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U.S.-Cuba rapprochement isolates Venezuela: analysts

Caracas - Cuba's surprise move to restore diplomatic relations with Washington leaves Havana's close ally Venezuela further isolated in a shifting political landscape, analysts here say.

'Stupid' U.S. sanctions won't undo my government: Maduro

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro charged Saturday that tighter, "stupid" new U.S. sanctions are just further straining to undermine military staff loyalty after Venezuela derailed a bid to oust him.

Venezuela opposition leader charged over 'plot' to kill president

Caracas - Venezuelan prosecutors charged a prominent opposition leader with conspiracy in relation to an alleged plot to assassinate leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela opposition leader charged over 'plot' to kill president

Caracas - Venezuelan prosecutors charged a prominent opposition leader with conspiracy Wednesday in relation to an alleged plot to assassinate leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela to slash budget after OPEC steadies output

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered his government to slash the budget of his oil-dependent and economically-weak nation, as crude prices plunge after OPEC held output steady.

Death toll soars in Venezuela prison poisoning: lawmaker

Caracas - The death toll from the mass poisoning this week of inmates at a Venezuelan jail has risen to 35, a lawmaker said Friday, though prison officials insisted the tally was far lower.

Hunger-striking inmates die of poisoning in Venezuela

Caracas - As many as 25 Venezuelan hunger striking inmates have died, a rights group said Thursday, after they drank what prison authorities said was a cocktail of prescription drugs and grain alcohol.

Thirteen inmates dead of poisoning in Venezuela: Government

Caracas - Thirteen Venezuelan inmates who had been on a hunger strike over prison conditions died after drinking a cocktail of prescription drugs and grain alcohol, the government said.

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.

Venezuelan president on surprise visit to Fidel Castro

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a surprise visit to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro, who praised his guest's "solidarity" with the Palestinian people and condemned the "genocide" in Gaza.

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.

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.

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.

Venezuela's judiciary targeting protestors

Geneva - Venezuela's judiciary is cracking down on students and dissidents while allowing nine out of ten other crimes, including thousands of murders, to go unpunished, an international watchdog said Thursday.

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.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez 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, prosecutors said Thursday.

Venezuela accuses US envoy of plotting Maduro murder

Caracas - Venezuela's ruling party accused opposition members and the US ambassador to Colombia on Wednesday of plotting a coup and the assassination of President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela to bring complaint against U.S. at UN

Caracas - Venezuela vowed Sunday to accuse the United States of meddling in its political crisis at the United Nations and other international organizations.

Venezuela hopes for opposition talks with foreign help

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he hopes to talk with the opposition after their leaders meet Sunday with visiting South American foreign ministers.

Venezuela to send oil to Palestinians

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to send oil and diesel to the Palestinian Authority, as part of agreements signed with its leader Mahmud Abbas during his visit to Caracas.

Palestinian leader Abbas expected in Venezuela

Caracas - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas arrived in Venezuelato seek backing from Caracas for observer status in three Latin American regional organizations.
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