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Weary Venezuelans in low-turnout win for ruling party

Caracas - Venezuelans stayed away in droves Sunday from municipal elections, handing a victory to the ruling party -- but with just 27 percent turnout.National Electoral Council chair Tibisay Lucena put the rate of abstention at 72.6 percent.

Low turnout predicted as Venezuelans elect municipal councils

Caracas - Analysts were expecting a record low voter turnout Sunday in Venezuela's municipal council elections, a vote in which opposition parties were banned from participating.

Maduro announces $6 bn in Russian investments in Venezuela

Moscow - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced $6 billion in Russian oil and gold mining investments in his crisis-wracked South American country Thursday, after talks in Moscow with Kremlin officials.

US-Venezuelan tourist killed in Costa Rica: police

San Jos - A fingerprint test has confirmed the murder of a Venezuelan-born American tourist who had been missing for over a week, police said Wednesday.

Putin vows 'support' as Venezuela's Maduro seeks financial aid

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday voiced support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro as he visited Moscow seeking financial assistance for the socialist country's collapsing economy.

Visit by Turkey's Erdogan boosts Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged support Monday for under-fire Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro during a visit to Caracas aimed at strengthening ties with the crisis-wracked South American country.

Measles cases soar in Brazil, Venezuela: UN agency

Washington - The Pan-American Health Organization on Friday reported a big jump in measles cases in the Americas this year, with Brazil surpassing crisis-hit Venezuela as the nation with the most confirmed cases.

Venezuela's Maduro boosts minimum wage by 150 percent

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday increased Venezuela's minimum wage by 150 percent, the sixth readjustment this year, as part of an economic reform plan that has failed to curb rampant inflation.

No doctors, nurses or painkillers: surviving pregnancy in Venezuela

Ciudad Guayana - Yoli Cabeza was sent from one hospital to another before finally giving birth to her daughter Yusmari in the corridor of a maternity ward because her contractions came quicker than medical help.

Brazil's Bolsonaro rules out sending back Venezuelan migrants

Rio De Janeiro - President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday his government would not send back the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have sought refuge in Brazil from the economic breakdown in their leftist-ruled homeland.

Two Colombian soldiers killed in bomb attack blamed on ELN

Apo - Two Colombian soldiers were killed and another two wounded Friday along the country's border with Venezuela in a bomb attack blamed by the military on rebels from the National Liberation Army.

Venezuelan ex-official pleads guilty in US money laundering case

Washington - A former official in Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's government has pleaded guilty in a billion-dollar money laundering case, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

With murder rate rising, how do Venezuelans survive?

Caracas - As if coping with constant food and medicine shortages were not enough for crisis-weary Venezuelans, many live in constant fear in a country where three people die violently every hour.

Costa Rica's Alvarado urges global push to end Nicaragua crisis

Paris - Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado called Wednesday for a multinational effort to help end the political crisis gripping neighbouring Nicaragua, a conflict which risks destabilising other Latin American nations.

Venezuela arrests hundreds of currency 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities ordered more than 600 arrests over the last eight months for "speculation" on the currency market, Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Thursday.

At least 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled crisis since 2015: UN

Geneva - At least 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela's economic and political crisis since 2015, the UN said Thursday, warning that host countries' capacity to shelter them was now "severely strained".

Venezuela's sumo novices gird loins against economic crisis

Caracas - Their physique may be a far cry from the celebrated bulk of Japan's mammoth fighters, but athletes like Walter Rivas are beginning to make a name for themselves -- and the noble sport of sumo wrestling -- in Venezuela.

Venezuela blames Colombia after border ambush kills three

Caracas - Caracas accused neighbor Bogota on Monday of being unable to control its armed groups after three Venezuelan soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected Colombian ELN guerrillas.

Trump postpones trip to Colombia

Washington - US President Donald Trump has postponed a trip to meet with his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque, officials said Friday.

Trump slaps 'tough' sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

Miami - The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

Trump slaps 'tough' sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

Miami - The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that also includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

Colombia says more than a million Venezuelans arrived this year

Apo - More than one million Venezuelans have crossed the border into Colombia since the start of this year, although 676,000 of those subsequently moved on to other countries, Colombia's migration authority said.

Crime and crisis turn Caracas streets dark and deserted

Caracas - Crime and a grinding economic crisis have turned the traditionally vibrant, teeming streets of Caracas into no man's land once the sun goes down.Major thoroughfares like the Francisco Fajardo highway were empty during recent nighttime drives by AFP.

Venezuelan exiles turn to prostitution to feed families

Calamar - Back in Venezuela, they were teachers, police officers and newspaper carriers, but were forced to flee their homeland in search of work and money to survive.

Maduro labels Pence 'a madman' for Venezuela caravan link

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday labelled US Vice President Mike Pence "a madman" after he accused Caracas of financing the Honduras migrant caravan marching towards the United States.

Pence points to leftist groups as caravan organizers

Washington - Vice President Mike Pence suggested Tuesday that leftist groups financed by Venezuela might be behind the caravan of Central American migrants headed toward the US border.

From the subway to the orchestra, the virtuoso sound of Venezuela's exiles

Buenos Aires - The lights dim and the musicians start tuning the instruments they cared for along the arduous journey across South America, from Venezuela to Argentina, where they are about to perform their first concert.

Venezuela expels Ecuador diplomat in tit-for-tat move

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday ordered Ecuador's top diplomat in Caracas to leave the country, hours after Quito expelled Venezuela's ambassador over "offensive" comments about its president.

Ecuador expels Venezuelan diplomat over 'offensive" comments

Quito - Ecuador expelled Venezuela's ambassador Carol Delgado on Thursday over "offensive" comments against President Lenin Moreno by a Venezuelan government minister, the foreign ministry said.

'Urgent' donations needed to deal with Venezuela's migrant crisis: UN envoy

C - The UN special envoy for Venezuelan migrants called Tuesday for international donations to help South American countries deal with an "avalanche" of migrants from the crisis-wracked country."We will be appealing to donors...
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