Venezuela

Venezuela
Tuesday, January 13th 2015 - 07:30 UTC

Arrests in Venezuela following protests over swelling lines for basic goods

President Nicolás Maduro, whose popularity has plunged, says right-wing agitators and Venezuela's elite are trying to topple him via an “economic war.”

At least a dozen protesters arrested in Venezuela remained in jail and masked assailants burned a bus overnight amid scattered unrest over swelling lines for basic goods, activists said.

Thursday, January 8th 2015 - 05:34 UTC

Maduro announces 20bn dollars in investment credits from China

The Venezuela leader made the statements from Beijing after holding a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he had secured a total of more than 20 billion dollars in investment from major creditor China for economic, social, and oil-related projects.

Saturday, January 3rd 2015 - 06:11 UTC

Maduro and Biden shake hands and meet briefly at Rousseff's inauguration

According to Venezuelan sources Maduro reiterated his call for respectful relations with the US

On the sidelines of the inauguration of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto Palace seat of Brazil's Executive, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met briefly with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro in a hand-shake facilitated by Uruguay President Jose Mujica.

Friday, January 2nd 2015 - 05:19 UTC

Venezuela takes its seat at the UN Security Council replacing Argentina

“Under Chavez’s Bolivarian vision we will accomplish our task of defending the right to peace and sovereignty of the peoples of the world,” claimed Maduro

As of January first Venezuela is holding a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for two years (2015-2016). In such position, the government will have to take a stance on global issues, based on its “multi-center, pluri-polar world” approach.

Wednesday, December 31st 2014 - 03:23 UTC

Venezuela admits recession in the last three quarters and inflation of 63.6%

Maduro blames protests from the opposition to the poor performance of the Venezuelan economy

Venezuela confirmed on Tuesday it had entered a recession while inflation remained the highest in the Americas, but President Nicolas Maduro's populist government blamed political foes for the dismal data. According to the latest Central bank information, GDP contracted in each of the first three quarters: 4.8%, 4.9% and 2.3%, while twelve-month inflation reached 63.6% in November.

Wednesday, December 31st 2014 - 03:17 UTC

Venezuela has world's second highest homicide rate: 24.980 killings in the year

The Venezuelan government disputes figures produced by independent groups and for last year estimated a homicide rate of 39 per 100.000

Venezuela has the second highest homicide rate in the world, according to a report released by the NGO Venezuelan Violence Observatory. The country's homicide rate for 2014 stood at 82 per 100,000, with a total of 24,980 killings recorded for the year. The figure marked an uptick from the group’s estimate for the year prior, which stood at 79 per 100,000.

Tuesday, December 30th 2014 - 08:30 UTC

Maduro loyals appoint new TSJ Justices in Venezuela

Legislature Speaker Diosdado Cabello.

No agreement reachable with opposition in three previous sessions. Nominations Committee must continue working.

Monday, December 29th 2014 - 08:04 UTC

Lopez: 'Venezuela on the brink of collapse'

Leopoldo Lopez says Venezuela on the brink of collapse

Human rights traded for other means of survival as shortages hit average people, says the 43-year-old Harvard graduate from his prison cell in a letter to the Wall Street Journal .

Saturday, December 27th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

Maduro makes diplomatic changes, sends separate letters to Castro brothers

Nicolás Maduro makes a few moves on the diplomatic gameboard.

Rafael Ramirez new ambassador to the UN, Rivas Alvarado to ALADI and Mercosur. Delcy Rodríguez new chancellor. Letters to the Castro brothers in which he speaks of a “change of era” published in Havana.

Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 08:42 UTC

Colombian nationals to be deported from Venezuela

Bogota's Eldorado airport has the biggest international checkpoint on the country.

Fourth time in 2014, always amid allegations of “inhuman and degrading ” treatment. Ombudsman monitoring situation, offering assistance to those involved

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