SOS Venezuela

By Janette Speyer | A country under economic siege. Here is a tribute to all Venezuelans that continue the fight for freedom and justice.

Police set fire to bikes after explosion rocks Caracas

A former student activist and lawmaker in Venezuela, Gaby Arellano has become hardened by seeing friends and colleagues languish in jail or die on …

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America sanctioned Venezuela. Then it offered $5 million in aid to Harvey victims.

The United States and Venezuela are not on good terms.<p>Since President Trump took office, he's sanctioned the country four times (and threatened military action too), taking Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to task for his increasingly autocratic tendencies.<p>But that bad blood didn't stop …

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Venezuela: New assembly approves treason trials for opposition

<b>Venezuela's new constituent assembly has unanimously voted to put opposition leaders on trial for treason.</b><p>The assembly said it would pursue those it accuses of supporting US economic sanctions against the country.<p>Washington approved the measures last week in response to what it called the …

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Storm Harvey adds to headwinds for Venezuela bonds

Venezuelan bonds due for payment this autumn are dipping lower in price as concerns rise that the tropical storm that struck Texas could destabilise …

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Venezuela assembly orders probe of 'traitors' supporting US sanctions

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has demanded that opposition lawmakers be investigated for treason for supporting US sanctions. …

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Hunger eats away at Venezuela’s soul as its people struggle to survive

The Maduro regime denies its once oil-rich country is in crisis. But on the streets the desperation cannot be hidden<p>Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31 million people short of food, many desperately so. As night falls over …

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'We Will Not Stand By as Venezuela Crumbles:' Mike Pence Tells Venezuelans

(DORAL, Fla.) — Vice President Mike Pence addressed a sympathetic crowd of Venezuelans in South Florida on Wednesday and pledged the U.S. will use …

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Venezuelans make a big impression at Little League World Series

The Venezuelan team showed up at the Little League World Series last week with the tiniest player, the smallest rooting section and some of the longest odds to win the title.<p>It bowed out of the tournament Tuesday, losing 8-0 to Mexico. Along the way its players won over fans in two countries with …

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Venezuela Scorns Threat of Sanctions: ‘We Kneel for No One’

President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela’s authoritarian regime is prepared for additional retaliation from the U.S., one of the crisis-torn nation’s …

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Venezuela-U.S. relations at lowest point ever: Maduro

CARACAS/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest point ever, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday in a speech at the presidential palace for international media that was televised to the nation.<p>"Unfortunately we are in the worst moment of the …

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Venezuela asks pope for help against potential US military intervention

Maduro fronted the press at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Tuesday and addressed the nation's poor relationship with the United States and asked …

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An off-the-cuff remark by Trump may have helped Venezuela’s slide 'into dictatorship'

Within hours of President Donald Trump's assertion the US had a "military option" in response to turmoil in Venezuela, governments in the region, which had been nearing consensus on confronting the Venezuelan government, repudiated the statement.<p>The president's comments came two days before Vice …

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What to Do With Venezuela?

President Trump said he was considering a “military option,” but the best U.S. intervention may be none at all.<p>Until last Friday, much of the conversation in Latin America was aimed at how to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office. The region is often only unified in its …

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We Weep for You, Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro’s government in Venezuela has dealt blow after blow to the country's democratic institutions. It is now incumbent on all …

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Venezuela: Axed attorney general Luisa Ortega offered asylum in Colombia

Venezuela's former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega arrived in Colombia after fleeing her home country. One of the highest profile critics of the …

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Venezuelan President Cancels Gustavo Dudamel's Youth Orchestra Tour To U.S.

The Venezuelan government has cancelled the upcoming U.S. tour by the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and its star conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is also the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.<p><i>El Nacional</i>, a major Venezuelan …

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Oil-rich but cash-starved Venezuela could be close to bankruptcy

Venezuela might look bad right now amid protests, scarce food and political turmoil. But analysts warn the worsening debt crisis could greatly …

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Venezuela Is In Turmoil But Let's Not Jump To Conclusions

The humanitarian aspect of Venezuelan crisis is extremely bad, and the crisis' potential impact on oil markets has increased to unprecedented …

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Trump’s Threat Against Maduro Unites Latin America, Against U.S.

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela had become a pariah among fellow Latin American leaders as his beleaguered country staggered toward dictatorship. But a threat by President Trump to use the American military against Mr. Maduro’s government has united those leaders in a different direction: …

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Pence visits South America as White House struggles to resolve crisis in Venezuela

With Vice President Mike Pence on a weeklong visit to South and Central America, the White House is grappling with the hemisphere’s most urgent crisis and offering little in the way of answers.<p>Venezuela, engulfed in political violence and humanitarian disaster, poses the geographically closest …

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Venezuela detains 18 over attack on military base

Venezuelan authorities have detained a group of soldiers and civilians and recovered some of the weapons stolen in the recent attack on an army base. …

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Maduro's son threatens to 'take the White House' with guns in case of U.S. intervention

Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, threatened to "take the White House" with guns if President Donald Trump followed through with a military intervention in the country, a possibility he said he would not rule out on Friday.<p>"If the U.S. soils the homeland, the …

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Venezuela rejects Trump talk of 'military option'

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's congress met Saturday in defiance of what opposition leaders consider an autocratic push by allies of President Nicolas Maduro to usurp the legislature's powers.<p>Brian Naranjo, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, …

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Venezuela calls Trump's warning of possible military action a 'crazy act'

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday.<p>"We have many options for Venezuela. And by the way, I am not going to rule out a military option," Trump said following a meeting with US Ambassador to the United …

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Special Report: Vladimir's Venezuela - Leveraging loans to Caracas, Moscow snaps up oil assets

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.<p>As Caracas struggles to contain an …

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Venezuela's Maduro affirms new legislative body as all powerful

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recognized the Socialist Party-dominated constituent assembly as the country's most powerful institution on Thursday in his first appearance at the highly criticized legislative body that was inaugurated six days ago.<p>"As head of state I …

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As Arrests Mount, Venezuela's Opposition Struggles To Find A Way Forward

<b>Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET</b><p>Venezuela's highest court has ordered the arrest of a mayor allied with the opposition to President Nicolas Maduro. The order handed down Tuesday by the Supreme Court formally fired Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the capital's wealthiest district, Chacao, and sentenced him to 15 …

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U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela, fugitive mayor defiant

CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials on Wednesday for their role in creating an all-powerful legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, while a mayor-turned-fugitive called for more anti-government protests.<p>The new U.S. sanctions …

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Airlines flee as Venezuela crumbles

<b>By Christine Jenkins | Bloomberg News</b><p>Airlines are continuing to pull out of Venezuela, and this time it’s not just about trapped cash but a whole …

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