Venezuela drug scandal reverberates as elections kick off - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Venezuela drug scandal reverberates as elections kick off

Posted:

The arrest of two nephews of the Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores on U.S. drug trafficking charges is being used by the opposition to blast the government during the launch of the campaign season for crucial Dec. 6 congressional elections.


   The men related by marriage to President Nicolas Maduro were arrested in Haiti on Tuesday on charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States. They are being held in New York without bail.


   The opposition hammered on the scandal on Friday during nationwide rallies marking the official start of the fight for control of Congress. Opposition leaders say the arrests show the need for change after 16 years of socialist party rule.


   The government has not commented on the arrests.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Calif. governor says deal reached on National Guard mission

    Calif. governor says deal reached on National Guard mission

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:56 AM EDT2018-04-19 11:56:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. President Donald Trump slammed California Gov. Jer...(AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. President Donald Trump slammed California Gov. Jer...
    Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere.More >>
    Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere.More >>
  • Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:55 AM EDT2018-04-19 11:55:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.
    President Donald Trump is leaving himself plenty of wiggle room when it comes to a summit with North Korea's leader, saying he will bail out of the meeting if he decides it won't produce results.More >>
    President Donald Trump is leaving himself plenty of wiggle room when it comes to a summit with North Korea's leader, saying he will bail out of the meeting if he decides it won't produce results.More >>
  • Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

    Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:55 AM EDT2018-04-19 11:55:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar). People walk among damaged buildings in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. Two days after Syrian troops declared Douma liberated from opposition figh...(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar). People walk among damaged buildings in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. Two days after Syrian troops declared Douma liberated from opposition figh...
    Syrian state media: Hundreds of rebels hand over weapons, start leaving another town northeast of Damascus.More >>
    Syrian state media: Hundreds of rebels hand over weapons, start leaving another town northeast of Damascus.More >>
Powered by Frankly