Venezuela

Venezuela
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.

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.

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