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Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Students battled tear gas-throwing police officers in demonstrations across Venezuela’s capital Thursday as a two-month-old protest movement that shows no signs of letting up claimed more lives. “We are students, not terrorists!” a mass of students chanted as they marched in Caracas. Soldiers bathed hundreds of …

US warns on sanctions over Venezuela’s move on constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is warning that it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis with near-daily demonstrations calling for his ouster. A U.S. State Department official expressed “deep concerns” Tuesday about the …

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government’s response to political unrest that has been blamed for 27 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere’s major powers. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said on state TV late …

Residents nervously watch Americas’ oldest city gentrifying

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Latin America’s oldest colonial city is aiming for a rebound, pouring tens of millions of dollars into repairing streets, cleaning up trash, installing streetlights and renovating centuries-old buildings in hopes of getting more of the Dominican Republic’s 5 million tourists a year to spend …

Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas’ biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group …

GM quits Venezuela after govt seizes factory

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its only factory, a dramatic escalation of the chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The plant in the central city of Valencia was confiscated on Wednesday as …

Venezuela’s Maduro seeks to expand armed civilian militias

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Monday to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked South American nation continued to rise. Maduro said he hopes to expand the number of civilians involved in the Bolivarian militias created by …

Regional group rebukes Venezuelan government

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Organization of American States on Monday took its strongest measure yet rebuking Venezuela’s slide toward authoritarianism. Member countries of the regional body said that last week’s Supreme Court ruling nullifying the opposition-controlled Congress was “incompatible with democratic practice.” That Venezuelan court ruling was overturned after …

Despite some tensions, evangelical churches booming in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro’s government sent the Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo to two years of work camp in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel in a Cuba where atheism was law and the faithful were viewed as suspect. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful …

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress’ powers

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled it can take over the responsibilities of congress in what opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro as well as foreign governments denounced as the latest step toward installing a dictatorship in this South American nation. In a decision late Wednesday, the magistrates …

OAS pushes Venezuela to engage in dialogue as tensions flare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Organization of American States urged Venezuela’s government and opposition to settle their differences through dialogue Tuesday, backing off from threats to suspend the socialist-run country and providing President Nicolas Maduro some short-term relief as he struggles to rescue the polarized nation from crisis. The …