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Venezuela Among 25 Nations Involved In Effort Against Human Trafficking

(Q24N) A transnational operation against human trafficking rescued more than 2,700 people and dismantled multiple smuggling rings in Latin America and elsewhere, shedding light on the complex nature of this largely hidden and very...

Witness Killings Deepen Mystery in Venezuela ‘Narco Nephews’ Case

At least two witnesses in a politically-charged drug case involving relatives of Venezuela's president have reportedly been murdered, raising questions about whether the so-called "narco nephews" were part of a larger trafficking operation. According to...

Shortage Aggravates Infant Malnourishment

According to nutritionists, the crucial age of human beings covers the first two years of age. During that time, physical and intellectual development is defined; therefore, nutrition plays a key role. Shortage has resulted in...

Venezuela Companies Compelled To Lend Employees To Government

In accordance with Official Gazette dated July 22, 2016, under Resolution No. 9,855 issued by the Labor Ministry, “public, private, socially-owned and joint enterprises” have the “obligation to lend state-run and private employees, with...

Venezuelan Crude Drops To US$35

The Venezuelan crude oil this week (July 22-29) ended at US$35 per barrel, a US$ 2.60 drop from the previous week (July 18-22), when it hit US$37.60 per barrel. The information was disclosed on Friday...

Venezuela’s Failed Socialist Experiment

At the start of 2014, Venezuela’s GDP stood at $371.34 billion, with nearly half of that coming from oil (it accounts for almost 100% of exports). But after a year-high of $105.54 in June, crude plummeted...

Venezuelan Opposition Wants to Oust Maduro, Ex Foreign Minister Says

(Today Venezuela) Former Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Vicente Rangel, accused the Democratic Unity Board (MUD) opposition coalition of wanting to overthrow President, Nicolas Maduro, and damage the political dialogue with the government. MUD...

Cuban Residents in Venezuela Celebrate Attack on Moncada Garrison

Cuban residents in Venezuela on Saturday celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Garrison with a political-cultural event at the Main Theater of this capital. During the ceremony, on behalf of the...

Population gets old and rethinking of urban areas is required

(Today Venezuela) Although the most recent population census –conducted in 2011- found that Venezuela was regarded as a young nation, with a median age of 27 years, projections made by the National Statistics Institute...

McDonald’s forced to halt Big Mac sales in Venezuela

(CNN) The latest sign of deepening crisis in Venezuela? McDonald's has been forced to suspend sales of Big Macs in the country because it can't source one of the burger's key components. Arcos Dorados, the...

Venezuela Goes Shopping: To Spend US$100M For Food In Panama

(Today Venezuela) With US$100 million dollars in its wallet, the goverment of Nicolas Maduro is heading to Panama to buy food and personal care products, among others, to fill the shelves of supermarkets in...

Despite Ideological Differences There Are Eerie Similarities Between Trump And Chavez

(The Guardian) He was a one-man media hurricane dominating the news with insults and provocations, promises and policy pronouncements. He would tweet at all hours, phone TV chat shows, stage rollicking rallies. He hired and...

My Venezuela Nightmare: A 30 Day Hunt For Food In A Starving Land

(Bloomberg) In an effort to illustrate what day-to-day like is on the ground, Bloomberg reporter Fabiola Zerpa documented her efforts to secure food for her middle-calss family and talks about the looking, the blackouts,...

Venezuelans Returning Empty Handed From Colombia. Prices Too High.

The Colombia border is open to Venezuelans seeking to buy basic needs not available in their country. But, rising prices in Colombia has caused many thousands of people, of the some 88.000 who crossed...

Venezuela’s FM deplores US “meddling”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez on Sunday said the meetings held in the Dominican Republic and the United States meant “an important moment for Venezuela’s foreign policy.” “There is no country better or worse than...

Venezuelan gov’t wants to be trustworthy for the private sector

Queues to buy inputs are a “big problem” in Venezuela; therefore the Venezuelan government is taking steps to lift production levels, promised Minister of Foreign Trade and Global Investment Jesús Faría during a recent...

Venezuelan gov’t, Nestlé join efforts to boost food production

Minister of Agriculture and Lands Wilmar Castro Soteldo and representatives of Swiss transnational food and drink company Nestlé Venezuela held a meeting where they agreed on a strategic alliance to foster primary production in...

Venezuela Government, Experts Clash on Results of Security Operation

Venezuela's government has touted the achievements of a militarized security operation that began a year ago, but many experts say it hasn't reduced crime and is in fact generating a greater number of human...

Citibank Dispels Doubts Over Accounts Closure

Following risk assessment, US bank Citibank confirmed the closure of some accounts of Venezuelan customers in the United States. In a communiqué sent to media outlets, the financial institution claimed: “Following a periodic risk assessment...

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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...