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Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

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Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says a U.S. citizen arrested as a suspected spy has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack to sabotage oil refineries and electrical serviceBy SCOTT SMITH Associated PressSeptember 14, 2020, 10:00 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest.The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had help from three Venezuelan conspirators, who were arrested with him last week near a pair of oil refineries on the country's north Caribbean coast, Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on state
Online exchange blocked in Venezuela ahead of health bonuses

Online exchange blocked in Venezuela ahead of health bonuses

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A currency exchange website appears to have been blocked in Venezuela as the online platform prepares to launch a U.S.-backed plan to provide monetary assistance to underpaid health workers battling the coronavirus in the South American countryBy JOSHUA GOODMAN and SCOTT SMITH Associated PressAugust 21, 2020, 10:15 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMIAMI -- A currency exchange website appeared Friday to have been blocked in Venezuela as the online platform prepared to launch a U.S.-backed plan to provide assistance to underpaid health workers battling the coronavirus in the South American country. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó had announced Thursday that starting Monday he would begin registering the 62,000 “Health Heroes” who are to soon receive $ 100 monthl
Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

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A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside his homeland's socialist presidentBy JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated PressJune 30, 2020, 10:05 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMIAMI -- A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that he led with Maduro and two others for two decades a narcoterrorist conspiracy that sent 250 metric tons of cocaine a year to the ...

Venezuela demands release of businessman connected to Maduro

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MIAMI -- Venezuela on Saturday demanded the release of a government-connected businessman who was detained in Cape Verde on U.S. corruption charges, calling his arrest an illegal act of aggression by the Trump administration aimed at piling new hardships on the crisis-wracked oil nation. Alex Saab's arrest Friday while en route to Iran was a major blow to President Nicolás Maduro's government. U.S. officials believe he holds many secrets about how the socialist leader, his family and top aides allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars in government contracts amid widespread hunger in the oil-rich nation. It was unclear how American authorities, who had been targeting the Colombian businessman for years, finally caught up with him. The Justice Department declined to comment as did Saab’s
Venezuela, already in crisis, reports 1st coronavirus cases

Venezuela, already in crisis, reports 1st coronavirus cases

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Venezuela has confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus, deepening anxiety in a crisis-stricken nation where many hospitals lack basics such as water and soap and struggle to treat even basic ailmentsBy SCOTT SMITH and FABIOLA SÁNCHEZ Associated PressMarch 13, 2020, 10:07 PM4 min readCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus on Friday, deepening anxiety in a crisis-stricken nation where many hospitals lack basics such as water and soap and struggle to treat even basic ailments. “God help us,” hospital patient Carlos Chacón said after hearing the news that the pandemic had arrived in Venezuela. “My mom is old and sick. So is my father,” said Chacón, a 48-year-old electrician who was first hospitalized four months ago with two broken legs from