Apr 21, 2016

Venezuela to ration electricity in power crisis

Recession-racked Venezuela is to ration electricity in 10 of its most populous and industrialized states, including metropolitan Caracas, the socialist government said Wednesday. It is the latest drastic measure to alleviate a severe electricity crisis that President Nicolas Maduro and his government blame on ...

Venezuela pulls top diplomat from U.S. over 'threat' decree

Mar 10, 2016

Venezuela pulls top diplomat from U.S. over 'threat' decree

President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday recalled Venezuela’s top diplomat from the United States in protest against the renewal of a year-old U.S. decree calling his country a security threat. “Enough arrogance, double standards, condescension and intrigue,” the leftist leader said as he announced he ...

Feb 12, 2016

Venezuela top court overrules Congress, grants decree powers

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro. Congress last month had refused to approve Maduro’s declaration of an economic emergency. The court ruled in a decision made public Thursday night that Maduro did not ...

Jan 14, 2016

Venezuela tottering on the brink

Despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's promise, his government and its supporters are trying to undermine the opposition's recent election victory.

Dec 10, 2015

A new day dawns for Venezuela

Venezuela's political opposition camp scored a major electoral victory, and now poses a direct threat to the power of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

In Venezuela, power grows of Cilia Flores, Evita-like first lady

Nov 13, 2015

In Venezuela, power grows of Cilia Flores, Evita-like first lady

Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores is a political heavyweight who steadfastly served late leader Hugo Chavez and married his successor, her longtime partner Nicolas Maduro — who now calls her the nation’s “first fighter.” Flores, 59, has been engulfed by controversy after two of ...

'Patently false' that Biden conspired against Venezuela, U.S. says

Feb 3, 2015

'Patently false' that Biden conspired against Venezuela, U.S. says

The United States dismissed an accusation from Venezuela’s president that Vice President Joe Biden conspired to overthrow him as “patently false,” arguing Monday that President Nicolas Maduro was merely trying to distract the world’s attention from his government’s abuses of basic rights. The exchange ...

Jan 19, 2015

Frozen chickens threaten Venezuela's regime

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While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames "saboteurs" for hoarding goods and scalping prices in an alleged plot to "destabilize" the national economy, Venezuelans are steaming over an economy in deadfall, inflation heading to three digits and supermarkets stripped of frozen chickens.

Two dead as Venezuelans clash at protest barricades

Mar 7, 2014

Two dead as Venezuelans clash at protest barricades

A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday as gangs of government supporters on motorcycles rode into east Caracas neighborhoods to remove street barricades placed by opposition protesters. The pitched battle in a mixed industrial and residential district heightened tensions on the same ...