Senate passes bill to sanction Venezuela officials

2014-12-10 15:25

A bill has passed, that authorises sanctions to freeze the assets of individuals involved in violating the human rights of those opposing the South American country's socialist government.

Fidel Castro signs pro-Palestine manifesto

2014-08-09 23:06

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has signed an international manifesto "supporting Palestine", demanding that Israel respect UN resolutions and withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Venezuelan police arrest 105 in clashes

2014-05-15 13:26

Venezuelan police have arrested 105 people and fired tear gas at anti-government student protesters who hurled stones and fireworks at a ministry building in the capital, officials say.

Venezuela's opposition to meet with govt

2014-04-09 12:15

Key leaders of Venezuela's opposition have agreed to sit down with President Nicolas Maduro's government for talks aimed at defusing the nation's political crisis.

Venezuela opposition group ready to talk

2014-03-27 16:51

A moderate Venezuelan opposition group is ready to talk to the protest-hit government of President Nicolas Maduro, in a rare potential step forward following weeks of unrest.

1 000s protest ahead of Chavez anniversary

2014-03-05 09:06

Thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Venezuela’s capital, seeking to keep pressure on the government on the eve of commemorations marking the anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death.


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'.

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's president blames telenovelas for crime

2014-01-21 15:31

President Nicolas Maduro has a new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime: telenovelas.

Venezuelan president promotes military rebels

2013-12-28 09:24

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is promoting several military officers who participated in a failed 1992 rebellion led by the late leader Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela president: Power cuts are sabotage

2013-12-03 12:06

A power outage has briefly darkened Venezuela's capital and other parts of the country in what President Nicolas Maduro says is an act of sabotage against his government.

Reporter detained in Venezuela

2013-11-09 16:28

Venezuelan authorities were holding an American journalist from the Miami Herald for a third day after he was picked up near the border with Colombia.

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.

Power blackout hits 70% of Venezuela

2013-09-04 09:01

Venezuela's main power distribution network has failed, depriving 70% of the country of electricity and creating traffic chaos in much of Caracas, which normally escapes such outages.

Cuban revolution marks 60th anniversary

2013-07-26 22:29

Cuba has commemorated the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro's failed attack on a military army barracks, which is considered the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

Bolivia leader threatens to shut US embassy

2013-07-05 08:03

Bolivia's president has threatened to close the US embassy as leftist Latin American leaders joined him in blasting Europe and the US after his plane was rerouted amid suspicions.

Snowden needs world's protection: Venezuela

2013-07-02 11:02

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor, deserves the "world's protection" for divulging details of Washington's spy programme.

US, Venezuela meet to mend ties

2013-06-07 17:26

US and Venezuelan officials will meet soon for talks that could lead to the countries exchanging ambassadors for the first time since 2010, Venezuela's foreign minister says.

Colombia, Farc reach land reform deal

2013-05-27 08:11

Colombia and leftist Farc rebels say they have reached a deal on land reform, one of the most contentious items in negotiations aimed at ending five decades of insurgency.

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 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 arrests pot-banging protesters

2013-04-21 08:15

Venezuela's opposition says 242 people have been arrested in noise-making protests since President Nicolas Maduro was proclaimed the narrow winner in snap elections.


Venezuela calls jihadists a Western 'Frankenstein'

2014-09-25 08:39

Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro has accused Western powers of helping create the jihadist crisis in the Middle East and said that the only solution involved respecting regional governments.

14 Democrats oppose Venezuela sanctions

2014-05-28 11:11

Fourteen Democratic members of Congress are voicing opposition to authorising unilateral US sanctions against Venezuela ahead of a House vote.

Venezuela police detain 243

2014-05-09 05:30

Venezuelan riot police have detained 243 as they dismantled four camps in the capital Caracas.

Venezuela president accepts facilitator for talks

2014-03-28 09:58

President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to enter talks with Venezuela's opposition with the help of an outside facilitator, a group of visiting South American foreign ministers say.

3 killed in fresh Venezuela student protests

2014-03-13 11:22

Three more people have been killed in Venezuela and police fired tear gas and water cannon at scores of rock-hurling students in the capital, raising the death toll to 24.

Venezuela opposition keeps momentum with marches

2014-03-03 07:36

Thousands of anti-government activists have marched peacefully to an upper-class Caracas district shaken by more than two weeks of unrest, trying to maintain the movement's momentum.

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.

Violence escalates in divided Venezuela

2014-02-20 21:27

Security forces have faced off with demonstrators in streets blocked by burning barricades in several Venezuelan cities in an escalation of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Venezuela tense ahead of duel demonstrations

2014-02-18 12:04

A crowd of activists have wrested free an opposition politician as he was being hauled away in handcuffs by security forces following a raid on President Nicolas Maduro's biggest foe.

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 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.

Tension grips Honduras in disputed election

2013-11-26 16:59

Political tension has gripped Honduras as the conservative candidate insisted he won the presidential vote, while the leftist opposition rejected the result and threatened to take to the streets.

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.

US denies Maduro airspace access for China trip

2013-09-20 09:06

The United States has refused permission for President Nicolas Maduro's plane to fly through its airspace when the Venezuelan leader travels to China this weekend, Caracas says.

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.

Cuba backs Snowden asylum bid

2013-07-09 08:02

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has won support from Cuba for his bid to seek asylum in Latin America, as he embarked on his third week in limbo at a Moscow airport.

Snowden's best bet may be Venezuela

2013-07-02 22:42

NSA leaker Edward Snowden's best chance of finding refuge may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Snowden 'stuck' in Moscow on asylum doubts

2013-06-27 09:00

Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has began a fifth day in a Moscow airport, with his travel plans still a mystery as Ecuador warned of a lengthy asylum request process.

Kerry begins first Latin America trip

2013-06-05 09:04

US Secretary of State John Kerry has begun his first trip to Latin America to participate in top-level talks with his regional counterparts expected to focus on drugs and security.

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 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.

Vatican calls for dialogue in Venezuela

2013-04-21 22:09

The Catholic Church has weighed in on Venezuela's political crisis, calling for dialogue in the wake of a disputed presidential election.

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.

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