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  • CARACAS, June 12- Canadian mining company Crystallex has won a court order that advances its efforts to collect on a $1.4 billion award linked to a dispute with Venezuela over the 2008 expropriation of the Las Cristinas gold project. Crystallex in 2016 won an award of $1.2 billion plus interest from a World Bank Tribunal. District of Columbia court upholding...

  • CARACAS, June 9- Inflation in Venezuela's crisis-hit economy was 127.8 percent in the first five months of 2017, the opposition-led congress said on Friday in the absence of official data. Various factors underlay the five-month price rise, including excess money-printing by the central bank, restrictions on imports and a recent devaluation of the bolivar,...

  • TOLUCA, Mexico, June 5- Mexico's ruling party fended off a leftist challenger in a major state election seen as a test run for a presidential vote next year, propelling the country's peso currency to its strongest level since U.S. But the Institutional Revolutionary Party's 3 percentage-point margin of victory in the central State of Mexico, the country's most...

  • MEXICO CITY, June 5- Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party held on to a narrow lead on Monday over a leftist party in a key state election, according to the latest returns which propelled the country's peso currency to its strongest level in seven months. In other statewide elections, also held on Sunday, the PRI was heading for a loss in the western...

  • MEXICO CITY, June 5- Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party limped to victory in a key state election on Sunday, according to preliminary projections of results that were quickly challenged by the leftist party beaten into second place. However, the peso reversed earlier losses and gained 0.59 percent on the setback for Lopez Obrador, a sign of...

  • MEXICO CITY, June 5- Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party limped to victory in a key state election on Sunday, according to an official preliminary projection of results that was quickly challenged by the leftist party seen beaten into second place. However, the peso reversed earlier losses and gained 0.59 percent on the setback for Lopez...

  • In PRI hands since 1929, the State of Mexico home to one in eight Mexican voters, and if it falls to Lopez Obrador's leftist National Regeneration Movement it could provide him with a springboard to take the top job. Victory for the combative Lopez Obrador in 2018 could push Mexico in a more nationalist direction at a time of heightened tensions with the United...

  • CAICARA DEL ORINOCO, Venezuela, May 31- In the hot and humid town of Caicara, in the heart of Venezuela, some 20 piers jutting out of the vast Orinoco river gather mildew and rust. Odebrecht has left at least 23 multi-million dollar projects unfinished or stalled in Venezuela, according to company and government documents, interviews with over two dozens workers,...

  • CAICARA DEL ORINOCO, Venezuela, May 31- In the hot and humid town of Caicara, in the heart of Venezuela, some 20 piers jutting out of the vast Orinoco river gather mildew and rust. Odebrecht has left at least 23 multi-million dollar projects unfinished or stalled in Venezuela, according to company and government documents, interviews with over two dozens workers,...

  • CAICARA DEL ORINOCO, Venezuela, May 31- In the hot and humid town of Caicara, in the heart of Venezuela, some 20 piers jutting out of the vast Orinoco river gather mildew and rust. Odebrecht has left at least 23 multi-million dollar projects unfinished or stalled in Venezuela, according to company and government documents, interviews with over two dozens workers,...

  • CAICARA DEL ORINOCO, Venezuela, May 31- In the hot and humid town of Caicara, in the heart of Venezuela, some 20 piers jutting out of the vast Orinoco river gather mildew and rust. Odebrecht has left at least 23 multi-million dollar projects unfinished or stalled in Venezuela, according to company and government documents, interviews with over two dozens workers,...

  • CAICARA DEL ORINOCO, Venezuela, May 31- In the hot and humid town of Caicara, in the heart of Venezuela, some 20 piers jutting out of the vast Orinoco river gather mildew and rust. Odebrecht has left at least 23 multi-million dollar projects unfinished or stalled in Venezuela, according to company and government documents, interviews with over two dozens workers,...

  • CARACAS, May 26- In the mountains above Caracas, two government officials often stand watch over the antennas of TV news network Globovision, poised to take it off air if regulators object to coverage of anti-government protests, according to two station employees. In contrast to past waves of unrest in Venezuela, particularly during Hugo Chavez's 1999-2013...

  • CARACAS, May 22- Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country's mounting turmoil. Much of that arsenal was obtained from Russia by Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez,...

  • CARACAS, May 22- Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country's mounting turmoil. Much of that arsenal was obtained from Russia by Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez,...

  • LOS TEQUES, Venezuela, May 19- Like many Portuguese immigrants to Venezuela after World War Two, Manuel Fernandes spent a lifetime building a small business: his bread and cake shop in a highland town. The first he knew of the destruction of his beloved " Bread Mansion" store on a main avenue of Los Teques was when looters triggered the alarm, resulting in a warning call...

  • CARACAS, May 7- Jailed opposition Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez is well and is urging street demonstrators to keep up massive anti-government protests, his wife said on Sunday after her first visit with the former presidential hopeful in over a month, putting to rest rumors of his ill health. He said:' I'm well, I'm alive, I'm strong, "' said Tintori, who is...

  • HAVANA, May 3- Russia has begun shipping large quantities of oil to Cuba for the first time this century, sources said, as supplies to the island from crisis-wracked Venezuela have dwindled. A Russian oil tanker with 249,000 barrels of refined products is due to arrive in Cuba on May 10, according to Reuters shipping sources and others, bringing back memories of...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out a lower court's ruling that had allowed an American oil drilling company to sue Venezuela over the seizure of 11 drilling rigs in 2010 but allowed the business another chance to press its claims. Siding with Venezuela, the justices ruled 8-0 that a lower court that had given the go-ahead for the suit must...

  • CARACAS, April 27- The son of Venezuela's pro-government human rights ombudsman has surprised the crisis-struck nation by publicly calling on his father to end "injustice" amid major protests against the leftist administration. The opposition accuses ombudsman Tarek Saab of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses and a lurch into dictatorship by...