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3 Parties Took Stand Against 'Dictator,' So He Banned Them

Nicolas Maduro bars key opposition parties from future elections in Venezuela

(Newser) - Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country Sunday, and President Nicolas Maduro says key opposition parties are now banned from future elections. At a rally late Sunday in the center of Caracas, Maduro announced that pro-government candidates grabbed more than 300 of the... More »

New Trump Travel Ban Affects 8 Countries

N. Korea, Venezuela added to list

(Newser) - Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the US under a proclamation signed by President Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban. The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria,... More »

US Hits Venezuela With Sanctions

But US imports of Venezuelan oil are allowed to continue

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA, per the AP . The sanctions Trump signed by executive order are bound to dramatically escalate tensions between Venezuela and the US and exacerbate the... More »

Animals Being Stolen From Venezuela Zoos —for Food

Country is in a hunger crisis

(Newser) - In a disturbing case out of Venezuela, authorities say animals have been stolen from a zoo—to be used as food. "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," a police official says, per the Guardian . The two collared peccaries that were... More »

Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

Maduro's Son Says Father Will 'Take' White House With Guns

Venezuela responds to Trump threat of military action

(Newser) - If the United States takes military action against the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Maduro's son says his country will "take" the White House with guns, Politico reports. Nicolas Maduro Guerra issued the warning yesterday in response to comments made by Donald Trump Friday that he would... More »

Trump Reveals One Option He's Been Mulling on Venezuela

'A military operation—a military option—is certainly something that we could pursue'

(Newser) - As many fret over the increasingly tense relationship between the US and North Korea, President Trump threw another country into the mix Friday: Venezuela. Speaking to reporters Friday from his New Jersey golf club, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and National... More »

Venezuelan Troops Quash Attack on Military Base

10 intruders escape after battle

(Newser) - Soldiers battled for three hours Sunday morning against a small band of anti-government fighters who sneaked onto a Venezuelan army base , apparently intent on fomenting an uprising, according to President Nicolas Maduro. Troops killed two of the intruders, wounded another, and captured seven, but 10 others got away, the embattled... More »

Venezuela Reports 'Terrorist' Attack

As assembly ousts nation's chief prosecutor, opposition leader is returned to home

(Newser) - Venezuelan ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello says Sunday that there was a "terrorist" attack at a military base controlled by troops loyal to the government and several people were arrested. Cabello reported via Twitter that troops acted quickly to control the situation in the early morning at the Paramacay... More »

Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Seized From Homes

Relatives say they were taken away by state agents

(Newser) - Allies of two Venezuelan opposition leaders say Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken by authorities from the homes where they were under house arrest. Video posted by Lopez's wife early Tuesday shows a man being taken away from a Caracas home by state security agents, the AP... More »

US Hits Venezuelan 'Dictator' President With Sanctions

Move comes after weekend election that will give ruling party virtually unlimited power

(Newser) - The Trump administration has hit Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with financial sanctions. The move comes after Venezuela held a weekend election that will give Maduro's ruling party virtually unlimited power in the South American country, reports the AP . The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the... More »

US Orders Diplomats' Families to Leave Caracas

Violence expected ahead of key vote

(Newser) - The United States is ordering relatives of American diplomats to leave the Venezuelan capital ahead of a polarizing vote planned for Sunday to start rewriting the country's constitution. The State Department says it's also allowing US government workers to depart the embassy in Caracas and limiting the movement... More »

US Met With Middle-Finger Salute Over Venezuela Vote

Feds pressure Maduro to call off vote that would rewrite constitution

(Newser) - Venezuela is a mess , and a vote scheduled for Sunday is poised to make things worse. President Nicolas Maduro aims to create a new lawmaking body called the Constituent Assembly that would essentially replace the current National Assembly (controlled by opponents) and rewrite Venezuela's constitution. Maduro says the vote... More »

Militias Storm Venezuela Congress, Beat Lawmakers

At least 4 opposition politicians were injured

(Newser) - Pro-government militias wielding wooden sticks and metal bars stormed the congress building in Caracas on Wednesday, attacking opposition lawmakers during a special session coinciding with Venezuela's independence day. At least four lawmakers were injured and blood was spattered on the National Assembly's white walls, the AP reports. One... More »

US Mom Warns Son Is Suicidal After Year in Venezuelan Prison

Lawyers say Joshua Holt, new wife were framed by Venezuelan government

(Newser) - A year ago Friday, Utah man Joshua Holt and his new bride were arrested in their apartment in Caracas and imprisoned without charges or a hearing, NBC News reports. They're still waiting for either on what Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the Wall Street Journal is a "devastating anniversary.... More »

In Wake of Chopper 'Attack,' Questions, Intrigue

Ringleader Oscar Perez has vanished; many now think stunt was directed by Maduro

(Newser) - Authorities in Venezuela are hunting for the police commando who led Tuesday's daring helicopter attack on the capital that has left the country stumped. The Wall Street Journal reports that questions are flying after Oscar Perez, the wayward cop and part-time action movie star allegedly behind the plot, managed... More »

Helicopter Attacks Venezuela Supreme Court

Maduro calls it a 'terrorist attack'

(Newser) - In what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called a "terrorist attack" by people seeking to overthrow his government, a police helicopter attacked government buildings in Caracas on Tuesday with bullets and grenades. Officials say the stolen helicopter fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry before launching four grenades at the... More »

It Was a Symbol of Venezuelan Unrest. Now It, Too, Is Broken

Wuilly Arteaga says National Guard damaged his violin

(Newser) - Wuilly Arteaga has played his violin through weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela, his songs enduring even as he was forced to dodge tear gas canisters hurled in his direction. But on Wednesday, the music was silenced. Arteaga—often seen playing Venezuela's national anthem on the front lines—says... More »

It's Hell in Venezuela Right Now

Chaos and death dog the country

(Newser) - Five thousand. That's the number of man-portable air-defense systems—more conveniently known as MANPADS and able to down low-flying planes—Venezuela has obtained from Russia, according to a Reuters scoop published Monday. It's the largest stash of shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles in Latin America, and while US officials are... More »

Body of Fashion Designer's Nephew Found in Truck in Venezuela

The body of Carolina Herrera's nephew was found Thursday

(Newser) - A nephew of fashion designer Carolina Herrera has been found dead inside a truck on a road near Venezuela's capital. The public prosecutor's office said in a statement Friday that the body of 34-year-old businessman Reinaldo Jose Herrera was found the night before near Caracas. Another businessman was... More »

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