Energy-short Venezuela creates new holiday, time zone

Apr 15, 2016

Energy-short Venezuela creates new holiday, time zone

Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro declared a public-sector holiday for Monday and vowed to change the nation’s time zone in the latest dramatic measures to cope with a crippling electricity shortage blamed on low water levels at hydroelectric dams. Maduro last week gave the public ...

17 slain Venezuelan miners mostly shot in head; gangs suspected

Mar 17, 2016

17 slain Venezuelan miners mostly shot in head; gangs suspected

Seventeen miners murdered near a gold deposit were mainly shot in the head, and four suspects have been arrested so far in a case that has shocked Venezuela, the chief state prosecutor said on Wednesday. The killings have shone a light on long-running gang ...

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.

U.S. to charge Venezuelan National Guard chief with drug trafficking

Dec 16, 2015

U.S. to charge Venezuelan National Guard chief with drug trafficking

U.S. prosecutors are preparing to unveil drug trafficking charges against the head of Venezuela’s National Guard, according to people familiar with the case, as they investigate the suspected involvement of senior Venezuelan officials in the cocaine trade. Nestor Reverol, the former head of Venezuela’s ...

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.

Nakamura's sayonara single keeps Japan unbeaten

Nov 16, 2015

Nakamura's sayonara single keeps Japan unbeaten

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Samurai Japan, which had already secured a quarterfinal berth and first place in Group B at the Premier 12, ended the preliminary stage with an unbeaten record after a 6-5 win over Venezuela at Taoyuan International Stadium on Sunday night. Late substitute Akira Nakamura ...

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 ...