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Venezuela arrests hundreds of currency 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities ordered more than 600 arrests over the last eight months for "speculation" on the currency market, Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Thursday.

Venezuela's sumo novices gird loins against economic crisis

Caracas - Their physique may be a far cry from the celebrated bulk of Japan's mammoth fighters, but athletes like Walter Rivas are beginning to make a name for themselves -- and the noble sport of sumo wrestling -- in Venezuela.

Venezuela blames Colombia after border ambush kills three

Caracas - Caracas accused neighbor Bogota on Monday of being unable to control its armed groups after three Venezuelan soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected Colombian ELN guerrillas.

Crime and crisis turn Caracas streets dark and deserted

Caracas - Crime and a grinding economic crisis have turned the traditionally vibrant, teeming streets of Caracas into no man's land once the sun goes down.Major thoroughfares like the Francisco Fajardo highway were empty during recent nighttime drives by AFP.

Maduro labels Pence 'a madman' for Venezuela caravan link

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday labelled US Vice President Mike Pence "a madman" after he accused Caracas of financing the Honduras migrant caravan marching towards the United States.

Venezuela expels Ecuador diplomat in tit-for-tat move

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday ordered Ecuador's top diplomat in Caracas to leave the country, hours after Quito expelled Venezuela's ambassador over "offensive" comments about its president.

Dead not spared indignities of Venezuela's crisis

Maracaibo - Wenceslao Alvarez's body lay rotting in his house in Maracaibo until the stench spread up the street. His shamed family had no money to bury him.

More than half Venezuela's doctors emigrated since 2012: NGOs

Caracas - More than half Venezuela's doctors have been forced to flee the country's crushing economic and political crisis, according to a report by health NGOs released Thursday.

Venezuela faces calls for probe after opposition activist dies in custody

Caracas - Venezuela faced international calls Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death in custody of an opposition member who the government said threw himself from a 10th-floor window of the headquarters of the state intelligence services.

Venezuela faces calls for probe after opposition activist dies in custody

Caracas - Venezuela faced calls internationally Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death in custody of an opposition member who the government said threw himself from a 10th floor window of the headquarters of the state intelligence services.

Alleged Maduro 'attack' plotter kills self: Venezuela

Caracas - An opposition member alleged to have taken part in a failed exploding drone "attack" on President Nicolas Maduro killed himself in pretrial detention at intelligence headquarters, Venezuela's top prosecutor said on Monday.

Venezuela says Colombia's president shielding Maduro's attackers

Caracas - Venezuela kept up its war of words on neighbor Colombia on Sunday, saying its president Ivan Duque was shielding the authors of an alleged attempt to assassinate its president Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela forms immigration police to strengthen border controls

Caracas - The government of President Nicolas Maduro said Friday it has created a new police force to strengthen border controls, at a time that thousands of people are fleeing Venezuela's spiraling economic and political crisis.

Venezuela banks on cryptocurrency, but it remains 'non-transferable'

Caracas - Venezuela's controversial cryptocurrency was launched six months ago but has been left in limbo ever since. Now, though, President Nicolas Maduro's government insists it will start working.

Maduro says he'll ask UN for $500m to bring back Venezuelan migrants

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro says he's going to ask the United Nations for $500 million to help repatriate hundreds of thousands of impoverished Venezuelans who have fled their country's economic meltdown.

Ghost properties: cruel legacy of Venezuela's migration crisis

Caracas - Three years ago, asphyxiated by Venezuela's economic meltdown, Francisco Rojas and his wife Elena packed up four suitcases with the barest of essentials and walked out of their Caracas apartment.It has remained empty ever since.

Venezuelans fume as Maduro filmed munching on meat in Turkey

Caracas - Impoverished Venezuelans have reacted with fury after videos of President Nicolas Maduro gorging on succulent pieces of meat in a restaurant owned by a celebrity Turkish chef went viral.

Venezuelan firefighters face 20 years' jail over Maduro donkey jibe

Caracas - Two Venezuelan firefighters risk 20 years of prison for publishing a video in which they jokingly referred to a donkey as President Nicolas Maduro, a human rights organization said on Monday.

Maduro says oil finance commitments won from China

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he had new commitments from Beijing on funding for the oil industry on which crisis-hit Caracas relies.

Fireman arrested over Maduro donkey jibe: rights organization

Caracas - A Venezuelan fireman has been arrested after publishing a video in which he greets a donkey as President Nicolas Maduro, a human rights organization said on Friday.
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