim to be acting president is recognized as legitimate by more than 50 countries, is re-elected speaker of the assembly on Sunday

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) sings Venezuela's national anthem, accompanied by opposition lawmakers and supporters, on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Christian Hernandez/AFP)

Venezuela's Guaido gains access to parliament speaker's seat

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Earlier, dozens of National Guard troops wearing helmets and carrying riot shields blocked Juan Guaido from entering Congress

ACCESS. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks at the National Assembly, in Caracas, on January 7, 2020. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Guaido and rival both claim to be Venezuela's parliament speaker

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Juan Guaido attempts to climb over the railing around the National Assembly premises to gain entry to its compound, only to be pushed back by police with riot shields

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido is pictured during a parliamentary session with allied lawmakers at the offices of the El Nacional newspaper in Caracas, on January 5, 2020 after being prevented from entering the National Assembly. - Venezuela's opposition denounced a "parliamentary coup" on Sunday after its leader Juan Guaido was prevented from entering the National Assembly by police and a rival tried to take his role as speaker. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Venezuela's 'acting president' confident of parliamentary reelection

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Sunday's election comes after a tumultuous year in which Guaido declared himself acting president and at times seemed close to toppling socialist President Nicolas Maduro

ACTING PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

EU extends sanctions against Venezuela for a year

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:51 PM

An embargo on arms and equipment that could be used for political repression is extended to November 14 next year, along with asset freezes and travel bans on 25 senior members of the Maduro regime blamed for rights abuses

VENEZUELA SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

El Salvador expels Venezuela diplomats in challenge to Maduro

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:35 AM

El Salvador under its new President Nayib Bukele is one of more than 50 countries declaring Nicolas Maduro's Venezuelan government illegitimate

LEAVING. Members of the diplomatic corps leave the Venezuelan embassy in San Salvador on November 3, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) To applause in the chamber, Venezuela gets the nod in a vote by the UN General Assembly to choose 14 new members for the 47-member body based in Geneva

UNHRC. File photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Trump says Venezuelans will end up 'free'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Trump tells around two dozen Latin American leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that socialism had 'destroyed' Venezuela, but that the country's people 'will be free'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Top Venezuelan gov't official in North Korea – state media

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Diosdado Cabello, the right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is in North Korea leading a 'high-level delegation'

The president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, gestures during the 1st International Meeting of Workers in solidarity with the Venezuelan Government and people at the Alba Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 29, 2019. The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemskiy, accused the United States of obstructing with its sanctions an agreement between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition to resolve the political crisis. Matias Delacroix / AFP

Putin urges dialogue between Venezuela's Maduro, opposition

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Putin says, 'We believe that any refusal to have dialogue is irrational, harms the country, and only threatens the population's well-being'

URGING DIALOGUE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP)

Maduro-allied lawmakers return to Venezuela assembly

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Socialist deputies chant pro-Maduro slogans as they take their seats in the legislature to a barrage of booing from the opposition

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures during a session of the National Assembly with the presence of pro-government deputies in Caracas on September 24, 2019. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned the United States was watching the situation in Venezuela "very closely," as it unleashed new sanctions targeting the crisis-wracked country's ties with Cuba. Matias Delacroix / AFP

U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Venezuela nurses turn to side jobs to survive economic crisis

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

In Venezuela, nurses have been forced to reinvent themselves as home entrepreneurs, security guards, or builders just to survive

SIDE JOBS. Venezuelan nurse Edgar Fernandez, who works at a state hospital, sings in mariachi costume at a restaurant at the town of El Junquito near Caracas, on August 24, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuelan officials discussed Maduro exit behind his back – Bolton

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Washington has been pressuring President Nicolas Maduro through sanctions to step down while publicly prodding members of his inner circle to cut their ties to him before it's too late

MADURO'S EXIT? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro freezes talks with opposition after U.S. sanctions

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Nicolas Maduro attributes the cancellation to 'the grave and brutal aggression' being 'continuously... carried out by the Trump administration against Venezuela'

NICOLAS MADURO. In this handout photo released by Miraflores presidential press office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during an event to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Boyaca at the National Pantheon, in Caracas on August 7, 2019. Photo by Francisco Batista/Presidencia Venezuela/AFP

U.S. warns off Venezuela allies China and Russia

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are sending a signal to third parties that want to do business with the Maduro regime: Proceed with extreme caution,' says US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP