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Venezuela government, opposition in volatile test of strength

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition and government head into a crucial test of strength Thursday with massive marches for and against a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro that have raised fears of a violent confrontation.

Venezuela freezes Brazil ties after Rousseff removal

Caracas - Venezuela on Wednesday withdrew its ambassador from Brazil and froze ties with its southern neighbor in response to president Dilma Rousseff's removal from office.

Venezuela's Maduro vows crackdown on protest violence

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power.

Venezuela's Maduro vows crackdown on protest violence

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence at upcoming protests to pressure authorities to allow a referendum on removing him from power.

Ex-Guantanamo prisoner goes on hunger strike in Venezuela: lawyer

Caracas - A former Guantanamo prisoner now held by Venezuela's intelligence agency has gone on hunger strike, his lawyer said Saturday.

Venezuela sends opposition leader back to jail, expels Ecuadoran lawmakers

Caracas - Venezuela sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid rising political tension over a campaign to recall leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Pacquiao sparmate Jorge Linares wants to unify lightweight belt

WBC lightweight champion and former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Jorge Linares of Venezuela aims to unify the lightweight belt when he collides with Anthony Crolla of England on Sept. 24 at the Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Venezuelan hospitals lack 80% of medicines, supplies

Caracas - Hospitals in crisis-hit Venezuela are facing shortages of about eight in 10 medications and medical supplies needed to treat patients, according to a study published Tuesday.

Venezuela to sack officials who backed Maduro recall

Caracas - Venezuelan civil servants who signed a petition for a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from power must be sacked within 48 hours, a top aide to the president said.

Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat

Caracas - The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said her husband had received a death threat from prison guards.

Venezuela condemns 'bold threats' from Paraguay

Caracas - Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday condemned what she called "bold threats" from her Paraguayan counterpart after he announced a "total freezing of relations.

Venezuela jails soldiers for smuggling drugs to France

Caracas - A Venezuelan court sentenced three soldiers and seven civilians to two decades in prison for shipping more than a ton of cocaine to France, officials said Tuesday.The three airport customs officers were arrested after 1.

In violence-racked Venezuela, Pokemon Go as protest

Caracas - When Cristian Fragoza takes to the streets of Caracas hunting the virtual monsters of Pokemon Go, he knows the risks he's running are real -- his cell phone, and maybe even his life.

Venezuela and Colombia reopen border crossings

San Antonio Del T - Venezuela and Colombia are gradually reopening several "provisional" border crossing points for pedestrians for the first time in nearly a year, marking a turning point after long-running enmity.

Venezuela and Colombia reopen border crossings without incident

San Antonio Del T - Venezuela and Colombia on Saturday opened several "provisional" border crossing points for pedestrians for the first time in nearly a year as part of a progressive reopening agreed this week, AFP journalists confirmed.

Court upholds Venezuela opposition leader's 14-year sentence

Caracas - A Venezuelan court upheld the 14-year sentence of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday, in a move likely to increase tension in the crisis-hit South American country.

Colombia, Venezuela to reopen border: presidents

Puerto Ordaz - Venezuela and Colombia agree to reopen pedestrian border crossings between their countries, a year after Venezuela closed the frontier in a dispute over security and smuggling.

Maduro gloats over Venezuela opposition's faltering recall bid

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro late Tuesday taunted his political opponents after they hit an apparent roadblock in efforts to oust him from office.

Venezuela opposition says protesters attacked at rally

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition said Wednesday supporters of President Nicolas Maduro attacked its protesters at a rally calling for a referendum on removing the leftist leader from power.

Venezuela opposition plots next moves against Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition steeled itself for a new battle in its campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, vowing nationwide rallies to pressure the crisis-hit government.
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