Hundreds of thousands of people have marched across the country to demand elections in an effort to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power. Opposition politicians and activists blame the president for the disastrous state of the economy, which contracted by 18.6 percent in 2016. Venezuela’s economy is almost entirely based on oil revenues, which have been hit by the crash in oil prices that began in 2014.
Rudy Giuliani prances around in the muck of foreign interests that hired him — with no reason to “drain the swamp” as Donald Trump admonished.
The opposition party wants to pass an amnesty law for jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, when the new assembly begins work on Jan. 5.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will break bread with other Americas leaders at a historic summit Friday, a potent symbol of their efforts to end decades of animosity.
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA — When Venezuela recently announced it was considering raising the price of the world’s cheapest gasoline, it didn’t spark a rush to the pumps. Such threats have come and gone in the past and still it’s cheaper to buy a gallon of gas than a bottle of water. […]
By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald MIAMI — A stolen Matisse masterpiece taken on a long and wild international ride that ended with a thwarted black market sale in Miami Beach has finally made it back home to Venezuela. FBI agents in Miami led the investigation to recover the $3.7 million painting, called “Odalisque in […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. State Department Wednesday imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violations during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead. “With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses,” State […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The United States has a moral “obligation” to impose sanctions against Venezuelan leaders accused of violating human rights and other crimes, opposition figures said Friday. During a forum in Doral, Fla., about the future of the South American nation hosted by El Nuevo Herald and the […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro often says he never wanted the country’s top job. Instead, the 51-year-old former union organizer and transportation worker says he’s simply following the orders of the late President Hugo Chavez, who asked him to carry on the Bolivarian Revolution. The last 12 months […]
By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — The first face-to-face meeting between Venezuela’s government and the political opposition since violent protests erupted in February are scheduled to start late Thursday, with the proceedings mediated by three Latin American foreign ministers and broadcast nationwide. Though participants for each side have not been […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — In what might be the first step toward ending Venezuela’s two-month-long political crisis, the government and opposition leaders agreed Tuesday to begin formal peace talks that will be mediated by the Vatican and the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. The agreement came after the two […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — Venezuela’s coalition of opposition parties on Tuesday said it had agreed to an “exploratory meeting” with the government that might lead to formal talks aimed at ending the country’s two-month-long political crisis. In a statement, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the executive director of the coalition known as […]
By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. President Nicolas Maduro described it as a means of […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — Call it fingerprints for food. In the latest effort to keep shelves stocked in Venezuela, the government on Tuesday will begin registering the biometric information of customers who use state-run grocery stores. President Nicolas Maduro says the measure will prevent hoarding and help keep price-controlled food from […]
By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government and opposition marchers were headed for a showdown Wednesday while several Caracas borough mayors defied a supreme court order that they clear barricades in parts of the capital where demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro have now entered a second month. Opponents […]
Caracas (AFP) – Venezuelan authorities issued an arrest warrant for a second opposition figure, ramping up the pressure on protesters who have staged nationwide rallies this month in the biggest threat to President Nicolas Maduro since he came to power. Near-daily demonstrations have seen dueling pro- and anti-government protesters face off in sometimes violent confrontations […]
CARACAS, Venezuela — Five Venezuelan intelligence agents have been arrested and charged in the deaths of two people on Feb. 12, when the ongoing wave of protests against the government started, the attorney general’s office said Wednesday. The five were charged with premeditated homicide, unlawful use of an official weapon and obstruction of justice and […]
By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to authorities Tuesday to face what he says are trumped-up homicide charges, after urging supporters to stay in the streets and demonstrate peacefully against the government. Speaking before a crowd of supporters in the capital, […]