US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Senior US government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the US to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives. A U.S. State Department spokesperson described the trip … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernández, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either left intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical … Read more

Iran, Venezuela sign 20-year cooperation plan during Maduro visit | Oil and Gas News

Tehran, Iran – Iran and Venezuela signed a 20-year “cooperation road map” during a state visit by President Nicolas Maduro to Tehran as the two oil-rich countries reeling under US sanctions pledged to boost bilateral ties. The Venezuelan president met his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, a day … Read more

Biden sidelines Venezuela’s pro-democracy leader from summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A little more than two years ago, Juan Guaidó was showered with bipartisan applause when President Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech praised the Venezuelan opposition leader as a “very brave man” who carries on his shoulders the democratic hopes of an entire nation. But in a sign … Read more

In blow to Biden, Mexico president to skip Americas Summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed Monday that he will skip the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, dealing a blow to the US ′ efforts to rally governments to work together to address surging migration in the hemisphere. López Obrador had been leading a chorus of mostly leftist … Read more

Mexican President won’t attend US-hosted Summit of the Americas due to exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

CNN – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he won’t be attending the Summit of the Americas, hosted later on this week by the United States, due to the exclusion of several countries in the region. Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were not invited to the summit because of the “lack of democratic space … Read more

Biden hoping to avoid Summit of the Americas flop in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When leaders gather at the Summit of the Americas this week, the focus is likely to veer from policy issues – migration, climate change and galloping inflation – and instead shift to something Hollywood thrives on: the drama of the red carpet. With Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador topping a … Read more

Biden scrambles to avoid Americas Summit flop in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When leaders gather this week in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas, the focus is likely to veer from common policy changes – migration, climate change and galloping inflation – and instead shift to something Hollywood thrives on: the drama of the red carpet. With Mexican President Andrés Manuel … Read more

On Venezuelan roads, old cars prevail, break down everywhere

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)-A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to haul chairs, tents and tables to gatherings all across Venezuela’s sprawling capital. The once-white paint is slightly yellowish and the body shows a bit of rust, a few dings. The odometer was already broken … Read more

Biden risks troubled Americas summit in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON (AP) – While President Joe Biden travels in Asia, his administration is scrambling to salvage next month’s summit focused on Latin America. The Summit of the Americas, which the United States is hosting for the first time since the inaugural event in 1994, has risked collapsing over concerns about the guest list. Mexican President … Read more