Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Supporters of arrested Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma protest for his release outside Venezuela's Embassy in Lima

Jailed opposition mayor may be granted home arrest in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities requested on Friday that jailed opposition mayor Antonio Ledezma be granted home arrest due to medical problems, a move that could soften international pressure over his case. Ledezma, 59, a lawyer and hardline opposition leader who is mayor of Caracas, was jailed in February, accused of conspiring to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. He is the hig…

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    By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela. "Marleny Olivo had a problem with her house. ... I've approved an apartment for you, Marleny, as part …

  • Venezuela probes ex-minister accused of corruption in Spain ferry buys Reuters - Fri, 24 Apr, 2015

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - A former minister in President Nicolas Maduro's government denied in an interview published on Friday accusations of corruption … More »Venezuela probes ex-minister accused of corruption in Spain ferry buys

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - A former minister in President Nicolas Maduro's government denied in an interview published on Friday accusations of corruption during the purchase of three ferries from Spain and said he was being hounded for denouncing currency crimes. Local media said an arrest warrant was issued …

  • FILE - In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano attends an event presenting his new book "Los hijos de los dias," or The sons of days, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Galeano, whose book “The Open Veins of Latin America” is a classic of leftist literature, died on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay, according to the Brecha publication where he was a contributor. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
    Eduardo Galeano, a leading voice of Latin America's left, dies at 74 The Canadian Press - Tue, 14 Apr, 2015

    Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, whose "The Open Veins of Latin America" became a classic text for the left in the region and propelled the author to fame, died Monday … More »Eduardo Galeano, a leading voice of Latin America's left, dies at 74

    FILE - In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano attends an event presenting his new book "Los hijos de los dias," or The sons of days, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Galeano, whose book “The Open Veins of Latin America” is a classic of leftist literature, died on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay, according to the Brecha publication where he was a contributor. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

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    Uruguayan anti-capitalist writer Eduardo Galeano dies Reuters - Mon, 13 Apr, 2015

    Eduardo Galeano, a Uruguayan journalist and author who was a leading light in Latin America's anti-capitalist movement, died after a battle with lung cancer on Monday, … More »Uruguayan anti-capitalist writer Eduardo Galeano dies

    File picture of Galeano at the municipal palace in Mexico City

    Eduardo Galeano, a Uruguayan journalist and author who was a leading light in Latin America's anti-capitalist movement, died after a battle with lung cancer on Monday, his publisher said. Galeano was 74. Galeano's writing career spanned half a century, but he is best-known for his seminal 1971 book 'The Open Veins of …

  • Frustrated with US meddling, Latin America seeks its own path Christian Science Monitor - Fri, 10 Apr, 2015

    As leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean gather in Panama Friday for the seventh Summit of the Americas, diplomatic shifts unthinkable even a year ago will … More »Frustrated with US meddling, Latin America seeks its own path

    As leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean gather in Panama Friday for the seventh Summit of the Americas, diplomatic shifts unthinkable even a year ago will be on display as Cuba joins in for the first time. Venezuela is threatening to eclipse important regional discussions in its anger over sanctions directed …

  • Venezuela's President Maduro carries a box containing signatures to ask U.S. President Barack Obama to lift sanctions against a group of Venezuelan army members during a rally in Caracas
    Venezuela's president sees opportunity for better U.S. ties Reuters - Thu, 9 Apr, 2015

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday said he saw an opportunity to improve strained ties with the United States, softening his stance toward U.S. President … More »Venezuela's president sees opportunity for better U.S. ties

    Venezuela's President Maduro carries a box containing signatures to ask U.S. President Barack Obama to lift sanctions against a group of Venezuelan army members during a rally in Caracas

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday said he saw an opportunity to improve strained ties with the United States, softening his stance toward U.S. President Barack Obama in the run-up to a hemispheric summit in Panama. Maduro, who has said he will protest that measure during the summit in Panama, commended Obama …

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  • Newly elected Cuban Vice President Diaz-Canel attends closing session of National Assembly of Peoples Power in Havana
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    Newly elected Cuban Vice President Diaz-Canel attends closing session of National Assembly of Peoples Power in Havana

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Wednesday it would remain steadfast by Venezuela even as it seeks to improve ties with the United States, criticizing Washington's Venezuela policy before a summit meeting where the U.S. and Cuban leaders will meet face-to-face. Cuban Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel chastised …

  • Bound by ideology and economy, Latin America mum on Venezuela amid US concerns over rights
    Bound by ideology and economy, Latin America mum on Venezuela amid US concerns over rights The Canadian Press - Tue, 7 Apr, 2015

    PANAMA CITY - From Mexico to Brazil, leaders in Latin America have largely kept silent amid charges of human rights abuses in Venezuela and are unlikely to speak out … More »Bound by ideology and economy, Latin America mum on Venezuela amid US concerns over rights

    Bound by ideology and economy, Latin America mum on Venezuela amid US concerns over rights

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  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast "en contacto con Maduro" in the state of Falcon
    Insight - Venezuelan 'resistance' movement struggles to bruise Maduro Reuters - Thu, 2 Apr, 2015

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta VALENCIA/MERIDA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Housewives stash bottles and fuel for Molotov cocktails. A rifle-wielding dissident general … More »Insight - Venezuelan 'resistance' movement struggles to bruise Maduro

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast "en contacto con Maduro" in the state of Falcon

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  • Angel Vivas, a retired army general and anti-Maduro protester, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Caracas
    Venezuelan 'resistance' movement struggles to bruise Maduro Reuters - Thu, 2 Apr, 2015

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta VALENCIA/MERIDA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Housewives stash bottles and fuel for Molotov cocktails. A rifle-wielding dissident general … More »Venezuelan 'resistance' movement struggles to bruise Maduro

    Angel Vivas, a retired army general and anti-Maduro protester, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Caracas

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta VALENCIA/MERIDA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Housewives stash bottles and fuel for Molotov cocktails. A rifle-wielding dissident general makes a call to arms.     From clandestine meetings to guerrilla-style broadcasts, an amorphous and quixotic "resistance" movement has emerged across …

  • Supporter of Venezuela's President Maduro holds a placard during a protest against imperialism, in Caracas

    President Nicolas Maduro decreed a new annual "anti-imperialist" day on Tuesday and said a signature drive demanding the repeal of U.S. measures against Venezuela had passed 6 million. In the ideological enemies' worst spat of Maduro's two-year rule, President Barack Obama's government this month declared the OPEC nation …

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast "en contacto con Maduro" in the state of Falcon

    President Nicolas Maduro decreed a new annual "anti-imperialist" day on Tuesday and said a signature drive demanding the repeal of U.S. measures against Venezuela had passed 6 million. In the ideological enemies' worst spat of Maduro's two-year rule, President Barack Obama's government this month declared the OPEC nation …

  • The Hidden Effects of Cheap Oil The Atlantic - Tue, 31 Mar, 2015

    What do Russia, Exxon Mobil, and ISIS have in common? It also dealt a severe blow to the economies of the United States, Europe, Japan, and other oil importers. Today’s drop in crude-oil prices, which began in the summer of 2014, may be as disruptive as the quadrupling of oil prices that created the oil shock of 1974 …

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks to supporters during a rally against imperialism, in Caracas

    By Deisy Buitrago and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's parliament granted President Nicolas Maduro decree powers on Sunday for the rest of 2015 in a move he says is to defend the country from U.S. meddling but opponents decry as evidence of autocracy. In a noisy National Assembly session, ruling Socialist …

  • Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro take part in  a defensive military exercise in conjunction with the general public in La Guaira

    By Alexandra Ulmer and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela on Saturday staged a military exercise to counter an alleged U.S. threat, deploying soldiers and partisans across the country to march, man shoulder-fired missiles and defend an oil refinery from a simulated attack. Socialist President Nicolas Maduro …

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg

    A wave of savage mockery broke over Russian President Vladimir Putin across the Internet on Friday, sparked by days of absence from public view, despite official insistence it was business as usual in the Kremlin. State television footage of Putin working at his residence failed to quell the tide of fantastical theories …

  • Workers of state-run oil company PDVSA salute Venezuela's President Maduro during a parade at the military academy in Caracas

    CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - A subtle change in office attire may be the most telling symbol of a quiet revolution taking place inside Venezuela's troubled economic engine, giant oil firm PDVSA. For years, PDVSA employees were encouraged to wear red shirts in support of late President Hugo Chavez's socialist movement.  …

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks to supporters during a rally in Caracas

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Ridiculing the U.S. qualification of Venezuela as a security threat, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday he may travel to Washington to challenge American counterpart Barack Obama. "We demand, via all global diplomatic channels, that President Obama rectify and repeal the …

  • By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ambassador to the Organization of American States apologized on Thursday for joking how bullets would sound going through "empty" heads of government opponents. "I added a bit of black humor at the end that might have been a mistake," the veteran diplomat and former …

  • By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - U.S. bottle maker Owens-Illinois said on Thursday it had been awarded over $455 million in a nationalization claim against Venezuela, though a lawyer for the South American country said it was likely to seek an annulment. The award comes at a tricky time for the cash-strapped OPEC …

  • Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez speaks to the media during a news conference in Caracas

    By Diego Ore and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's top diplomat called a senior U.S. official "petulant" and ill-mannered on Wednesday in response to her contention that sanctions were intended to change the government, not topple it. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez was responding to State Department Assistant …

 
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