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Venezuela takes census in border area amid row with Colombia

Caracas - Venezuela bolstered its military presence and started taking a census Monday in towns along the border with Colombia as part of a diplomatic spat that has seen more than 1,000 Colombians deported.

Prison fire kills 17 in Venezuela

Caracas - A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday.The fire at the Tocuyito facility in Carabobo state overnight left nine men and eight women dead, the prosecutor's office said.

Venezuela takes census in border area as part of row with Colombia

Caracas - Venezuela started taking a census Monday in towns along the border with Colombia as part of a diplomatic spat that has seen more than 1,000 Colombians deported.

Colombian president tours tense border city

C - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.

Maduro off to China, Vietnam in 'difficult times'

Caracas - Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro will go cap in hand to China and Vietnam at the weekend, with his oil-rich country mired in recession.

Venezuela expands Colombian border closure

- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's spat with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns.

Venezuelan row with Colombia an election ploy: Analysts

Caracas - The escalating row over Venezuela's mass deportations of Colombians is less about neighborly strains than the economic crisis, crippling shortages and dismal popularity ratings facing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, analysts said Friday.

Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border tension

Estanzuela - Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations, amid mounting tensions that began nearly a week ago when Caracas closed off their shared border.

Colombians flee Venezuela after mass deportations

C - Hundreds of Colombians fled Venezuela Tuesday, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis.

Colombia says Venezuela deportations caused border 'tragedy'

Estanzuela - Colombia complained Monday that Venezuela's mass deportation of its citizens during a crackdown on smuggling has created a "humanitarian tragedy" on part of their border.

Fire at Venezuela nursing home kills eight

Caracas - A major fire ripped through a private nursing home in Venezuela's capital Caracas on Sunday killing eight elderly people, authorities said, calling it "a miracle" there were not more victims.

Colombia urges Venezuela to reopen border

Estanzuela - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos urged Venezuela on Saturday to reconsider its decision to close its border in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol.

Venezuela closes Colombia border indefinitely

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.

Venezuela releases former general-turned-Chavez critic: Lawyer

Caracas - A former Venezuelan defense minister and ally-turned-critic of the late president Hugo Chavez has been released on parole after spending more than six years in prison on corruption charges, his lawyer said Thursday.

Venezuela court allows house arrest for ailing dissident

Caracas - A leading Venezuelan dissident held for over a year will be allowed to leave prison and be placed under house arrest because of health problems, court officials said Tuesday.

With no money to buy food, 82% of Venezuelans go without

Caracas - Venebarometro, a local firm, conducted a study in June that shed light on the economic, social and political environment in Venezuela today. The study found that almost 82 percent of those surveyed didn't have enough income to put food on the table.

Venezuela opposition figure Machado barred from vote

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Monday officials refused to register her as a candidate for the country's December legislative elections after she was controversially banned from public office.

Colombia-Venezuela border closed after deadly clash

Estanzuela - A man was shot and killed during clashes between the Venezuelan national guard and merchants moving goods into Colombia, prompting authorities to shutter the main border crossing between the two countries.

UN to form mission to deal with Venezuela, Guyana dispute: Maduro

New York - A UN mission will travel to Venezuela and Guyana to promote dialogue between them over a border dispute, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.

Guyana says Venezuelan claim is threat to its survival

Washington - Guyana's territorial dispute with neighboring Venezuela represents a threat to its very survival, President David Granger warned Friday in Washington.

Mediators want 'urgent de-escalation' in Colombia

Havana - Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict, as 1,200 terrified indigenous people fled more heavy fighting.

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader ends hunger strike

Caracas - Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said Tuesday he has ended a month-long hunger strike, a day after the government set a date for legislative elections.

Opposition hopeful as Venezuela sets legislative vote

Caracas - Venezuela will hold legislative elections December 6, officials said Monday, setting a date after weeks of pressure from opposition groups hoping to deal President Nicolas Maduro's socialist party a crippling defeat.

Two men try to surf on a whale shark, anger conservationists

A video showing two men attempting to surf on the back of a rare whale shark has sparked the ire of conservationists who say the men should be prosecuted for their actions.

Venezuela anti-government march demands election date

Caracas - Marchers hit the Caracas streets Saturday to demand elections and the release of jailed Venezuelan opposition activists including figurehead Leopoldo Lopez, who has been on hunger strike since May 24.

Venezuela's Maduro calls Donald Trump a 'thief'

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lashed out Thursday at US billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying Mexican immigrants were bringing crime and drugs to the United States."I completely reject Donald Trump's statements. Rogue.

Jailed Venezuelan dissident ends hunger strike

Caracas - Venezuelan dissident Daniel Ceballos has ended a prison hunger strike after 20 days, his wife reported on Twitter.

Former Latin presidents press Venezuela on rights

Caracas - Former leaders from Spain and Latin America called Monday on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to free political prisoners, "respect fundamental rights and liberties" and create a climate for political dialogue.

Thousands of Venezuelans protest for dissidents' release

Caracas - Thousands of demonstrators took to Caracas' streets on Saturday to press for the release of imprisoned foes of President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Venezuela denies opposition leader Lopez on hunger strike

Caracas - Venezuela's public ombudsman denied Monday that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was on hunger strike or in solitary confinement, saying he "had lunch with his children" the day before.
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