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Montevideo, December 13th 2018 - 16:48 UTC


  • Wednesday, August 22nd 2018 - 09:00 UTC

    Venezuelan businesses shut down shops to protest last monetary measures

    As a currency devaluation and package of economic measures went into effect, the opposition asked storekeepers to shut up shop in protest

    Venezuela's streets were quieter than normal on Tuesday, as a currency devaluation and package of economic measures by populist president Nicolas Maduro went into effect, and the opposition asked storekeepers to shut up shop in protest. Venezuela on Monday cut five zeros from prices and pegged the country’s currency to an obscure state-backed cryptocurrency, as part of a broad set of measures meant to address hyperinflation and an economic crisis.

  • Tuesday, August 21st 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    Macri to report Venezuelan government to the International Criminal Court

     “For me, there is no doubt: In Venezuela, human rights are systematically violated by steamrolling the opposition and everyone” said president Macri

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri plans to report Venezuela’s government to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, according to an interview broadcast on CNN’s Spanish service on Sunday night. Macri said he would seek to refer populist President Nicolas Maduro’s government “in the coming weeks”, and that he had the backing of the presidents of Colombia, Chile and Paraguay.

  • Tuesday, August 21st 2018 - 08:05 UTC

    Venezuelan refugees restarted pouring into northern Brazil

    Fearful Venezuelan immigrants lined up in smaller numbers to enter Brazil at the only border crossing between after violent protests by Brazilian residents

    Brazil's government has not ruled out closing its border with Venezuela at Pacaraima, in Roraima state, but sees obstacles to doing so because of international treaties it has signed, Political Affairs Minister Carlos Marun said on Monday.

  • Monday, August 20th 2018 - 07:20 UTC

    Maduro launches new currency with five zeroes less but the same misery for the people

    The new currency, the sovereign Bolívar, to distinguish from the current strong Bolívar, will be anchored to the widely discredited cryptocurrency, the Petro

    Uncertainty reigned in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a major economic reform plan aimed at halting the spiraling hyperinflation that has thrown the oil-rich, cash-poor country into chaos. Ahead of a major currency overhaul on Monday, when Caracas will start issuing new banknotes after slashing five zeroes off the crippled Bolívar, Maduro detailed other measures he hopes will pull Venezuela out of crisis.

  • Monday, August 20th 2018 - 07:08 UTC

    Brazil sending troops to Venezuela border following clashes between locals and refugees

    The deployment was announced after dozens of Brazilians in Pacaraima attacked makeshift immigrant camps a local merchant was stabbed, beaten and robbed

    Brazil is sending additional troops to its northern frontier after residents of one of its border towns attacked Venezuelan immigrants, forcing hundreds of them to flee back into their country. Brazil's Ministry of Public Security said over the weekend it would send an additional 60 soldiers to Roraima on Monday, reinforcing a contingent already operating in the northern state.

  • Sunday, August 19th 2018 - 18:26 UTC

    Complications for the diaspora: Venezuelans can only flee with a passport to Peru or Ecuador

    Peruvian Migration Office recorded last Saturday the largest number of Venezuelan citizens who entered the country in a single day: more than 5,100 people.

    The Ministry of the Interior of Peru has announced that as of the dawn of next Saturday, August 25, Venezuelans will be required to present their passport to be admitted to the country. This measure coincides with that taken by Ecuador this week when it reached record figures in the entry of Venezuelan citizens in that country. The National Superintendency of Migrations of Peru recorded last Saturday the largest number of Venezuelan citizens who entered the country in a single day: more than 5,100.

  • Thursday, August 16th 2018 - 10:09 UTC

    Opposition leader claims “fractures” within the Venezuela Armed Forces

    “The conflict today is within the government — not just at the political level, but more importantly within the armed forces,” Borges said in an interview in Bogotá

    An exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him.

  • Wednesday, August 15th 2018 - 07:23 UTC

    Venezuela arrests two high-ranking military officers in relation to an attack on president Maduro

    “There are 14 detainees who have been presented and charged before the criminal courts,” said Attorney General Tarek William Saab

    The investigation into an assassination attempt on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro using drones has widened to include the arrest of two high-ranking military officers, the nation's top prosecutor said on Tuesday.

  • Monday, August 13th 2018 - 18:53 UTC

    Venezuela appealing US$ 1.4bn compensation ruling, threatening Citgo

    U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled that Crystallex could attach shares of PDVH, owner U.S. refiner Citgo, to collect a US$1.4 billion compensation

    Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA is appealing a decision allowing Canadian miner Crystallex to take control of shares in U.S. subsidiary PDV Holdings as part of a 10 year dispute over the state takeover of Crystallex assets, a court filing shows.

  • Thursday, August 9th 2018 - 13:14 UTC

    Justice denies request to close a northern state border with Venezuela

    Since Venezuela’s economic deterioration and nationwide food shortages, Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries in efforts to escape the crisis

    A judge on the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil denied a request by the regional government of Roraima to close the nation’s border with Venezuela. Roraima is Brazil’s northernmost state and its authorities claimed the persistent influx of Venezuelan immigrants has overburdened the state’s public services.