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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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Suriname should mediate in Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

PARAMARIBO – Suriname should take on the role of mediator in order to prevent an armed conflict in the region as a result of...

Venezuelan Armed Forces prepare against possible military intervention

Each day, it becomes increasingly common to hear about a military intervention in Venezuela with the aim of deposing the dictatorial regime of Nicolás...

Little-known Evangelical Pastor Launches Venezuela Presidential Bid

(Reuters) - A little-known Venezuelan evangelical pastor on Sunday launched his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election, an illustration of the growing religious influence...

Venezuelan dictator Maduro takes advantage of the same “feminism” that condemns Trump

The two most controversial presidents in the Americas decided to speak out on feminism last weekend. In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro declared himself a feminist,...

Venezuelan Leader Nicolas Maduro Not Welcome At Summit of Americas

The Mexican Foreign Ministry supports the decision of the Peruvian government not to invite Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to the Lima-hosted Summit of the...

Venezuela Seeks Oil Equipment Supply Deals With Russian Companies

Caracas seeks to secure deals for supplies of oil equipment with Russian companies Rosneft and Gazprombank, Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa...

Opposition Wants ‘National Front’ to Protect Venezuelans’ Rights

enezuela’s opposition will present a nationwide front to protect people’s rights, its negotiator Julio Borges said Thursday after talks with the government collapsed. "We are...