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Gold Mine Collapse Kills at Least 14

There are fears the death toll could rise in Venezuela tragedy

(Newser) - The collapse of an illegally operated open-pit gold mine in central Venezuela killed at least 14 people and injured several more, state authorities said Wednesday, as some other officials reported an undetermined number of people could be trapped, the AP reports. Bolivar state Gov. Angel Marcano told local reporters that...

Venezuela to UN Rights Agency: You Have 72 Hours to Get Out

Agency had criticized arrest of prominent human rights lawyer

(Newser) - After the United Nations human rights agency expressed concern about the arrest of a prominent human rights advocate, Nicolas Maduro's government ordered the agency's office in Venezuela's capital to close and said its 13 staff members had 72 hours to get out of the country. Foreign Affairs...

Acclaimed Rapper Who Fell From Window Was Murdered
Acclaimed Rapper Who Fell
From Window Was Murdered

Acclaimed Rapper Who Fell From Window Was Murdered

Venezuela's attorney general says Canserbero's former manager confessed to the crime

(Newser) - In its October 2023 ranking of the top 50 greatest rappers in Spanish of all time, Rolling Stone gave the top slot to Canserbero, a Venezuelan rapper who died at age 26 in 2015. His name is back in the headlines, this time because his former manager has admitted killing...

Venezuela Hands Over 'Fat Leonard' in Prisoner Swap

Former defense contractor is central figure in massive Pentagon bribery scandal

(Newser) - This file is updated throughout with new details. The US freed a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in exchange for the release of 10 Americans imprisoned in the South American country and the extradition of a fugitive defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard," who is at...

US Is Resuming Direct Deportation of Venezuelan Migrants

Administration announces resumption of direct deportation flights

(Newser) - The Biden administration will resume deporting Venezuelan migrants, the largest single group encountered at the US-Mexico border last month, back to their economically troubled country as their arrivals continue to grow. US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, speaking in Mexico City Thursday, cited the new measure as one of the...

Massive Operation Clears Out Prison Run by Inmates

Venezuela's Tocoron prison had its own zoo, nightclub

(Newser) - Venezuela's government has congratulated security forces on clearing out a "center of conspiracy and crime"—the notorious Tocoron prison. The BBC reports that 11,000 security personnel took part in the clearing of the prison, which had been run by inmates for years and functioned more as...

US Announces Plans to Protect 472K Venezuelan Migrants

Move is likely to appease Democratic leaders, provide grist for Republicans

(Newser) - The Biden administration said Wednesday that it was granting temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who are already in the country—quickly making them eligible to work—as it grapples with growing numbers of people fleeing the South American country and elsewhere to arrive at the US...

Newsom Threatens DeSantis After 'Immoral' Migrant Move

More migrants allegedly sent by Sunshine State dropped off in Sacramento

(Newser) - After 16 South American migrants were allegedly sent from Florida to California on Friday, California officials say Florida did the same thing with a group of 20 migrants Monday. In response, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared to threaten DeSantis, whom he called a "small, pathetic man," with kidnapping...

Scandal-Plagued Ex-Congressman Arrested in Venezuela Probe

David Rivera accused of signing secret contract with Venezuela

(Newser) - A former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested Monday on charges of money laundering and representing a foreign government without registering, the AP reports. David Rivera, a Republican who has been marred by scandals stretching back to his days in...

US Lets Chevron Start Pumping Oil in Venezuela Again

But US says it remains leery of President Nicolas Maduro

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Saturday eased some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between President Nicolás Maduro’s government and its opposition. The Treasury Department is allowing Chevron to resume “limited” energy production in Venezuela after years of sanctions that have dramatically...

Biden Returns to Trump Policy to Deny Venezuelans Asylum

Administration has been critical of GOP treatment of arrivals

(Newser) - Two years ago, candidate Joe Biden loudly denounced President Donald Trump for immigration policies that inflicted "cruelty and exclusion at every turn," including toward those fleeing the "brutal" government of socialist Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Now, with increasing numbers of Venezuelans arriving at the US-Mexico border as...

Trapped After Landslide, He Used Refrigerator as a Boat

Death toll hits 34 in Venezuela disaster

(Newser) - Rescue workers using drones and trained dogs searched for survivors Monday following a massive landslide in central Venezuela, as the death toll rose to 34 and residents described harrowing tales of escape from the water and mud, the AP reports. Jose Medina recalled how the water streaming into his home...

US, Venezuela Swap Detainees
Venezuela Frees 7 Americans

Venezuela Frees 7 Americans

Biden releases drug convicts in exchange for US detainees

(Newser) - Seven Americans who were detained in Venezuela are coming home after a prisoner swap in exchange for two imprisoned members of President Nicolas Maduro's family, President Biden announced Saturday. The decision to grant clemency to the two Venezuelans, who are nephews of Maduro's wife, was made by Biden,...

'Fat Leonard' Really Does Not Want to Return to US

Fugitive seeks asylum in Venezuela, according to anonymous law enforcement official

(Newser) - The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of US Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. Leonard Glenn Francis slipped away from house...

At the Border, a Milestone on Migrant Arrivals

There were more than 2M 'encounters' with border officials over the past year—a big first

(Newser) - There were more migrant arrivals along the US-Mexico border in the past fiscal year than any other: More than 2 million people tried to enter the United States from our southern neighbor, a record achieved in the first 11 months alone. Per a document from US Customs and Border Protection,...

Texas Sheriff on DeSantis Stunt: 'What Was Done to These Folks Is Wrong'

Javier Salazar is investigating flights that brought migrants to Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Texas county from which 48 Venezuelan migrants were flown to Martha's Vineyard last week is investigating the incident. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says the migrants were apparently "lured under false pretenses" onto charter flights, arranged by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and flown to...

Mass. Asks DOJ to Look Into DeSantis' 'Inhumane Acts'

Officials want probe into whether moving migrants to Martha's Vineyard was human trafficking

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been slammed by critics as "gross," "unbelievably cruel," and "crimes against humanity." Whether it was illegal or not is another matter, and one that the state of...

Bolton: I Planned Coups, and Trump Wasn't Capable of One

'It takes a lot of work' and 'that's not the way Donald Trump does things'

(Newser) - Planning a coup d'etat "takes a lot of work," according to John Bolton. He should know "as somebody who has helped plan coups d'etat" outside of the US, the former national security adviser to President Trump told CNN on Tuesday. While it's no secret...

Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
Clash Over WiFi Password
Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
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Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe

Venezuelan soldiers reportedly reneged on deal to share network with Yanomami

(Newser) - A clash between Venezuelan soldiers and members of the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon turned deadly over the most unlikely of reasons: a WiFi password. The dispute left four members of the Indigenous tribe dead and three more injured, reports the Washington Post . Three soldiers also were reported injured. The...

Venezuela Frees 2 Americans, Including Member of 'Citgo 6'

As Biden administration seeks to improve relations with the country

(Newser) - The Venezuelan government has freed two jailed Americans, including an oil executive imprisoned alongside colleagues for more than four years, as it seeks to improve relations with the Biden administration amid Russia’s war with Ukraine, the White House announced Tuesday night. Gustavo Cardenas was released following a secret weekend...

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