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Venezuela state oil company seeks compensation in 'staggering' US bribe case

December 7, 2016
Venezuela state oil company seeks compensation in 'staggering' US bribe case HOUSTON, USA -- A unit of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has asked a US court to order two businessmen to compensate it for carrying out a "staggering" bribery scheme that cost the company $600 million in losses. A motion filed last week...

Venezuela expelled from Mercosur

December 5, 2016
Venezuela expelled from Mercosur BRASÍLIA, Brazil -- South American sub-regional economic bloc Mercosur on Friday expelled Venezuela, effective immediately, for violating the grouping’s democratic principles and trade bylaws. It will now be required to renegotiate its membership if it wishes to rejoin. Mercosur was created as...

Curacao refinery operator in financial crisis

November 23, 2016
Curacao refinery operator in financial crisis WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, operator of the Isla oil refinery in Curacao, is in financial trouble. According to the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Bernhard Whiteman, managers must hand in their cars and there is no money to fund the traditional...

Press freedom organisation holds Venezuela government responsible for closure of newspapers

November 23, 2016
Press freedom organisation holds Venezuela government responsible for closure of newspapers MIAMI, Florida -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Tuesday declared that the economic strangling in Venezuela and the restrictions in print media obtaining supplies directly violate press freedom principles, and held President Nicolás Maduro's government responsible for...

Trump-Chavez comparisons rock the web, rattle the Venezuelan government

November 9, 2016
Trump-Chavez comparisons rock the web, rattle the Venezuelan government CARACAS, Venezuela -- Inflammatory speeches, flamboyant personalities, and an omnipresence in citizen and mainstream media that can't be contained. These attributes and many more have compelled netizens to compare US presidential candidate Donald Trump and late Venezuelan...

Commentary: The Iran Doctrine in Latin America: A threat to hemispheric security?

November 3, 2016
Commentary: The Iran Doctrine in Latin America: A threat to hemispheric security? The United States has intermittently viewed Iran as one of the main threats in the Middle East since the era of the Cold War. Given allegations of Iran’s continued funding of terrorist groups, like Hezbollah, and its allegations of gradually-growing nuclear capabilities, the US fear of the...

Tensions mount in Venezuela

October 31, 2016
Tensions mount in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- Following the Venezuelan government's refusal to hold the recall referendum as requested by the opposition, Venezuelans took to the streets in their thousands in the face of what they see as a dead end in negotiations over the political and economic crisis.

Press association condemns use of legal proceedings against media in Venezuela

October 31, 2016
Press association condemns use of legal proceedings against media in Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Friday voiced a complaint that Venezuela is one of the countries in the Americas with most legal proceedings against journalists and news media, a mechanism used by the government, officials and state bodies to halt the...

Venezuela court halts probe of missing $11bn at state oil company

October 29, 2016
Venezuela court halts probe of missing $11bn at state oil company CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday granted an injunction halting a congressional probe that found Rafael Ramirez, the former president of state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), was responsible for corruption and and malfeasance that...

Press freedom organisation condemns harassment of journalist by Venezuelan government

October 29, 2016
Press freedom organisation condemns harassment of journalist by Venezuelan government PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the Venezuelan government’s harassment of Globovisión’s well-known TV host Melissa Turibbi. In the latest serious violation of her rights, at a time of great tension for the opposition media, intelligence officers...

Venezuela recall process blocked; opposition cries 'dictatorship!'

October 26, 2016
Venezuela recall process blocked; opposition cries 'dictatorship!' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Throughout 2016, the Venezuelan political agenda has centered on a possible recall referendum against President Nicolás Maduro, a path that in recent days has been blocked -- definitively, it seems -- by the government, which has repeatedly threatened...

Commentary: What is happening in Venezuela?

October 26, 2016
Commentary: What is happening in Venezuela? Some events occurred on Sunday 23rd 2016 in the National Assembly of Venezuela that we consider important to clarify, as the news issued by major global media corporations (CNN, Fox News, BBC, AP, Reuters, etc.) tend to distort the Venezuelan reality and work primarily...

OAS calls on the region to defend democracy in Venezuela

October 24, 2016
OAS calls on the region to defend democracy in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Saturday called on the countries of the region to take "concrete actions to defend democracy in Venezuela" after the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) suspended the...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

Venezuela to resume export of fruits and vegetables to Curacao

October 24, 2016
Venezuela to resume export of fruits and vegetables to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The governor of Falcon State in Venezuela, Stella Lugo, has lifted the decree banning the export of fruits and vegetables from the state that had taken effect on October 1, 2016. The move was announced by Venezuela’s consul general in Curacao and the...

Guyana condemns Venezuela 'assault' at Islamic bloc foreign ministers meeting

October 22, 2016
Guyana condemns Venezuela 'assault' at Islamic bloc foreign ministers meeting TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- For the first time since it joined the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1998, Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge raised at the 43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting last Tuesday, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the century-old territorial...

Auditors examining Venezuela state oil company find $11 billion missing

October 21, 2016
Auditors examining Venezuela state oil company find $11 billion missing MIAMI, USA -- Auditors working on behalf of Venezuela's National Assembly have found that more than $11 billion is missing and unaccounted for at Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), the country's state-owned petroleum agency, and have pointed fingers squarely at the agency's former head.

Five Trinidadians held in Venezuela on terrorism charges set free

October 17, 2016
Five Trinidadians held in Venezuela on terrorism charges set free PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Five Trinidad and Tobago men who have been detained in Venezuela since 2014 on terrorism charges are being released and sent home on the basis of time served in custody, national security minister Edmund Dillon confirmed on Saturday.

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...

Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

Venezuela dominates Guyana UN agenda, while Suriname pushes economic diplomacy

October 1, 2016
Venezuela dominates Guyana UN agenda, while Suriname pushes economic diplomacy NEW YORK, USA -- As in his previous UN address in 2015, Venezuela dominated Guyana President David Granger’s speech at the United Nations 71st General Assembly debate. Granger also addressed climate change and shared with the gathering Guyana’s plans for a “green economy”.

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Venezuela electoral council obstructionist and biased, says OAS secretary general

September 24, 2016
Venezuela electoral council obstructionist and biased, says OAS secretary general WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said on Friday that Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE, for its initials in Spanish) is “obstructing a constitutional right and acting with a clear political bias” in announcing...

Developing nations at Caribbean summit call for greater say in UN reform

September 21, 2016
Developing nations at Caribbean summit call for greater say in UN reform MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- Caribbean, Latin American and other developing nations across the world are appealing for more say in the process of reforming the United Nations (UN). And they also want more say, too, in the selection of the next top officer at the world’s most important body.

Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019

September 21, 2016
Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), will not renew its lease with Curacao's government to operate the 325,000 b/d Isla refinery when the current lease expires on 31 December 2019, the energy ministry said on Monday.

NAM leaders demand better treatment and more respect for refugees and migrants

September 20, 2016
NAM leaders demand better treatment and more respect for refugees and migrants MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- While New Yorkers were on tenterhooks following the most recent discoveries of explosive devices ahead of a major United Nations meeting on Monday, Caribbean, Latin American, African, Arab, Asian and other developing country leaders welcomed...

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