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!

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

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Cuba plans tentatively for life after a socialist Venezuela

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Venezuela suspends international mail deliveries in currency row

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Giro d'Italia 2014: stage three live!

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Northern Ireland police chief questioned by MPs: Politics live blog

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

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

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Ed Miliband to unveil far-reaching rental market reforms

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FBI investigates London links of teacher who abused 90 boys

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Venezuela protests: negotiators report progress in talks to end conflict

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Americas overtake Africa as region with most murders

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Venezuela shows that protest can be a defence of privilege

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

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

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Venezuela lashes out at Spain after exports of riot gear halted

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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

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

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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

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Maduro Announces 40% Minimum Wage Increase for New Year

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