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...

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...

Their men in Caracas: the Cuban expats shoring up Maduro's government

From military advisers to aid workers, thousands of Cubans form an information network across Venezuela's economyWhen asked how many Cubans are working in Venezuela, minister of foreign affairs Elías Jaua cites the 25,000 medical...

Cuba plans tentatively for life after a socialist Venezuela

Raúl Castro is standing firm beside his embattled ally Nicolás Maduro, but painful memories of the Soviet collapse remainCuba's leaders may have been taken aback by the recent surge in opposition to Nicolás Maduro's...

Venezuela suspends international mail deliveries in currency row

Employees of state-run postal service blame ongoing dispute with international airlines over currency controlsVenezuela's postal service has indefinitely suspended international mail deliveries, citing a collapse in the distribution system due to "excessive demand".Employees at...

Giro d'Italia 2014: stage three live!

Live updates from day three of the Giro d'ItaliaSend your thoughts to simon.burnton@theguardian.comOr do it the social media way over at @simon_burnton 4.11pm BST And a really badly-timed puncture for Nicholas Roche, who drops...

Northern Ireland police chief questioned by MPs: Politics live blog

My PMQs verdict Lunchtime summary 95 IRA fugitives told they weren't facing prosecution linked to 200 murders, MPs told Afternoon summary 4.36pm BST The Police Service of Northern Ireland has revealed that...

The UK's housing policy is surely madder than Venezuela's

Ed Miliband's promise to protect tenants addresses just some of the symptoms of this profound crisisI have no idea how the private rented sector is controlled in Caracas and I would wager a fistful...

Tories are 'beached ideologically', says Miliband as he vows to reform rents

Labour leader rejects Tory claim that he wants Venezuela-style rent controls by pointing out that Eric Pickles backed the ideaEd Miliband has said that the Tories are "beached ideologically" after Grant Shapps accused him...

Ed Miliband to unveil far-reaching rental market reforms

Labour plans longer tenancy agreements and rent increase ceiling as Tories accuse him of 'Venezuelan-style rent controls'A future Labour government would ban landlords from evicting tenants as a quick way of increasing rental income,...

FBI investigates London links of teacher who abused 90 boys

William Vahey, who taught at Southbank International School, admitted molesting children while teaching in CaracasAn elite London school has become embroiled in an FBI-led international child abuse investigation into a highly regarded teacher who...

Venezuela protests: negotiators report progress in talks to end conflict

Negotiators for government and opposition agree to broaden membership of truth commission on unrest that has left 41 deadNegotiators for the Venezuelan government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth...

The Grapes of Wrath is 75 years old and more relevant than ever

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Venezuela protest crackdown threatens region's democracy, warns Vargas Llosa

Peruvian author says Maduro regime is becoming 'messianic dictatorship' intent on spreading its influence across Latin America The Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has warned that Venezuela's crackdown on anti-government street protests is a...

Americas overtake Africa as region with most murders

UN report finds nearly 40% of world's murders were committed in Americas in 2012The Americas have overtaken Africa as the region with the most murders, thanks to a surge in organised crime, according to...

Venezuela shows that protest can be a defence of privilege

Street action is now regularly used with western backing to target elected governments in the interests of elitesIf we didn't know it before, the upsurge in global protest in the past couple of years...

Venezuela invites Vatican's secretary of state to witness protest talks

President Nicolás Maduro's government asks Cardinal Pietro Parolin to be 'witness in good faith' to talks on ending conflictVenezuela has formally invited the Vatican's secretary of state to be a "witness in good faith"...

Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolás Maduro

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuela's president claims the Obama administration is fomenting unrest with the aim of provoking a Ukraine-style 'slow-motion' coup Lee el artículo en español Protesters: 'If they shoot...

Venezuela lashes out at Spain after exports of riot gear halted

Maduro government says Spain lacks 'moral authority' after minister called for dialogue following weeks of unrestThe Venezuelan government has questioned the "moral authority" of the Spanish government after Madrid suspended exports of anti-riot and...

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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...