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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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Venezuela’s ex-prosecutor wants Maduro tried at the Hague

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's sacked former chief prosecutor on Thursday asked the International Criminal Court to capture and try President Nicolas Maduro and other...

Russia Agrees to Wait for Venezuela Debt

Venezuela signed a deal in Moscow on Wednesday, November 15, about restructuring US$3.15 billion of debt to the Russian government. Venezuela's economy has been...

Number of Venezuelans Seeking Asylum in Brazil Has Doubled since Last Year

The number of Venezuelans who have requested asylum in Brazil has doubled since last year, according to the National Committee of Refugees. In the...

Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela

Venezuela, the South American country convulsed by economic and humanitarian catastrophe, has defaulted on some of its debt after missing an interest payment due...

Under Socialism 60% of Venezuelan Businesses Have Closed

During the last five years of “socialism” in Venezuela, 60% of its businesses have closed, in the wake of the serious economic crisis and...

Venezuelan Supreme Court Bans Women in Bikinis from Covers of Newspapers, Magazines

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ordered for the removal of all images of scantily clad women circulating on the covers of publications available to the...

Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro and 18 government officers

Canada imposed sanctions on 52 government officers of Venezuela, Sudan and the Russian Federation on charges of human rights abuses and corruption. The Canadian government...