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Graphic photo: Snake bite causes girl’s leg to shrivel, blacken

Caracas - The photo below shows a 13-year-old Venezuelan girl whose leg became severely withered and blackened after she was bitten by a venomous snake. The extreme shriveling and blackening of her leg was due to severe necrosis from the effect of the snake venom.

Shortages hindering Venezuela's fight against fever outbreaks

Caracas - Venezuela has South America's highest incidence of Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease. The country also has a high incidence of another debilitating disease, chikungunya fever, a mosquito-borne disease.

As state TV takes over, Venezuela soap stars turn to stage

Caracas - Crowded out of a once-booming "telenovela" industry by a government takeover of nearly half the country's TV networks, Venezuelan soap opera stars are increasingly taking their craft to the stage.

Venezuela announces 'temporary occupation' of U.S. firm Clorox

Caracas - The Venezuelan government announced it was temporarily taking control of a Clorox factory, after the U.S.-based firm said this week it was leaving the country and selling its assets.

Dismemberment latest gory trend in Venezuela crime

Caracas - Violent crime in Venezuela has taken a gory turn as a spate of dismembered bodies has turned up around the country, their detached heads and limbs often scattered far away.

Venezuelan president shakes up cabinet

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro replaced Rafael Ramirez as head of the country's state oil giant PDVSA and appointed him as foreign minister.

Venezuela to fight food smugglers with fingerprint scans

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to introduce fingerprint scanners at supermarkets in a bid to stop food smugglers he blames for the crippling shortages gripping the country.

Woman busted in Madrid with cocaine in breast implants

Madrid - A Venezuelan woman was arrested at Madrid airport Friday with 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of cocaine concealed in her breast implants. Due to her suspicious behavior, officials searched her baggage but found nothing. Then they performed a body search.

Venezuela seals border with Colombia to fight smuggling

San Crist - Venezuela closed its border with Colombia to crack down on smuggling of cut-rate gasoline and other products and stanch huge losses for the Caracas government.

Venezuela to close Colombia border at night to fight smuggling

Caracas - Venezuela will close its Colombia border at night starting Monday to combat smuggling of various Venezuelan products, including food and gasoline, officials said Saturday.

Florida enacts lionfish ban, but is it too little, too late?

Fort Myers - If you want to see a perfect eating machine in action, you can hardly do better than watching a hungry lionfish. Since its introduction into the Atlantic off the Florida coast in the 1980's and 1990's, the fish has been on a disastrous feeding frenzy.

Aruba frees Venezuelan wanted on US drug charges

Caracas - Aruba on Sunday freed a Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, stating that he had diplomatic immunity.

Venezuela's torn PSUV holds first congress post-Chavez

Caracas - The United Socialist Party of Venezuela appears anything but, as it heads into its first congress since the death of founder Hugo Chavez torn by power struggles and economic woes.

Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez goes on trial

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial Wednesday on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests that ultimately left 43 people dead.

Venezuela moves to empty Tower of David skyscraper slum

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday began moving residents out of the Tower of David, a Caracas skyscraper so notorious as a haven for squatters and gangs it was depicted in the US TV series "Homeland.

Pope is rumored to resign to avoid satanic ritual murder charge

The internet rumor mill is buzzing with the possibility of Pope Francis resigning to avoid satanic murder evidence becoming public.

2014 MLB All-Star Game preview

Minneapolis - The 2014 MLB All-Star Game should provide the people of Minneapolis with some great entertainment over the next week as the city prepares to host the event on July 15th at Target Field.

Temporary blackout hits Venezuela, including parts of capital

Caracas - A power outage hit a wide area of eastern Caracas and several cities in the interior of Venezuela for at least two hours Friday.The outage started at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) and service began being restored about two hours later.

Pope Francis the most influential world figure on Twitter

Geneva - Pope Francis has less than one-third the Twitter followers of President Obama, but what the Pontiff lacks in bare Twitter numbers, he more than makes up for when it comes to retweets.

Venezuela opposition leader to face trial over demos

Caracas - A Venezuelan opposition leader has been ordered to stand trial on charges of instigating violence at an anti-government demonstration in February, prosecutors said Thursday.
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