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Maduro orders probe of suspected graft among Panama-based Venezuelans

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro said he had launched a probe into reports of Panama-based Venezuelans who may have illegally obtained wealth.

Obama, Venezuela's Maduro meet for first time

Panama - US President Barack Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the first time, telling him Washington was not seeking to threaten Caracas amid sky-high tensions.

Maduro doesn't 'trust' Obama but wants talks

Panama - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told an Americas summit on Saturday that he does not trust US President Barack Obama but is willing to talk to ease tensions.

Civil society forum overheats at Americas summit

Panama - Jeering and insults marred a civil society forum ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, pitting supporters of the Cuban and Venezuelan governments against opposition figures.

Latin American ex-leaders urge 'free' polls in Venezuela

Panama - Former Latin American leaders called Thursday for "free and fair" elections in Venezuela and the release of "political prisoners," in pointed criticism of the government ahead of a regional summit.

Venezuela formally charges Caracas mayor

Caracas - Prosecutors in Venezuela formally charged Caracas mayor and opposition politician Antonio Ledezma Tuesday with staging a US-funded attempted coup against President Nicolas Maduro.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months

Havana - Cuba's former president and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in 14 months, local media reported Saturday.

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect dies in Venezuela

Tunapuy - Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday from head injuries suffered two months ago in a boating accident.

Venezuela sends letter of protest to U.S.

Caracas - Venezuela said Friday it has sent a letter of protest to the United States over Washington's new sanctions on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.

LatAm leftists hold summit in support of Venezuela

Caracas - Leaders from leftist Latin American regional bloc ALBA gathered Tuesday for a summit in Caracas, a show of support for Venezuela in its mounting standoff with the United States.

Fidel Castro warns Venezuela is ready to confront U.S. on sanctions

Havana - Cuba's Fidel Castro warned Tuesday that Venezuela was prepared to confront U.S. "threats and impositions," and said Washington could no longer count on the Venezuelan military to do its bidding.

Pro-Venezuela protest to greet U.S. negotiator in Cuba

Havana - The U.S. negotiator for normal diplomatic ties with Cuba is due back in Havana on Sunday -- just as thousands rally to support close ally Venezuela in a mounting row with Washington.

Maduro wins Venezuela decree powers in US confrontation

Caracas - Venezuelan lawmakers voted Sunday to give socialist President Nicolas Maduro special powers to go it alone in defense and public safety, amid an escalating confrontation with the United States.

Venezuela gears up military machine amid economic crunch

Caracas - Rolling out tanks, missiles and 100,000 men, Venezuela launched 10 days of military exercises, amid sky-high tensions over US sanctions slapped on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.

Alleged Venezuela protest organizer commits suicide in prison

Caracas - A man accused by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of helping mastermind anti-government protests in early 2014 committed suicide early Friday in an intelligence service prison, his lawyer said.

Euro MPs call on Venezuela to release detainees

Strasbourg - The European Parliament called on Venezuela Thursday to release students and opposition figures "arbitrarily detained" during protests against left-wing President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan leader closer to decree powers

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved closer Wednesday to ruling by decree after the legislature held a first vote that would allow him to act against "external or internal" threats to peace.

Cuba throws weight behind Venezuela in row with US

Havana - Cuba rallied behind Venezuela on Tuesday, offering its closest ally "unconditional support" after US President Barack Obama authorized new sanctions against officials of the turbulent South American oil producer.

Obama orders deeper Venezuela sanctions over abuses

Washington - US President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions Monday against senior Venezuelan officials involved in cracking down on the opposition.

Obama orders deeper Venezuela sanctions over abuses

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Monday ordered a fresh wave of sanctions against senior Venezuelan officials involved on opposition crackdown, including the prosecution of Caracas's mayor.

Crisis-hit Venezuela pays tribute to Chavez, two years on

Caracas - Fireworks lit up the dawn skies as Venezuela paid tribute Thursday to leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez two years after his death, but the movement he founded faces its worst approval ratings ever amid a deepening economic crisis.

In crisis-hit Venezuela, even opponents miss Chavez

Caracas - Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela's economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand's supporters and even his opponents.

Venezuela opposition leader fears vote will be scrapped

Los Teques - Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he fears President Nicolas Maduro's crisis-hit government, fearing a humiliating loss, will cancel key legislative elections later this year.

Venezuela launches new U.S. visa requirement

Caracas - Venezuela began requiring visas for U.S. travelers to the country Tuesday, implementing a measure announced by President Nicolas Maduro in retaliation for American "meddling.

Venezuela to limit US diplomats, require visas for Americans

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro plans to limit the US diplomatic presence in Venezuela and require American tourists to obtain visas, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries.

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.
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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez returns from Cuba where he received chemo treatments.
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