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Top Story – Top Latin American officials threw their support behind Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, denouncing the March 9 sanctions imposed by the United States on seven of the country’s officials. Cuban President Raúl Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales were among the Latin American leaders to convene in Caracas for an emergency…

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Top Story — President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday implementing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, freezing their U.S. assets and banning them from entering the United States, or doing business with U.S. citizens. The seven officials named in the executive order stand accused of human rights violations and anti-democratic actions, in particular…

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The Venezuelan government has given the United States two weeks to cut the number of U.S. diplomats in the country from 100 to 17, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on Monday. The order follows a speech by President Nicolás Maduro’s on Saturday, in which he declared that several U.S. politicians — including former President…

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Top Story — Venezuelan police fatally shot a student during demonstrations on Tuesday in the city of San Cristóbal, sparking intensified protests in the city and calls for a new anti-government rally, The Associated Press reported. The shooting, which members of the ruling socialist government including President Nicolás Maduro quickly painted as an unfortunate accident,…

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Top Story — Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested Caracas mayor and opposition figure Antonio Ledezma on Thursday, after officials accused him of plotting a coup against the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Ledezma’s arrest follows declarations made in recent days by Maduro that a group of air force officers were colluding with the local opposition and…

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Top Story — The relationship between Venezuela and the United States reached new levels of animosity on Monday, as the U.S. State Department announced that Venezuelan politicians suspected of corruption or human rights abuses — as well as members of the politicians’ families — will be denied travel visas to the United States. The announcement…

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Top Story — As the Venezuelan opposition attempts to revive protests of President Nicolás Maduro’s administration, the former presidents of Colombia and Chile were blocked from visiting opposition leader Leopoldo López in Venezuela’s Ramo Verde prison on Sunday. López has been under arrest for almost a year over his role in anti-government protests last spring….

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Top Story — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will embark on a week-long tour of China and several OPEC countries in a move to reverse Venezuela’s tumbling economy, he announced during a televised broadcast on Sunday. “I’m leaving today for an international tour…a very important tour to take on new projects, given the circumstances of falling…

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The Latin America News Dispatch will take a short break from publishing our daily newsletter Today in Latin America to celebrate the holidays. Felices Fiestas from the Latin America News Dispatch staff. Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a law placing sanctions on “persons responsible for violations of human rights in…

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Top Story — A blackout struck downtown and east Caracas on Thursday afternoon, causing subway stations to cease operating and passengers to be evacuated. Thursday’s blackout is the latest to have hit Venezuela at an increasing rate in recent years, a situation of growing concern as plummeting oil prices threaten to worsen the country’s already…