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2 Former Major Leaguers Dead in Car Crash

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in Venezuela

(Newser) - Baseball fans will likely recognize the names of two men killed in a car crash Thursday night in Venezuela: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. Valbuena, 33, played in the big leagues with multiple teams for 11 seasons, as recently as last season with the Los Angeles Angels, reports ESPN . Castillo,... More »

New Indignity in Venezuela: Dead Bodies Cost Too Much

Dying is a pricey affair

(Newser) - How bad is the economic situation in Venezuela? Even death is too expensive, or so reports Reuters in a look at how one 27-year-old had to resort to burying her father in an unmarked common grave. Angelica Vera knew a funeral was financially out of her reach and planned to... More »

US List of State Sponsors of Terror May Grow

Venezuela could be added over alleged ties to terrorist groups

(Newser) - The US list of state sponsors of terror may grow to five. The Trump administration is considering adding Venezuela to the list of countries providing "support for acts of international terrorism," already including Iran, Sudan, Syria, and North Korea, reports the Washington Post . The outlet notes the State... More »

In Venezuela, a Grim Fate for Vet School's Horses

3 found butchered in recent months amid high inflation, scarce food

(Newser) - Rafael Toro, a student at Venezuela's top veterinary school, suspected something was amiss when a beloved horse called Miss Congeniality didn't greet him at the fence one recent morning along with others in the campus' small herd. The bay-colored mare had earned her nickname for helping disabled students... More »

Bolton: These 3 Countries Are the 'Troika of Tyranny'

He slams leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

(Newser) - More than 16 years after arguing that George W. Bush should add Cuba, Syria, and Libya to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea in the "Axis of Evil," John Bolton has coined a new term. In a policy speech at a conference in Miami, the national security adviser dubbed... More »

Suspect in Assassination Plot Dies a Mysterious Death

He dies in fall from intelligence agency window in Venezuela

(Newser) - Critics are accusing the Venezuelan regime of murdering a suspect in the drone assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro in August. Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in Caracas, died in a fall from a 10th-floor window of the country's top intelligence agency on Monday, two days after... More »

Marco Rubio Goes After Celebrity Chef

Senator denounces Salt Bae for celebrating his lavish dinner for Venezuelan dictator

(Newser) - If people hadn't heard of the celebrity chef Salt Bae before now—he is Internet famous for his distinctive way of salting meat—a series of slams from Marco Rubio is helping change that. The Florida senator went after the Turkish chef, real name Nusret Gokce, because Salt Bae... More »

Trump Team Secretly Meets With Coup Plotters

But little came of meetings with Venezuelan military officers

(Newser) - The Trump administration dabbled in aiding a military overthrow of Venezuela's president but ultimately just met with coup plotters—a development that could still anger Latin American leaders wary of any possible US intervention, the New York Times reports. Seems American officials met with Venezuelan military officers at least... More »

Venezuela Hit by Strongest Quake Since 1900

No deaths reported in 7.3 magnitude quake

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast on Tuesday, forcing residents in the capital to evacuate buildings and interrupting a pro-government rally in support of controversial economic reforms. The 7.3 quake was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the US Geological Survey. But at a... More »

6 Arrested After Drones Target Venezuelan President

Nicolas Maduro has blamed a far right plot to assassinate him

(Newser) - Six suspects have been arrested following what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called an attempt on his life during a speech Saturday . Per Reuters , one of the six had an arrest warrant connected to a 2017 attack on a military base, while another was once arrested for protesting the government in... More »

Maduro: 'They Tried to Assassinate Me' With a Drone

Venezuelan leader blames drone strike on far-right plot

(Newser) - "This was an assassination attempt, they tried to assassinate me," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in blaming a drone attack Saturday on a far-right plot. As Reuters reports, an explosives-laden drone detonated at a military event in Caracas as Maduro was speaking, leaving the leftist leader unharmed but... More »

Trump Wanted to Invade Venezuela: Official

AP reports top advisers had to talk president out of military action after he brought it up repeatedly

(Newser) - As an August meeting in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the US just invade? The suggestion stunned those at the meeting, including... More »

17 Dead After Nightclub Brawl

Fight in Caracas club sparked deadly stampede

(Newser) - Venezuela's government says 17 people were killed Saturday after a nightclub brawl in the capital led to a stampede, the AP reports. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol says eight minors were among those killed. Another five people were injured. He says one of those involved in the fight set... More »

Trump to Freed Utah Man: 'You've Gone Through a Lot'

Joshua Holt and family meet with president after Holt's release from Venezuelan prison

(Newser) - Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, has been set free by the anti-American Maduro government. He says he was "overwhelmed with gratitude,"... More »

It's a 'Miracle': Utah Man Jailed in Venezuela Goes Free

Joshua Holt was arrested nearly 2 years ago

(Newser) - A Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after US officials and his family pressed for his freedom from the South American country, the AP reports. "We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle," Joshua Holt's family... More »

US: We Won't Recognize Venezuela Election Winner

Maduro declares victory with 68% of vote

(Newser) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of an election widely denounced as a "fraud foretold." According to figures released by the National Election Council, Maduro was elected to a second six-year term after winning around 68% of the vote, more than 40 points more... More »

US Prisoner Caught in Venezuela Riot: 'WHAT DO WE DO'

From prison, Utah's Joshua Holt begs US government for help in social media posts

(Newser) - As Venezuela gears up for its presidential election Sunday, the economic and social turmoil there continues. But for one American, trapped in the Helicoide prison in Caracas, the stakes are especially high. NPR and CNN report on the plight of Utah's Joshua Holt, a Mormon missionary jailed there in... More »

Venezuela: Closure of Kellogg Factory 'Illegal'

And the government reacts by seizing said factory from US cereal-maker

(Newser) - The Kellogg Company decided it had had enough of Venezuela—but Venezuela apparently hasn't had enough of Kellogg. Pointing fingers at the "deterioration" of the country's economic situation, the US cereal-maker announced Tuesday it was closing shop there, leaving 400 workers fresh out of a job, reports... More »

They Demanded Answers on Family. They Got Tear Gas

At least 68 dead in Venezuela jail fire

(Newser) - At least 68 people were killed when fire swept through the cells of a police station in Venezuela early Wednesday—and relatives demanding answers later in the day were given tear gas instead. Tarek William Saab, chief prosecutor in the city of Valencia, says 68 people—66 men and two... More »

Trump Throws Cold Water on Venezuelan Cryptocurrency

The president has banned all Americans from using the so-called 'petro' coins

(Newser) - The Venezuelan government hopes its oil-backed cryptocurrency will help right the nation's flailing economy, but a move by President Trump may complicate the bid to outmaneuver US sanctions. Trump on Monday issued an executive order immediately banning all use by Americans of Venezuela's "petro" currency. Per the... More »

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