The criminal court said in April that the former president of Ecuador, former Vice President Jorge Glas, and 16 others were found guilty of "aggravated passive bribery". Several others were given reduced terms for cooperating with the authorities.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Dutch military helicopter has crashed in the Caribbean Sea near the island of Aruba, a constituent country of the Netherlands, killing two crew members, media reported on Monday.
Relations between Brussels and Caracas deteriorated in late June, when President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of the EU's envoy to Venezuela, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, in a move that came in response to the bloc expanding sanctions against the South American country.
The Caribbean island nation first opened the door to the redollarization of the economy in late 2019, rolling back a 15-year-old policy established by Fidel Castro in 2004 to stop accepting the US currency as payment in some stores amid the intensification of banking sanctions pressure by Washington.
Argentina and the United Kingdom have long-held disputed claims over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands or as they are called in Spanish - 'Islas Malvinas' - Buenos Aires has long stressed a return to negotiations to solve the clashing ownership.
The Venezuelan government has denounced a “freedom of navigation operation” performed by the US Navy on Thursday, calling the violation of Venezuelan waters by a US warship ostensibly defending the freedom of the seas “erratic and childish.”
The Bolsonaro government has no interest in shielding Brazilian Indians from COVID-19, on the contrary, it has long sought to open indigenous lands for mining and agribusiness, considering native peoples to be only a stumbling block, notes indigenous leader Weibe Tapeba and Brazilian scholar Gustavo Guerreiro.
The macabre incident took place in Sincelejo, a city along the Colombian Caribbean coast about 530 km northwest of Bogota, earlier this month.
The president, who has entered his second week of quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus, has described his ordeal at the Alvorada Palace as “horrible”. An ostrich-like bird has apparently given him another reason to return to work as soon as possible.
The Brazilian president previously revealed that he was taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the disease, and that it was making him feel "a lot better".
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has drawn the ire of Washington as he has sought to chart a more independent path from the United States, including distancing himself from attempts to overthrow the Venezuelan government and the long and bloody US 'war on drugs'.
The seismic activity was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres. There are no reports of damage or casualties caused by the tremor.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A humanitarian shipment from Russia containing 840,000 packages of insulin drugs has arrived in Venezuela, the deputy health minister of the South American country Gerardo Briceno said during an appearance on the state-run VTV broadcaster on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A century after fueling Panama separatism, US economic interests still aggressively dominate the region, including Venezuela, analysts told Sputnik ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the dedication of the Panama canal.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Union regrets the Turkish decision to transform Istanbul's Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Friday.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez, diagnosed with COVID-19, shows no symptoms of the disease, her attending physician Andrei Miranda said on Friday.
The announcement comes just days after Bolivian Health Minister Eydi Roca tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Protesters are demanding better economic conditions and rallying against the government's expropriation of the giant agricultural group Vicentin.
With the world's second highest number of coronavirus infections, and reporting over 68,000 COVID-19 related fatalities, the Brazilian government’s response and seemingly laissez-faire attitude to the pandemic, has been heavily criticized by local activists and the country’s neighbours, including Venezuela and Argentina.
More than 70 accounts used to spread divisive messages are said to be linked to employees of Brazilian President Bolsonaro, his two sons, and allied lawmakers. The president is yet to comment on the accusations, which come as his supporters are being investigated for spreading “fake news and threats” against the judiciary.