Venezuela hits back at US for questioning its democracy

2015-10-06 11:05

Venezuela's foreign minister has blasted her US counterpart John Kerry for questioning the country's democratic credentials ahead of legislative elections the ruling socialists are forecast to lose.

Venezuela opposition leader Lopez jailed for nearly 14 years

2015-09-11 11:27

Hardline Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been jailed for nearly 14 years on charges of inciting 2014 anti-government protests that spiralled into violence killing more than 40 people.

Fire in Venezuela prison kills 17 – official

2015-09-01 08:32

A fire at Venezuela's central Tocuyito prison killed 17 people and injured 11, the state prosecutor says.

Drug plane from Venezuela crashes off Colombia's coast

2015-05-21 10:16

A small plane en route from Venezuela with more than a ton of cocaine on board has crashed into the Caribbean after being pursued by Colombia's air force.

Woman who hit Venezuela leader with mango rewarded with new home

2015-04-25 11:14

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.

Venezuela receives $5bn funding from China

2015-04-20 11:32

Cash-strapped Venezuela has received $5bn in financing from China, President Nicolas Maduro announces as his country struggles with an economic crisis.

Russia and Venezuela object to proposed resolution on Yemen

2015-04-09 09:39

Russia and Venezuela have objected to a draft UN's resolution that would ban arms shipments to leaders of Yemen's Houthi Shi’ite rebels.

Venezuela orders release for prominent protester

2015-03-18 09:51

Venezuela's Supreme Court has ordered the release of a prominent student protester whose arrest has drawn strong international condemnation.

Venezuelan parliament OKs "anti-imperialist" law

2015-03-16 15:46

Venezuelan parliament approves decree powers for President Maduro in the face of what Maduro described as threats by the US government.

US declares Venezuela a national security threat

2015-03-10 09:23

The United States has declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.


Venezuela military plane crashes near Colombia border

2015-09-18 14:59

Venezuela's government says an air force jet has crashed while monitoring an illegal flight that had entered the country near the Colombian border.

Venezuela offers to receive 20 000 Syrian refugees

2015-09-08 13:31

President Nicolas Maduro says that Venezuela is ready to receive 20 000 Syrians fleeing war in their homeland.

Uruguay settles $400m Venezuela oil debt

2015-07-07 08:55

South American OPEC nation Venezuela will allow Uruguay to pay off a $400m energy debt at a 35% discount, Uruguay says.

Venezuela to nationalise food distribution

2015-05-02 21:47

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promised to nationalise food distribution in the South American nation beset with record shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an escalating economic crisis.

Colorful macaws bring beauty to chaotic Caracas

2015-04-24 10:25

In the 1970s Vittorio Poggi was inspired to breed macaws and release them across Venezuela's capital. Forty years later, hundreds, perhaps thousands of macaws colour the sky giving residents a moment of quiet respite from chaos and crime.

Maduro wants to talk with Obama to resolve tensions

2015-04-11 22:55

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has urged US President Barack Obama to lift sanctions that call his country a national security threat and asked to meet the US leader to ease tensions.

Venezuela: Gay police OK if they hide their homosexuality

2015-03-19 19:53

Gays should be allowed to serve as police officers, so long as they hide their sexual orientation, an official tasked with modernising Venezuela's law enforcement agency says.

US, Cuba resume talks amid Venezuela tensions

2015-03-17 15:21

US and Cuban officials have met in Havana for new talks on restoring diplomatic ties, but their historic rapprochement was strained by tensions over Venezuela.

Venezuelan President seeks new powers to face US 'imperialism'

2015-03-11 14:10

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has asked parliament for decree powers in response to new US sanctions, in a move opposition critics slammed as a power-grab.

US declares Venezuela a national security threat

2015-03-10 07:43

The United States has declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.

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