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Friday, August 6, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela has protested as "interference and interventionism" statements by the US ambassador- designate on morale in the Venezuelan military and the presence of Colombian guerrillas in the country. The Venezuelan government "has asked for an explanation from... read more...



Thursday, August 5, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- State-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) said on Tuesday its 2009 net profits tumbled 52.2 percent in 2009 to 4.498 billion dollars amid a slide in global crude oil prices. PDVSA said the drop came from a 2008 profit of 9.4 billion dollars -- a year when crude oil prices... read more...



Monday, August 2, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuelan troops were in position along the Venezuela-Colombia border on Saturday after President Hugo Chavez ordered their deployment and accused his outgoing Colombian counterpart of being "capable of anything." Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia on July 22. read more...



Saturday, July 31, 2010

QUITO, Ecuador (AFP) -- Ecuador on Thursday called for a presidential summit of the Unasur group of South American nations to deal with the diplomatic breakdown between Bogota and Caracas over Colombian rebels allegedly in Venezuela. "We invite the heads of state to meet so they can directly take on... read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- The head of US Southern Command urged Venezuela on Thursday to investigate charges leftist guerrilla leaders operate from its territory, saying the accusations "needed to be treated seriously." Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe leveled the charges as he prepares to leave office. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

KIEV, Ukraine (AFP) -- Ukrainian security forces seized more than a tonne of cocaine at the Black Sea port of Odessa, the largest drugs haul on record in the country, authorities said on Thursday. The haul was worth an estimated 180 million dollars on the black market and was the largest ever made. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

QUITO, Ecuador (AFP) -- Colombia and Venezuela faced off Thursday at a meeting of South American foreign ministers called to air accusations by Bogota that Colombian rebels were using Venezuelan territory to launch attacks. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said on arrival here that... read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela has received the first four billion dollars of a 20 billion dollar Chinese line of credit, money that will be used to finance development projects, Vice President Elias Jaua said on Thursday. With this first installment Venezuela will finance 19 projects, he said. read more...



Thursday, July 29, 2010

BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced plans on Wednesday to embark on shuttle diplomacy in a bid to resolve a diplomatic crisis between antagonistic neighbors Venezuela and Colombia. Lula told reporters he was to travel to Caracas and Bogota on August 6. read more...



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) -- Venezuela said on Tuesday it sees the possibility of restoring ties with Colombia if the new president taking office in Bogota next month adopts a less hostile tone. Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, speaking during a visit to Montevideo, opened the door to improved relations. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CAYO SANTAMARIA, Cuba (ACN) -- “We are moving towards the economic union between Cuba and Venezuela” said Cuban President Raul Castro in closing the first summit between the two nations on Monday. Castro pointed out that both nations have travelled a long and intense way together. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- A threat by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to suspend oil exports to the United States, amid a dispute with Venezuela's neighbor and US ally Colombia, would be "economic suicide," analysts say.  Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia last Thursday. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- Venezuela told the United Nations on Monday that the United States and Colombia have an "aggressive" plan to invade its territory, claiming this represents a threat to peace and security in the region. Venezuela's UN Ambassador Jorge Valero Briceno met with UN chief Ban Ki-moon. read more...



Monday, July 26, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to cut off oil supplies to the United States if it supports a Colombian military attack on Venezuela and warned Washington to stay out of the crisis. Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with Bogota on Thursday. read more...



Saturday, July 24, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- The exhumation of independence hero Simon Bolivar has aroused impassioned debate here, with critics charging it was done not for scientific reasons, but at the "whim" of President Hugo Chavez. The Venezuelan government unexpectedly disinterred the remains last week. read more...



Saturday, July 24, 2010

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) -- The United States threw its support behind key ally Colombia on Friday in an escalating row with Venezuela that has seen the South Americans sever ties and escalate military tensions. The US State Department said Colombia's allegations that Venezuela was harboring 1,500... read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered to augment the shipments of oil to Guyana from 5,000 barrels a day, as currently obtains under the current PetroCaribe programme to 10,000 barrels. His promise was made while in discussions with President Bharrat Jagdeo. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela broke off diplomatic ties with Colombia on Thursday in a worsening row over accusations from Bogota that it is providing a safe haven to hundreds of leftist guerrillas. The announcement marked a fresh spike in tensions between the South American neighbors. read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar was under scientific examination on Saturday after being exhumed at the orders of President Hugo Chavez in a bid to assess rumors he was poisoned by his enemies. The remains were greeted at a sober ceremony at the National Mausoleum. read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Bogota on Friday a day after Colombia's president claimed that leftist rebel leaders fighting his government were in the neighboring South American nation. In a fresh sign of rising tensions, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said... read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- President Hugo Chavez said on Friday he felt "his fire" emanating from Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar, when his remains were exhumed Friday for DNA testing to make sure they are authentic. "What an incredible moment we lived through last night. We've seen the remains... read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Tucked into forested hills in southwest Caracas, a red-brick housing complex for the poor is a testing ground for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's latest step to build socialism in the Latin American oil producer. The phalanx of simple five-storey apartment blocks... read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- A Venezuelan former presidential candidate was arrested Monday in Caracas on explosives-related charges, authorities said. Opposition politician Alejandro Pena Esclusa was detained at his home where authorities located "evidence apparently of an explosive nature." read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Prime Minister Samuel Hinds said Guyana looks forward to working with Venezuela in resolving the border issue under the aegis of the new mechanism employed by the ‘Good Officer Process’ of the United Nations Secretary General aimed at assisting both countries to find a solution. read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Venezuelan police said on Thursday they arrested two people for spreading false rumours on the micro-blogging site Twitter aimed at destabilizing the Latin American country's banking system. While Venezuela's big banks are generally seen as structurally sound... read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela on Wednesday deported suspected Salvadoran terrorist Francisco Chavez Abarca to Cuba, where he is wanted in connection with several bombings of Havana hotels in 1997. Chavez Abarca was detained last week as he tried to enter Venezuela on a false passport. read more...



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- A suspected Colombian drug lord was arrested on Monday in Caracas and will be turned over to the United States, where he is sought for drug trafficking, President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. "We've captured a new drug trafficking boss, Carlos Alberto Renteria, aka 'Beto Renteria'... read more...



Monday, July 5, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela and Chile will head a new regional bloc that will include all countries in the Americas except Canada and the United States to be inaugurated in July 2011, Venezuela's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States... read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela  (Reuters) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday security forces arrested a member of a gang led by accused plane bomber Luis Posada Carriles and suggested the El Salvadorian suspect planned to kill him. Chavez said Francisco Chavez Abarca was arrested on Thursday. read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela and PetroVietnam have signed a contract to form a joint venture to pump and refine crude in the Orinoco delta area, the state oil giant PDVSA announced on Wednesday. The Venezuelan concern dubbed PDVSA Petromacareo will focus on "production and refining of ultraheavy... read more...



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CARACAS,Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's parliament declared on Tuesday that 11 oil rigs seized from US company Helmerich and Payne were now state-owned property, formalizing a move by the government to nationalize them. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said last week Venezuela would nationalize the rigs. read more...



Monday, June 28, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hailed the battle against capitalism as a "key role" shared by Caracas and Damascus on Saturday during a visit with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Chavez said Assad's trip was "historic" because it was the first by a Syrian leader. read more...



Saturday, June 26, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuelan (AFP) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived on Friday in Caracas to meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on his first visit to Latin America aimed at reinforcing economic ties with the region. The Syrian leader was met at the airport by Vice President Elias Jaua. read more...



Saturday, June 26, 2010

OTAVALO, Ecuador (AFP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused US forces on Friday of making nefarious moves in places like Iran and North Korea as the World Cup captures the attention of fans around the globe. Chavez also claimed Washington was engaged in a "conspiracy" to start a war. read more...



Friday, June 25, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Venezuela will nationalize a fleet of oil rigs belonging to US company Helmerich and Payne, the latest takeover in a push to socialism as President Hugo Chavez struggles with lower oil output and a recession. Chavez has made energy nationalization the linchpin in his 'revolution'. read more...



Thursday, June 24, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has pulled his ratings up from a six-year low by blaming capitalism for a recession, although the economy and a scandal over rotting food threaten him before legislative elections in September. Chavez started his 11th year in office on poor form. read more...



Saturday, June 19, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- President Hugo Chavez on Friday inaugurated a chain of hypermarkets his government expropriated from a French-Colombian group earlier this year, that he said were already turning a significantly higher profit. He said the new 40-strong chain of stores called "Bicentennial Supplies"... read more...



Saturday, June 19, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela on Friday asked Interpol to arrest opposition Globovision TV boss Guillermo Zuloaga, who ran afoul of President Hugo Chavez earlier this year for allegedly slandering him.  Zuloaga, 67, has disappeared since a Caracas court issued an arrest warrant last week. read more...



Thursday, June 17, 2010

GENEVA, Switzerland (Reuters) -- A UN human rights investigator called on Venezuela on Thursday to withdraw the arrest warrant against the head of the opposition Globovision television network, declaring that it had no right to silence critics. Frank La Rue, UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, said... read more...



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Predictions about Venezuela’s economy spawn prolifically. In light of Venezuela’s major oil reserves and president who is increasingly outspoken against the US, many wait impatiently to see how the country will far in the wake of its ongoing recession. Will Chávez lead the economy downward to disaster, or will... read more...



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