Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro receives first dose of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores have received their first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Venezuelan state television reported on Saturday, while the country received a second shipment of the vaccine. Images of both Maduro and Flores receiving their doses were broadcast on state television. Maduro said he felt “fine”… Read More Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro receives first dose of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Opposition boycott polls as Venezuela holds parliamentary elections

Polling stations in Venezuelan opened on Sunday for a vote to choose a new congress that the opposition is boycotting and most Western nations call a fraud by President Nicolas Maduro to retake the last state institution not in the hands of the ruling Socialist Party. The vote is almost certain to return congress to… Read More Opposition boycott polls as Venezuela holds parliamentary elections

U.S. imposes sanctions on Venezuelan president, Iranian defense ministry

The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on the Iranian defense ministry and others involved in Iran’s nuclear and weapons program to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, a move disputed by key European allies as well as U.S. adversaries such as Russia and China. Secretary of State… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Venezuelan president, Iranian defense ministry

Venezuela issues pardon to dozens of opposition politicians

Venezuela said on Monday it had pardoned more than 100 opposition politicians, including more than 20 legislators who had been accused of conspiring against President Nicolas Maduro, as the country heads toward parliamentary elections in December. The effort signals that the ruling Socialist Party is seeking to boost participation in the upcoming vote, which part… Read More Venezuela issues pardon to dozens of opposition politicians

Venezuelan authorities detain U.S. citizens over attempted armed incursion

Venezuelan authorities have detained two U.S. citizens working with a U.S. military veteran who has claimed responsibility for a failed armed incursion into the oil producing country, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday. In a state television address, Maduro said authorities arrested 13 “terrorists” on Monday allegedly involved in a plot he said was coordinated… Read More Venezuelan authorities detain U.S. citizens over attempted armed incursion

U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for ‘narco-terrorism’

The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of ‘narco-terrorism’, the latest escalation of the Trump administration’s pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader. The State Department offered a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the arrest… Read More U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for ‘narco-terrorism’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escapes alleged assassination attempt as explosion rocks military event 

At least one explosion rocked a military event where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech on Saturday and the government said it was a failed assassination attempt involving drones carrying explosives. Maduro said everything points to a right-wing plot that initial investigation suggested was linked to Colombia and the U.S. state of Florida,… Read More Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escapes alleged assassination attempt as explosion rocks military event 

Venezuela re-dominates currency in bid to fight hyperinflation and economic crisis

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered a re-denomination of the ailing bolivar currency on Thursday, by knocking three zeroes off amid hyperinflation and a crippling economic crisis. The measure to divide the so-called bolivar fuerte, or strong bolivar, currency by 1,000 would take effect from June 4, the socialist leader said. It would not have any… Read More Venezuela re-dominates currency in bid to fight hyperinflation and economic crisis