Venezuela

Venezuela
Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 05:44 UTC

Venezuela's legislative election announced for 6 December, a Chavista remembrance date

“The National Electoral Council does not act under pressure” said Tibisay Lucena during a televised speech, chiding hard-line opposition critics

Venezuela's parliamentary election will be held on December 6, authorities announced on Monday, ending lengthy speculation over the date for a vote that surveys showed was likely to punish the ruling socialists.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 08:38 UTC

Venezuelan lawmakers blast Brazilian senators' trip as 'abusive and meddling'

These political groups are intent “not only to come and threaten but also to torpedo good relations between Venezuela and Brazil” said  Tania Diaz

Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party legislators reacted to a trip by Brazilian senators to visit jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro by describing it as “abusive” and “meddling”. The Brazilian delegation's visit on Thursday was cut short after their minibus was stoned by Maduro supporters and roads were blocked, forcing them to return to the airport and fly back the same day.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 23:36 UTC

Venezuelan pickets stone and threaten visiting Brazilian senators

Former presidential candidate Aecio Neves described the situation as an aggression saying the vehicle came “under siege” from “protesters”.

Brazilian senators seeking on Thursday to visit jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela said their minibus was stoned and blocked, forcing them to return to the airport. The group of opposition senators had planned to drive from the coastal airport of Maiquetía to the capital Caracas and then on to a military jail where hard-line opposition leader Leopoldo López has been for more than a year.

Friday, June 12th 2015 - 06:14 UTC

Guyana turning to United Nations to address Venezuela's territorial ambition

Besides the UN, Greenidge said Guyana has been in contact with members of the international community, as well as Caribbean and Commonwealth states

Guyana is turning to the United Nations to reach a legal settlement in its border dispute with Venezuela, describing Caracas’ claim of a portion of maritime space where oil was recently discovered as “a baseless and shameless attempt” at usurping Guyana’s territory.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 21:16 UTC

Mercosur and Unasur member Venezuela bullying neighboring Guyana

 Maduro issued a presidential decree claiming more than two-thirds of Guyana territory including the maritime area where ExxonMobil recently found oil

Mercosur and Unasur member Venezuela is again bullying neighboring Guyana by issuing a presidential decree claiming more than two-thirds of the former British colony territory including the maritime area where ExxonMobil recently found a significant oil deposit.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

IATA calls on Venezuela to make effective 3.7bn dollars retained in airline funds

“The Venezuelan government must take action to resolve this untenable situation with the airlines”, said Tony Tyler IATA CEO

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Venezuelan government to address the problem of the 3.7 billion dollars in airline funds the government is withholding from the airlines.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

Maduro cancels trip to Rome and meeting with the Pope because of a 'flu spell'

“Due to being hit by flu and otitis, doctors have forbidden me to get on a plane and make the journey,” Maduro said in a broadcast on state television

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced he had canceled a planned trip to Rome and Vatican during which he was due to meet Pope Francis, because he is sick with flu. Analysts believe the 'diplomatic' flu spell could be linked to protests in Rome and the Vatican bringing up the issue of political prisoners, following on several letters sent to the Holy See.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

Felipe Gonzalez in Venezuela to help lawyers defending political prisoners

Felipe Gonzalez flew from Colombia to Venezuela on Sunday and was greeted by members of the two men's families.

Former Spanish prime minister Felipe González has arrived in Venezuela, where he intends to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, who is under house arrest.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Cabello denies cocaine trafficking and will file complaints against media reports in Spain and US

“It cannot be that in Spain the press, ABC can do this - smear someone without any type of proof. In the United States this cannot happen.”

Venezuelan parliament chief Diosdado Cabello said in an interview on Sunday that he plans to file lawsuits in Spain and the United States following media reports that link him and other top officials to cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

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.

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