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Confusion reigns as Venezuela braces for release of new banknotes

Caracas - Beleaguered Venezuelans braced Monday for the rollout of President Nicolas Maduro's radical new plan to curb the spiraling hyperinflation that has thrown their oil-rich, cash-poor nation into turmoil.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

S - Brazil's President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbor.

OAS chief reiterates call for Nicaragua elections

Santiago - Crisis-torn Nicaragua must hold elections to return the country to democracy after four months of protests against President Daniel Ortega's rule, the head of the Organization of American States said Sunday.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

S - Brazil will send troops to its border with Venezuela on Monday after residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima drove out Venezuelan immigrants from their improvised camps, amid growing regional tensions.

Venezuela on edge as Maduro unveils raft of economic reforms

Caracas - Uncertainty reigned in Venezuela on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a major economic reform plan aimed at halting the spiraling hyperinflation that has thrown the oil-rich, cash-poor South American country into chaos.

Venezuela relaunches currency, analysts warn of worsened crisis

Caracas - Venezuela will start issuing new banknotes on Monday after slashing five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, but analysts warn the measure will do nothing to stop a worsening economic crisis.

Venezuela court seeks extradition of Maduro opponents

Caracas - Venezuela's highest court on Friday authorized the government to demand the extradition of exiled former state prosecutor Luisa Ortega and former oil chief Rafael Ramirez -- both opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.

Colombia fears Ecuador border controls effect on Venezuelan exodus

Apo - Bogota said Friday it was "worried" that tightened Ecuadorian entry requirements for Venezuelans fleeing an economic and political crisis would leave thousands stranded in Colombia.

Ecuador tightens entry requirements for Venezuelans

Quito - Ecuador announced Thursday it was tightening entry requirements for Venezuelans to help deal with a wave of immigration from the crisis-torn country.

Fears over twin of collapsed Genoa bridge in Venezuela

Maracaibo - Venezuelans are concerned over the safety of a "twin" viaduct of the collapsed Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, after a fire on the concrete structure caused a major blackout.The 8.

Exiled Venezuelan supreme court 'sentences' Maduro over corruption

Apo - Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the regime.

Peru sees single day record number of Venezuelans arrive

- A record number of Venezuelans fleeing poverty, economic collapse and a political crisis entered Peru on a single day, authorities said on Wednesday.

Hard-hit Venezuelan churches forced to accept plastic for donations

Caracas - Venezuela's collapsing economy has forced churches and priests to get creative in order to keep their coffers full as four years of recession and a projected one million percent inflation rate hit everyone hard.

Venezuelan general, colonel arrested over 'attack' on Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela has arrested a general and a colonel as part of a probe into an alleged attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Lack of food pushes 2.3mn to flee Venezuela: UN

New York - About 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled their crisis-hit country mainly because of a lack of food as severe shortages of medicine has left thousands at risk, the UN spokesman said Tuesday.The Venezuelans have fled to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil....

Venezuelan general arrested over 'attack' on Maduro

Caracas - A Venezuelan general has been arrested over the alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Tuesday.

Maduro announces curbs to cheap gas in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro announced that from now on Venezuela's dirt-cheap fuel will be available only to people with a special government aid card that the opposition has denounced as a tool for controlling people.

Venezuela's Maduro says would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro has said he would allow FBI agents come to Venezuela to help investigate a recent alleged plot to kill him with explosive drones -- but with conditions.

Venezuelans endure the painful journey to Ecuador

Quito - Jose Carrizales sits on a wooden chair with his feet in the air, waiting for the blisters to heel.

Venezuela asks Interpol to arrest politician over alleged plot

Caracas - Venezuela said Friday it has asked Interpol to arrest an opposition politician exiled in Colombia and accused of involvement in an apparent attack against President Nicolas Maduro."We are seeking code red for Mr.

Venezuela asks Interpol to arrest politician over alleged plot

Caracas - Venezuela said Friday it has asked Interpol to arrest an opposition politician exiled in Colombia and accused of involvement in an apparent attack against President Nicolas Maduro."We are seeking code red for Mr.

Venezuelan opposition urges US, Colombia to ignore extradition request

Caracas - Venezuela was pressing Colombia and the US to extradite its former National Assembly speaker as the country's opposition pushed back Thursday, saying the arrest warrant for the prominent lawmaker Julio Borges was "political in nature.

EU calls for comprehensive probe into Venezuela drone 'attack'

Apo - The European Union on Thursday called for a "comprehensive and transparent investigation" into a drone "assassination" bid on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela lifts opposition lawmakers' immunity for drone 'attack' trial

Caracas - A super-legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding a drone "assassination" bid on the leader.

In Venezuela's hospitals, eat at your own risk

Caracas - Hardly anybody likes hospital food but in Venezuela, it's so awful -- monotonous, starchy diets cooked in filthy conditions, and newborns fed intravenous solution for lack of baby formula -- that experts call it an actual health risk.

Venezuelan opposition leader calls attack on Maduro 'staged'

Caracas - Exiled Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges has denounced a purported assassination bid on President Nicolas Maduro involving an explosives-laden drone as a staged "farce.

Venezuela lawmakers pursue opposition after alleged assassination bid

Caracas - Venezuela's all-powerful constituent assembly is launching proceedings Wednesday to try opposition lawmakers over an alleged drone attack on President Nicolas Maduro that was denounced by exiled opposition leader Julio Borges as a staged "farce".

Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Apo - Colombia's new President Ivan Duque took office Tuesday, with no shortage of tough issues to tackle, from heightened tensions with neighboring Venezuela to the lingering difficulties of peace-building with the nation's rebel groups.

Venezuela vows to eradicate plots after Maduro 'assassination' bid

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday renewed his accusation against his Colombian counterpart, blaming him for what Caracas has called a drone "assassination" attempt on the Socialist leader over the weekend.

Brazil closes border to Venezuelans after mass crossings: official

S - Brazil closed its northern border to Venezuelans on Monday to slow mass migration from the South American country saddled with a crippling political and economic crisis, police said.
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