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Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president

CARACAS (Reuters) - A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday afternoon, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities and interrupting a televised speech by the president in the...

Widespread blackouts hit Venezuela

Public transport suspended and presidential ceremony interrupted in latest failure of shaky electricity infrastructure A power plant failure has knocked out electricity across a large part of Venezuela, interrupting a nationally televised presidential ceremony...

Venezuela ex-planning minister said to slam Maduro as weak leader

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's former planning minister, who helped the late president Hugo Chavez forge the country's state-driven economic model, has excoriated current president Nicholas Maduro as a weak leader who is straying from...

American Airlines Cuts 80% of Flights to Venezuela

VENEZUELA NEWS - On Tuesday, American Airlines announced it was cutting almost 80% of its flights to Venezuela, leaving only 10 of its 48 weekly flights in operation. The cuts affect flights to New York,...

Inflation records the highest jump since 1996

Prices went up 5.7% in April and May Inflation in January-May hit 23%, according to the figures of the Central Bank of Venezuela. This is the highest increase during such period since 1996, even though...

Venezuelan immigrants struggle to stay in Spain

More than 18,000 Spanish citizens have applied for the cancelation of consular registration in Caracas between 2008 and 2012 Under the shadow of the statue of Charles III of Spain, a little man wearing a...

The bursting of La Venezolana’s bubble

EL UNIVERSAL - The firm Concesionario La Venezolana, a car dealership, was registered with an initial capital of just VEB 300,000 (USD 47,619) the price of a car in Venezuela. The company was incorporated...

England v Honduras live!

World Cup warm-up match updates from MiamiFeel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 10.08pm BST 21 min: What a sweet, flowing move by England. England are three on three. Welbeck romps down the middle, then slides...

Venezuela's "very weak" judiciary undermines rules of law: jurists group

GENEVA (Reuters) - Venezuela's judiciary is persecuting students, dissidents and independent judges while turning a blind eye to most crimes in a country with one of the world's highest murder rates, an international human...

Trial for Venezuela opposition leader

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez must go on trial on charges related to mass anti-government protests, a judge rules.

Venezuela reports 31,761 cases of malaria

EL UNIVERSAL - Cases of malaria are likely to hit a record high in Venezuela. A total of 31,761 cases were reported on May 18-24, according to the latest Epidemiology Report issued by the...

Car manufacturing in Venezuela plummets 92% in May

EL UNIVERSAL - Only 645 vehicles were assembled by the seven private car makers operating in the country, the Venezuelan Automobile Chamber (Cavenez) informed. Venezuela's automobile industry has failed to pick up. The seven private...

China Casts A Long Shadow Over Latin America

Unloading containers in the port of Pecém, Brazil. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Jill RichardsonBOSTON, Jun 3 2014 (IPS) In the past 15 years, China has gone from being a relatively insignificant economic partner in Latin...

Venezuelans Thirsty in a Land of Abundant Water

The Cuao river, one of the fast-flowing tributaries of the Orinoco river. Credit: Humberto Márquez/IPSBy Humberto MárquezCARACAS, Jun 4 2014 (IPS) Although Venezuela has 520 long rivers, taps often run dry, many poor neighbourhoods...

Photo of the day: Hugo Chavez's brother signs marriage equality petition

Courts in other regions of Mexico and in Colombia have also granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Venezuela protests spawn 'tear gas art' competition

Tear gas canisters fired by the thousands on the streets of Caracas are being transformed into sculptures in a competition seeking to give an artistic twist to this year's anti-government unrest in Venezuela.

Venezuela protests spawn 'tear gas art' competition

CARACAS (Reuters) - Tear gas canisters fired by the thousands on the streets of Caracas are being transformed into sculptures in a competition seeking to give an artistic twist to this year's anti-government unrest...

Venezuela must play fair and release airlines' money: IATA

DOHA (Reuters) - Venezuela is being "wilfully irresponsible" in its treatment of airlines that have more than $4 billion of revenue trapped in the country, a leading industry body said on Tuesday.

Venezuela, capitalism & climate change

Caleb Maupin is a political analyst who lives in New York City, and is an activist with the International Action Center and Workers World Party.

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Recent Wave of Looting Shows Extent of Hunger in Venezuela

The economic crisis and the food shortage in Venezuela is so serious that looting has become commonplace throughout the country. In January alone, nearly...

Gourmet Chocolate Becomes Economic Lifeline in Venezuela

Caracas (VOA) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on...

As Crisis Worsens, Venezuelans Turn to Perilous Escape Routes by Sea

On January 10, a group of Venezuelan rafters headed for Curaçao were met with tragedy. Many people on the raft died, and then the...

Venezuela Cuts Transport Connection With Neighboring Islands to Fight Smuggling

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the transport connection with the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire will be cut amid the...

Venezuela’s Economic Woes Forces Women Into Prostitution to Feed Children

A three-story hotel in western Caracas has become home to a 50-year-old prostitute, Juana, who, along with her 30-year-old daughter, works in a brothel...

New Monthly Minimum Wage in Venezuela Barely Enough to Buy Daily Cup of Coffee

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a new increase in the minimum wage this year, but it’s only worth enough to purchase one a cup...

Maduro Announces 40% Minimum Wage Increase for New Year

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday, just before the new year, a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage — as a protection for...