Venezuela

Venezuela
Monday, May 16th 2016 - 18:49 UTC

Venezuelan soldiers steal goats because no food is left in the barracks

The incident was reported by El Nacional on its Sunday edition, with six soldiers detained by local authorities

The situation in Venezuela has become so bad that even soldiers are struggling to support themselves. Over the weekend, six members of the Venezuelan military were detained by local authorities for stealing goats, the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported on Sunday. It said the soldiers confessed to stealing the goats and said they did it to feed themselves, since they had no food left in their barracks.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 05:46 UTC

Brazil warns neighbors about “propagating falsehoods over the internal political process”

Brazil's foreign ministry “emphatically rejects” neighbors “allowing themselves to opine and propagate falsehoods over internal political process in Brazil.”

Brazil's interim government dismissed criticism by populist countries in Latin America, including Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, over the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended as president by the senate.

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 13:22 UTC

Venezuela accuses Washington and the opposition of plotting to overthrow Maduro

 “Venezuela has permanently been threatened by opposition forces in conjunction with imperial centers that support destabilization” claimed Delcy Rodriguez

Venezuela's foreign minister accused the United States of conspiring to topple President Nicolás Maduro's government in conjunction with Venezuela's opposition. Minister Delcy Rodríguez says the plot includes attempting to remove Maduro's government from the Organization of American States in conjunction with the organization's secretary-general, Luis Almagro.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 - 06:00 UTC

Venezuela's explosive situation makes Pope Francis send a “personal letter” to Maduro

“I can say that the Pope did write a personal letter to President Maduro concerning the situation in the country” said papal spokesperson Lombardi

Pope Francis has sent a “personal letter” to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in which he addresses his concern over the “seriousness” of “the county’s situation”, revealed papal spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed to journalists this weekend.

Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 05:56 UTC

Maduro announces 30% increase in the minimum wage

The new minimum is equivalent to US$ 1.500 at the official exchange rate, but around US$ 50 at the current black market rate

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro has ordered a 30% increase in the minimum wage, the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high inflation and economic stagnation.

Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 05:34 UTC

Venezuela moves local time 30 minutes up, back to normal

The measure is part of a government plan to attend to the electrical and water emergency caused by the drought, aggravated by this year's El Niño

Venezuelan government on Sunday moved local time up 30 minutes, to four hours behind UTC, with an eye toward dealing with the emergency caused by the ongoing severe drought. The time change will enter into effect as of this month and brings Venezuela back to the time schedule that prevailed until 2007, when the government shifted the nation's clocks back by half an hour.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:34 UTC

Maduro blames the “crazy right” for riots sparked by daily several/hours blackouts

“The crazy right wing doesn't understand that in hard times, a family has to band together,” Maduro blasted. “They're trying to create a violent situation.”

Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests on Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. In Caracas, hundreds of angry voters lined up to sign a petition beginning the process of recalling the deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 08:07 UTC

Venezuela imposes daily four/hours blackout to save power; brewery out of barley will stop beer production

“Each user will have a temporary suspension of four hours a day. The plan will last approximately 40 days” said Electricity Minister Luis Motta.

Recession-hit Venezuela will turn off the electricity supply in its 10 most populous states for four hours a day for 40 days to deal with a severe power shortage, the government said Thursday.

Thursday, April 7th 2016 - 09:03 UTC

Venezuela becomes strong client of millions of barrels of US WTI crude

The tanker Krymsk was loaded with 500,000 barrels of West Texas Intermediate crude at the U.S. Gulf Coast on March 28. It will arrive in Curacao this week.

Venezuela's PDVSA will discharge in the coming days its first cargo of U.S. crude bought from British BP, who along with China Oil was awarded a tender to supply the state-run company with some 8 million barrels in the second quarter, traders close to the deal revealed on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 - 06:57 UTC

Argentina pulling out of Venezuela's sponsored Telesur TV network

Argentina is leaving because it was shut out of financial and editorial decisions, Communications Minister  Lombardi said.

Argentina's government is pulling out from its involvement in the Spanish-language TV network that was started by the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, saying the broadcaster blocks alternative viewpoints.

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