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US Just Indicted a Foreign President

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro accused of flooding US with cocaine

(Newser) - US prosecutors have indicted Venezuela's president and other senior government officials on charges of drug trafficking, claiming a "narco-terrorism conspiracy." The unusual move against Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government, intelligence officials, and members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia stems from a federal investigation in Washington,... More »

Maduro Makes 'Bizarre' Ask of Venezuela's Women

Venezuelan president wants female citizens to have lots of babies 'for the good of the country'

(Newser) - The Venezuelan president hasn't said much about his supposed new health-care plan for women—some aren't even sure if there even is an actual plan, notes the Guardian —but the instructions Nicolas Maduro offered on Tuesday to female citizens generated instant backlash. "Give birth!" Maduro... More »

After White House Meeting, Oil Execs Put in Caracas Prison

Top US envoy to Venezuela calls timing of move 'suspicious'

(Newser) - The situation has apparently worsened for six executives from Houston-based and Venezuela-owned Citgo who have been detained without trial in Venezuela since November 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports Elliott Abrams, the top US envoy to the country, on Thursday said the men had been abruptly taken once more to... More »

Venezuelan Leader Gets Into Shoving Match

Juan Guaidó is stopped from entering congress, tries to climb the fence

(Newser) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó was violently blocked Sunday from presiding over a special session of congress where rivals tried to install a substitute in what was condemned as a hijacking of the country's last democratic institution, the AP reports. As a scuffle broke out with security forces in... More »

Report: Giuliani Involved in 'Back-Channel' Venezuela Talks

Sources say White House officials were surprised

(Newser) - Ukraine wasn't the only country where Rudy Giuliani was involved in a shadow foreign policy, according to the Washington Post . Sources tell the newspaper that President Trump's attorney was involved in back-channel negotiations to negotiate an exit for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro as the country's crisis... More »

Dirty-Money Expert Might Spend His Life in Prison

But University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley insists he's done nothing wrong

(Newser) - A money-laundering expert in Florida is facing charges of, you guessed it, money laundering. Bruce Bagley, 73, was arrested Monday for allegedly laundering at least $3 million in illegal Venezuelan money, the Miami Herald reports. But the University of Miami professor—who has served as an expert witness and testified... More »

US Bars All Flights Into Cuba, With One Exception

Planes from United States can only go into Havana in new travel ban

(Newser) - If you'd planned to travel to Cuba, you still can—but only one of the country's 10 main airports will be open starting next month. Per CBS News , at the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US has banned all flights to the island nation, save... More »

2 Nations Warn Citizens About Traveling to the US

Uruguay, Venezuela cite violence, hate crimes

(Newser) - Two countries are urging citizens to use extreme caution when visiting the US, citing a rise in hate crimes. Travelers to the US should "take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, which cost the lives of more than 250 people in the... More »

A 'Dramatic Escalation' in US-Venezuela Tension

Trump administration freezes Venezuelan government assets

(Newser) - The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria, and Iran that have been targeted by aggressive US actions. The ban blocking American companies... More »

Venezuela Blames 'Electromagnetic Attack' for Massive Blackout

Maduro's opponents say corruption is the real culprit

(Newser) - The lights went out across much of Venezuela on Monday, reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago as the government once again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation's hydroelectric power system. The power in the capital went out after 4pm and... More »

Pentagon: Venezuela Jet 'Aggressively Shadowed' US Aircraft

Caracas claims it was in its airspace

(Newser) - While much of Venezuela is in a state of near-collapse, its air force is still flying—and behaving aggressively, according to the US military. US Southern Command shared video Sunday of what it said was a Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker fighter jet that "aggressively shadowed" an American reconnaissance aircraft in... More »

20% of Asylum Seekers Come From a Single Country

UN calls economic crisis there a 'war of survival'

(Newser) - When Johan Álvarez was unable to provide more than one meal a day for his young family he knew it was time to leave Venezuela. With his wife and infant son, the 25-year-old embarked on a lengthy journey by bus through three nations to reach Peru earlier this year.... More »

Air Traffic Between US, Venezuela Suspended

US cites the continuing unrest in the country

(Newser) - The United States on Wednesday suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the US and Venezuela, saying the political unrest and tensions there pose a risk to flights, the AP reports. The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security affected a dwindling number of flights between the two countries,... More »

Opposition Leader: US Military, Are You Listening?

Juan Guaidó tries opening the door to new relations

(Newser) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he's instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the US military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign, the AP reports. The leader said he's asked Carlos Vecchio, who... More »

Car Towed With Arrested Venezuela Lawmaker in It

Edgar Zambrano supported failed attempt at military uprising

(Newser) - Security forces arrested the No. 2 leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress Wednesday as President Nicolas Maduro's government began going after foes tied to a failed attempt to stir up a military uprising last week. National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano was leaving his Democratic Action party's headquarters... More »

Big Part of Trump's Friday: A Phone Call With Putin

They talk about the Mueller report, Venezuela, and trade

(Newser) - President Trump and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin spent more than an hour on the phone Friday conferring about various international issues—and also, Robert Mueller's investigation. "We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the 'Russian Hoax,'" Trump tweeted . "... More »

Maduro Says Military Uprising Has Failed

He denounces 'deranged' coup attempt

(Newser) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressed the nation Tuesday night to declare victory over what he called a "deranged" attempt at a military coup . Maduro claimed that "loyal and obedient" members of the armed forces had put down the attempted mutiny, leaving only a small group who had "... More »

Trump Threatens Cuba Over Venezuela Uprising

'We are with you,' Pence tells opposition

(Newser) - The Trump administration quickly declared enthusiastic support Tuesday for the Venezuelan opposition's effort to spark a military uprising against embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Late in the day, President Trump threatened a "full and complete embargo" and sanctions on Cuba if its troops do not cease operations in Venezuela,... More »

Venezuela's Big Question: Is This a Coup or Not?

Juan Guaido calls for start of 'final phase,' but no evidence of big military uprising is yet seen

(Newser) - The only thing clear in chaotic Venezuela Tuesday morning is that it's a day of high tension. Opposition leader and self-declared President Juan Guaido declared that he was taking to the streets with military supporters to begin the "final phase" of his plan to oust leader Nicolas Maduro.... More »

Citigroup to Sell Nearly $1.4B in Venezuelan Gold

After Maduro's government fails to repay loan

(Newser) - Before the US stepped up sanctions on Nicolas Maduro's government, Citigroup struck a deal with Venezuela—and with part of that deal having expired, the bank plans to sell several tons of gold Venezuela had offered as collateral in what Reuters calls a "setback" for Maduro. His government... More »

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