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Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders declare themselves on hunger strike

In a video from the prison Lopez said he and former mayor Daniel Ceballos,  were going on hunger strike “with one concrete petition: freedom of political prisoners”.

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has declared himself on hunger strike and called for a protest march next weekend against Venezuela's populist government. Lopez, the best-known opposition activist in custody, was jailed more than a year ago for his role in instigating street protests against President Nicolas Maduro that led to violence killing 43 people and injuring hundreds more.

Thursday, May 21st 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Venezuelan government targets opposition leader Capriles for making “false allegations”

Interior Minister Gonzalez Lopez Twitted that Capriles, will have to explain to court why he described government officials, as “nepotistic and corrupt.”

Barely one week after Venezuela’s President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Diosdado Cabello filed a defamation suit against 22 media executives and editors for publishing reports linking him to an international drug-trafficking, another high-level minister announced they would be filing suit against opposition leader Henrique Capriles for making “false allegations.”

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 04:42 UTC

US targets Venezuela's second strongest man for alleged cocaine trafficking

“They accused me of being a drug-trafficker without any proof,” complained Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly on state TV last week

Despite persistent denials of any wrongdoing from Caracas, US authorities are currently investigating Venezuela’s powerful parliamentary chief, Diosdado Cabello, and other senior officials over alleged cocaine-trafficking and money-laundering, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Friday, May 15th 2015 - 04:41 UTC

Exxon discovers oil off Guyana coast, in territory claimed by Venezuela

The discovery is located in the Stabroek Block off a border region that is claimed by Venezuela in a territorial controversy dating back over a century

Exxon Mobil Corp has discovered oil off the coast of Guyana, the company and the South American nation's government said on Thursday, potentially inflaming a long-running territorial dispute with neighboring Venezuela.

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 09:05 UTC

Under pressure from Brazil, Venezuela announces legislative elections for end of the year

“Where are they getting this idea that we won't have elections?” CNE president Tibisay Lucena said in an interview with an official television channel.

Venezuela will hold parliamentary elections in the last quarter of this year and the exact date will be announced soon, the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE) said on Sunday. The elected lawmakers will be inaugurated for five years on 2016.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 09:14 UTC

Oil rich but power short Venezuela cuts working day to save electricity

Vice-President Arreaza said very hot weather caused a surge in energy demand. State employees would now work from 07:30-13:00 to save on air conditioning.

Venezuela says it will cut the working day for public sector workers to five-and-a-half hours to conserve energy, down from eight to nine hours. The initiative is part of a nationwide electricity rationing plan.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 23:59 UTC

China makes effective 5bn dollars loan to Venezuela for 'development plans'

 Maduro made the announcement during a public ceremony, and said the funds would go to unspecified 'development plans'

China has awarded Venezuela 5 billion dollars for unspecified “development plans,” President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday, approximately three months after an official visit to China. According to published reports, the loan is part of a 10 billion deal to be completed in the following months.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 07:14 UTC

Cuba and US hold historic meeting at highest level in Panama

Few details have emerged from the meeting between Kerry and Rodriguez. The last comparable event was in 1959, between Fidel Castro and  Richard Nixon.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez have held talks, in the highest level meeting between the two countries in more than half a century. The two were involved in closed-door discussions after arriving in Panama for a summit.

Friday, March 20th 2015 - 08:23 UTC

Venezuela condemns US 'tyrannical” attempts in New York Times full page ad

“Never before in the history of our nations has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree,” said Venezuela’s ad

Venezuela has placed a full page ad in The New York Times decrying what it charges are “tyrannical” attempts by the US government to undermine its socialist system. The ad declaring that “Venezuela is not a threat” comes amid mounting tensions between the two countries after President Nicolás Maduro this month accused Washington of plotting to oust him and ordered the US Embassy in Caracas to slash staffing levels.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Brazil coordinates efforts to guarantee supply of basic products to Venezuela

Maduro made the request personally to president Rousseff on a couple of opportunities according to Brazilian diplomatic sources

Following a request from Venezuela, the Brazilian government has acted alongside Brazilian companies to guarantee supply of basic products during Venezuela's economic crisis, according to diplomatic sources. The request was made by President Nicolas Maduro in at least two meetings with President Dilma Rousseff, in December 2014 and the day after Rousseff began her second term, on January 2.

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