Venezuelan opposition head seeks 2015 vote gains, and 'Caribbean Norway'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new opposition chief is targeting 2015 parliamentary elections as a springboard to end more than 15 years of socialist rule.

Venezuela opposition names new head to fight Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition parties on Wednesday named a 56-year-old journalist and teacher to head their coalition ahead of 2015 parliamentary elections where they hope to weaken President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. ...

Venezuela's 'busman' president Maduro to make U.N. debut

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said he will travel to New York this week for his debut appearance as president at the United Nations General Assembly despite "racist" editorials against him in...

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...

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...

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...

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.

'Chavista' school books stoke passions in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government has published dozens of new textbooks that glorify late president Hugo Chavez and belittle his adversaries, infuriating opposition critics who call them part of a campaign to indoctrinate school...

High-profile Venezuelan prisoner ends hunger strike

CARACAS (Reuters) - An imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela's government and opposition ended a hunger strike on Sunday after demands for his release due to...

Venezuela government accuses opposition leader of 'coup' plot

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan officials on Wednesday accused hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado of leading plots to topple President Nicolas Maduro in league with U.S. officials.

Emblematic Venezuelan prisoner begins hunger strike for freedom

CARACAS (Reuters) - An imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela's government and opposition went on a hunger strike on Tuesday, demanding he be released due to...

Mind your own business, Venezuela foreign minister tells Kerry

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's foreign minister on Monday rebuked his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, for criticizing the handling of street protests and reiterated accusations Washington wants to topple the socialist government.

Wives of jailed opposition mayors win Venezuela ballots

CARACAS (Reuters) - The wives of two opposition mayors jailed over protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won landslide victories in elections on Sunday for their spouses' vacant posts.

Venezuela's Maduro hits Twitter milestone, still lags mentor Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has hit a Twitter feed milestone of 2 million followers, though his cyber popularity still lags far behind that of his charismatic predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez. ...

Venezuela protests not over, vows hardline Maduro foe

CARACAS (Reuters) - A wave of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government in Venezuela will not let up and foreign sanctions could be useful, a hardline opposition leader said on Friday.

Airlines exiting Venezuela because of World Cup, Maduro says

CARACAS (Reuters) - Airlines are halting flights to Venezuela not because of the country's economic problems but to take advantage of the World Cup in neighboring Brazil, the president said on Thursday.

Venezuela's efforts to resolve crisis 'total failure': Kerry

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Impatience with the Venezuelan government is growing over its "total failure" to show good faith in talks to resolve the country's political crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said...

Impatience growing over Venezuela's attitude to crisis: Kerry

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Impatience with Venezuela's government is growing over its "total failure" to demonstrate good faith in talks over resolving the crisis there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. ...

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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...