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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

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

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

Caracas blasts Juan Guaido's courting of U.S. military

May 14, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez lambast the move by opposition leader Juan Guaido's representative in Washington, accusing him of paving the way for a US 'military intervention'

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez attends a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their meeting in Moscow on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Venezuela detains Juan Guaido's deputy

May 09, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Edgar Zambrano, Guaido's deputy as National Assembly speaker, is arrested by intelligence agents in Caracas for backing the failed April 30 uprising orchestrated by Juan Guaido

Venezuelan Deputy Carlos Prosperi (C) talks to the press outside the Democratic Action Party's headquarters after the Venezuelan Deputy and first Vice president of the National Assembly Edgar Zambrano was arrested by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) in Caracas, on May 8, 2019. Venezuela's Supreme Court announced the indictment of three more lawmakers -- named as Freddy Superlano, Sergio Vergara and Juan Andres Mejia -- on Wednesday for backing the failed April 30 uprising orchestrated by opposition leader Juan Guaido.  RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

Venezuela to prosecute lawmakers who backed failed uprising

May 08, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Venezuela's Supreme Court allows the stripping of parliamentary immunity of 7 members of the opposition-controlled National Assembly

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. 'We're very close to achieving change in Venezuela,' Guaido tells AFP. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

Spain refuses to hand over opposition figure to Venezuela

May 03, 2019 - 8:06 AM

A statement from the Spanish foreign ministry says: the government 'does not envisage in any circumstances handing over Leopoldo Lopez to the Venezuelan authorities nor asking him to leave the ambassador's residence'

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gives a message at this house in Caracas on July 26, 2017. Leopoldo Lopez/handout/AFP

1 dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

May 02, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Jurubith Rausseo, 27, died at a clinic after being hit by a 'bullet in the head during (a) demonstration,' the non-governmental Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict says on Twitter, condemning her 'murder'

PROTESTS. Venezuelans living in Peru take part in a rally in support of Venezualan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Lima on May 1, 2019. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Rioting breaks out in Venezuela amid 'attempted coup'

May 01, 2019 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says he has defeated an attempted coup – congratulating the armed forces for having 'defeated this small group that intended to spread violence through putschist skirmishes'

RIOT. Opposition demonstrators clash with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after troops joined opposition leader Juan Guaido in his campaign to oust Maduro's government, in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela opposition's Lopez leaves Chile embassy for Spanish consulate

May 01, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Chile's foreign minister tweets: 'Lilian Tintori and Leopold Lopez – who are of Spanish descent – moved to the Spanish embassy. They made a personal decision.'

CRISIS. Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a message at the Miraflores presidential palace. Handout photo/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

Rage, hope as Venezuelan soldiers join anti-Maduro protests

May 01, 2019 - 7:02 AM

'We're also people and we're fed up with this dictatorship,' said one of the soldiers backing 35-year-old Venezuela's National Assembly leader Juan Guaido

RAGE. Forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro confront supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido after members of the Bolivarian National Guard joined Guaido's campaign to oust him, in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Large parts of Venezuela hit by new blackout

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) The electricity shortage hits a large section of the capital as well as significant areas in at least 20 of the 23 states of Venezuela

BLACKOUTS. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela declares holiday as new blackout grips country

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The government declares Tuesday, March 26, a work-free and school-free day to take a load off the grid

BLACKOUT. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela calls public sector back to work as blackout recedes

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Venezuela's infrastructure has degraded over years because of lack of investment, a significant brain drain, and the government's practice of putting the military in charge of key civilian facilities and companies

LOOTING. General view inside a wholesale supermarkert looted during the massive blackout that has paralyzed Venezuela for six days, in Maracaibo, in the border state of Zulia on March 13, 2019. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela suspends work, classes due to major blackout

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) The government says the blackout is affecting 23 of the crisis-wracked country's 24 states

BLACKOUT. Night view of a street during a power cut in the city of Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela on March 7, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela expels German envoy for backing Guaido as U.S. tightens sanctions

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) The foreign ministry gives German envoy Daniel Kriener 48 hours to leave for 'interference' in Venezuela's internal affairs

Maduro rejects European ultimatum on elections

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:11 AM

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro tells a Spanish television station in an interview that he will not 'cave in to pressure' from those calling for his departure

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Chile said Tuesday it has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as Maduro moves to consolidate power. The five were among a group of 33 jurists who had been named to the Venezuelan Supreme Court by the opposition-controlled National Assembly on July 31 in defiance of the government.  / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETO

Regional powers back Maduro opponent as Venezuela leader

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:04 AM

A top US administration official says, if 'Maduro and his cronies choose to respond with violence, if they choose to harm any of the National Assembly members... all options are on the table for the United States in regards to action to be taken'

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela senior citizens block streets demanding pension checks

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Some 200 seniors block traffic near the presidential palace demanding payment in full of their monthly retirement pension

A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighbourhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to take control of popular markets in different states across the country, in the midst of an hyperinflationary spiral and severe shortage of staple foods.  Federico PARRA / AFP

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Sitting atop the world's largest reserves of crude, Venezuela – once Latin America's richest country – is now a state of millionaires, but the millions are in bolivars and practically worthless

HYPERINFLATION. A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighborhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

UN rights chief calls for probe of abuses by Venezuela military

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that the rule of law is virtually absent in Venezuela,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard get into a military transport truck at the end of the launching ceremony of the "Plan Republica", the security operation for the presidential election on May 20, in Caracas, on May 15, 2018.  Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Madrid

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Fugitive Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has crossed the border into neighboring Colombia, saying he intends to fly to Europe to organize resistance against President Nicolas Maduro's rule

OPPOSITION. The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, 62, greets followers at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on November 17, 2017, before embarking to Spain after escaping house arrest in the Venezuelan capital. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

European Union slaps sanctions on crisis-hit Venezuela

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The EU says 'constructive dialogue and negotiation' were the only way to solve the crisis in Venezuela, where protests against Maduro have turned violent and economic collapse has led to dire shortages of food and medicine

UNDER SIEGE. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela's Maduro

May 21, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Increasing number of gunshot wounds are reported as protests turn violent Federal prosecutors say they are investigating the role of police and military personnel in the incidents

POLITICAL CRISIS. Opposition activists protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela, on May 20, 2017. AFP Photo

Venezuela braces for new protest in wave of unrest

Apr 22, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The opposition calls for protesters to march in silence to the Catholic Church s episcopal seats nationwide in a show of condemnation of Maduro s government

'MOTHER OF ALL PROTESTS'. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a march against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 19, 2017. Photo by Carlos Becerra/AFP

Death toll spikes to 20 in Venezuela protests

Apr 22, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The opposition accuses the government of sending gangs of armed thugs to attack them

PROTESTS. Venezuela has been rocked by violence over the past 3 weeks which has claimed 20 lives. Screenshot from Agence France-Presse

Dozens of children evacuated from Caracas hospital amid unrest

Apr 21, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez denounces the armed gangs hired by the opposition who attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a march against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 19, 2017. Venezuelans took to the streets Wednesday for massive demonstrations for and against President Nicolas Maduro, whose push to tighten his grip on power has triggered deadly unrest that has escalated the country's political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / CARLOS BECERRA

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

US, Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Concerns are raised over political tensions in Venezuela after the arrest of the opposition mayor of Caracas in an alleged coup plot

ANTONIO LEDEZMA. A file picture shows Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during an opposition rally in Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. Santi Donaire/EPA

Venezuela arrests Caracas opposition mayor over 'coup'

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Mayor Antonio Ledezma s wife Mitzy Capriles takes to Ledezma s Twitter account to report his detention shortly after blaming Maduro

ANTONIO LEDEZMA. A file picture dated on 20 April 2014 shows Caracas' Mayor Antonio Ledezma during an opposition rally in Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. Antonio Ledezma was detained by members of Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin, in Spanish) at his office in Caracas downtown, on 19 February 2015, sources close to the Mayor informed. Santi Donaire/EPA

Venezuela says SwissLeaks accounts 'transparent'

Feb 13, 2015 - 1:58 AM

Venezuela ranked third among the countries with the largest dollar amounts in the leaked Swiss files

Venezuela authorizes use of deadly force at demos

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez says the rule is a direct response to last year s violence which took weeks to quell

US bars some Venezuelan officials accused of rights abuse

Jul 30, 2014 - 10:36 PM

The United States slaps travel bans on a number of Venezuelan government officials accused of being behind human rights abuses during earlier protests amid growing tensions between the two countries

COLLISION. Protesters clash with National Boliviarian Police (PNB) at the entrance of Central University of Venezuela (UCV) at Caracas, Venezuela, 03 April 2014. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez / EPA

Anti-government protests return to Venezuela's streets

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:37 AM

The marches are the latest in a spate of at times violent anti government unrest that erupted in February and has claimed at least 41 lives

MORE PROTESTS. Demonstrators are seen during a march against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Santa Fe, Caracas, Venezuela, 26 April 2014. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Riot police, protesters clash in Venezuela

Apr 21, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Hundreds of anti government activists marked Easter Sunday in Chacao by holding a peaceful march calling for the resurrection of democracy

Venezuela wants US to join 'peace commission' to end unrest

Mar 16, 2014 - 3:50 PM

The United States is the main market for Venezuela s petroleum The two countries have had testy relations for years and withdrew ambassadors in 2010

Venezuela marks year without Chavez amid protests

Mar 05, 2014 - 9:58 PM

A year after socialist revolutionary Hugo Chavez s death Venezuela faces persistent opposition protests

EYES. A year after the death of Venezuelan former President Hugo Chavez, images depicting his eyes are seen everywhere in Caracas- from giant billboards and buildings to t-shirts and notebooks. Photo from AFP/ Leo Ramirez

Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash

Mar 01, 2014 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The detained foreigners including two foreign reporters are being held for international terrorism state VTV television said in a brief statement

FACEOFF. Demonstrators confront members of the National Guard during an anti-government protest in Caracas on February 28, 2014. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela deploys paratroopers after more protests

Feb 21, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The demonstrations led by students and the opposition have left at least 4 dead and dozens hurt in the biggest challenge to Maduro s presidency

MADURO AND VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to people gathered outside Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PRESIDENCIA

Missoni heir's plane found in Venezuela

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:31 AM

The missing plane carrying the heir to the Missoni fashion empire is found underwater

PLANE FOUND. The plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, his wife and another couple is found 6 months after it went missing in Caracas, Venezeula. Screengrab from video posted by ABCNews

Chavez can stay in office without Jan 10 oath: VP

Jan 05, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Venezuela s cancer stricken President Hugo Chavez can continue as head of state even if he is unable to take the oath of office on January 10 as scheduled Vice President Nicolas Maduro says