South American nation

CARACAS, Venezuela | AP Explains: Venezuela opposition’s fight to win over troops

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and Venezuela’s opposition are pushing the military to let in humanitarian aid in the belief that it could break a month-long standoff over power in the troubled South American nation. But top commanders are showing no signs of breaking their loyalty to Nicolas Maduro and disgruntled rank-and-file … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | AP Explains: Venezuela opposition’s fight to win over troops

BOGOTA, Colombia  | Colombia blames ELN for bomb, presses Cuba to arrest leaders

BOGOTA, Colombia  —January 18, 2019—Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque said late Friday that he had revoked a decree … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia  | Colombia blames ELN for bomb, presses Cuba to arrest leaders

VALENCIA, Venezuela | Goodyear halts tire production in Venezuela as economy slips

VALENCIA, Venezuela  — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is halting production in Venezuela, making it the latest international corporation to abandon a South American nation in economic crisis, officials said Monday. Spokesman Eduardo Arguelles told The Associated Press that Goodyear-Venezuela had made the “difficult decision” to no longer produce tires in the country, which has … Continue reading VALENCIA, Venezuela | Goodyear halts tire production in Venezuela as economy slips

BOGOTA, Colombia | Colombia reopens probe into US coal company for militia ties

BOGOTA, Colombia  — Colombian authorities confirmed Tuesday that they have reopened an investigation into whether an Alabama-based coal company financed a paramilitary group during the South American nation’s bloody civil conflict. The chief prosecutor’s office said the investigation into the Colombian subsidiary of Drummond Co. Inc. is focusing on irregular payments allegedly made to a … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia | Colombia reopens probe into US coal company for militia ties

UNITED NATIONS | Trump: Willing to meet Maduro to ease Venezuelan suffering

UNITED NATIONS— President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s willing to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro if it would help ease suffering in the South American nation. Trump’s remarks as he arrived for meetings at the United Nations came hours before Maduro announced he had gone to New York to speak to the U.N. … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Trump: Willing to meet Maduro to ease Venezuelan suffering

BOGOTA, Colombia | Maduro’s stepsons face scrutiny in $1.2 billion graft case

BOGOTA, Colombia  — As President Nicolas Maduro has pushed forward with his plan to rescue Venezuela’s cratering economy, U.S. prosecutors are looking into whether members of his family were simultaneously benefiting from what they contend was a scheme to siphon off $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company, two people familiar with the U.S. investigation … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia | Maduro’s stepsons face scrutiny in $1.2 billion graft case

AGUAS VERDES, Peru | Venezuelan migrants pour into Peru before new rules enforced

AGUAS VERDES, Peru — Thousands of Venezuelans are crossing into Peru hours before authorities begin enforcing stiffer rules that will make entering the South American nation more difficult. Peru is following in the footsteps of other nations receiving droves of migrants fleeing Venezuela’s economic crisis by requiring that they enter with a passport. The new … Continue reading AGUAS VERDES, Peru | Venezuelan migrants pour into Peru before new rules enforced

BOGOTA, Colombia | Conservative wins Colombia’s presidency in divisive election

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia’s next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation. Duque captured almost 54 percent of the vote, putting him 12 points ahead of former leftist guerrilla Gustavo … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia | Conservative wins Colombia’s presidency in divisive election