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Venezuela, in spat with Colombia, nabs 32 paramilitaries

Caracas - Venezuela has arrested 32 alleged paramilitaries leading smuggling rings since it closed part of its border with Colombia, a top official said Tuesday.

Venezuela takes census in border area amid row with Colombia

Caracas - Venezuela bolstered its military presence and started taking a census Monday in towns along the border with Colombia as part of a diplomatic spat that has seen more than 1,000 Colombians deported.

Prison fire kills 17 in Venezuela

Caracas - A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday.The fire at the Tocuyito facility in Carabobo state overnight left nine men and eight women dead, the prosecutor's office said.

Venezuela takes census in border area as part of row with Colombia

Caracas - Venezuela started taking a census Monday in towns along the border with Colombia as part of a diplomatic spat that has seen more than 1,000 Colombians deported.

Maduro off to China, Vietnam in 'difficult times'

Caracas - Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro will go cap in hand to China and Vietnam at the weekend, with his oil-rich country mired in recession.

Venezuela expands Colombian border closure

- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's spat with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns.

Venezuelan row with Colombia an election ploy: Analysts

Caracas - The escalating row over Venezuela's mass deportations of Colombians is less about neighborly strains than the economic crisis, crippling shortages and dismal popularity ratings facing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, analysts said Friday.

Fire at Venezuela nursing home kills eight

Caracas - A major fire ripped through a private nursing home in Venezuela's capital Caracas on Sunday killing eight elderly people, authorities said, calling it "a miracle" there were not more victims.

Venezuela closes Colombia border indefinitely

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.

Venezuela releases former general-turned-Chavez critic: Lawyer

Caracas - A former Venezuelan defense minister and ally-turned-critic of the late president Hugo Chavez has been released on parole after spending more than six years in prison on corruption charges, his lawyer said Thursday.

Venezuela court allows house arrest for ailing dissident

Caracas - A leading Venezuelan dissident held for over a year will be allowed to leave prison and be placed under house arrest because of health problems, court officials said Tuesday.

With no money to buy food, 82% of Venezuelans go without

Caracas - Venebarometro, a local firm, conducted a study in June that shed light on the economic, social and political environment in Venezuela today. The study found that almost 82 percent of those surveyed didn't have enough income to put food on the table.

Venezuela opposition figure Machado barred from vote

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Monday officials refused to register her as a candidate for the country's December legislative elections after she was controversially banned from public office.

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader ends hunger strike

Caracas - Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said Tuesday he has ended a month-long hunger strike, a day after the government set a date for legislative elections.

Opposition hopeful as Venezuela sets legislative vote

Caracas - Venezuela will hold legislative elections December 6, officials said Monday, setting a date after weeks of pressure from opposition groups hoping to deal President Nicolas Maduro's socialist party a crippling defeat.

Two men try to surf on a whale shark, anger conservationists

A video showing two men attempting to surf on the back of a rare whale shark has sparked the ire of conservationists who say the men should be prosecuted for their actions.

Venezuela anti-government march demands election date

Caracas - Marchers hit the Caracas streets Saturday to demand elections and the release of jailed Venezuelan opposition activists including figurehead Leopoldo Lopez, who has been on hunger strike since May 24.

Venezuela's Maduro calls Donald Trump a 'thief'

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lashed out Thursday at US billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying Mexican immigrants were bringing crime and drugs to the United States."I completely reject Donald Trump's statements. Rogue.

Jailed Venezuelan dissident ends hunger strike

Caracas - Venezuelan dissident Daniel Ceballos has ended a prison hunger strike after 20 days, his wife reported on Twitter.

Former Latin presidents press Venezuela on rights

Caracas - Former leaders from Spain and Latin America called Monday on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to free political prisoners, "respect fundamental rights and liberties" and create a climate for political dialogue.
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