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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.

Venezuela first lady's nephews admitted drug smuggling: US

Washington - Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady admitted being part of a cocaine smuggling scheme in a US sting operation before their arrest last year, according to recently filed court documents.

Venezuelans fleeing crisis flood into Colombia: UN

Estanzuela - Venezuela's economic crisis has sent a huge but largely ignored wave of people into Colombia, and many more could be on the way, a senior UN refugee official said.

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader appeals sentence

Caracas - Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez appealed his 14-year sentence during a marathon hearing that stretched into early Saturday, declaring himself innocent of inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014.

Big Mac latest casualty of Venezuela shortages

Caracas - McDonald's said Thursday it has stopped selling Big Macs in Venezuela, making the US chain's iconic hamburger the latest casualty of severe food shortages triggered by an economic crisis.

Venezuelans pour into Colombia again as border reopens

San Antonio Del T - Tens of thousands of Venezuelans again streamed into the Colombian city of Cucuta, taking advantage of the temporary reopening of a long-closed border to buy food and medicine due to shortages at home.

Venezuelans pour into Colombia again as border briefly reopens

San Antonio Del T - Thousands of Venezuelans again poured into the Colombian city of Cucuta on Sunday, profiting from the brief reopening of a long-closed border to buy food and medicine.

Venezuelans pour into Colombia to buy basic goods

C - Thousands of Venezuelans crossed Saturday into the Colombian city of Cucuta to buy food and medicine, taking advantage of another brief opening in the border that's been closed nearly a year.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro extends state of emergency

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has extended the country's state of "economic emergency" for another 60 days, an official newspaper reported, a sign of declining conditions in the crisis-hit country.

Venezuela's military to the fore as Maduro struggles

Caracas - Venezuela's military has been put on the frontline of a worsening national economic crisis by taking charge of food distribution and key ports amid dire shortages and mounting unrest.

Venezuela's woes deepen as Citibank shuts teller window

Caracas - Venezuela's howling economic woes have worsened as Citibank closed the government's overseas payments account and multinational firms are packing up and leaving.

Venezuelan military begins overseeing food distribution

Caracas - The Venezuelan military began overseeing food distribution at ports, airports and businesses Tuesday as part of a plan by President Nicolas Maduro to alleviate acute shortages plaguing the country.

Venezuela takes over Kimberly-Clark facilities: official

Caracas - Venezuela's embattled government said Monday it would take over operations at facilities where US consumer goods giant Kimberly-Clark just shut down, citing unworkable economic conditions."We are going to sign, at the workers' request...

Venezuelans cross into Colombia searching for food

C - Thousands of Venezuelans poured across the border into Colombia on Sunday to buy essential goods during a brief opening of the border that's been closed for nearly a year.

Venezuela government, opposition meet with mediator

Caracas - Seeking a path out of political deadlock, Venezuela's embattled government and opposition met separately Saturday with international mediators led by Spain's former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Grenade attack kills policeman in Venezuela: officials

Caracas - Attackers killed an officer and injured 25 people by hurling grenades at a police station in Venezuela on Friday, authorities said.

Poor, bereaved, hopeless: faces of Venezuela crisis

Caracas - Venezuelans are suffering economic and political turmoil that has caused food shortages and deadly unrest over recent months.AFP interviewed five of the human faces of the crisis: ordinary citizens whose lives have been thrown into chaos.

Venezuela opposition asks for Vatican mediation

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition coalition called for the Vatican to join an international mediation effort with the government, but said it would not back down on a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela opposition leader's appeal postponed

Caracas - A Venezuelan court postponed a sensitive appeal hearing Thursday for a prominent jailed opposition leader, his lawyer said, sparking accusations of political interference.

Venezuela government appeals against recall vote signatures

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government has lodged some 400 individual complaints over allegedly invalid signatures submitted in a bid to remove him from office, officials said.

Venezuela president vows military boost to fight crisis

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday the country must boost its military might, as he fends off attempts to remove him from office.

Venezuela 'willing' to restore diplomatic ties with U.S.

Caracas - Crisis-hit Venezuela is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States after a six-year freeze, the socialist government said Monday.

Venezuela to end electricity rationing

Caracas - Venezuela will stop rationing electricity next week, ending months of blackouts and other measures meant to alleviate its energy crisis, President Nicolas Maduro said.

Venezuela accuses U.S. of 'interventionist obsession'

Caracas - Venezuela's government on Thursday rejected what it called the United States' "interventionist obsession" after US President Barack Obama backed steps for a referendum on removing his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro from power.

Obama warns Venezuela not to block 'legitimate' recall drive

Ottawa - US President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Venezuela's government Wednesday to not block the opposition's "legitimate" efforts to hold a referendum to recall the country's embattled president Nicolas Maduro.
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