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US: We Won't Recognize Venezuela Election Winner

Maduro declares victory with 68% of vote

(Newser) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of an election widely denounced as a "fraud foretold." According to figures released by the National Election Council, Maduro was elected to a second six-year term after winning around 68% of the vote, more than 40 points more... More »

US Prisoner Caught in Venezuela Riot: 'WHAT DO WE DO'

From prison, Utah's Joshua Holt begs US government for help in social media posts

(Newser) - As Venezuela gears up for its presidential election Sunday, the economic and social turmoil there continues. But for one American, trapped in the Helicoide prison in Caracas, the stakes are especially high. NPR and CNN report on the plight of Utah's Joshua Holt, a Mormon missionary jailed there in... More »

Venezuela: Closure of Kellogg Factory 'Illegal'

And the government reacts by seizing said factory from US cereal-maker

(Newser) - The Kellogg Company decided it had had enough of Venezuela—but Venezuela apparently hasn't had enough of Kellogg. Pointing fingers at the "deterioration" of the country's economic situation, the US cereal-maker announced Tuesday it was closing shop there, leaving 400 workers fresh out of a job, reports... More »

They Demanded Answers on Family. They Got Tear Gas

At least 68 dead in Venezuela jail fire

(Newser) - At least 68 people were killed when fire swept through the cells of a police station in Venezuela early Wednesday—and relatives demanding answers later in the day were given tear gas instead. Tarek William Saab, chief prosecutor in the city of Valencia, says 68 people—66 men and two... More »

Trump Throws Cold Water on Venezuelan Cryptocurrency

The president has banned all Americans from using the so-called 'petro' coins

(Newser) - The Venezuelan government hopes its oil-backed cryptocurrency will help right the nation's flailing economy, but a move by President Trump may complicate the bid to outmaneuver US sanctions. Trump on Monday issued an executive order immediately banning all use by Americans of Venezuela's "petro" currency. Per the... More »

Lose Your Kidney in Venezuela, 'Go Straight to the Cemetery'

Medicine shortage causing those with transplants to experience rejection

(Newser) - There's a literal casualty of Venezuela's ongoing economic woes: those with kidney problems. Reuters dives into the dire situation that both kidney transplant recipients and those hoping to join their ranks face in the midst of the country's inability to buy enough drugs from abroad or make... More »

Venezuela Says It Has Found 'Kryptonite' Against US

Country introduces own version of bitcoin

(Newser) - Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world's technological forefront. In its first hours on the market, the so-called petro racked in $735 million worth in purchases, Maduro said,... More »

Venezuela Giving Pregnant Women $3.83 a Month

President Maduro announces (very) small stipend

(Newser) - The good news for pregnant women in cash- and food-strapped Venezuela is that President Nicolas Maduro just announced the government would be giving them 700,000 bolivars a month. The bad news, per CNN : Thanks to hyperinflation, that amounts to just $3.83 in the real world. Maduro did not... More »

Venezuela Captures Rebels Led by Rogue Helicopter Pilot

Oscar Perez may have died in shootout

(Newser) - Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who has been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings in the capital last year, officials say. It wasn't clear if the renegade officer, Oscar Perez,... More »

Kids Are Starving in This Once-Rich Nation

'New York Times' is out with a disturbing look at rampant malnutrition in Venezuela

(Newser) - "Never in my life had I seen so many hungry children." And that comment from a pediatrician in Venezuela crystallizes a disturbing investigative piece by the New York Times on how the nation's economic collapse is taking a devastating toll on kids. The newspaper tracked 21 public... More »

3 Parties Took Stand Against 'Dictator,' So He Banned Them

Nicolas Maduro bars key opposition parties from future elections in Venezuela

(Newser) - Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country Sunday, and President Nicolas Maduro says key opposition parties are now banned from future elections. At a rally late Sunday in the center of Caracas, Maduro announced that pro-government candidates grabbed more than 300 of the... More »

New Trump Travel Ban Affects 8 Countries

N. Korea, Venezuela added to list

(Newser) - Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the US under a proclamation signed by President Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban. The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria,... More »

US Hits Venezuela With Sanctions

But US imports of Venezuelan oil are allowed to continue

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA, per the AP . The sanctions Trump signed by executive order are bound to dramatically escalate tensions between Venezuela and the US and exacerbate the... More »

Animals Being Stolen From Venezuela Zoos —for Food

Country is in a hunger crisis

(Newser) - In a disturbing case out of Venezuela, authorities say animals have been stolen from a zoo—to be used as food. "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," a police official says, per the Guardian . The two collared peccaries that were... More »

Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

Maduro's Son Says Father Will 'Take' White House With Guns

Venezuela responds to Trump threat of military action

(Newser) - If the United States takes military action against the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Maduro's son says his country will "take" the White House with guns, Politico reports. Nicolas Maduro Guerra issued the warning yesterday in response to comments made by Donald Trump Friday that he would... More »

Trump Reveals One Option He's Been Mulling on Venezuela

'A military operation—a military option—is certainly something that we could pursue'

(Newser) - As many fret over the increasingly tense relationship between the US and North Korea, President Trump threw another country into the mix Friday: Venezuela. Speaking to reporters Friday from his New Jersey golf club, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and National... More »

Venezuelan Troops Quash Attack on Military Base

10 intruders escape after battle

(Newser) - Soldiers battled for three hours Sunday morning against a small band of anti-government fighters who sneaked onto a Venezuelan army base , apparently intent on fomenting an uprising, according to President Nicolas Maduro. Troops killed two of the intruders, wounded another, and captured seven, but 10 others got away, the embattled... More »

Venezuela Reports 'Terrorist' Attack

As assembly ousts nation's chief prosecutor, opposition leader is returned to home

(Newser) - Venezuelan ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello says Sunday that there was a "terrorist" attack at a military base controlled by troops loyal to the government and several people were arrested. Cabello reported via Twitter that troops acted quickly to control the situation in the early morning at the Paramacay... More »

Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Seized From Homes

Relatives say they were taken away by state agents

(Newser) - Allies of two Venezuelan opposition leaders say Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken by authorities from the homes where they were under house arrest. Video posted by Lopez's wife early Tuesday shows a man being taken away from a Caracas home by state security agents, the AP... More »

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