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Venezuelan students demand end to 'deadly force' order

Caracas - Angry Venezuelan students marched to the justice ministry Wednesday to demand it revoke a resolution allowing police to use deadly force at protests after an officer was charged with killing a 14-year-old boy.

Venezuela's ruling party targets new opposition leader

Caracas - Lawmakers from Venezuela's ruling party said Tuesday they have asked prosecutors to investigate a leading opposition lawmaker for conspiring to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the latest attack on his opponents.

Venezuelans' long waits yield soap, and intelligence agents

Caracas - With long, everyday waits in line to buy milk or toilet paper, Venezuela's economic crisis is proving ever more painful, as President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government struggles with the inflation-wracked, collapsing economy.

Caracas mayor to appeal coup plot charge

Caracas - The mayor of Caracas, who was detained and charged with plotting to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government, will appeal the "baseless" allegations, his lawyer said Saturday.

Caracas mayor held over alleged coup plot in Venezuela

Caracas - Caracas mayor and opposition politician Antonio Ledezma remained in custody Saturday following his arrest over what Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro alleges is a coup plot financed by the United States.

U.S., Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions

Caracas - The United States and Latin American nations voiced concerns Friday over political tensions in Venezuela after the socialist government arrested the opposition mayor of Caracas in an alleged coup plot.

Venezuelan leader steps up offensive against opposition

Caracas - Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro intensified his offensive against his most fervent opponents, sending the capital's mayor to jail as prosecutors planned Friday to charge him with a "violent" anti-government conspiracy.

Venezuela arrests Caracas opposition mayor over 'coup'

Caracas - Masked intelligence service agents arrested the mayor of Caracas over what socialist President Nicolas Maduro alleges was a coup plot financed by the United States and directed "from Washington.

Clashes erupt on anniversary of Venezuela protests

Caracas - Venezuelan police fired tear gas Thursday to break up students demonstrating against President Nicolas Maduro's government, on the anniversary of protests that eventually left 43 people dead last year.

Venezuela arrests pharmacy chain managers

Caracas - Two top executives at one of Venezuela's largest drugstore chains have been arrested for allegedly violating laws meant to protect consumers from shortages and runaway inflation, the government said.

Venezuela authorizes use of deadly force at demos

Caracas - Venezuelan soldiers can open fire on demonstrators if they feel their lives are at risk, under a new regulation published one year after anti-government riots left 43 people dead.

Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition

Caracas - Venezuela, which has accused a pair of Latin American ex-presidents of trying to spark a coup, on Sunday denied them permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Thousands march in Venezuela over economic crisis, shortages

Caracas - Demonstrators against Venezuela's economic crisis -- facing sky-high inflation and shortages of food and consumer goods -- took to the streets in their thousands Saturday, banging pots and demanding an end to President Nicolas Maduro's term.

Waiting in line to shop — A profession in Venezuela

Caracas - Shortages of basic goods and long lines of consumers hoping to buy them have spawned a new profession in crisis-hit Venezuela: waiting in line to buy things for other people.

Venezuela's Maduro holds talks in OPEC kingpin Saudi

Riyadh - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held talks in OPEC's leading oil producer Saudi Arabia on Sunday, officials said, before he headed to Algeria for further dialogue about low world crude prices.

Venezuela's Maduro posts foreign minister Ramirez to UN

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was moving Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez to serve as his United Nations envoy.

Maduro congratulates Castro brothers on new ties with U.S.

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a frequent critic of the United States, congratulated the Castro brothers Friday on Cuba's rapprochement with Washington, but warned that the embargo on the island would remain for a long time.

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.
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