Venezuela

Venezuela
Tuesday, March 10th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

US confirms sanctions against seven top officials from Maduro's regime

Manuel Bernal Martínez, Justo Noguera Pietri, Gustavo González López, Antonio Benavides Torres, Miguel  Vivas Landino and Manuel Pérez Urdaneta

United States President Obama on Monday issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - 06:46 UTC

Maduro gives US two weeks to cut size of Caracas embassy staff to 17

The move came after Maduro lashed out at what he called U.S. “conspiracies” against his populist government

Venezuela's government has given the U.S. two weeks to slash the size of its embassy staff in Caracas to 17 diplomats as tensions between the two nations rise. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez made the announcement Monday after a meeting with the top American diplomat in Caracas. She said it is up to the U.S. to decide which of an estimated 100 diplomats it wishes to send home.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 01:14 UTC

Maduro retaliates and will demand visas from US citizens travelling to Venezuela

The Venezuelan president had to remain in his country despite his announced Sunday trip to Uruguay for the change of government ceremony

President Nicolas Maduro said his government had captured American citizens involved in “espionage activities,” and said US citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to Venezuela. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some US officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:14 UTC

China has become Latin America's leading banker: 22bn dollars in 2014

Venezuela's Maduro travelled to China in early January and alleges to have secured 20bn for his country's ailing economy

Loans by China's state-owned banks to Latin American countries rose by 71% to 22bn dollars in 2014, according to estimates published by the China-Latin America Finance Database. The figure is the second largest on record for Chinese lending in Latin America, according to the report.

Thursday, February 26th 2015 - 05:08 UTC

Protests continue throughout Venezuela despite a day of mourning

In San Cristobal dozens of masked protesters faced off with security forces in streets blocked with rubbish and tires

Sporadic protests flared in different parts of Venezuela after a policeman shot dead a teenager during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro's government in the volatile city of San Cristobal. The worst unrest was again in San Cristobal where distraught relatives of 14-year-old Kluibert Roa held a wake and funeral following his killing on Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015 - 05:20 UTC

Teenager shot dead during protests further polarizes political climate in Venezuela

Kluiver Roa, 14, died in unclear circumstances during violent clashes between around 20 hooded protesters and police in San Cristobal

A teenager was killed during a protest on Tuesday in the western city of San Cristobal, state officials said, as tensions rise in Venezuela amid an economic crisis and a government crackdown on the political opposition.

Saturday, February 21st 2015 - 04:56 UTC

OAS Inzulza calls for an end to the polarization spiral in Venezuela

”The detention of the Mayor of Caracas, Ledezma, has caused alarm due to the way took place and because it deals with an elected leader exercising his duties.”

Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), said on Friday that “the detention of the Mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, has caused alarm due to the way in which it took place and because it deals with an elected leader exercising his duties.”

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 03:54 UTC

Maduro's agents arrest metropolitan Caracas mayor on charges of coup attempt

“I just saw how they took Ledezma out of his office as if he were a dog,” twitted  legislator Ismael Garcia. “They broke down the doors without an arrest warrant.”

Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested on Thursday opposition leader and Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma, witnesses said, after accusations he was involved in a coup attempt against President Nicolás Maduro.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:30 UTC

Protestors take to the streets in Venezuela on anniversary of opposition leader's year in jail

Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, gathered with a small group of supporters to mark the date of her husband’s arrest, and asked Venezuelans to show their support

Backers of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets of Caracas on Wednesday on the first anniversary of his arrest and subsequent jailing, but the mood of last year’s mass protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro was markedly different.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:28 UTC

Venezuela ready to address fuel prices: “piece of candy cannot cost more than a liter of gasoline”

Gasoline is so heavily subsidized in Venezuela that one US cent buys about five gallons, costing the government as much as 12 dollars billion annually

Venezuelan Finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torre announced that ”soon there will be important announcements on the issue of gasoline”, underlining that “a piece of candy cannot cost more than a liter of gasoline”.

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