Amid controversy over human rights in Venezuela, Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez explains why his government fired its ambassador there after the diplomat expressed support for controversial President Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuela has announced it is halting commercial relations with Panamanian officials and firms. The move comes after Panama said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was considered at "high risk" for laundering money.
A money laundering scandal involving Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA could turn into a problem for a Swiss bank. A German banker recently affiliated with the lender has been arrested in Miami.
Venezuela is mired in crises. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza spoke to DW about how the opposition and the US have brought the country to the brink of ruin and why Maduro's government backs socialism.
The absences mark the first time that presidents from Venezuela and the US will not attend the OAS-sponsored summit. Nicolas Maduro's cancellation was a result of Peru's announcement that he was not welcome at the event.
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