In Venezuela, power grows of Cilia Flores, Evita-like first lady

Nov 13, 2015

In Venezuela, power grows of Cilia Flores, Evita-like first lady

Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores is a political heavyweight who steadfastly served late leader Hugo Chavez and married his successor, her longtime partner Nicolas Maduro — who now calls her the nation’s “first fighter.” Flores, 59, has been engulfed by controversy after two of ...

Venezuelan government faces criticism over harsh sentence for opposition leader

Sep 12, 2015

Venezuelan government faces criticism over harsh sentence for opposition leader

A stiff sentence handed down to Venezuela’s most prominent jailed opposition leader brought a cascade of criticism on Friday as President Nicolas Maduro’s government continued its combative path despite a crushing economic crisis, feuds with neighboring countries and accusations of authoritarianism. Leopoldo Lopez was ...

Jun 18, 2015

Venezuela golf course sparks diplomatic row

A dispute has been teed off between Switzerland’s ambassador to Venezuela and a neighboring elite golf club after a banner appeared at the diplomat’s residence warning that golf balls injuring or killing anyone inside would violate the Vienna Convention. The large placard, on the ...

Cold War thaw: Obama, Castro to meet this week

Apr 9, 2015

Cold War thaw: Obama, Castro to meet this week

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will have a historic face-to-face encounter at the Summit of the Americas this week, breaking the ice after decades of glacial relations. The image of U.S. and Cuban presidents sitting across from each other at the ...

Mar 23, 2015

Florida man who faked death abroad in 2013 arrested in North Carolina

A Jacksonville businessman reported dead two years ago in Venezuela was arrested in North Carolina on alleged fraud charges Saturday after his life insurance companies filed a lawsuit alleging he was alive and they shouldn’t be making payments. Details of the charges against 62-year-old ...

Venezuela conducts military exercises, claiming U.S. threat

Mar 15, 2015

Venezuela conducts military exercises, claiming U.S. threat

Soldiers rolled out shoulder-fired missiles, fighter planes and armored trucks Saturday for the first of 10 days of military exercises that the president of socialist-governed Venezuela says are needed to protect against a looming threat from the U.S. As nearly 100,000 members of the ...