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UN rights chief calls for probe of abuses by Venezuela forces

Geneva - The United Nations human rights chief called Friday for an international investigation of atrocities in Venezuela, blasting the government's chronic refusal to probe security officers over the alleged killings of civilians.

Death toll in Caracas club stampede rises to 18

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday revised to 18 the death toll following a stampede at a crowded Caracas club over the weekend.

Maduro ally named leader of Venezuela's ruling assembly

Caracas - Venezuela's all-powerful Constituent Assembly on Tuesday elected Diosdado Cabello as its new president, a month after he was slapped with US sanctions.

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Caracas - Elizabeth Torres is outraged, but as a Venezuelan she takes the affront in her stride. "We are a country of millionaires," she says ironically, eyeing a carton of eggs in the market. Price? Three million bolivars.

Caracas club stampede leaves 17 dead

Caracas - Seventeen people, including eight minors, were killed at a crowded Caracas club early Saturday when a tear gas canister was detonated during a fight at a party, setting off a stampede, Venezuelan officials said.

Maduro names Constituent Assembly leader as vice president

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday appointed the head of the Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, as his vice president in a cabinet reshuffle.

Venezuela supreme court rejects challenge to Maduro re-election

Caracas - Venezuela's highest court refused Wednesday to consider a lawsuit challenging President Nicolas Maduro's re-election victory in May.The elections chamber of the Supreme Court announced its decision on Twitter, and did not give the reasoning behind it.

Over one million migrate from Venezuela to Colombia in 16 months

Apo - More than one million people have migrated from crisis-hit Venezuela to neighboring Colombia during the past 16 months, according to figures released by Bogota on Wednesday.

Venezuela releases prisoners accused of 'political violence'

Caracas - Venezuela on Wednesday said it had released a group of 43 prisoners accused of "political violence," part of a program undertaken by President Nicolas Maduro after his controversial re-election.

Venezuela's hyperinflation at new dizzying high

Caracas - Venezuela's sky-high inflation soared to 24,571 percent in the past 12 months, lawmakers said Monday.

Polio makes comeback in Venezuela after decades

Caracas - Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports.

More than 200 arrested in Venezuela crackdown on 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have arrested more than 200 people since April as part of a crackdown on alleged currency speculators as the country battles world-record hyperinflation, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said Friday.

Flow of Venezuelans into Colombia impacting FARC peace process: US admiral

Washington - A massive flow of desperate Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia is impacting Bogata's implementation of a historic peace accord, the US military's top officer for the region warned Thursday.

Venezuela opposition calls for international pressure for aid corridor

Caracas - Venzuela's opposition on Wednesday called for increased international pressure to be brought to bear on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to allow a desperately needed humanitarian aid corridor.

Powerful Venezuelan politician wins libel suit

Caracas - A Venezuelan court awarded damages Tuesday to powerful ruling party figure Diosdado Cabello in a libel suit, a ruling condemned by newspapers as an attack on media freedom.

US pushes for Venezuela to be suspended from OAS

Washington - The United States and six influential members of the Organization of American States urged the body Monday to reject Venezuela's elections and to begin moves to kick Caracas out of the club.

US pushes for Venezuela to be suspended from OAS

Washington - The political crisis in Venezuela dominated the opening exchanges of the annual meeting of the Organization of American States on Monday, with Washington pushing for it to be suspended.

Venezuela says group of Maduro opponents released from jail

Caracas - A group of jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including a former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, have been released, the leader of the pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly announced Friday.

Venezuela says group of Maduro opponents released from jail

Caracas - A group of jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including a former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, have been released, the leader of the pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly announced Friday.

Cuban leader defends Maduro on first foreign visit

Caracas - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rallied to the defense of embattled ally Nicolas Maduro on his first foreign visit Wednesday, calling on Latin American nations to support his Venezuelan counterpart's cause.

Canada imposes new sanctions on Venezuela

Ottawa - Canada announced Wednesday further sanctions against associates of President Nicolas Maduro, including his wife, in response to what it called "illegitimate and anti-democratic" presidential elections in Venezuela last week.

Beaten Venezuelan candidate mounts legal challenge to Maduro win

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro's closest challenger in this month's presidential polls, Henri Falcon, on Wednesday filed an appeal with the country's highest court to have the vote annulled.

Experts urge probe of possible Venezuela 'crimes against humanity'

Washington - A panel of independent international experts has found "reasonable grounds" to refer Venezuela to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, the Organization of American States said Tuesday.

EU to 'swiftly' hit Venezuela with sanctions over election

Apo - EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to "swiftly" adopt new sanctions against Venezuelan officials involved in Nicolas Maduro's re-election, which they said "lacked any credibility".

India to ignore US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela: minister

New Delhi - India will keep trading with Iran and Venezuela despite the threat of fallout from US sanctions against the two countries, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday.

Two Venezuelan generals among group detained for 'treason': lawyer

Caracas - Two Venezuelan generals were among a group of people arrested last week for allegedly plotting against the country's President Nicolas Maduro, their lawyer said Sunday.The generals are accused of leading a group of eight soldiers and a civilian.

Trump says detained American released in Venezuela

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Saturday that Venezuela has released American Joshua Holt after nearly two years in jail in the leftist-ruled country, and that he was heading home for a White House reception.

Venezuela's Maduro seeks oil output boost as he is sworn in

Caracas - Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro was sworn in Thursday for a second term as president of the crisis-wracked Latin American country, just days after winning an election boycotted by the opposition and decried abroad.

Venezuela's Maduro sworn in for second six-year term

Caracas - Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro was sworn in Thursday for a second term as president of the crisis-wracked Latin American country, just days after winning an election boycotted by the opposition and decried abroad.

Venezuela's Maduro being sworn in for second term Thursday

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced on Twitter he would be sworn in for a second six-year term Thursday, brushing aside a law under which his inauguration was to be held next January.
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