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June 10, 2024 at 1:10 AM

Venezuela's ruling party tests its organizing efforts ahead of next month's presidential election

Venezuela’s ruling party is feeling its decades-long grip on power under threat
June 10, 2024 at 1:10 AM
A painting of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is seen at a building affiliated with the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
5 months ago

US reimposes some sanctions on Venezuela

A National Security Council spokesperson confirmed the economic sanctions on Monday.
5 months ago
A National Security Council spokesperson confirmed the economic sanctions on Monday.
5 months ago

US reimposes some sanctions on Venezuela over ban on opposition candidates

A little over three months after the Biden administration lifted most economic sanctions on Venezuela, they are reimposing some of them.
5 months ago
\Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a meeting celebrating International Youth Day at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on February 12, 2023. (Photo by FEDERICO PARRA/AFP via Getty Images)
5 months ago

The root of the Venezuelan exodus

In the first episode of "Exodus: Global Migration," ABC News’ Matt Rivers reports from South America on what’s driving migrants from Venezuela to make the dangerous trek to the U.S.
5 months ago
VIDEO: The root of the Venezuelan exodus
6 months ago

US releases ally of Venezuela’s President Maduro in a swap for 10 jailed Americans

Ten Americans detained in Venezuela were released Wednesday -- including six deemed wrongfully detained, White House officials confirmed.
6 months ago
President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference, December 4, 2023 in Caracas, Venezuela.
6 months ago

10 Americans freed in prisoner swap with Venezuela

The Biden administration granted clemency to one of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's close allies in exchange for the freedom of 10 Americans who had been jailed in the country.
6 months ago
VIDEO: 10 Americans freed in prisoner swap with Venezuela
6 months ago

High-stakes prisoner swap between US and Venezuela

The U.S. released a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in exchange for 10 Americans being sent home.
6 months ago
VIDEO: High-stakes prisoner swap between US and Venezuela
6 months ago

10 Americans detained in Venezuela released in prisoner exchange

In exchange, the U.S. is extraditing notorious fugitive Leonard Glenn Francis, a former military contractor known as "Fat Leonard."
6 months ago
VIDEO:10 Americans detained in Venezuela released in prisoner exchange
2 years ago

US gears up for World Cup match against Iran

The United States tied England 0-0 on Friday. To advance to the next round, the U.S. will need to win its match against Iran on Tuesday.
2 years ago
VIDEO: US gears up for World Cup match against Iran
2 years ago

US eases some Venezuela oil sanctions

The move now allows U.S.-based oil giant Chevron to resume limited operations in Venezuela for the first time in nearly three years.
2 years ago
VIDEO: US eases some Venezuela oil sanctions
2 years ago

The latest move to repair political relations with Venezuela

The Biden administration said Chevron Corp. could resume "limited" operations in Venezuela, as President Nicolás Maduro's government resumes talks with its opposition.
2 years ago
VIDEO: The latest move to repair political relations with Venezuela
2 years ago

Americans released from Venezuela prison in swap

The South American country freed seven Americans in exchange for two jailed relatives of Venezuela’s first lady.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Americans released from Venezuela prison in swap
2 years ago

7 Americans released from detention in Venezuela

New details on the prisoner swap that brought seven Americans home, in exchange for two Venezuelans with ties to President Nicolas Maduro's wife.
2 years ago
VIDEO: 7 Americans released from detention in Venezuela
2 years ago

7 Americans released from detention in prisoner swap

"Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more," President Joe Biden said in a statement.
2 years ago
President Joe Biden speaks about the ongoing federal response efforts for Hurricane Ian from the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Sept. 30, 2022.
2 years ago

Detained Americans released in Venezuela

The White House made a deal to release two Venezuelan men that were in U.S. custody for smuggling cocaine in exchange for the seven Americans to come back home.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Detained Americans released in Venezuela
2 years ago

Is US considering diplomatic thaw with Venezuela over need for oil?

ABC News’ Mireya Villarreal reports on renewed dialogue between the U.S. and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro following the ban on Russian oil imports to the U.S.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Is US considering diplomatic thaw with Venezuela over need for oil?
2 years ago

Venezuela releases 2 detained American

The Venezuelan government has freed two American men as the country seeks to improve its relationship with the United States amid Russia's war with Ukraine.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Venezuela releases 2 detained American
2 years ago

Military helicopter crashes in Venezuela

Two people were killed and two others were injured after a military helicopter crashed in Venezuela.
2 years ago
Two people were killed and two others were injured after a military helicopter crashed in Venezuela.
4 years ago

Botched Venezuela coup fallout

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz speaks to the family of two ex-special forces soldiers captured after a failed raid against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
4 years ago
VIDEO: Botched Venezuela coup fallout
4 years ago

Families of Americans detained by Venezuela in failed raid plead for help

The families of Americans detained by Venezuela in a failed raid plead for help from the U.S. government.
4 years ago
President Nicolas Maduro shows what Venezuelan authorities claim are identification documents of former U.S. special forces and U.S. citizens Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, during a online press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, May 6, 2020.
4 years ago

Federal prosecutors announce drug charges against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro

The State Dept. has also offered a $15M reward for info leading to his arrest.
4 years ago
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a military parade to commemorate the Day of the Bolivarian Militias, the Armed People and the April Revolution at Los Proceres on April 13, 2019, in Caracas, Venezuela.
4 years ago

US sanctions Venezuelan lawmakers ahead of day of protests

There are calls for the U.S. to do more in Venezuela, especially to stop Russia's support.
4 years ago
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is helped to climb a fence in an attempt to reach the National Assembly building in Caracas, on Jan. 5, 2020. Luis Parra, a rival to Juan Guaido, declared himself parliament speaker, as Guaido and fellow opposition lawmakers were blocked from entering the National Assembly.
5 years ago

Venezuelan opposition calls talks with Maduro dead, causing rift

Venezuela's opposition declared talks with Nicolás Maduro dead, a decision meant to bring renewed international pressure, but that appeared to crack its united front.
5 years ago
Venezuela's National Assembly President and self proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido gestures to supporters during a citizens assembly in the Municipality of Baruta, Caracas, Venezuela, Sept 14, 2019.
5 years ago

Glimpse into a Venezuelan psychiatric hospital: Cockroaches and drug shortages

Deep in a major economic crisis, a Venezuelan psychiatric hospital operates with almost no funding.
5 years ago
Mental health patients stand behind the bars of their room at the Caracas Psychiatric Hospital, in Caracas, Venezuela, July 14, 2019.
5 years ago

'Electromagnetic attack' blacks out Venezuela

Citizens on the streets of Venezuela's capital city scrambled to find transportation home as a new blackout surprised the country Tuesday.
5 years ago
Citizens on the streets of Venezuela's capital city scrambled to find transportation home as a new blackout surprised the country Tuesday.
5 years ago

Venezuelan government alleges 'electromagnetic attack' as blackout hits country

Venezuelan cities can be among the most violent in the world.
5 years ago
People cross a street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 22, 2019. The lights went out across much of Venezuela Monday, reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago as the government once again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation's hydroelectric power system.
5 years ago

Venezuela fighter 'aggressively shadowed' US plane

A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter "aggressively shadowed" a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft operating over the Caribbean Sea on Friday, SOUTHCOM said.
5 years ago
A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter "aggressively shadowed" a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft operating over the Caribbean Sea on Friday, SOUTHCOM said.
5 years ago

Venezuelans take to streets on independence day with dueling rallies

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido both rallied support.
5 years ago
Venezuelans wave flags and hold signs as people gather at PNUD for a demonstration called by opposition leader Juan Guaido during the 208th anniversary of the Venezuelan Independence declaration on July 5, 2019, in Caracas, Venezuela.
5 years ago

US Navy hospital ship begins 5-month deployment to help Venezuela refugees

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is beginning a five-month humanitarian mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
5 years ago
A view of the U.S. Navy Hospiltal Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as it gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk, June 14, 2019.
5 years ago

US suspends all flights to Venezuela

U.S. flights to Venezuela are being suspended due to safety and security concerns, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.
5 years ago
Anti-government protesters clash with security forces near La Carlota military base in Caracas, Venezuela during the commemoration of May Day on May 1, 2019.
5 years ago

US lifts sanctions on Venezuela spy chief to spur Maduro defections

Vice President Pence announced that the US lifted sanctions on Venezuela's spy chief after he defected from Nicolas Maduro who maintains power despite US-backed protests
5 years ago
Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, May 7, 2019, in Washington.
5 years ago

US Navy hospital ship will be deployed to assist Venezuelan refugees

A U.S. Navy hospital ship -- the USNS Comfort -- will soon be headed to the Caribbean, Central America and South America to assist Venezuelan refugees.
5 years ago
The Military Sealift Command's hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) navigates through water during Comfort Exercise (COMFEX) 2018.
5 years ago

Guaido urges opposition onward in Venezuela, defends failed plot to oust Maduro

Guaido told ABC News change takes time and cautioned critics to be patient.
5 years ago
Opposition leader Juan Guaidaa speaks during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 3, 2019.
5 years ago

Venezuela's Maduro is 'ruling for the moment, but he can't govern': Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discusses the administration's support for new leadership in Venezuela on ABC's "This Week."
5 years ago
Members of the Bolivarian National Guard loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro run under a cloud of tear gas after being repelled by guards supporting Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon arriving to disperse demonstrators, in front of La Carlota military base in Caracas, April 30, 2019.
5 years ago

Juan Guaido says 'we must evaluate all our options' to rescue Venezuela

Juan Guaido said "we must evaluate all our options" to rescue Venezuela and hold free elections.
5 years ago
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido arrives for a meeting with a group of workers of the state oil company of Venezuela (PDVSA) at the Metropolitan University in Caracas, May 3, 2019.
5 years ago

The opposition in Venezuela is calling for demonstrators to strike once again

The growing unrest in the South American country continues as the opposition renews its efforts and calls for people to take to the streets against the regime in power.
5 years ago
VIDEO: The opposition in Venezuela is calling for demonstrators to strike once again
5 years ago

Trump says Putin trying to help in Venezuela, contradicting aides and even himself

The U.S. had called on Russia to stop backing Nicolas Maduro and exit Venezuela, but Trump contradicted that Friday, saying Putin wasn't "looking at all to get involved."
5 years ago
President Donald Trump answers a question during an Oval Office meeting with Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini at the White House in Washington, May 3, 2019.
5 years ago

Venezuela braces for another day of protests

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido spoke to ABC News in a rare face-to-face interview after calling for the overthrow of the government earlier in the week.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Venezuela braces for another day of protests
5 years ago

Juan Guaido: 'We must evaluate all our options' to rescue Venezuela

The opposition leader, who is backed by the Trump administration and other regional allies, said the Maduro regime is receiving foreign military assistance.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Juan Guaido: 'We must evaluate all our options' to rescue Venezuela
5 years ago

Guaido calls for more protests in Venezuela this weekend

Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaido, rallied supporters in the streets, calling for the military to topple the Maduro regime.
5 years ago
Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaido, rallied supporters in the streets, calling for the military to topple the Maduro regime.
5 years ago

White House weighs in as Venezuela crisis grows

The Trump administration said all options are on the table, including military force, as President Nicolas Maduro calls for arresting his opponents.
5 years ago
VIDEO: White House weighs in as Venezuela crisis grows
5 years ago

4 dead, hundreds wounded as Venezuela's Maduro makes show of force

Venezuela's embattled socialist president Maduro makes a show of force with military officials after two days of opposition protests that the US said signaled his end
5 years ago
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, greets military troops accompanied by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, left,  at the "Fuerte Tiuna" in Caracas, Venezuela, May 2, 2019, in a photo released by the Miraflores Palace press office.
5 years ago

US officials continue to weigh options in Venezuela

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro rallies thousands of military members amid protests from the opposition.
5 years ago
VIDEO: U.S. officials continue to weigh options in Venezuela
5 years ago

FAA flight restrictions amid Venezuela chaos

FAA officials ordered all U.S. carriers to cease operations in Venezuela and imposed a minimum altitude for overflights, citing political instability.
5 years ago
VIDEO: FAA issues flight restrictions amid Venezuela chaos
5 years ago

Venezuelan opposition leader continues daring call to action amid clashes

He urged his countrymen to keep flooding the streets until they achieve a change of President Nicholas Maduro's government.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Venezuelan opposition leader continues daring call to action amid clashes
5 years ago

US still weighing military options for Venezuela amidst another day of protest

Maduro said claims that Russia stopped him from fleeing "lacked seriousness."
5 years ago
Anti-government protesters clash with security forces near La Carlota military base in Caracas, Venezuela during the commemoration of May Day on May 1, 2019.
5 years ago

Maduro says military defeated 'attempted coup'

Venezuela's "Operation Freedom" continues as unrest and protests wage on.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Maduro says military defeated 'attempted coup'
5 years ago

Chaos in Venezuela grows as leaders call for protests

Opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro called for supporters to protest a day after violent clashes.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Chaos in Venezuela grows as leaders call for protests
5 years ago

Venezuela rocked by clashes as US backs uprising, threatens Cuba

As Venezuela was rocked by violent clashes, the U.S. was threatening Cuba with a full embargo if it does not withdraw support for Nicolas Maduro.
5 years ago
Demonstrators throw petrol bombs to military forces at the air force base La Carlota, April 30, 2019, in Caracas, Venezuela.
5 years ago

Tensions escalate in Venezuela amid Guaido's call for military to rise up

Military and civilians clash in the streets of Caracas after Juan Guaido calls for an uprising; Democratic leaders and Trump meet about infrastructure; actresses push for the Equal Rights Amendment.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Tensions escalate in Venezuela amid Guaido's call for military to rise up