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Campaigning begins in Venezuela's disputed presidential poll

Caracas - Campaigning in Venuzuela got off to a muted start on Sunday ahead of a divisive presidential poll on May 20 which is being boycotted by the opposition and branded illegitimate by much of the international community.

Venezuela's collapse one of the worst in modern history:IMF

Washington - Venezuela's economic collapse ranks as one of the worst in modern history, an International Monetary Fund official said on Friday.

Economic crisis forces slowdown at Venezuela universities

Caracas - Teachers unable to pay the bus fare to get to class, students stuck in long supermarket lines in the quest for affordable food: Venezuela's academics say the deep economic crisis is paralyzing the country's universities.

In symbolic vote, Venezuelan legislators vote to prosecute Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly on Tuesday approved plans to prosecute President Nicolas Maduro for corruption, in a non-binding yet symbolic vote by a legislature which is effectively powerless.

Florida school shooting 'hero' files first civil suit against gunman

Miami - A young survivor of the February 14 school massacre in Florida who was repeatedly shot while protecting fellow students filed the first civil lawsuit Tuesday against the shooter.

Health officials warn of diphtheria in Venezuela, Haiti

Washington - International health authorities are reporting outbreaks of diptheria in Venezuela and Haiti, and that cases of the potentially deadly illness have turned up in Colombia and Brazil as well.

Venezuelans swarm outside Chilean consulate seeking new visa

Caracas - Hundreds of Venezuelans swarmed outside the Chilean consulate Monday hoping to get a new visa created by Santiago to offer a new home for people desperate to leave the crisis-wracked country.

US, LatAm countries warn Venezuela over presidential election

- The United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries on Saturday warned Venezuela its presidential election next month would be seen as illegitimate by the region unless it restored democratic standards.

US calls for additional sanctions on Venezuela

- US Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called for more sanctions on Venezuela to isolate President Nicolas Maduro and his administration, overshadowing the opening of a summit in Peru with Latin American leaders.

US vice president meets Venezuelan opposition ahead of summit

- US Vice President Mike Pence met with Venezuelan opposition figures Friday shortly after he arrived in Peru ahead of a summit with Latin American leaders, reporters traveling with him said.

Panama suspends Venezuelan airlines in tit-for-tat move

Panama - Panama announced Tuesday it was suspending Venezuelan airlines from flying into the country in a tit-for-tat move after Caracas last week barred its main carrier Copa.

Argentina will not recognize Venezuela vote: Macri

Buenos Aires - Argentina will not recognize the result of next months' Venezuelan presidential election, which is being boycotted by the main opposition parties, President Mauricio Macri said Tuesday.

Panama orders Venezuela envoy out, Caracas suspends flights

Caracas - Panama on Thursday ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row.

Venezuela suspends ties with Panama airline, risking deeper isolation

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday risked worsening its travel isolation by declaring a suspension of commercial ties with Panama's main airline Copa after Panama put President Nicolas Maduro and his top officials on a list of possible money launderers.

At least 54 children dead in Venezuela measles outbreak: NGO

Caracas - At least 54 children from an indigenous tribe have died from an outbreak of measles in a remote jungle region of eastern Venezuela, a human rights group said Thursday.

Police charged with homicide after deadly Venezuela jail fire

Caracas - Five Venezuelan police officials have been charged with homicide after the deadly fire in a state police headquarters that killed 68 people last week, the state prosecutor's office said Wednesday.

ELN kidnaps four in Colombia border area: police

Apo - Suspected ELN rebels kidnapped four people near an area of the Venezuelan border marked by recent clashes between the guerrilla group and drug traffickers, police said Tuesday.

Venezuela's opposition urges Paris not to recognise May polls

Paris - Leading opponents of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday called on France and other EU nations not to recognise elections set for May, saying the vote was simply a sham aimed at consolidating his grip on power.

Venezuela arrests five police commanders after deadly jail blaze

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have arrested five police commanders suspected of bearing responsibility for a deadly fire in a state police headquarters jail that killed 68 people, the country's chief prosecutor, Tarek William Saab, said Saturday.

Venezuela to compensate relatives of 68 killed in jail fire

Caracas - Venezuela's government said Friday it will compensate the relatives of scores of prisoners and a couple of visitors who died this week when a fire engulfed an overcrowded police headquarters' jail.

Anger mounts over Venezuela jail fire that killed 68

Valencia - Authorities in Venezuela faced an onslaught of national and international outrage Thursday over a blaze in a police station's jail in which 68 people died, in one of the worst disasters to hit the country's desperately overcrowded detention facilities....

UN says 'appalled' by Venezuela prison deaths, urges probe

Geneva - The United Nations on Thursday voiced outrage at the deaths of 68 people when a fire engulfed police holding cells in Venezuela and urged Caracas to investigate the tragedy.

Venezuela jailbreak attempt sparks blaze, 68 dead

Caracas - A total of 68 people died on Wednesday during an attempted jailbreak in Venezuela after a fire engulfed police holding cells in one of the worst tragedies in years in a notoriously violent and overcrowded prison system.

Slippery start for Venezuela's petro crypto coin

Caracas - The government of crisis-torn Venezuela, struggling to overcome chronic liquidity shortages and burdened by US sanctions, launched the first government-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, earlier this year.

Venezuela's Maduro gave projects worth $4 bn to Odebrecht

S - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro awarded a Brazilian construction giant at the heart of a huge corruption scandal across Latin America almost $4 billion for public works in exchange for campaign donations, the newspaper Estado reported Sunday.

Jose Antonio Abreu, noted Venezuelan musician, dies aged 78

Caracas - Jose Antonio Abreu, a musician, politician and economist who created a network of more than 1,500 orchestras and choirs for young people in Venezuela, died on Saturday at age 78.

Maduro revalues Venezuela currency over hyperinflation

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday he would re-value the crisis-wracked country's bolivar currency, cutting three zeroes from current values to combat hyperinflation.

Op-Ed: Trump bans American use of Venezuelan petro coin

Washington - On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order that bans the use of Venezuela's new crypto coin the Petro. The ban prohibits all U.S. transactions in digital currencies that benefit the Venezuelan government.

Report highlights deepening Venezuela health crisis

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-dominated Congress said Monday the country's deepening economic crisis has left hospitals lacking even the most basic medicines and surgical materials.

Trump slaps sanctions on Venezuela's 'bitcoin'

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday barred US firms and citizens from dealing in Venezuela's new cryptocurrency.
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