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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.

Thousands of Venezuelans protest for dissidents' release

Caracas - Thousands of demonstrators took to Caracas' streets on Saturday to press for the release of imprisoned foes of President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Venezuela denies opposition leader Lopez on hunger strike

Caracas - Venezuela's public ombudsman denied Monday that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was on hunger strike or in solitary confinement, saying he "had lunch with his children" the day before.

Venezuela denies violating Colombian migrants' rights

Caracas - Venezuela denied Thursday that it has violated the rights of deported Colombian immigrants, as police continued detaining undocumented workers in an intensifying crackdown.

Bikers gunned down in Venezuela for spare bike parts

Caracas - Venezuela has been hit hard by a severe recession. The socialist-led country is now running low on motorcycle parts, and the best way to get replacements is to stop a biker and just steal his bike. Refusal to hand the bike over means death.

'Cuban 5' spies in Venezuela to pay tribute to Chavez

Caracas - The Cuban spies whose release by the United States helped pave the way for its thaw with Cuba traveled to Venezuela Monday to pay tribute to late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela to nationalize food distribution

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promised to nationalize food distribution in the South American nation beset with record shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an escalating economic crisis.

Castro, Venezuelan leader at May Day rally in Havana

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro joined President Raul Castro at a huge May Day rally in Havana on Friday in a show of socialist unity minus the usual anti-imperialist rhetoric.

Two teens sentenced in former Miss Venezuela's killing

Caracas - A Venezuelan court has sentenced two teens to four years in prison for their role in the killing of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her partner last year.

Venezuelan opposition leader transferred from military prison

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities moved a prominent opposition leader from a military prison to a private clinic and eventual house arrest early Saturday, officials and the politician's family said.

Rights board says Venezuela dissidents' lives 'in danger'

Washington - A regional rights body urged Venezuela to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk.

Maduro marks two years in power in tough times

Caracas - Embattled President Nicolas Maduro marks two years in power Sunday with Venezuela's deep pockets pinched hard by plummeting oil prices, Latin America's highest inflation and simmering anger on the streets.

Maduro orders probe of suspected graft among Panama-based Venezuelans

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro said he had launched a probe into reports of Panama-based Venezuelans who may have illegally obtained wealth.

Obama, Venezuela's Maduro meet for first time

Panama - US President Barack Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the first time, telling him Washington was not seeking to threaten Caracas amid sky-high tensions.

Maduro doesn't 'trust' Obama but wants talks

Panama - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told an Americas summit on Saturday that he does not trust US President Barack Obama but is willing to talk to ease tensions.

Civil society forum overheats at Americas summit

Panama - Jeering and insults marred a civil society forum ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, pitting supporters of the Cuban and Venezuelan governments against opposition figures.

Latin American ex-leaders urge 'free' polls in Venezuela

Panama - Former Latin American leaders called Thursday for "free and fair" elections in Venezuela and the release of "political prisoners," in pointed criticism of the government ahead of a regional summit.

Venezuela formally charges Caracas mayor

Caracas - Prosecutors in Venezuela formally charged Caracas mayor and opposition politician Antonio Ledezma Tuesday with staging a US-funded attempted coup against President Nicolas Maduro.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months

Havana - Cuba's former president and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in 14 months, local media reported Saturday.

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect dies in Venezuela

Tunapuy - Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday from head injuries suffered two months ago in a boating accident.

Venezuela sends letter of protest to U.S.

Caracas - Venezuela said Friday it has sent a letter of protest to the United States over Washington's new sanctions on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.

LatAm leftists hold summit in support of Venezuela

Caracas - Leaders from leftist Latin American regional bloc ALBA gathered Tuesday for a summit in Caracas, a show of support for Venezuela in its mounting standoff with the United States.

Fidel Castro warns Venezuela is ready to confront U.S. on sanctions

Havana - Cuba's Fidel Castro warned Tuesday that Venezuela was prepared to confront U.S. "threats and impositions," and said Washington could no longer count on the Venezuelan military to do its bidding.

Pro-Venezuela protest to greet U.S. negotiator in Cuba

Havana - The U.S. negotiator for normal diplomatic ties with Cuba is due back in Havana on Sunday -- just as thousands rally to support close ally Venezuela in a mounting row with Washington.
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