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Venezuela arrests allies of opposition leader Machado

Caracas, Venezuela Reuters Venezuela Attorney General Tarek Saab said on Wednesday that two people close to opposition candidate Maria Corina Machado had been arrested, prompting Machado to call the charges leveled at her team “completely false.” The arrests are set to complicate an already-confused scenario ahead of the July presidential contest. Machado won the opposition’s […]

Venezuela arrests close ally of opposition leader Machado

Caracas, Venezuela Reuters Venezuela’s Attorney General on Saturday announced the arrest of a regional campaign leader for opposition leader Maria Corina Machado, citing alleged conspiracy, among other crimes. Attorney General Tarek William Saab accused Emill Brandt Ulloa of taking part in violent demonstrations against the government in January, adding he will be prosecuted in an […]

ICC judges reject Venezuela’s appeal against human rights probe

The Hague, The Netherlands Reuters Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court on Friday rejected Venezuela’s appeal against a decision to resume an investigation into alleged human rights abuses by government officials. Last year, Caracas appealed a decision to resume the probe, arguing its prosecution should trigger the complementarity principle, where the court can only […]

Twenty-four Venezuelans released as part of US prisoner swap, opposition says

Freed American prisoners who were released in Venezuela arrive at Joint Base San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, US, on 20th December, 2023

Caracas, VenezuelaReuters Twenty-four Venezuelans have been freed as part of this week’s prisoner exchange deal with the United States, Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado said on Thursday. The United States announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden had granted clemency to Colombian businessman Alex Saab, an ally of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, in […]

Venezuela frees dozens, including Americans, in prisoner swap

A demonstrator of the "Free Alex Saab" movement participates in a rally in front of the National Assembly of Venezuela demanding the release of Saab, a Colombian businessman with Venezuelan ties who was extradited to the US on a charge of money laundering, in Caracas, Venezuela on 16th December, 2022

Caracas, VenezuelaReuters Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government is freeing at least 20 opposition-linked prisoners and 10 Americans in exchange for the US release of a Maduro ally, two senior US officials said on Wednesday. The Maduro ally is Colombian businessman Alex Saab, who was granted clemency by US President Joe Biden and sent back to […]

Brazil urges Venezuela to avoid inflaming territory dispute with Guyana

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva talks during an signing of fundraising contracts for sustainable infrastructure and mitigation and adaptation to climate change projects between New Development Bank and Brazil's National Development Bank in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 6th December, 2023.

Sao Paulo, BrazilReuters Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday expressed to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro growing concern over a territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, Brazil’s presidential palace said in a statement. In a phone call from Maduro to Lula, the Brazilian President called for dialogue, stating that it was important […]

Venezuelan voters reject ICJ jurisdiction in dispute with Guyana

People look at the electoral list on the day of an electoral referendum over Venezuela's rights to the potentially oil-rich region of Esequiba, which has long been the subject of a border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, in Caracas, Venezuela, on 3rd December, 2023

Caracas, Venezuela/Georgetown, Guyana Reuters Voters in Venezuela rejected the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction over the country’s territorial dispute with Guyana and backed the creation of a new state in the potential oil-rich Esequibo region in a Sunday referendum.  The court this week barred Venezuela from taking any action which would change the status quo […]

Venezuelans vote in referendum on disputed territory with Guyana

People look at the electoral lists on the day of an electoral referendum concerning Venezuela's rights to the potentially oil-rich region of Esequiba in Guyana, in Caracas, Venezuela on 3rd December, 2023

Caracas, Venezuela/Georgetown, GuyanaReuters Venezuelans are voting on Sunday in a referendum backed by President Nicolas Maduro’s government over a potentially oil-rich territory that is the subject of a long-running border dispute with Guyana. The five-question referendum includes a question rejecting International Court of Justice jurisdiction to decide to which country the territory around the Esequibo […]

US easing Venezuela oil sanctions after election deal – official

Washington DC, USReuters The Biden administration is easing sanctions on Venezuela’s oil and gas sector almost immediately in response to a 2024 election deal reached between the Venezuelan government and the country’s opposition, a senior US State Department official told Reuters on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US was going […]

Venezuela, opposition sign election deal; US weighs sanctions relief

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Miraflores Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela on 12th June, 2023

Caracas, Venezuela/Washington DC, USReuters Venezuela’s government and its political opposition on Tuesday agreed to electoral guarantees for 2024 presidential elections, paving the way for possible US sanctions relief, though the deal did not lift bans on opposition candidates barred from public office. A presidential election will take place in the latter half of 2024, the […]