News from Venezuela:
July 28, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Dutch government has “torpedoed” good relations between Venezuela and Aruba and the other former Netherlands Antilles, according to the president of the Venezuelan parliament and vice president of ruling party, Diosdado Cabello.
July 26, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela – The Netherlands must ensure the release of the Venezuelan diplomat who was arrested in Aruba on suspicion of drug trafficking. If this does not happen then it will have consequences for the diplomatic and trade relations between the Netherlands and Venezuela.
July 25, 2014
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- In the evening hours of Wednesday, General Hugo Carvajal, who was head of Venezuela’s Directorate of Military Intelligence from 2004 to 2009, was reportedly detained in Aruba, a military source revealed. Carvajal was appointed Venezuelan consul in Aruba in January.
July 15, 2014
My Cuban friends told me told me at the weekend that Cuba has been developing a handheld microwave weapon. A weapon that seriously damages eyesight, causes strokes, and fries the brain, giving the effect of senility to those who are targeted. It’s apparently for use during...
July 14, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- On Friday, United Airlines became the last of the three largest US carriers to cut flights to Venezuela in a dispute with the government over cash trapped in the country. Service will be reduced to four round trips a week from the current daily flights.
July 12, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Along with the ubiquitous range of taxes and surcharges on air travel, Venezuela’s largest international airport is now charging travellers a fee for the right to breathe clean air. Passengers flying out of Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas have to pay a tax of 127 bolivars...
July 10, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s arcane system of multiple exchange rates and currency controls is making life difficult not just for airlines but also for other multinational companies doing business in the South American country. Armoured car company Brink’s could see some $400 million...
July 10, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- China's president Xi Jinping will take his second tour of Latin America in two years, including visits to Cuba and Venezuela. Xu Jinzhan, director for Latin America at China's Trade Ministry recently met in Beijing with a group of Cuban, Venezuelan, Argentinean and Brazilian journalists...
July 10, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Discussions are well advanced for the expansion of the arrangement between Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL) and the government of Venezuela, under the PetroCaribe Trade Compensation Mechanism, for the supply of more clinker from Jamaica.
July 8, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Delta Air Lines is the latest air carrier to reduce service to Venezuela amid a dispute with the government over unpaid revenue owed by the South American country. Delta confirmed on Monday that the airline is reducing service by 85 percent.
July 3, 2014
At a time when individuals and opposing political parties in some Caribbean islands are voicing disagreement that their island is signatory to the PetroCaribe agreement with Venezuela and that, given the opportunity, they would revoke the agreement,
June 30, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations on Friday expressed concern about the continuing human rights violations reportedly taking place in Venezuela and reiterated its call on authorities to respect the rights of peaceful demonstration and assembly. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner...
June 26, 2014
LONDON, England -- Drawing on the latest report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published a list of the world’s top ten most populous cities in each country, ranked by the most up-to-date available homicide rates per 100,000 people.
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, recently published by the US State Department, claims that the 30,000 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela do this in circumstances that in some cases may even be considered forced labour.
June 23, 2014
Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has swallowed its pride and bitterly reconstructed its outdated domestic infrastructure. This is no easy task as the country is the world’s largest in terms of landmass, spanning nine time zones from St Petersburg on the Bay of Finland to Vladivostok.
June 21, 2014
DES MOINES, USA -- The American Future Fund (AFF), a US nonprofit organization, has launched an advertising campaign warning that Governor Alejandro Padilla of Puerto Rico is leading the island commonwealth down a dangerous path with policies and tactics similar to...
June 19, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Apparently frustrated over the continued non-payment of some $750 million owed to it by Venezuela through March 31, American Airlines will next month cut its weekly flights to the South American country to ten, down from 48 currently.
June 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- CADIVI, the Venezuelan foreign exchange authority, has paid a large part of the outstanding debt of $75 million to Curacao airline InselAir. This was confirmed by one of the directors of the airline, Edward Heerenveen. The exact amount is not known.
June 16, 2014
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, Bolivia -- Cuban President Raul Castro told a Group of 77 (G-77) + China summit in Bolivia on Saturday that Havana's closest ally Venezuela needed support amid the fallout from anti-government protests. "Venezuela today needs our staunchest support."
June 6, 2014
This May, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced several fiscal strategies intended to resuscitate the country’s struggling economy. The measures, including the issuance of new government bonds and contracts with petroleum extraction partners, come on the heels of...
May 24, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Airlines are suspending flights to Venezuela not because of the unpaid $4 billion owed to them collectively by the government but because of the World Cup in Brazil, the country’s president said on Thursday. "Some of these European airlines...
May 23, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has asked the Inter-American Human Rights Court to rule against the Venezuelan government for the unlawful shutdown of Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) broadcasting company in 2007. The request came after Monday’s...
May 19, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Italian airline Alitalia has announced that it is suspending all flights to Venezuela "due to the ongoing critical currency situation” in the country," which is "no longer economically sustainable." The decision by Alitalia follows a similar suspension by Air Canada.
May 17, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The ministry of foreign affairs in Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed that three imams, who were detained in Venezuela last March, were released from custody on Tuesday. The Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Caracas advised that the imams are due to return home shortly.
May 13, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Cellphone images seized by SEBIN, Venezuela’s intelligence service, allegedly show Trinidadian Muslims arrested in Venezuela engaging in what SEBIN described as “pre-jihad training” on a firing range using high-powered weapons.
May 10, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations human rights office on Friday voiced concern at renewed violence in Venezuela, and at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)...
May 9, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The Obama Administration has been accused of interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs as the US Senate readied on Thursday to debate sanctions against the Venezuelan government following statements by Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States is concerned...