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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.

Venezuela denies violating Colombian migrants' rights

Caracas - Venezuela denied Thursday that it has violated the rights of deported Colombian immigrants, as police continued detaining undocumented workers in an intensifying crackdown.

Bikers gunned down in Venezuela for spare bike parts

Caracas - Venezuela has been hit hard by a severe recession. The socialist-led country is now running low on motorcycle parts, and the best way to get replacements is to stop a biker and just steal his bike. Refusal to hand the bike over means death.

'Cuban 5' spies in Venezuela to pay tribute to Chavez

Caracas - The Cuban spies whose release by the United States helped pave the way for its thaw with Cuba traveled to Venezuela Monday to pay tribute to late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela to nationalize food distribution

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promised to nationalize food distribution in the South American nation beset with record shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an escalating economic crisis.

Castro, Venezuelan leader at May Day rally in Havana

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro joined President Raul Castro at a huge May Day rally in Havana on Friday in a show of socialist unity minus the usual anti-imperialist rhetoric.

Two teens sentenced in former Miss Venezuela's killing

Caracas - A Venezuelan court has sentenced two teens to four years in prison for their role in the killing of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her partner last year.

Venezuelan opposition leader transferred from military prison

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities moved a prominent opposition leader from a military prison to a private clinic and eventual house arrest early Saturday, officials and the politician's family said.

Rights board says Venezuela dissidents' lives 'in danger'

Washington - A regional rights body urged Venezuela to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk.

Maduro marks two years in power in tough times

Caracas - Embattled President Nicolas Maduro marks two years in power Sunday with Venezuela's deep pockets pinched hard by plummeting oil prices, Latin America's highest inflation and simmering anger on the streets.

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.
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Venezuelan actress Monica Spear.
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Fire at an oil refinery in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela was caused by a lightning strike (August 11, 2013).
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A majority of the members of the motorcycle federation backed the Venezuelan president's moves.
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US Navy Commander Robert S. Kerno (left) points out some sights to the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
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Fidel Castro and Venezuela President Hugo Chavez.
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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez returns from Cuba where he received chemo treatments.
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Swearing-in: Nicolas Maduro
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Late Venezuelan president Chavez remembered worldwide
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