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Politics Hugo Chavez

  • Lopez Obrador, frontrunner in polls for the 2018 race, fought the overhaul of Mexico's state-run energy sector by the current government, saying the move to open the industry to private producers was anti-constitutional. A Lopez Obrador victory in 2018 could complicate Mexico's relations with top trade partner the United States and U.S. oil companies that...

  • CARACAS, Feb 17- Venezuela's government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country's collapsing economy. Socialist Party officials scoff at the complaints.

  • CARACAS, Feb 17- Venezuela's government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country's collapsing economy. Socialist Party officials scoff at the complaints.

  • GUAYAQUIL/ QUITO, Ecuador, Feb 16- An ally of Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa and a conservative ex-banker are battling to become the next president in Sunday's election in the face of corruption scandals and a lackluster economy. A Lasso victory would intensify the return of the right in South America, where Argentina, Brazil and Peru have all shifted...

  • CARACAS, Feb 16- On a recent Sunday morning, several hundred Catholic worshippers were at Mass inside a hillside church of a poor Caracas neighborhood when there was a sudden commotion at the back. "Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt," recounted Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher at the San Pedro Claver church in the "23 De Enero" community, long an...

  • CARACAS, Feb 16- On a recent Sunday morning, several hundred Catholic worshippers were at Mass inside a hillside church of a poor Caracas neighborhood when there was a sudden commotion at the back. "Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt," recounted Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher at the San Pedro Claver church in the "23 De Enero" community, long an...

  • CARACAS, Jan 30- PDVSA's new senior executive line-up includes a Venezuelan navy rear-admiral, Hugo Chavez's former Twitter manager and a leader of the late leftist president's failed 1992 coup. The selections, announced as part of a sweeping executive shakeup of Venezuela's struggling state oil company on Sunday, suggest former President Chavez's...

  • CARACAS, Dec 26- Venezuela's opposition on Monday ruled out returning to Vatican- led talks with President Nicolas Maduro's government unless it makes major concessions amid a crushing economic crisis and bitter political standoff. A Papal envoy, South American bloc Unasur and former heads of government from Spain, Panama and the Dominican Republic brought...

  • MARACAIBO, Venezuela, Dec 23- A legal strategy switch by Venezuela's state-owned oil giant PDVSA to portray itself as a victim in a massive bribery scheme detected by the U.S. government is unlikely to lead to compensation and may even backfire. In a case that shook the local oil industry, two prominent Venezuelan oil businessmen were arrested last year in the...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 14- A World Bank tribunal ordered Venezuela to pay steelmaker Tenaris SA $162 million for expropriating two investments in the country, according to a statement published by the Buenos Aires stock exchange on Wednesday. Luxembourg- based Tenaris, the world's top producer of seamless steel pipes for the energy industry, and its Talta Lda...

  • CARACAS, Dec 12- Venezuelans hastily dumped the country's 100- bolivar bill, the largest denomination, on Monday after the government said it would be pulled from circulation as the crisis-wracked nation suffers what is believed to be the world's highest inflation. Socialist President Nicolas Maduro said the withdrawal of the bill- worth just 2 U.S. cents on...

  • CARACAS, Dec 12- Venezuelans hastily dumped the country's 100- bolivar bill, the largest denomination, on Monday after the government said it would be pulled from circulation as the crisis-wracked nation suffers what is believed to be the world's highest inflation. Socialist President Nicolas Maduro said the withdrawal of the bill- worth just 2 U.S. cents on...

  • CARACAS, Dec 12- Venezuelans are hastily dumping the country's 100 bolivar bill because leftist President Nicolas Maduro is pulling the largest note in currency out of circulation despite having one of the world's highest inflation rates. Maduro said the withdrawal of the bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, was needed to reduce contraband of the...

  • CARACAS, Dec 12- Venezuelans are hastily dumping the country's 100 bolivar bill because leftist President Nicolas Maduro is pulling the largest note in currency out of circulation despite having one of the world's highest inflation rates. Maduro said the withdrawal of the bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, was needed to reduce contraband of the...

  • CARACAS, Dec 12- Venezuelans are hastily dumping the country's 100 bolivar bill because leftist President Nicolas Maduro is pulling the largest note in currency out of circulation despite having one of the world's highest inflation rates. Maduro said the withdrawal of the bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, was needed to reduce contraband of the...

  • CARACAS, Dec 12- Venezuelans are hastily dumping the country's 100 bolivar bill because leftist President Nicolas Maduro is pulling the largest note in currency out of circulation despite having one of the world's highest inflation rates. Maduro said the withdrawal of the bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, was needed to reduce contraband of the...

  • CARACAS, Dec 11- Venezuela, mired in an economic crisis and facing the world's highest inflation, will pull its largest bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, from circulation this week ahead of introducing new higher-value notes, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday. The surprise move, announced by Maduro during an hours-long speech, is likely to worsen...

  • CARACAS, Dec 11- Venezuela, mired in an economic crisis and facing the world's highest inflation, will pull its largest bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, from circulation this week ahead of introducing new higher-value notes, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday. Critics slammed the move, which Maduro said was needed to combat contraband of the...

  • CARACAS, Dec 11- Venezuela, mired in an economic crisis and facing the world's highest inflation, will pull its largest bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, from circulation this week ahead of introducing new higher-value notes, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday. Critics slammed the move, which Maduro said was needed to combat contraband of the...

  • CARACAS, Dec 4- Venezuela will introduce six new notes and three new coins starting in mid-December to help alleviate practical problems in doing business with the world's most inflationary currency, according to the central bank. Currently, the OPEC nation's largest note is worth just 2 U.S. cents on the black market, meaning cash transactions are extremely...