Venezuela expels head of EU delegation after new sanctions

Venezuela expelled the head of the European Union’s delegation in Caracas, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Wednesday, in response to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU. Speaking on national Venezuelan television, Arreaza said Isabel Brilhante had 72 hours to leave the country. “Today, by decision of President Nicolas Maduro, we have delivered in Isabel […]

Guaido: Maduro refuses to access US-held funds to buy vaccines

‘The [problem] is not the funds, that’s the dictatorship’s propaganda to try to excuse itself and point fingers and confuse the whole world,’ Juan Guaido told a press conference on Wednesday. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Wednesday that Venezuelan funds controlled by the United States Treasury Department could be used to pay for […]

Columbian businessman wanted by US had Maduro-Iran letter

A Colombian businessman was carrying a letter from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accrediting him to Iran’s supreme leader when he was arrested on a US warrant last year, according to a new court filing in a politically charged corruption case ratcheting up tensions between the United States and the South American nation. Lawyers for Alex […]

Venezuela mulls letting private firms operate state oilfields

Venezuelan officials have met in recent months with small domestic oilfield contractors to propose letting them operate fields owned by state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) while pocketing part of the proceeds, six people with knowledge of the talks told Reuters news agency. The talks show that President Nicolas Maduro, facing a collapse in crude output […]

Venezuela socialist party takes control of once-defiant congress

Nicolas Maduro extended his grip on power on Tuesday as the governing socialist party prepared to assume the leadership of Venezuela’s congress, the last institution in the country it did not already control. Maduro’s allies swept legislative elections last month boycotted by the opposition and denounced as a sham by the United States, the European […]

US sanctions Venezuelan judge, prosecutor over Citgo convictions

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on a judge and prosecutor for the conviction of six American oil executives. The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan judge and prosecutor behind the conviction on corruption charges of six American oil executives. The six employees of Houston-based Citgo were lured to Caracas just before Thanksgiving in […]

UAE a hub for firms helping Venezuela avoid US sanctions: Report

In June, the United States imposed sanctions on half a dozen oil tankers managed by established shipping firms. It was a major escalation of American attempts to choke off Venezuela’s oil trade. Within weeks, a little-known company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took over the management of several tankers that had been shipping […]

Venezuela: President Maduro claims victory in boycotted election

Maduro’s Socialist Party-led alliance wins 67 percent of National Assembly seats in polls boycotted by the opposition parties. President Nicolas Maduro has seized total control of Venezuela’s political institutions with a sweeping victory in legislative elections that were boycotted by the main opposition parties. Maduro and his left-wing allies won 67.7 percent of the vote […]

Polls open for Venezuela’s legislative election

The vote, contested by about 14,000 candidates, comes with the country in a deep political and economic crisis. Polls opened on Sunday in legislative elections set to tighten Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power and weaken his US-backed rival, Juan Guaido, who is leading a boycott of the polls he calls a fraud. Victory […]

Venezuelan court sentences six former Citgo executives to prison

The six have denied wrongdoing and a lawyer on their defence team said they planned to appeal. A Venezuelan court sentenced six former executives of United States refiner Citgo to prison after finding them guilty of corruption on Thursday. The officials were arrested in November 2017 after being called into a meeting at the Caracas office of […]

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez arrives in Spain #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Spanish foreign ministry confirms Lopez’s arrival after spending a year at Spanish ambassador’s residence in Venezuela. Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez has arrived in Madrid, Spain’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, after spending the past year at the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Venezuela to escape house arrest. “Leopoldo Lopez arrived in Madrid today, being able […]

Venezuela pardons dozens of opposition politicians ahead of polls

Venezuela said on Monday that it had pardoned more than 50 opposition politicians, including 20 legislators who had been accused of conspiring against President Nicolas Maduro, as the country heads toward parliamentary elections scheduled for December. The effort signals that the ruling Socialist Party is seeking to boost participation in the upcoming vote, scheduled for December, which part of […]