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Venezuelan bikers protest nighttime riding ban despite high crime

CARACAS (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 motorcyclists protested in Caracas on Friday, hooting horns and waving Venezuelan flags outside a government office to show displeasure with a ban on nighttime riding, which has been imposed...

Motorcycles swarm Venezuela's capital in protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — About 2,000 motorcycles swarmed the streets of Venezuela's capital Friday to protest a proposed nighttime curfew on two-wheelers as part of a government crackdown on crime.

Cuba, Venezuela further strengthen economic ties

Cuba and Venezuela have moved to further strengthen economic ties, approving some 56 joint projects for this year valued at more than $1.2 billion, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced.

Venezuela's best and brightest camp on sidewalks

In this Jan. 28, 2014 photo, Daniela Rodriguez laughs with friends as she waits outside Ireland's consulate in Caracas, Venezuela.

Venezuela's best and brightest camp on sidewalks

Citizens of Venezuela's socialist revolution have grown accustomed to long lines for everything from bread to buying a car.

Crime Hobbles Venezuela's Economy

Relatives and friends carry the coffins of Venezuelan model Monica Spear and British-born partner Thomas Henry Berry during their funeral in Caracas on Jan. 10 The murder on Jan. 6 of Monica Spear, a...

CELAC Summit Targets Inequality

Heads of state at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), at the Palacio de la Revolución, Havana. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS By Patricia GroggHAVANA, Jan 30 2014 (IPS) Heads...

Colombia-Venezuela to Launch New Contraband Crackdown

Colombia and Venezuela are to launch a new anti-smuggling initiative in an attempt to crack down on the huge amounts of contraband crossing their border daily, but local corruption could well prevent any major...

Venezuela thrusts soap operas into…

Latin American soap operas watched by millions of people every day are feeding Venezuela's spiralling crime rate -- or so says President Nicolas Maduro.

Colombia Prison Riot Deaths Put Spotlight on Overcrowding

Ten inmates died and around 40 more were injured during a riot and a fire in a northern Colombia prison, highlighting chronic overcrowding in the country's jails and prompting calls for reform. The deaths and...

Venezuela faces newsprint shortage

About two hundred journalists and journalism students protested yesterday against government delays to the distribution of foreign currency that is making it impossible for newspapers to buy imported paper to run their presses.

Venezuela wins Guinness record for lightning

An area of Venezuela with 20,000 flashes of lightning per hour has won the Guinness record for the place with the most lightning.

Venezuelan journalists protest as paper shortage hits newspapers, causing some closures

Journalists and journalism students protested on one of Caracas' avenues Tuesday to demand that the government auction off dollars to allow newspapers to buy newsprint after nine regional dailies shut down and some of...

Venezuelan journalists protest over paper shortage

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Journalists and journalism students protested on one of Caracas' avenues Tuesday to demand that the government auction off dollars to allow newspapers to buy newsprint after nine regional dailies shut...

Talk of 'Peace Zones,' Possibly More Gun Control in Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of "peace zones" and his justice minister said the government should consider stricter gun control, a piecemeal approach in the face of rampant violence. According to El Universal, Maduro...

Brazil Border Patrols Not Enough to Control Crime, Drugs: Police

Brazil's efforts to combat drug trafficking and organized crime by reinforcing border security have not been effective enough, say police, highlighting the difficulty of securing a massive border that touches all of the continent's...

LatAm summit opens in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Latin American and Caribbean leaders are opening a regional summit in Cuba with a one-minute silence to remember the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Cuba hosts LatAm leaders against crisis backdrop

Leaders from across Latin America put aside domestic financial stability concerns Monday to converge on Cuba for the summit of a major group set up to counter US influence. The CELAC bloc of 33...

Jailed Ex-Governor Ordered Assassination of Colombia Doctor: Candidate

A candidate for senate says the murder of a well-known neurologist in Colombia's northern coastal city of Barranquilla was ordered by the former governor of La Guajira, who was arrested last year for ties...

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New York Prosecutors Implicate Venezuela’s Maduro as Accomplice in Drug-Trafficking

The District Attorney for the Southern District of New York has released a document that reveals that Nicolás Maduro approved the drug trafficking actions...

Venezuela’s Health Crisis: 40 Percent of New Medical Graduates Have Already Left

The crisis in Venezuela is worsening and with it, has come a massive migration of talented professionals who decide to leave their homeland in...

Venezuela’s elections are just a new way for Maduro to cling to power

Nicolás Maduro, president of crisis-stricken Venezuela, will run for reelection in Venezuela in 2018, Vice President Tarick Al Aisammi announced in a Nov. 29...

Venezuela Running Out of Fuel for Air Travel, Leaked Memo Reveals

A newly released memo from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA, reveals the country lacks enough fuel to meet the demands of all aircrafts currently...

Rights Group Accuses Venezuela of ‘Systematic’ Torture of Political Opponents

Human Rights Watch has released a 62-page report, “Crackdown on Dissent: Brutality, Torture, and Political Persecution in Venezuela,” that accuses Caracas of severe human...

Maduro Hands Over Venezuela’s Oil Industry to the Military

The Venezuelan military has taken control of PDVSA, the state-run oil company largely responsible for holding up the last of the country’s economy. This...

Venezuela’s Socialist Regime Bankrupts Nationalized Supermarket Chain

Another major company is on the verge of bankruptcy in Venezuela due to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s mishandling of the economy, which has let an...