Cold War thaw: Obama, Castro to meet this week

Apr 9, 2015

Cold War thaw: Obama, Castro to meet this week

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will have a historic face-to-face encounter at the Summit of the Americas this week, breaking the ice after decades of glacial relations. The image of U.S. and Cuban presidents sitting across from each other at the ...

Mar 23, 2015

Florida man who faked death abroad in 2013 arrested in North Carolina

A Jacksonville businessman reported dead two years ago in Venezuela was arrested in North Carolina on alleged fraud charges Saturday after his life insurance companies filed a lawsuit alleging he was alive and they shouldn’t be making payments. Details of the charges against 62-year-old ...

Venezuela conducts military exercises, claiming U.S. threat

Mar 15, 2015

Venezuela conducts military exercises, claiming U.S. threat

Soldiers rolled out shoulder-fired missiles, fighter planes and armored trucks Saturday for the first of 10 days of military exercises that the president of socialist-governed Venezuela says are needed to protect against a looming threat from the U.S. As nearly 100,000 members of the ...

Venezuela detains Americans; Maduro announces moves against U.S.

Mar 1, 2015

Venezuela detains Americans; Maduro announces moves against U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained American citizens including a pilot on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas. Maduro also said his government would order a reduction in the ...

'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 ...

McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

Jan 7, 2015

McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela’s more than 100 McDonald’s franchises have run out of potatoes and are serving alternatives like deep-fried “arepa” flatbreads or yuca, a starchy staple of traditional South American cooking. McDonald’s is blaming a contract ...

Dec 31, 2014

Venezuela confirms recession, highest inflation in Americas

Venezuela confirmed on Tuesday it had entered a recession while inflation remained the highest in the Americas, and President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government blamed political foes for the dismal data. The Central Bank said GDP contracted in each of the first three quarters: 4.8 ...