The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is situated on the northern coast of South America. Home to an estimated population of 29.1 million, it covers around 916,445 square kilometres which includes the Andes mountains and the Amazon Basin Rainforest. Its main export is oil. Venezuela was colonized by Spain in 1522 but continued resistance led in 1811 to it becoming the first Spanish American country to declare independence. A chequered political history followed which saw dictatorships rise and fall, as well as military coups. 


Forced plane landing, a deployed gunboat, and ignoring rulings by UN Human Rights Committee and a regional African court – no wonder you don’t read about the US extradition case against Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

  • The Tocoron prison had served as the headquarters for Venezuela’s most powerful local gang
  • Prison was described a ‘hotel’ for gang leaders, with a bank, baseball field, a restaurant and even a disco

Chinese and Venezuelan presidents meet for the first time in five years, agreeing to boost collaboration in areas from oil and trade to space exploration.


Beijing and Caracas are strengthening ties against a backdrop of intensifying US-China rivalry across the region and Venezuela is seeking energy investments to boost the economy ahead of next year’s election.


Reformist outsider Bernardo Arevalo is up against former first lady Sandra Torres, both social democrats, meaning Guatemala will have its first leftist leader in more than a decade.

Currency swap to help Buenos Aires make good on US$2.7 billion owed, with remaining US$1 billion balance covered by Development Bank of Latin America.


Instagram model Sofia Salomon aims to challenge the nation’s deeply conservative society and, if accepted, will be the first transgender woman in the competition.


Latin American nations are strengthening relations with China amid a belief that Washington’s focus turned to the Middle East and now the Indo-Pacific.

The Talavera mine in Venezuela’s Bolivar state flooded on Wednesday after heavy rains but rescuers could not continue recovery efforts before Saturday. Authorities will return to the site on Sunday to check for further survivors.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a ‘multipolar’ world rather than one dominated by the US, as he arrived in Brazil seeking to rebuild his nation’s alliances after years of isolation.

The pope, who was in hospital due to bronchitis last week and suffers from a knee condition, approached the altar in a wheelchair. He is expected to celebrate the Easter Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square.


The decree, signed by Health Minister Nisia Trindade, determines that the team in charge of dealing with the situation has to publish reports regarding the indigenous group’s health and general well-being.

Secretary General of the Organisation of American States, Luis Almagro, may have violated the ethics code by having an intimate relationship with his head adviser. He also faces criticism on other matters.

Five of the seven freed Americans were executives of the Citgo oil corporation, detained in 2017 while on a business trip to Venezuela and accused of corruption.

The defence contractor, known for his wide girth and big personality, orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving US Navy officials and was captured in the South American country after fleeing house arrest.

International manhunt for Leonard Glenn Francis ended with his arrest by Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday morning at the Caracas airport as he was about to board an aeroplane for another country.

Police officers aided by dogs and drones located 16 people, including a 20-day-old baby, after they disappeared while on a spiritual retreat in a mountain town.

On Friday evening, lightning struck one of eight storage tanks at the facility 60 miles east of Havana. Heat from the blaze reached a second tank on Saturday and the wind blew flames dangerously close to a third.

Agenda and guest list not finalised until days before, a controversy that could have been defused if handled earlier: one critic calls it ‘amateur hour’.


The signing ceremony was overseen by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro and took place in north Tehran on Saturday.

China chides rival for ‘lack of respect’ in not inviting Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to Los Angeles event aimed at countering Beijing’s influence.


The United States is this week hosting the 2022 Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. But President Joe Biden faced a struggle to make a success of a summit plagued by problems before it even began.

Two former mayors – a leftist and an independent outsider – will fight it out for the Colombian presidency on June 19 after coming out tops in a first voting round Sunday.

Witnesses before Foreign Relations subcommittee also call for improving health sector and bridging digital divide in run-up to next month’s Summit of the Americas in Miami.