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Venezuelan hospitals lack 80% of medicines, supplies

Caracas - Hospitals in crisis-hit Venezuela are facing shortages of about eight in 10 medications and medical supplies needed to treat patients, according to a study published Tuesday.

Venezuela to sack officials who backed Maduro recall

Caracas - Venezuelan civil servants who signed a petition for a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from power must be sacked within 48 hours, a top aide to the president said.

OAS chief says no democracy, rule of law in Venezuela

Washington - The head of the Organization of American States denounced corruption and violence in Venezuela, saying a 14-year prison term for an opposition leader there marked the end of democracy in the country.

Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat

Caracas - The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said her husband had received a death threat from prison guards.

Venezuela condemns 'bold threats' from Paraguay

Caracas - Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday condemned what she called "bold threats" from her Paraguayan counterpart after he announced a "total freezing of relations.

Venezuela jails soldiers for smuggling drugs to France

Caracas - A Venezuelan court sentenced three soldiers and seven civilians to two decades in prison for shipping more than a ton of cocaine to France, officials said Tuesday.The three airport customs officers were arrested after 1.

US denounces 'miscarriage of justice' against Venezuela dissident

Washington - The United States on Monday denounced what it called a "miscarriage of justice" in Venezuela, where a court last week upheld the 14-year prison sentence for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

In violence-racked Venezuela, Pokemon Go as protest

Caracas - When Cristian Fragoza takes to the streets of Caracas hunting the virtual monsters of Pokemon Go, he knows the risks he's running are real -- his cell phone, and maybe even his life.

Venezuela and Colombia reopen border crossings

San Antonio Del T - Venezuela and Colombia are gradually reopening several "provisional" border crossing points for pedestrians for the first time in nearly a year, marking a turning point after long-running enmity.

Venezuela and Colombia reopen border crossings without incident

San Antonio Del T - Venezuela and Colombia on Saturday opened several "provisional" border crossing points for pedestrians for the first time in nearly a year as part of a progressive reopening agreed this week, AFP journalists confirmed.

Court upholds Venezuela opposition leader's 14-year sentence

Caracas - A Venezuelan court upheld the 14-year sentence of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday, in a move likely to increase tension in the crisis-hit South American country.

Colombia, Venezuela to reopen border: presidents

Puerto Ordaz - Venezuela and Colombia agree to reopen pedestrian border crossings between their countries, a year after Venezuela closed the frontier in a dispute over security and smuggling.

15 OAS states urge Venezuela to act on recall 'without delay'

Washington - A group of 15 countries called on Venezuela Thursday to act "without delay" to clear the way for an election over whether to recall President Nicolas Maduro from office as a way out of a worsening crisis.

Maduro gloats over Venezuela opposition's faltering recall bid

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro late Tuesday taunted his political opponents after they hit an apparent roadblock in efforts to oust him from office.

Venezuela opposition says protesters attacked at rally

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition said Wednesday supporters of President Nicolas Maduro attacked its protesters at a rally calling for a referendum on removing the leftist leader from power.

Venezuela opposition plots next moves against Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition steeled itself for a new battle in its campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, vowing nationwide rallies to pressure the crisis-hit government.

Venezuela opposition plots next moves against Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition steeled itself for a new battle Tuesday as it advanced on its campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, vowing nationwide rallies to pressure the crisis-hit government.

Seven months in Venezuela: timeline of crisis

Caracas - Venezuela's political crisis has steadily deepened with the opposition seeking a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, who has declared a state of emergency.

Venezuela recall referendum drive: A quick guide

Caracas - Venezuelans seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro got a crucial ruling Monday allowing them to proceed with their efforts to remove him in a referendum -- though abundant obstacles remain.

Venezuela high court holds legislature in contempt

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court declared the legislature in contempt Monday for swearing in three lawmakers who were suspended over alleged electoral fraud, a case that quashed the opposition's powerful two-thirds majority.

Venezuela recall clears hurdle, but obstacles remain

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition got a green light Monday to proceed with efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, but the crumpling oil giant still appeared far from holding a vote.

Venezuela recall clears hurdle, but no date for next step

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition gathered enough signatures to proceed with efforts to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, electoral authorities said Monday, without setting a date for the next step.

Venezuela authorities to rule on referendum call

Caracas - Venezuelan electoral authorities are due to announce Monday whether they will let the opposition pursue its bid for a referendum on removing the crisis-hit country's President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Venezuela seeks to annul vote to reinstate lawmakers

Caracas - Venezuela's attorney general made a request to nullify the National Assembly's decision to reinstate three lawmakers accused of voting fraud.

Maduro opponents report torture, abuse in Venezuela: HRW

Buenos Aires - Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro say they have been arrested for their political activities and subjected to torture including brutal beatings and electric shocks, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Venezuela police block opposition march for recall vote

Caracas - Venezuelan police blocked a march Wednesday by opposition protesters demanding a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, a prospect looking less likely as the leftist government digs in its heels.

Venezuela to reassign private, public workers to agriculture

Caracas - Venezuela said private and public companies will be obliged to let their workers be reassigned to grow crops, in a dramatic move in the middle of the country's crippling economic crisis.

Venezuela govt seeks to ban opposition over recall 'fraud'

Caracas - The Venezuelan government asked electoral authorities Tuesday to ban the opposition coalition seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro in a recall vote, accusing them of massive fraud.

Venezuela opposition demands key Maduro recall ruling

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition demanded a key ruling Tuesday on its push to organize a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro, whose camp insisted there is "no way" he will face a referendum this year.

Venezuela about to find out if Maduro recall vote can happen

Caracas - Venezuela's electoral authorities are to announce Tuesday whether moves to stage a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can go ahead after verifying signatures on an opposition-organized petition.
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