Venezuelan Opposition Risks an Election Challenge to Maduro

With little hope of a fair vote, opposition candidates take a desperate risk to gain any edge against Venezuela’s entrenched autocrat, Nicolás Maduro.

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Spain Arrests Former Venezuela Spy Chief Accused of Drug Trafficking

Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief, had been hiding in Madrid, the police said, trying to avoid extradition to the United States.

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Dollarization Is Helping the Collapsed Venezuelan Economy, for Now

After years of deprivations, an informal trade in American dollars is allowing Venezuelans to buy groceries and medication.

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To Fight or Adapt? Venezuela’s Fading Opposition Struggles to Keep Going

Juan Guaidó’s meteoric rise and now his decline have brought Venezuela to a crossroads. At stake is the future of a once-prosperous democracy now gripped by poverty and repression.

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Venezuela to Vote in an Election the Opposition Calls a Charade

A victory by the party of President Nicolás Maduro is likely to further weaken Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader who launched a bold but ultimately failed bid backed by the U.S. to take power.

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Trump, Venezuela and the Tug-of-War Over a Strongman

How a yearslong battle over U.S.-Venezuela relations aided President Trump’s campaign in Florida — and left the Maduro regime standing.

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Biden’s Plans for Latin America: End ‘Bully Dictating Policy’

If elected, Joe Biden plans to spearhead a repudiation — in policy and tone — of President Trump’s legacy in the region.

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Grenell Pursued Talks Over Change of Power in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

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Richard Grenell Pursued Talks of Maduro, Power Change in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Opposition Splits Over Taking Part in Coming Elections

Sanctions and boycotts have failed to bring down president Nicolás Maduro. Now some opposition leaders are ready to shift strategy and take him on at the ballot box, despite concerns about the vote’s fairness.

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2 Ex-Green Berets Sentenced to 20 Years for Venezuela Attack

Venezuelan prosecutors said the former Green Berets admitted to taking part in a failed attack aimed at overthrowing the country’s president.

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U.K. Judge Denies President Nicolás Maduro Access to Venezuelan Gold at Bank of England

It would be unlawful to allow Mr. Maduro access to the gold, the judge said, because the British government recognizes his rival, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s leader.

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Venezuelan Oil Company Sues Miami Ex-Congressman Over $50 Million Deal

Former Representative David Rivera, a strident anti-communist, was quietly consulting for President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government. He produced just two reports, totaling 5 pages, the lawsuit said.

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Venezuela’s Maduro, Used to Crises, Faces His Toughest One Yet

A pandemic and a seismic shift in global oil markets have shaken the country, posing a severe new test for the president just as he seemed to be tightening his hold on power.

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