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Venezuela formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan interim ambassador Carmen Velasquez submitted a letter …

University student killed in Venezuela opposition protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday were investigating the death of a university student killed by gunfire at a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, as opposition leaders mapped out their next steps to push for new elections and government officials held a gathering to drum up state support. …

Venezuela arrests 3 opponents amid threat of crackdown

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela jailed three anti-government politicians in what the opposition denounced on Thursday as a new crackdown on dissent in the economically struggling country. The wave of arrests began Wednesday night when police acting on orders of a new “anti-coup” unit inside the socialist government arrested substitute …

Venezuela opposition skips planned meeting with government

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition walked away from a meeting with the government Tuesday, endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country’s political crisis. Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba said that the coalition opted not to attend Tuesday’s sit-down because the government has not made any concessions more than a …

Foes in Venezuela’s political crisis agree to cool rhetoric

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition and government leaders agreed Monday to tone down their heated rhetoric in the first step of Vatican-sponsored talks on defusing Venezuela’s political crisis over efforts to remove embattled President Nicolas Maduro. After a six-hour meeting that wrapped up at 2 a.m., participants said they would …

Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country’s political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro. The Foreign Ministry’s North America agency issued a statement Monday …

Venezuela critics press for progress on presidential recall

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government is digging in its heels to stop a presidential recall vote as it fights to hold onto power amid an economic collapse. The pro-government elections board missed its own Tuesday deadline to certify signatures on a petition demanding the start of a recall …

Top US diplomat meets with Venezuela’s president amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat met with Venezuela’s socialist president Wednesday, apparently hoping to prevent a humanitarian disaster and ease a political crisis in this deeply polarized nation. Although he is one of the world’s most vociferous critics of the United States, President Nicolas Maduro was all …

Top US diplomat to meet with Venezuela officials amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat was in Venezuela on Tuesday to meet with officials to jumpstart dialogue between the normally hostile governments as the socialist-run nation is torn apart by daily food protests and a campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Thomas Shannon, a career diplomat with …

Spain’s ex-PM meets with jailed Venezuelan opposition leader

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Spain’s former prime minister met with jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Saturday, the first meeting of its kind in the more than two years since his imprisonment for inciting violence during anti-government protests. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s surprise prison visit is part of a …

US set to renew, but tweak, sanctions against Myanmar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. business lobby says it is high time to drop the remaining U.S. sanctions on Myanmar, but human rights activists and U.S. lawmakers say not so fast. Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi is now running the government after winning elections. Still, the military continues …