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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)

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

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 government, opposition reopen Barbados talks

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Crisis-wracked Venezuela has been mired in a political impasse since January when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, quickly receiving the support of more than 50 countries

BARBADOS TALKS. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. police move to eject pro-Maduro activists from Venezuela embassy

May 14, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The activists attempt to prevent the entry of the representative of opposition leader Juan Guaido

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

U.S. moves to cut off Venezuela oil, Cuba trade

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The latest measures seek to cut off vital lifelines for President Nicolas Maduro

Opposition supporters demonstrate behind a Venezuelan national flag against the lack of water and electricity in the neighbourhood of Los Palos Grandes in Caracas, on March 31, 2019. Living conditions are plummeting in the oil-producing Latin American nation, which is spiralling ever deeper into economic chaos during a protracted political crisis. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

Kremlin says U.S. not to 'worry' about Russia-Venezuela ties

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian foreign ministry also insists the presence of its troops in Venezuela do not pose a threat to anyone

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN VENEZUELA. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido vows he would 'very soon' take up office in Miraflores, the presidential palace

PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido is expected to tour the country in a bid to spark a citizen movement. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

China offers to help Venezuela restore power after vast blackout

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'China is willing to offer assistance and technical support to Venezuela to restore the power system,' says foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

BLACKOUT. View of Caracas during a partial power outage on March 9, 2019. File photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

EXPLAINER: Where is the Venezuelan crisis heading?

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Experts agree on one major factor that will decide Venezuela's fate: the military

MOVING FORWARD. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido take part in a march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions – U.N.

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Venezuela clearly illustrates the way violations of civil and political rights can accentuate a decline of economic and social rights,' says United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet

VENEZUELA. View of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

The week in photos: February 23-March 1, 2019

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:55 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela regime as Russia ups support

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The US says it's targeting 6 Venezuelan military officers for stopping their aid from coming through the border, while Moscow promises relief through President Nicolas Maduro

People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the "Aid and Freedom Coalition" movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. - Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, most of it from the United States, from flowing into the country. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Russia vows more support for 'friend' Maduro, including aid

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his allies – including Russia – have accused the United States of attempting to carry out a coup against his government

ALLIES. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow on February 6, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

United Nations to vote on dueling U.S., Russia drafts on Venezuela

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:43 PM

The US puts forward a measure calling for presidential elections to end the political standoff, while Russia urges a peaceful settlement of the crisis, recalling that aid deliveries to Venezuela require the consent of Maduro's government

GUAIDO-MADURO SITUATION. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019.  File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela calls for Trump-Maduro talks

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:43 PM

'We are proposing the path of dialogue, even with the United States.... Why shouldn't they meet, President Trump and President Maduro?' says Venezuela's foreign minister Jorge Arreaza

TRUMP-MADURO TALKS? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza speaks to the United Nations Security Council meeting on Venezuela February 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S. condemns violence by Maduro's 'thugs' in Venezuela

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

This comes after Venezuela security forces fired at demonstrators against Venezuela's aid lockdown, leaving 2 people dead and more than 300 injured

CONDEMNED. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro refuses to accept aid from other countries, especially the United States, seeing it as a prelude to an invasion. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Thousands of Venezuela volunteers begin preparing U.S. aid entry

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The oil-rich country's economic meltdown under Nicolas Maduro has left millions in poverty facing shortages of medicine and food, with hyperinflation making purchases impossible

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maduro blasts U.S. for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'It's a booby trap, they're putting on a show with rotten and contaminated food,' Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro says

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. - Maduro begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

U.S. seeks U.N. draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Diplomats say Russia is likely to use its vetor power on the draft resolution as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro's regime

Russia says blocked from Venezuela talks in Uruguay

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:04 PM

European and Latin American envoys are set to gather in Montevideo for the first meeting of a 'Contact Group' with the goal of creating conditions for a peaceful political process

SUPPORT. This file photo shows Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and head of delegation Sergei Ryabkov attending a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference in Beijing January 30, 2019. File photo by Thomas Peter/Pool/AFP

Venezuelans in Peru take up Maduro's offer to fly home

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The move is part of the socialist government's 'Return to the Homeland' scheme to counter a mass exodus and woo back young Venezuelans to work in the crisis-torn country

'RETURN TO THE HOMELAND.' Venezuelan migrants wait to enter the boarding area of the international airport in Lima after a group of Venezuelan nationals – who chose to return to their country after experiencing difficulties in Peru – received a plane ticket paid by their government, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Teo Bizca/AFP

Venezuela government, opposition in fresh talks on crisis

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:27 AM

The two-day meeting, on the neutral ground of the Dominican Republic, comes after the government of President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ban key opposition parties from the election

FRESH TALKS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Fleeing Maduro critic says Venezuela now lawless

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in a massive corruption scheme at Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, one of President Nicolas Maduro's most vocal critics, invited by Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot, speaks during a conference with representatives from the Latin American regional trading alliance Mercosur, in Brasilia, on August 23, 2017. Ortega promised to use the international forum in Brazil to intensify corruption allegations against Maduro, who called for her arrest. Days after a dramatic escape from Venezuela, Ortega arrived in Brasilia promising to dish dirt on Maduro, who in turn asked Interpol to put out a "red notice" warrant for his critic.  / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA

Venezuela army repels attack on base, hunts assailants

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:58 PM

4th UPDATE The incident heightens fears that Venezuela s deepening political and economic crisis could yet explode into extreme violence

ATTACKED. View of the military base of Paramacay Fort in Venezuela's third city, Valencia on August 6, 2016. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Fears of open civil conflict have prompted an exodus of thousands of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia

PROTESTS. Anti-government activists burn tires during clashes with the National Guard in Caracas on July 27, 2017 on the second day of a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

The week in photos: July 8-14, 2017

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People cool off in a swimming pool in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province on July 12, 2017.  The summer heatwave is forecast to continue and expand over more of the country, with people being warned to protect themselves from the sun. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Deaths from Venezuelan anti-government protests up to 75

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:01 AM

A 22 year old man was killed during a demonstration in the capital s Altamira area

MORE PROTESTS. An injured protester is assisted by medics and fellow demonstrators as opposition activists and riot police clash during an anti-government protest in Caracas, on June 22, 2017. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela leader promises constitution referendum to calm crisis

Jun 03, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The opposition says Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro s constitutional reform plan is a bid to cling to power

DEMONSTRATION. Opposition demonstrators mounted on a truck raise their fists during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on June 2, 2017. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Venezuela toll rises to 48 dead after protester killed

May 21, 2017 - 11:40 PM

A 23 year old protester shot in the chest dies – the latest fatality in 7 weeks of anti government protests

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 20, 2017.  Venezuelan protesters and supporters of embattled President Nicolas Maduro take to the streets Saturday as a deadly political crisis plays out in a divided country on the verge of paralysis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Venezuelans clog roads – even on horseback – in new anti-gov't protest

May 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

We are going to stay in the street building a way out of the crisis vows Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara

People march against President Nicolas Maduro through the streets of Caracas on May 13, 2017.  Daily clashes between demonstrators -who blame elected President Nicolas Maduro for an economic crisis that has caused food shortages- and security forces have left 38 people dead since April 1. Protesters demand early elections, accusing Maduro of repressing protesters and trying to install a dictatorship.  / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

TIMELINE: 5 key moments in Venezuela crisis

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Here are 5 key steps that have led to this point

PROTESTS. Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs in

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:20 AM

I am proud to say I took the decision to free our country from interventionism Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says in a speech

Venezuela opposition challenges gov't dialogue plan

Oct 25, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Months of tension that have included riots and looting threatened to boil over after authorities enraged the opposition last week by annulling its drive for a recall referendum

Students clash with riot policemen during a protest in San Cristobal, state of Tachira, Venezuela on October 24, 2016. George Castellanos/AFP

Venezuelan congress declares 'coup' by Maduro gov't

Oct 24, 2016 - 7:18 AM

Opposition lawmakers pass a resolution declaring the breakdown of constitutional order and a coup d etat committed by the Nicolas Maduro regime

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrate outside the National Assembly during an extraordinary session called by opposition leaders, in Caracas on October 23, 2016. Juan Barreto/AFP

Angry Venezuela opposition vows rallies, alleges coup

Oct 22, 2016 - 12:10 PM

The opposition MUD coalition calls for nationwide protests beginning Wednesday October 26 after suffering setbacks in its push for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks next to the president of the National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup (L), during a press conference in Caracas on October 21, 2016. A furious Venezuelan opposition Friday vowed mass protests, accusing the Socialist government of staging a coup by blocking its drive for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

Maduro vows no recall referendum before next year

Jun 12, 2016 - 8:03 AM

If the opposition meets all requirements with their bid to oust Maduro the recall referendum will be held next year Period the embattled Venezuelan president said

Venezuela extends shortened workweek decree for public sector

May 29, 2016 - 7:48 AM

President Nicolas Maduro s administration blames the power shortage on a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon which it says has caused water used by the country s hydroelectric plants to run low

CRISIS. Several Venezuelan cities will be under government-ruled 4 hour electricity blackouts as a measure to mitigate the effects of the drought in the country. The blackouts were enacted to stabilize water levels at the Guri dam. The government will also give work furloughs to government employees to save electricity. Photo by EPA

International concern mounts over Venezuela

May 22, 2016 - 7:40 AM

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his crisis hit country is prepared to win the biggest war that could happen

epa05322289 A handout picture provided by Miraflores Press shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaking during a visit to a military training camp in the state of Vargas, Venezuela, 21 May 2016. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro warned that he could declare a 'state of internal commotion' if coup incidents occur and reiterated that there are 'serious threats' to peace in the country. The opposition is pushing for a recall referendum amid a crippling economic crisis in the country. EPA/MIRAFLORES PRESS / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Venezuela's armed forces are political too

May 21, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Of the Venezuela government s 30 ministries 10 are held by active or retired military men including the ministries for food agricultural production and land and fishing and aquaculture

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz (R) attend a military parade in Caracas on April 27, a day after Maduro announced his latest drastic measures to tackle power shortages in the country. Photo by Marcelo Garcoa/ Presidencia Venezuela/ AFP

Crisis-hit Venezuela sets clocks ahead to save power

May 01, 2016 - 7:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Venezuela shifts its time ahead by 30 minutes as it deals with a massive electricity shortage

epa05280345 People participate during an event organized by the Venezuelan opposition collecting signatures as part of the process to seek a referendum to remove the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on 27 April 2016. Venezuela's National Election Council, or CNE, agreed on 26 April to initiate the process for convening a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro. The parties comprising the MUD opposition coalition now will have to collect the signatures of some 198,000 people - 1 percent of the country's 19.8 million registered voters - and later present about another 4 million for the CNE to set a date for the referendum. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ