Venezuela’s Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As a showdown looms over humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro closed off his country’s border with Brazil, vowing on Thursday to block the emergency food and medicine that has rallied his opponents and which he claims is part of a U.S.-led coup plot. Amid the mounting tensions, opposition […]

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Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent demise. Dozens of nations have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to the presidency and the U.S. has tightened sanctions aimed […]

EU countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new presidential election. Maduro, for his part, stood defiant and accused the United States of preparing […]

Opposition protesters fill streets of Venezuelan capital

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans of every age, class and profession poured into the streets of the capital on Wednesday to demand that President Nicolas Maduro step down and to express their support for the young opposition leader who has declared himself interim president. Dressed in suits, scrubs, and jeans, they waved the national flag, […]

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Court bars Venezuela opposition leader from leaving nation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s Supreme Court barred opposition leader Juan Guaido from leaving the country Tuesday, a move certain to heighten tensions as the man challenging President Nicolas Maduro’s claim to the presidency presses forward with establishing a transitional government and the U.S. warns of “serious consequences” if he is harmed. The government-stacked high […]

Colombia quickly becoming a global leader in medical marijuana

PALM BEACH, USA — With the global community quickly embracing the medical attributes of medical marijuana, most notably in Latin America, coupled with millions of patients worldwide, marijuana companies are quickly gaining international exposure to realize higher valuations. Colombia, for example, could become one of the largest global export leaders in medical marijuana following legislation […]

Venezuelans boycott their presidential election

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s May 20 presidential election may be an election in name only. Nicolás Maduro is widely expected to be reelected as Venezuela’s president despite his 20 percent approval rating and profound mismanagement of the country’s humanitarian and economic crisis. Maduro’s strongest competitor is Henri Falcón, a former state governor once associated with the Venezuelan opposition. But […]

Angry families demand facts on deadly Venezuela jail riot

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — Distraught families are clamoring for information about detained relatives following a fire that Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says killed 68 people when it swept through the cells of the state police station. Angry relatives fought with police outside the facility Wednesday after being unable to get any information on casualties from Wednesday’s […]