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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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Venezuelans View Russia as an ‘Elder Cousin Ready to Lend a Helping Hand’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has come to Moscow for talks with President Putin. Venezuelan political analyst Basem Tajeldine and journalist Jordán Rodríguez told Sputnik...

US Will Never Break Venezuela’s ‘Freedom-Loving Spirit’: Maduro

US President Donald Trump in August imposed new sanctions on Venezuela against the backdrop of protests in the country. He expressed hope that the...

Venezuela First Country to Lose All Glaciers

In spite of an overwhelming body of evidence there are some who still debate whether global warming as a result of human-induced climate change...

To Survive in Venezuela, Multinationals Slash Operations and Payrolls to Bare Minimum

Multinational companies in Venezuela are starting to look like the living dead versions of what they once were, as the country continues to flounder...

Maduro Regime Arrests Three Journalists Reporting from Venezuelan Prison

Venezuela’s National Press Workers Union (SNTP) alerted on late Friday, October 7, that three journalists who were reporting from a prison in Tocorón, northern...

Venezuela Explores Alliances with U.S. Companies for More Crude Oil

(Prensa Latina) The State-run oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has explored new alliances with U.S. companies to assess the progress in the recovery...

Venezuela Sees Iran, Syria To The Rescue

Facing potentially debilitating oil sanctions from the Trump administration, the Caracas government is searching desperately for new ways to get its most valuable commodity...