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Venezuela opposition say enough signatures for Maduro recall vote

Caracas - Opposition leaders in Venezuela said they have finished the process of authenticating signatures on a petition to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and have enough to hold a referendum on removing him.

Frustrated Venezuelans finish fingerprinting for referendum

Caracas - Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro finished giving their fingerprints to electoral authorities Friday to wrap up a key stage in their drive for a referendum to remove him.

OAS chief urges support for vote on removing Venezuela's president

Washington - The leader of the Organization of American States urged member countries Thursday to support efforts in Venezuela to hold a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from office.

Venezuela takes center stage at OAS special session

Washington - Crisis-torn Venezuela took center stage at the Organization of American States on Tuesday as a senior US diplomat flew to Caracas for high-level talks amid a worsening political and economic impasse.

Venezuela referendum drive: Quick guide

Caracas - Venezuelans seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power launched a crucial phase Monday in their drive to hold a referendum on his rule in an economic and political crisis.

Venezuelans fingerprinted in bid to drive out president

Caracas - Venezuelans queued to get fingerprinted Monday in a crucial phase of efforts to force President Nicolas Maduro from power, after food shortages sparked deadly protests and looting.

Cheering on Vinotinto, Venezuelans escape their problems

Caracas - Their national team's triumphs at the Copa America Centenario offer Venezuelans a welcome escape from their problems, though even in celebration they feel the pinch of a worsening economic crisis.

Shops shut after deadly looting in Venezuela crisis

Caracas - Residents barricaded their shops Friday in a Venezuelan city hit by violence after the country's food crisis erupted into deadly looting.

Police arrest 400 in Venezuela looting outbreak

Caracas - Venezuelan police arrested 400 people after the country's food crisis erupted into looting this week, a pro-government official said Thursday, blaming the rioting on the political opposition.

LatAm powers to meet Venezuela crisis mediators: OAS

Santo Domingo - Venezuela has asked its regional neighbors to meet next week with international mediators trying to help settle the country's economic and political crisis, officials said Wednesday.

Venezuela ends two-day workweek crisis measure

Caracas - Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he was scrapping an emergency measure that had public sector employees working only two days a week.

US launches talks with crisis-hit Venezuela

Santo Domingo - The United States and Venezuela said Tuesday they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a growing humanitarian crisis.

U.S. not seeking to suspend Venezuela from OAS: Kerry

Santo Domingo - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the United States would not press for Venezuela to be suspended from the Organization of American States (OAS) over alleged rights abuses."We're not pushing for a suspension.

US irks Venezuela, urging recall vote

Santo Domingo - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged the Venezuelan authorities to allow a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from office, prompting angry accusations of meddling from Caracas.

Venezuela's Maduro seeks to block recall vote

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's allies asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block a bid to call a referendum on sacking him, accusing the opposition of "fraud.

Maduro allies ask Venezuela high court to block recall for 'fraud'

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's allies on Monday asked the Supreme Court to block the opposition's effort to organize a recall vote against him, alleging fraud in the collection of signatures.

Venezuela opposition rallies Latin America for support

Asunci - A top Venezuelan opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.

Maduro vows no recall referendum before next year

Caracas - Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro vowed no referendum on ending his term would be held until next year, amid mounting pressure as the country teeters on the brink of economic collapse.

Venezuela lets Maduro recall advance, with threats

Caracas - Facing mounting pressure from food shortages, looting and increasingly violent protests, Venezuelan authorities on Friday announced the next stage of a recall referendum against embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela police fire tear gas on demo, lawmaker hurt

Caracas - A top Venezuelan opposition lawmaker was injured when police fired tear gas and forcefully broke up protesters demanding the authorities move forward with a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela police fire tear gas on demo, lawmaker hurt

Caracas - A top Venezuelan opposition lawmaker was injured Thursday when police fired tear gas and forcefully broke up protesters demanding the authorities move forward with a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela OKs first step in recall vote drive: Opposition

Caracas - Venezuela's electoral authorities have accepted 1.3 million signatures as valid on a petition for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, the opposition said Tuesday, a first step toward ousting the embattled leftist.

Venezuela opposition claims first win in recall drive

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in its uphill race to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for driving the country to the brink of collapse.

Venezuela opposition in new protests for recall vote

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition held new protests Monday, seeking to convert widespread anger over food shortages and economic havoc into pressure for a referendum on removing embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Don't yield to U.S. pressure, Maduro tells Caribbean leaders

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday accused the United States of exerting "brutal pressure" on nations in the region to isolate his country, already battered by an economic crisis and domestic political upheaval.

Venezuela lets jailed opposition leader Lopez appeal

Caracas - A Venezuelan court has ruled to allow jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to appeal his 14-year sentence for inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014, his lawyer said Friday.

Crackdown on small protest shows tension in Venezuela

Caracas - The protesters outside Venezuela's presidential palace only numbered in the dozens, but the ruthless efficiency with which hundreds of soldiers and police broke them up showed the tension gripping the country.

Rare good news in Venezuela: Beer is back

Caracas - Venezuelans struggling through an economic crisis got a rare bit of good news Thursday when the country's largest brewery announced it had obtained a loan to resume production.

Venezuela puts off key decision on Maduro recall vote

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition called for calm Thursday after electoral authorities cancelled a key meeting on whether they could go ahead with efforts to remove embattled President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum.

Venezuelan security forces fire tear gas at protesters

Caracas - Venezuelan soldiers and police fired tear gas to break up a protest against President Nicolas Maduro outside the presidential palace on Thursday, AFP correspondents said.
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