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Venezuela lawmakers vote to sack food minister for shortages

Caracas - Venezuela's legislature voted Thursday to sack the government's food minister for the grave shortages citizens are suffering in the country's economic crisis.

Sick of crisis, Venezuelans line up to recall Maduro

Caracas - Venezuelans lined up to seek a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, exasperated with a grinding crisis that has paralyzed government offices five days a week and triggered rolling blackouts.

Venezuela imposes two-day workweek as president faces recall bid

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro faced rising pressure Wednesday over his latest measures to deal with severe electricity shortages, including a two-day public sector workweek, as opponents pushed for a referendum to remove him.

Venezuela opposition eyes November vote to dump president

Caracas - Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hope to hold a referendum on removing him from office as early as November, a leading opposition figure said Wednesday.

Venezuela enforces public sector leave on three weekdays

Caracas - Venezuela's government Tuesday announced enforced leave for public sector workers three days a week, meaning they will only work just two days, in a bid to tackle an electricity shortage.

Venezuela opposition authorized to seek referendum against president

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's opponents advanced in their mission to drive him from office when electoral authorities gave them authorization to take initial steps seeking a recall referendum.

Fridges go off as Venezuela power-rationing hits

Caracas - Fridges zapped off in kitchens across Venezuela as the government turned off the electricity supply to help ease a power shortage that is worsening the country's economic crisis.

Venezuela court rejects bill to cut president's term

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court on Monday rejected the opposition's latest bid to cut short the term of President Nicolas Maduro, whose opponents blame him for a severe economic crisis.

Venezuela to ration power four hours a day for 40 days

Caracas - Recession-hit Venezuela will turn off the electricity supply in its 10 most populous states for four hours a day for 40 days to deal with a severe power shortage, the government said Thursday.

Venezuela to ration electricity in power crisis

Caracas - Recession-wracked Venezuela is to ration electricity in 10 of its most populous and industrialized states, including metropolitan Caracas, the socialist government said.

Venezuela opposition seeks president's ouster

Caracas - Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rallied support against him halfway through his mandate, leaving him prey to legal measures to drive him from office.

Three years of Maduro enough for Venezuelan opposition

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's six-year term reaches midpoint on Tuesday, a date few have been anticipating more eagerly than the country's opposition, which will now be able to initiate a recall referendum.

In Venezuela, no toilet paper and now lousy phone service

Caracas - Things in Venezuela keep finding ways to get worse. Because of acute shortages, people can't find basics like toilet paper. Now, it will be harder to make overseas calls or watch pay TV.

Venezuela moves clocks forward 30 min to save power

Caracas - Venezuela announced Friday it is shifting its time zone forward 30 minutes to save power and alleviate a severe electricity crisis the government blames on the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Venezuelan high court scraps opposition amnesty

Caracas - Venezuela's high court struck down an amnesty passed by opposition lawmakers to free those they describe as political prisoners at the urging of President Nicolas Maduro who is fighting a bid to force him from power.

Maduro asks Venezuela high court to scrap opposition amnesty

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he would ask the Supreme Court to strike down an amnesty law passed by opposition lawmakers to free those they describe as political prisoners.

Opposition activists, Maduro supporters clash in Caracas

Caracas - Government supporters and opposition activists clashed Thursday in a rock-hurling brawl near Venezuela's election council headquarters triggered by an opposition recall campaign against President Nicolas Maduro.

Caracas could be about to go dark

The capital of Venezuela, Caracas, could be about to go dark. The problem is Caracas' power source. According to Bloomberg, the Guri Dam, a hydro electric power plant, has seen its water levels dip precipitously low.

Colombia extends peace talks to second big rebel force

Caracas - Colombia's government launched peace negotiations with the country's second-biggest guerrilla group, setting its sights on a total end to a bloody half-century conflict.

Venezuela's legislature approves amnesty for political prisoners

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-led legislature approved an amnesty bill for political prisoners, setting up an epic political clash with embattled President Nicolas Maduro, who opposes the move.
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