Hugo Chavez

  • Nancy Pelosi May 12, 2019

    Maduro’s Foes Fill Embassies in Venezuela as Crisis Deepens

    From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador’s residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing President Nicolás Maduro’s latest crackdown. “Gracias, Gracias ambassador. In the name of all of us,” said Guevara speaking into his cellphone as he sits down for a rare...

  • officer May 4, 2019

    Cause of Venezuelan Chopper Crash Is Under Investigation

    Venezuelan authorities are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed seven military officers while they were while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro was visiting troops. The crash of the Cougar helicopter on the southeastern outskirts of Caracas on Saturday followed days of upheaval during which opposition leader Juan Guaidó called in vain for a military...

  • Head May 3, 2019

    AP Exclusive: US Missed Chance to Woo Venezuela Generals

    Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernández, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed visas for his family....
    After days of internal debate, the still young Trump administration rejected the request, seeing...

  • Associated Press May 2, 2019

    Venezuelans Take to Streets as Uprising Attempt Sputters

    Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead dispersing crowds with tear gas as the political crisis threatened to deepen. Thousands cheered Guaidó in Caracas as he rolled up his sleeves and called on Venezuelans to remain out...

  • food Mar 29, 2019

    Red Cross Ready to Aid Venezuela, Warns Against Politics

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday that it is poised to deliver aid to Venezuela, warning that it will not accept any interference from President Nicolas Maduro or opposition leader Juan Guaido. Federation president Francesco Rocca said at a news conference in the capital of Caracas that the humanitarian network can start distributing assistance...

  • Associated Press Mar 26, 2019

    As New Blackout Hits, Venezuelans Brace for More Hardship

    Venezuelans reacted with despair and resourcefulness on Tuesday as nationwide power cuts closed schools and businesses, paralyzing a nation that was only starting to recover from its worst blackouts earlier this month. The new outages, which began Monday, forced people to follow now-familiar routines: scour neighborhoods for food in the few shops that were open or seek out the few...

  • NBC Feb 26, 2019

    Telemundo Journalist Reported Missing in Venezuela Is Released From Maduro Regime’s Custody

    The union that represents the press in Venezuela said Telemundo journalist Daniel Garrido, who had been reported missing Tuesday in Caracas, has been released from the custody of intelligence officials. Garrido, a correspondent for the Spanish-language Telemundo network, was last seen outside the hotel where Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his team were staying before authorities ordered them deported from...

  • Donald Trump Feb 26, 2019

    Journalist Jorge Ramos, Univision Team Deported From Venezuela After Maduro Interview

    Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday deported a Univision news crew led by anchor Jorge Ramos hours after they were briefly detained at the presidential palace following an interview with President Nicolas Maduro, which was abruptly terminated over their line of questioning. Ramos said authorities told the Univision news team to arrive at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Vargas at 7 a.m....

  • CEO Feb 11, 2019

    Socialist Maduro Seeks to Raise Dollars With Appeal to Greed

    Amid the turmoil unleashed by the opposition’s renewed push to oust President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s central bank devalued the country’s currency on Jan. 28 by 50 percent, eclipsing the parallel black market rate. It is the first time the official exchange rate has been higher than that of the black market since currency controls were put in place more than...

  • Donald Trump Feb 3, 2019

    Venezuela Crisis Resonates Loudly in Battleground Florida

    As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro clings to power, many of the loudest American voices urging on the Trump administration in its campaign to push Maduro out are concentrated in one place: Florida.

  • officer Jan 23, 2019

    Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Declares Himself Interim President Amid Protests

    Venezuela’s crisis quickly escalated Wednesday as an opposition leader backed by the Trump administration declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to embattled socialist Nicolas Maduro, who retaliated by breaking off relations with the United States, his biggest trade partner. For the past two weeks, ever since Maduro took the presidential oath for a second six-year term in the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 24, 2019

    Venezuela’s Guaido Leaps From Back-Bench to Center Stage

    The rise of Juan Guaido from back-bench obscurity to the U.S-backed, self-declared interim president of Venezuela in just three weeks has been meteoric – and by his own recognition risky. Few Venezuelans had even heard of the fresh-faced, 35-year-old lawmaker when he was plucked from anonymity and named as president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly in early January. The move...

  • Associated Press Jun 18, 2018

    Conservative wins Colombia’s presidency in divisive election

    Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia’s next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation. Duque captured almost 54 percent of the vote, putting him 12 points ahead of former leftist guerrilla Gustavo Petro in a tense runoff election that had appeared...

  • Mayor May 27, 2018

    Dismayed Colombians Weigh Uneasy Options in Runoff Race

    It was the outcome millions of Colombians had hoped to avoid: A bitter runoff between two presidential candidates whose polarizing viewpoints once again leave the nation divided. In order to win in June, both conservative former senator Ivan Duque and one-time guerrilla leftist Gustavo Petro will need to sway many of the more than 6 million voters who lie somewhere...

  • European Union May 20, 2018

    Maduro Wins Venezuela Election Challengers Call Illegitimate

    Embattled socialist incumbent Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election by a landslide in a disputed vote marred by irregularities and mass absenteeism that led his main rivals to call for a re-run to prevent a national social crisis from exploding. The National Election Council announced that with more than 92 percent of polling stations reporting, Maduro won nearly 68 percent...

  • United States Mar 29, 2018

    US Tech Worker Helps Fellow Venezuelans Flee Economic Mayhem

    At his stand-up desk in a Silicon Valley office complex, Guido Nunez-Mujica’s phone buzzes nonstop as he tries in vain to concentrate on his work. The text messages are from 6,000 miles away in Santiago, Chile, where he’s helping resettle a group of young Venezuelans trying to retrace his own immigrant’s journey to a better future. Between deciphering data and...

  • Europe Mar 22, 2018

    US Was a Temporary Stop for Many Venezuelans; Now It’s Home

    This is a profound shift. Venezuelans used to typically come to the U.S. to visit or study. Their country offered its more fortunate citizens a lifestyle and economy that was better than virtually anywhere else in Latin America. Its people visited Florida to go shopping and see Disneyworld like tourists from Europe, and then they went home.

  • president Dec 11, 2017

    Venezuela’s Socialists Win Big in Mayoral Elections

    Venezuela’s ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country, and President Nicolas Maduro is now threatening to ban key opposition parties from future elections in the oil-rich country wracked by economic crisis. Hundreds of supporters shouted “Go Home, Donald Trump” to interrupt Maduro at a rally late Sunday in the colonial center of Caracas, where he...

  • Associated Press Aug 4, 2017

    All-Powerful Venezuelan Assembly Opens Amid Protests

    Defying criticism from Washington to the Vatican, Venezuela’s ruling party on Friday installed a new super assembly that supporters promise will pacify the country and critics fear will be a tool for imposing dictatorship. The constitutional assembly’s first order of business was selecting its head — former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, a loyal follower of President Nicolas Maduro.

  • Associated Press Aug 3, 2017

    Showdown Set in Venezuela as New Assembly Prepares for Power

    Venezuela is nearing a showdown, with President Nicolas Maduro vowing to install a new constituent assembly that will trump every other branch of government and opposition leaders calling for a mass protest to ensure delegates know their arrival is unwelcome. The first meeting of the 545 delegates is expected to convene Friday at the legislative palace in Caracas — only...

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