Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 10:14 UTC

With mediation of Uruguay and Ecuador border Colombia / Venezuela reopens

The talks -- facilitated by Correa and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez -- lasted five hours and also saw an agreement of “the situation on the border”

Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

Guyana asks Google to remove Spanish names from Essequibo region which Venezuela claims

Greenidge said Google Maps has labeled a major road in Essequibo as Av. 100 Bolivar rather than Essequibo Coast Public Road or Anna Regina Public Road

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) member Guyana is asking Google to remove certain street names near its disputed shared border with Venezuela, Guyana's foreign minister announced. The names, in Spanish, seem to suggest they are part of Venezuela, Carl Greenidge said.

Saturday, September 12th 2015 - 11:44 UTC

World shock reaction to Lopez sentencing; supporters call for peaceful protests

Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori gave an impassioned speech before dozens of supporters calling for people to take to the streets nationwide

Supporters rallied around the wife of Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday, calling for peaceful protests as he was sentenced to nearly 14 years in jail for his role in deadly anti-government demonstrations last year. The European Union joined in denouncing a “harsh” verdict, while Washington said it was “deeply troubled” by the treatment of the US-trained economist.

Friday, September 11th 2015 - 06:03 UTC

Venezuelan opposition leader sentenced to 13 years in prison; Unasur statement expected Friday

Lopez's arrest and imprisonment has been condemned by Amnesty International and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was convicted inciting violence and sentenced to 13 years in prison on Thursday for his leading role in the 2014 street protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro that spiralled into bloodshed, killing more than 40 people. A statement from Unasur (Union of South American Nations) is expected on Friday.

Tuesday, September 8th 2015 - 06:24 UTC

Maduro pledges a comprehensive PetroCaribe plan spanning 2015/2025

Maduro said that without PetroCaribe “our Caribbean would be a Mediterranean,” referring to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has pledged to build a comprehensive plan for PetroCaribe, in the next ten years, spanning 2015-2025.

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 09:38 UTC

Argentina and Brazil scheduled to meet Maduro over the border situation with Colombia

On Friday, Timerman and Vieira met with their Colombian counterpart in Bogotá, María Ángela Holguín.

In the margins of the Petrocaribe Summit currently taking place in Jamaica, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will be meeting the foreign ministers of Argentina and Brazil to discuss the border crisis with Colombia.

Wednesday, August 12th 2015 - 09:10 UTC

CARICOM tells Venezuela it supports Guyana's integrity in territorial dispute

CARICOM chairman Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart informed visiting Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Arreaza of the group's position

Venezuela’s vice-president Jorge Arreaza recently heard directly from CARICOM chairman, Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, that the regional grouping is backing Guyana in the territorial dispute between the two South American neighbors. Stuart met last Friday with Arreaza who was visiting the island as part of a regional tour to discuss Venezuela’s territorial and maritime claims in the region.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 - 08:47 UTC

US State Department calls on Venezuela to lift ban on opposition candidates

Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said she had tried to register on Monday as a candidate but her application was rejected.

The United States on Tuesday called on Venezuela to reverse a ban on opposition members from holding office and participating in the 6 December parliamentary elections. Washington made the request after opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said she had tried to register on Monday as a candidate but her application was rejected.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 06:06 UTC

Repsol makes first shipment from offshore gas field in the Gulf of Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro called the arrival of the gas a “historic” event during a ceremony on Saturday to mark the completion of the first shipment.

The first shipment to onshore facilities has been made from the offshore gas field discovered in 2009 in the Gulf of Venezuela by Spain's Repsol and Italy's Eni, Venezuelan officials said.President Nicolas Maduro called the arrival of the gas a “historic” event during a ceremony on Saturday to mark the completion of the first shipment.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 05:59 UTC

Venezuelan government bans opposition leader from running in congressional election

Ex-congresswoman Maria Corina Machado said the Elections Council had rejected her attempt to register for the Dec. 6 elections

Venezuelan election officials rejected a high-profile opposition leader's attempt to register as a candidate Monday for upcoming congressional elections. Former congresswoman Maria Corina Machado announced that the National Elections Council had rejected her attempt to register to run in the Dec. 6 elections and called it a grotesque violation of her rights.

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