Tag: Venezuela

Tuesday, November 24th 2015 - 11:29 UTC

Venezuelan military involved in cocaine transport, claims New York Attorney Office

 According to US prosecutors the Cessna Citation with 800 kg of cocaine took off from a terminal reserved for government officials at Caracas airport

The latest developments in the drug trafficking case with relatives of Venezuela’s first lady Cilia Flores indicate that the Venezuelan military is involved in transporting cocaine to Haiti for trans-shipment into the US.

Tuesday, November 17th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Venezuela claims Maduro's nephews held in the US on cocaine smuggling charges were 'kidnapped'

In the first direct government comment on the case, Diosdado Cabello said it was an attempt by Washington to discredit Venezuela before the elections.

Two men said to be relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who are being held in the United States on cocaine smuggling charges were “kidnapped,” a senior member of the ruling Socialist Party said on Monday.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

Uruguay's ruling Broad Front coalition divided over Venezuela

OAS chief Almagro and former Uruguayan ex foreign minister sent a letter to Venezuelan electoral authorities calling for transparent elections

The strong 16 pages long letter sent by OAS (Organization of American States) secretary general Luis Almagro to Venezuelan electoral officials calling for transparency, international observers and freeing political prisoners, ahead of December 6 legislative elections, triggered an immediate furious insulting reaction from Venezuela's strongman Diosdado Cabello, but also again exposed a growing rift in the Uruguayan government.

Saturday, November 14th 2015 - 11:37 UTC

A Dominican connection in Venezuela's First Lady relatives drugs' case

Dominican narcotics police raided the yacht at La Romana marina where apparently cocaine was found which led to the arrest of six persons

A drugs raid and bust in a yacht moored at a marina in the Dominican Republic is helping to understand the extent of the trafficking network business surrounding Venezuela's First Lady family connections, whose nephew and godson are under arrest in New York, according to media reports in Caracas.

Saturday, November 14th 2015 - 11:07 UTC

Venezuela's First Lady nephews unveil drug trafficking before New York court

The case comes three weeks before key legislative elections that opinion polls suggest could hand Venezuela's ruling party its worst defeat in 16 years

Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady were ordered held without bail in New York on Thursday after being arrested in Haiti on charges of conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.

Friday, November 13th 2015 - 08:32 UTC

Venezuela calls OAS “the world's most perverted, corrupt and discredited organization”

“The most perverted, corrupt and discredited organization in the world, the OAS, threatens the people of Venezuela,” said Diosdado Cabello

Key Venezuelan government officials launched a furious broadside at the Organization of American States (OAS), a day after its secretary general, Luis Almagro, criticized Caracas and questioned the fairness of the upcoming December 6 parliamentary polls.

Thursday, November 12th 2015 - 07:29 UTC

Nephews of Venezuela's First Lady face US drug trafficing charges

The two men are due to appear before a federal judge in New York on Thursday. Venezuela has not commented on the reported arrests

Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady have been arrested in Haiti and taken to the US to face drug trafficking charges, US media reports say. Franqui Francisco Flores-de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo-Flores are accused of conspiring to smuggle 800kg of cocaine into the United States.

Thursday, November 5th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Mexico ready to purchase Guyana rice following Venezuela's refusal to renew exchange accord

PM Moses Nagamootoo office said Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada had given assurances he would fast track arrangements to buy Guyana’s paddy.

The Guyana government says Mexico has indicated a willingness to fast track an agreement to purchase paddy rice from the Caribbean country. A statement released by the Office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said that Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada has given the assurance that he would fast track arrangements to buy Guyana’s paddy.

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 10:12 UTC

Chavistas “will not surrender the revolution”, even in defeat in December's elections, warned Maduro

Maduro said he would accept the results of the election, whatever the outcome, but he’s not willing to “surrender the revolution.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned that he wouldn’t let a defeat in December congressional elections derail his government even as his socialist party faces the possibility of losing control of the national assembly for the first time in 16 years.

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Venezuela seeking an additional 12 Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia

President Maduro authorized the payment of $480 million to service Venezuela's Sukhoi fighters, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez was quoted

Venezuela will allocate $480 million to upgrade its Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia. “President Nicolas Maduro just authorized the payment of $480 million so that the service life of our Sukhoi planes and continue to fulfill their duty and give protection to the Venezuelan airspace,” Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez was quoted, by Moscow's Sputnik news agency on Thursday.


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