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Venezuela

  • Thursday, December 28th 2017 - 09:40 UTC

    Brasilia/Caracas tit for tat: Venezuelan top diplomat declared “persona non grata”

    A Brazilian foreign ministry official said that Maldonado would have to leave the country and that the decision was a “swift measure”. 

    Brazil has declared Gerardo Maldonado, Venezuela’s top diplomat in the country, persona non grata in a tit-for-tat move that comes just days after Caracas expelled the Brazilian ambassador.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 19:56 UTC

    “Operación Genesis” calls to rebellion of military and police forces

    ”God and Christ gave us the victory. Lets go to the streets to take our freedom” says the rebel in today's message to Venezuela.

    “Venezuela: God and Christ gave us the victory. Lets go to the streets to take our freedom” says Oscar Pérez, an ex-inspector of the CICPC, the national police force in a new video diffused by himself with a group of rebellious officials. In the video he calls on the population and the national security agencies to join them in the fight and rebel against the regime of Nicolás Maduro.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 14:54 UTC

    Gasoline, another kind of business in Venezuelan scarcity

    Usually the smugglers sell 20 liters at a price of 1,600,000 Bs –or more-, which is equivalent to 3 and a half minimum salaries approximately. Photo: Santi Donaire<br />

    It is paradoxical how a country with the largest oil reserves in the world has a shortage of gasoline. Of course, Venezuela does not produce gasoline as such, but sells crude oil and imports gasoline, so with the sanctions imposed by various nations and the very crisis that PDVSA (State Company) suffers - which according to the unions works approximately 13% of its capacity- complicate the problem.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 11:13 UTC

    Cúcuta, the solution to many Venezuelans

    More than 550,000 Venezuelans have arrived in the last year to live in Colombia by Cúcuta

    When it comes to getting medical treatments, temporary work, migration for a short time, buying food or making more money, Cúcuta has been the better option, if not the perfect one, it is the most practical, for many Venezuelans.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 10:13 UTC

    Brazil has no plans to name new ambassador in Caracas

    Ruy Pereira was appointed ambassador in Venezuela in 2013, under the administration of ex president Dilma Rousseff.

    The Brazilian foreign ministry has no plans to send a new ambassador to Venezuela, after Ruy Pereira was declared “persona non grata” by the government of Nicolás Maduro. With the ousting of ambassador Ruy Pereira the embassy will be the responsibility of the highest ranking diplomatic in Caracas, who is the business attaché. He is the second most senior and who has spent more time in Venezuela behind the ambassador.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 07:22 UTC

    Canada insists in criticizing the Maduro regime despite diplomats expulsion incident

    Canada has criticized the government of President Nicolás Maduro over its human rights record. More than 150 people were killed during months of protests

    Canada has announced it is expelling Venezuela's ambassador to Ottawa, Wilmer Barrientos Fernández, and its charge d'affaires, Ángel Herrera. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the move was in retaliation for the expulsion of its most senior diplomat from Caracas over the weekend.

  • Sunday, December 24th 2017 - 11:42 UTC

    Venezuela expels Brazilian and Canadian top diplomats

    “If confirmed, this decision demonstrates, once again, the authoritarian nature of the Nicolas Maduro administration,” Brazilian officials said.

    Officials in Venezuela took the first step on Saturday toward expelling top diplomats from Brazil and Canada who have been accused of meddling in the country’s politics. National constituent assembly president Delcy Rodriguez declared both Brazil’s ambassador and Canada’s charge d’affaires as persona non grata, a move which does away with their diplomatic credentials.

  • Sunday, December 24th 2017 - 09:39 UTC

    Venezuela: some political prisoners in freedom

    Leopoldo López, former mayor of the Caracas municipality of Chacao, has been imprisoned since 2014. He was accused for participating and promoting mass protests against the regime. Photo: Reuters

    The National Constituent Assembly (ANC in Spanish) recommended to the Public Prosecutor and the Judicial Branch to release more than 80 political prisoners. At the moment, 13 of them have been released with precautionary measures.

  • Saturday, December 23rd 2017 - 12:01 UTC

    Venezuelan minister praises China and lashes out at the US, in Beijing

    “Our country is under permanent attack and aggression from the United States of America,” Arreaza said sparing no words in praising China

    Venezuela’s foreign minister blamed the United States for his country’s spiraling debt crisis, saying Washington’s “permanent attack” had left the economy crippled. Jorge Arreaza lashed out at Donald Trump, US and European sanctions, and American interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs at the Venezuelan embassy in Beijing during a three-day official visit.

  • Saturday, December 23rd 2017 - 10:14 UTC

    Venezuela's economy contracted a massive 16.5% in 2016, admits government

    It also classed 11.3% of the population as “extremely poor” in 2014, the last year the figures were available, up from 7.1% in 2012. Photo: AFP

    Venezuela's economy shrank a massive 16.5% in 2016, according to an official government filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The oil-rich but impoverished country attributed the collapse to a contraction of 9.9% in the oil sector and 16.1% in the non-oil economy.