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Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the small nation of Guyana on Friday looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer. During the brief visit, Pompeo and President Irfaan Ali signed agreements to strengthen U.S. investment and cooperation on energy and infrastructure while vowing to deepen cooperation on maritime security and drug trafficking interdiction. Pompeo praised Ali’s suppo...
Tags: News, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Guyana, Ali, Trump, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Lima Group, Irfaan Ali


Venezuela's Maduro says election delay to meet EU request 'impossible'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday said it would be "impossible" to delay parliamentary elections planned for Dec. 6, after the European Union suggested pushing back the vote to meet conditions for the bloc to send an observer mission. The EU last week said there was not enough time left for it to send observers, at Venezuela's invitation. Maduro is eager to win international recognition for the poll, which the domestic opposition and the United States have said will likely be rig...
Tags: News, Eu, European Union, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro


Venezuela government accused of grisly crimes against humanity in UN report

Findings conclude state and President Nicolás Maduro were responsible for extrajudicial killings and systemic use of tortureVenezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators have concluded. Related: ‘They are murderers’: special forces unit strikes fear in Venezuelans Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Americas, World news, Un, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro


Venezuela government accused of crimes against humanity in UN report

Findings conclude state and President Nicolás Maduro were responsible for extrajudicial killings and systemic use of tortureVenezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators have concluded.In a scathing, in-depth report published on Wednesday, the panel of experts said that they had found evidence that state actors including President Nicolás Maduro had ordered or contr...
Tags: Human Rights, Americas, World news, Un, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro


Maduro security forces committed crimes against humanity: U.N.

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. Reasonable grounds existed to believe that Maduro and his interior and defence ministers ordered or contributed to the crimes documented in the report in order to silence opposition, they said. Specifically they had information indicating that Maduro ordered the director of the national ...
Tags: News, Nicolás Maduro, U N, Maduro, Francisco Cox, U N Fact Finding Mission


Venezuelan media name alleged U.S. spy arrested near refinery complex

Pro-government media in Venezuela on Sunday named an alleged U.S. spy who President Nicolas Maduro said was captured last week near the country's largest oil refinery complex. Outlets close to the ruling Socialist Party identified the detainee as a former marine, John Heath Mattew, and said he was arrested on Thursday with three other people including a sergeant major in Venezuela's National Guard as they drove between Falcon and Zulia states in northwestern Venezuela. Ultimas Noticias newspap...
Tags: News, Iraq, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Falcon, National Guard, Socialist Party, Zulia, John Heath Mattew, Venezuela Ultimas Noticias


Venezuelan president says US spy captured near refineries

President Nicolás Maduro said Friday that Venezuelan authorities captured a U.S. spy targeting a pair of refineries on the north Caribbean coast as this nation once wealthy from oil is gripped by a deep gasoline shortage. The spy, Maduro alleged, was a Marine who had served as a CIA operative in Iraq. The suspect was captured Thursday while possessing specialized weapons and a large sum of dollars, Maduro said, adding that the man was being interrogated about his activities around the Amuay an...
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Cia, Nicolás Maduro, Caribbean, Falcon, Maduro, Cardon


US 'spy' captured near Venezuelan oil refining complex, claims Maduro

US marine who had served in Iraq was caught with specialised weapons and a large amount of cash, says presidentVenezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has claimed that a “US spy” was captured while spying on the largest refining complex in the country, which is going through a severe fuel shortage crisis.In a live broadcast on state television on Friday, Maduro said the man was arrested on Thursday in the north-west state of Falcon where he was spying on the Amuay and Cardon oil refineries. Conti...
Tags: Iraq, Americas, US, US foreign policy, US news, Venezuela, North West, Nicolás Maduro, Falcon, Maduro, Cardon, Venezuelan


Venezuela says 'U.S. spy' captured near oil refinery complex

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that a "U.S. spy" was captured while spying on the largest refining complex in the country, which is going through a severe fuel shortage crisis. In a live broadcast on state television, Maduro said the man was arrested on Thursday in the northwest state of Falcon where he was spying on the Amuay and Cardon oil refineries. Maduro did not give further details, but said the detainee was giving a statement in custody.
Tags: News, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Falcon, Maduro, Cardon


Venezuela's Maduro proposes giving Russia COVID-19 vaccine to legislative candidates

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday proposed administering a Russian coronavirus vaccine to nearly 15,000 candidates in upcoming legislative elections so that they can campaign safely. Russia in August licensed a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move celebrated by Moscow but questioned by some experts who note that only about 10% of clinical trials are successful. Maduro's adversaries are broadly planning to boycott the Dec. 6 vote on the grounds that ...
Tags: News, Russia, Moscow, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Socialist Party


Venezuelan gas lines surge as Iranian tankers go undercover

Gasoline shortages have returned to Venezuela, sparking mile-long lines in the capital as international concerns mounted Tuesday that Iran yet again may be trying to come to the South American nation's rescue. Three Iranian tankers that delivered gasoline to Venezuela earlier this year have turned off their location tracking devices for up to three weeks, raising suspicions among global ship trackers that the tankers are again headed to Iran's ally. Iran uses cloaking to evade detection by the...
Tags: News, Iran, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro


Venezuela health workers get first payment from funds frozen in U.S., Guaido says

Venezuelan health workers have started receiving $100 monthly payments financed by funds that the United States seized from the government of President Nicolas Maduro, opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday. The U.S. Treasury Department in August approved the use of the funds to help Venezuela's health personnel on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 amid a hyperinflationary economic crisis. Venezuela's information ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Tags: News, United States, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, U S Treasury Department, Juan Guaido, Guaido, COVID


Pompeo: U.S. will not back opposition’s bid to participate in Maduro’s ‘electoral farce’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Thursday that the United States will not recognize the results of the December parliamentary elections organized by Nicolás Maduro, despite the controversial decision by some members of the Venezuelan opposition to participate in the ballot.
Tags: News, United States, Nicolás Maduro, State, Maduro, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


US soldiers jailed for Venezuela coup attempt seek pardon

Two US special forces soldiers jailed in Venezuela for trying to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro are seeking an official pardon for early release, The Telegraph has learned. Former US Green Berets Luke Denman and Airan Berry were given 20 years each for their role in a botched operation to kidnap Mr Maduro and bring him to the US for trial. The court hearing against them earlier this month took place behind closed doors with no lawyers present. However, the families of the two men were alread...
Tags: News, US, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Clinton, Caracas, Maduro, Bill Richardson, US Green Berets, Airan Berry, Luke Denman, Richardson Centre


Washington says pardons by Venezuela's Maduro are token acts

The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. “Restoring constitutional rights that were illegally taken away should not be applauded," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. The Venezuelan government a day earlier said it was pardoning 110 people, including opposition politicians jailed, living in foreign ...
Tags: News, Washington, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, U S State Department, Caracas, Maduro


Venezuela's Maduro pardons opposition lawmakers

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday pardoned more than 100 lawmakers and associates of opposition leader Juan Guaido "in the interests of promoting national reconciliation," the government said.
Tags: News, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Juan Guaido


Covid: Venezuela seeks testers for Russian vaccine

President Nicolás Maduro, a close ally of Russia's, will ask for volunteers in the coming days.
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Venezuela using coronavirus as cover to crack down on dissent, report claims

Human Rights Watch says it has found a ‘very, very disturbing’ pattern of intimidation and persecution of government criticsVenezuelan security forces are using the coronavirus pandemic as cover to wage a disturbing “full force” campaign against dissenters, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.The New York-based human rights group said that dozens of journalists, health professionals, human rights lawyers and government opponents had been arbitrarily detained and prosecuted since Pres...
Tags: Human Rights, Americas, World news, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Human Rights Watch, Coronavirus outbreak, Human Rights Watch The New York


China was already winning over the US's neighbors. Trump's COVID-19 response just makes Beijing's job easier

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping with their delegations at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, December 1, 2018 SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images No region has been hit harder by the coronavirus than Latin America, whose residents have gotten little aid from the US.While President Donald Trump has inveighed against China about the pandemic, Beijing has offered help to the region, reflecting its rising influence among the US's neighbors, writes Michael Paarlberg,...
Tags: Politics, Opinion, Mexico, China, US, Trends, Taiwan, Getty Images, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Brazil, International Monetary Fund, Venezuela, Uruguay, Getty, El Salvador


'They think they’ll be left to die': pandemic shakes already fragile Venezuela

Venezuela’s official Covid-19 death toll stands just over 300, but hospital employees suggest the true situation may be far worseAs they are hauled into Maracaibo’s University hospital, pale, wheezing and panicked, a recurring cry emerges from the mouths of coronavirus patients in this bedraggled Venezuelan metropolis.“Save me!” they plead as they enter A&E, according to hospital staff too scared to give their names. “Please don’t let me die!” Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Global development, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maracaibo, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Venezuela’s Maduro thanks Iran for helping oil industry overcome U.S. sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday thanked ally Iran for helping the South American country overcome U.S. sanctions on its oil industry and floated the idea of purchasing missiles from the country. Washington maintains strict sanctions against Iran’s oil industry to try to halt the country’s nuclear program. Earlier this year, Tehran sent several gasoline cargoes to Venezuela to help it overcome fuel shortages, as well as equipment to help state oil company PDVSA repair its dilapida...
Tags: News, Washington, Iran, Venezuela, Tehran, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, PDVSA


Venezuela buying missiles from Iran a ‘good idea’, Maduro says

It would be a “good idea” to look into purchasing missiles from Ian, Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has said, as the two countries expand trade relations under a joint banner of anti-US sentiment.Ties between Caracas and Tehran have deepened in recent months as both regimes attempt to undermine aggressive US sanctions programmes.
Tags: News, US, Iran, Venezuela, Tehran, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Maduro, Ian Venezuela


Maduro says Venezuela buying Iranian missiles 'a good idea'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday said it would be a "good idea" to look into buying missiles from Iran, a day after Colombia said Venezuela was considering such a plan amid growing ties between Caracas and Tehran. Iran in May supplied gasoline to Venezuela to ease chronic shortages, triggering alarm bells in Washington as the two countries expand trade relations amid efforts to undermine aggressive U.S. sanctions programs. "It had not occurred to me, it had not occurred to us," ...
Tags: News, Washington, Iran, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Maduro, TEHRAN Iran, Vladimir Padrino


U.S. says Maduro blocking Americans from leaving Venezuela

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is blocking U.S. citizens in the country from leaving, rebuffing efforts by Washington to arrange humanitarian evacuation flights, a State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "We have made offers in the past that would allow U.S. citizens to leave, but all were rejected by Maduro and his cronies," the spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, said in an emailed statement, adding that Washington was looking at all options to ensure the secure return ...
Tags: News, Washington, Venezuela, State Department, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Morgan Ortagus


Venezuela Cracks Down Using Security Forces Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A ruined economy and a broken health care system have left President Nicolás Maduro unable to fight the pandemic as other world leaders have. Instead, he’s detained thousands to try to halt the spread.
Tags: News, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Nicolas, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals, Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Venezuela Deploys Security Forces in Coronavirus Crackdown

A ruined economy and a broken health care system have left President Nicolás Maduro unable to fight the pandemic as other world leaders have. Instead, he’s detained thousands to try to halt the spread.
Tags: News, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Nicolas, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals, Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Venezuela Deploys Security Forces


Covid-19 News: Live Updates

The government of President Nicolás Maduro is detaining and intimidating doctors, marking the homes of people suspected of having the virus and detaining those who are returning to the country.
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Venezuela jails 15 for decades over botched invasion

Venezuela on Friday sentenced 15 people to more than two decades in prison over a failed invasion plot that President Nicolas Maduro has said was an attempt to overthrow him.
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Venezuela jails former US soldiers for 20 years over botched bid to overthrow Maduro

Two ex-Green Berets hired to oust president were sentenced in a secretive hearing that their lawyers say breached their right to a defenceA Venezuelan court has sentenced two former US special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing president Nicolás Maduro.Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in what they consider a violatio...
Tags: Americas, US, US news, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Green Berets, Airan Berry, Luke Denman


Former US soldiers sentenced to 20 years for bungled Venezuelan coup plot

A Venezuelan court sentenced two former US special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a failed beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolas Maduro, prosecutors announced late on Friday. Former Green Berets Luke Denman and Airan Berry admitted to taking part in the May 4 operation orchestrated by a third ex-US soldier who remains in the United States, Venezuelan's chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab announced on Twitter. "THEY ADMITTED THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE...
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