Venezuelans have erected barricades in major cities in some of the worst demonstrations against the government since the protests began.

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Venezuela opposition denounces 'repression'

2014-02-21 09:06

The Venezuelan military plans to send additional troops to a border region where unrest has been particularly fierce, officials say, while the opposition denounces 'brutal repression'.

Venezuela arrests 7 over beauty queen's murder

2014-01-09 09:15

Venezuelan police have arrested seven people, including a woman and two teenagers, over the brutal double murder of a beauty queen turned soap star and her British-born partner.

Venezuela debates special powers for Maduro

2013-10-09 11:44

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has pressed lawmakers for special powers to fight corruption, in a move his rivals fear will lead to them being persecuted for political purposes.

Venezuela lawmaker in homophobic attack

2013-08-15 11:05

A governing party legislator in Venezuela has unleashed a homophobic-laced tirade in the country's legislature aimed at discrediting the opposition.

Venezuela in psychological war: Maduro

2013-05-22 13:07

President Nicolas Maduro has denounced a leaked audio recording that purports to show a power struggle among key followers of the late Hugo Chavez as "psychological war".

Venezuela opposition seeks brawl probe

2013-05-03 10:17

Venezuela's opposition have asked prosecutors to investigate a brawl on the floor of congress that injured several of its lawmakers and forced at least one of them to undergo surgery.

Venezuela poll to be formally contested

2013-05-02 09:05

Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles has announced that he would formally contest results from last month's presidential poll, as both sides held rival May Day rallies in Caracas.

Venezuela signs $1bn agreement with Cuba

2013-04-29 14:10

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has wrapped up a two-day visit to Cuba in which the two allies reaffirmed their strategic alliance, signing $1bn in co-operation agreements.

Rivals call for mass rallies in Venezuela

2013-04-25 10:09

Political tensions have soared in Venezuela as Nicolas Maduro's government and the rival who refuses to recognise his win as president called massive street rallies for 1 May.

Venezuela rules out vote recount

2013-04-18 09:00

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has formally requested a recount in Venezuela's disputed presidential election, even after being rebuffed by the country's Supreme Court.

Pot vs cracker in Venezuela vote protests

2013-04-17 12:01

Post-election Venezuela has been dominated by pot-banging protests vs pro-government fireworks, allowing both sides to vent steam while avoiding street battles.

Venezuela election outcome fuels protests

2013-04-16 07:55

Thousands of opposition supporters have crammed the streets of Caracas, banging pots, burning trash bags and chanting "fraud" to protest Nicolas Maduro's victory.

Venezuela vote results spell uncertainty

2013-04-15 11:04

Newly elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who won the contest by a whisker, now faces opposition protests plus a host of economic and political challenges in the Opec nation.

Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela election

2013-04-15 07:53

Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of the election to succeed Hugo Chavez by a thin margin over an opponent who voiced fears of vote manipulation.

Venezuela closes borders ahead of election

2013-04-10 08:45

Venezuela has stepped up security earlier than usual ahead of Sunday's presidential election after acting President Nicolas Maduro claimed former US officials hatched a plot to kill him.

Capriles confident about election victory

2013-04-08 15:01

Hundreds of thousands of supporters have crammed Caracas' streets in what opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, trailing in the polls, called a fast-changing tide.

Election campaign kicks off in Venezuela

2013-04-03 11:00

The presidential campaign to replace Venezuela's Hugo Chavez formally has kicked off, with his chosen successor vowing to carry on the deceased leader's socialist revolution.

Venezuela cuts off talks with US

2013-03-20 22:15

Venezuela says it has suspended a "channel of communications" with Washington as it ratchets up tension ahead of elections to replace the late president Hugo Chavez.

Capriles vows to end 'giveaways' to Cuba

2013-03-19 10:00

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has vowed to end the nation's shipments of oil to Cuba, slamming acting President Nicolas Maduro as a puppet of Havana.

Maduro urges Obama to halt coup 'plot'

2013-03-18 09:07

Venezuela's acting president has urged US leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the CIA to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before the upcoming election.

Venezuela to probe Chavez 'poisoning'

2013-03-13 10:03

Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into claims that the late President Hugo Chavez's cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government says.

Chavez death: Cuba has lost 'best friend'

2013-03-11 16:25

Cuba's Fidel Castro has praised the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a champion of the poor and has said Cubans have lost their best friend ever.

Chavez photos met with strong support

2013-02-16 14:06

Supporters of President Hugo Chavez have displayed new confidence after the government released the first post-surgical photos of the ailing Venezuelan leader.

Chavez reaches out after victory

2012-10-08 21:41

Hugo Chavez has pledged to become a "better president" and work with the opposition after winning a tough re-election battle that betrayed simmering discontent.


Venezuela protest death toll rises

2014-02-25 08:01

Venezuelans have erected barricades in major cities in some of the worst demonstrations against the government since the protests began, with the death toll now 14.

Venezuelans clash as opposition sits in jail

2014-02-20 16:30

Violent clashes have flared up across Venezuela as the nation waited to learn what charges jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez will face for organising mass protests.

Venezuela socialists, opposition see victory

2013-12-09 18:40

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared victory in local elections as his ruling Socialists won a majority of votes nationwide, even though they lost to the opposition in five key cities.

Venezuela president scraps UN trip over 'threats'

2013-09-26 08:50

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he had scrapped his plan to take part in the UN General Assembly in New York to "protect my life" after purported threats on it.

Capriles aid arrested in Venezuela

2013-08-08 09:01

Venezuelan authorities have ordered the arrest of a close aide to opposition leader Henrique Capriles, says the opposition.

Troops deployed to subdue Venezuela crime

2013-05-14 11:01

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government will dispatch about 3 000 police and army troops throughout the country in a bid to stem spiralling violent crime.

Maduro warns of 'political explosion'

2013-05-02 20:39

Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro has warned Europe of the risks of "political explosions", as a result of growing economic tensions.

Venezuela MPs come to blows

2013-05-01 17:09

Political tensions over Venezuela's disputed presidential election have boiled over in the National Assembly as government and opposition lawmakers physically clashed.

Venezuela opposition to boycott vote audit

2013-04-26 09:04

The opposition in Venezuela has announced that it will boycott an audit of election results because its demands for the examination of registers containing were not accepted.

Drama as Venezuelan president sworn in

2013-04-20 14:13

Nicolas Maduro has been sworn in as president of Venezuela, in a ceremony replete with drama as he replaces the late Hugo Chavez and urges dialogue with the opposition.

Government backers wreak havoc in Venezuela

2013-04-17 14:52

Several hundred supporters of President-elect Nicolas Maduro have burned and looted stores in a town where the opposition had planned to hold a protest against election results.

Zuma congratulates new Venezuela leader

2013-04-16 11:45

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the new president of Venezuela and says South Africa looks forward to strengthening relations between the two countries.

Cuba welcomes new Venezuela head

2013-04-15 22:15

Cubans were relieved by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, has been elected Venezuela's new president.

Venezuela opposition rejects vote count

2013-04-15 09:36

The opposition candidate in Venezuela's presidential election has refused to accept Nicolas Maduro's razor-thin victory and has demanded a full recount.

Venezuela's campaigns end with big rallies

2013-04-12 11:05

Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to complete Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution rival Henrique Capriles promised change at emotional rallies to close their campaign.

Past haunts Venezuela opposition

2013-04-09 09:28

The final stretch of Venezuela's race to replace Hugo Chavez has coincided with a delicate anniversary for the opposition: 11 years since a brief coup against the late leftist leader.

Venezuela: Claims of military meddling

2013-04-04 11:00

The Venezuelan opposition and the government have accused each other of seeking support from the military to meddle in the 14 April election to replace late president Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela election: Battle between equals

2013-03-30 07:15

As Venezuela prepares for its first election without Hugo Chavez in years, the opposition hopes to find a level playing field at last. And the government can't help but cling to his legacy.

Maduro leads Capriles in Venezuela vote

2013-03-20 10:00

Nicolas Maduro, who has succeeded the late Hugo Chavez as Venezuela's interim president, has an 18 point lead over the opposition's Henrique Capriles ahead of April elections, says a poll.

Venezuela election rivals clash

2013-03-18 19:22

Moments after he registered to run in Venezuela's election, acting President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to go into the toughest slums of Caracas and ask the gangs to lay down their guns.

Chavez embalming 'may be impossible'

2013-03-14 10:20

For many Venezuelans, the late Hugo Chavez has been deeply etched in their minds and souls. But plans for them to be able to view him in perpetuity may have gone awry.

Venezuela: Maduro, Capriles face-off

2013-03-12 13:08

Venezuela has been plunged into a bitter election fight to succeed Hugo Chavez, with acting President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles facing off in a flurry of name-calling.

Race to succeed Chavez starts

2013-03-11 10:01

Venezuela has entered a bitter election race to succeed Hugo Chavez, with his chosen successor branding his challenger a "fascist" after the opposition accused him of lying about Chavez's death.

Venezuela delays Chavez inauguration

2013-01-09 19:57

Venezuela heads into uncharted waters without ailing President Hugo Chavez amid calls for the Supreme Court to decide if his government's postponing his inauguration is constitutional.

Chavez insists he is 'totally' cancer-free

2012-07-10 08:18

Firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has insisted he is "totally" cancer-free and ready to take on what promises to be a tough re-election battle without "physical restrictions".

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