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US hostile pressure strengthens Iran Venezuela relations

Ever since US President Trump announced his intention of imposing regime change in Venezuela, US sanctions have hit hard against the country both direct sanctions and banking sanctions limiting trade with other countries.

Maduro shuffles military high command

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has shuffled his military high command but Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, a general, kept his post.

Venezuela top court strips Guaido of opposition party leadership

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court, stacked with loyalists of the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, on Tuesday ordered Juan Guaido to relinquish his position as leader of one of the main opposition parties, giving the position to one of his rivals instead.

Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday reversed a decision to expel the EU's ambassador in a tense stand off with Brussels over sanctions, but Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Caracas expected action in return.

Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas - Venezuela expects "gestures" from the European Union after reversing its decision to expel the bloc's ambassador, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday.

Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Monday gave the head of the European Union mission in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, 72 hours to leave the country after the bloc announced sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials.

Venezuela calls US warship presence 'a provocation'

Caracas - Venezuela accused the United States on Wednesday of "an act of provocation" after a US warship steamed close to the South American country's territorial waters the day before.

Biker paramedics ride to the rescue in Venezuelan capital

Caracas - Zully Rodiz and her kind are seen as modern-day angels in the chaos of the Venezuelan capital, roaring off on powerful motorcycles to the scene of a road accident or to bring medicine to the sick.

Venezuela's Maduro says 'prepared' to talk to Trump

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday he is "prepared" to talk to US counterpart Donald Trump, who earlier claimed he was open to meeting the socialist leader to discuss his exit from power.

Venezuela's opposition in poll pull-out as US slams Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro faced US accusations Monday of attempting to rig upcoming polls after naming a new regime-friendly election authority that prompted the opposition to withdraw from elections.

Venezuelan national assembly says 12-month inflation at 3,600% in May

Caracas - Venezuelan inflation over the last 12 months to May was 3,684 percent, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Tuesday.In a statement, the legislative body said total inflation in May was 15 percent, compared with 80 percent in April.

Venezuela's Guaido reappears after claim he hid in French embassy

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido reappeared in the street in videos distributed Saturday by his team and parliamentary allies, after foreign minister Jorge Arreaza claimed he had taken refuge in the French embassy in Caracas.

Venezuela arrests DirecTV executives after US firm pulls out

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have detained three DirecTV executives after the US-owned television service's decision to shut operations in the South American country due to US sanctions, their lawyer said Friday.

Venezuela raises fuel prices after arrival of Iranian oil tankers

Caracas - Venezuela will increase fuel prices in June, the president said, putting a limit on state subsidies that for decades had allowed citizens to fill their gas tanks virtually for free.

Op-Ed: Two Iranian tankers abort delivery after US threats

For several days now there have been gasoline deliveries to Venezuela as several of the five tankers sailing from Iran have arrived in Venezuela after being escorted by the Venezuelan military and have offloaded their cargos of fuel.

Venezuela's opposition-led assembly backs Guaido over Maduro choice

Caracas - Venezuela's National Assembly on Thursday ratified opposition leader Juan Guaido as legislative speaker, defying a Supreme Court ruling approving a rival opposition figure more favorable to President Nicolas Maduro.

Op-Ed: Third Iranian tanker arrives in Venezuelan coastal waters

Venezuelans are continuing to celebrate the arrival of tankers from Iran carrying gasoline and other needs to help relieve the fuel shortage caused by US sanctions and the need for repairs to their own refineries.

Venezuela attorney general seeks to declare Guaido party 'terrorist organization'

Caracas - Venezuela's attorney general on Monday asked the Supreme Court to declare opposition leader Juan Guaido's party a "terrorist organization," blaming it for a failed sea invasion.

Two of five Iranian tankers are already in Venezuelan waters

The Trump administration has been reacting angrily at Iran's shipment of five tanker loads of gasoline to Venezuela, threatening sanctions or other actions against them.

First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela

Caracas - The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between countries it sees as international pariahs.
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