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Politics Hugo Chavez

  • 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...

  • General Motors said Thursday that it will stop doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there. Last month, a World Bank arbitration panel determined that Venezuela would not have to pay $1.4 billion to Irving, Texas- based Exxon Mobil for confiscating company assets during a wave of nationalizations.

  • However, crowds were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on Wednesday, the latest and largest in several weeks of protests against what Maduro's opponents condemn as a lurch toward dictatorship. At around midday on Thursday, a few thousand people protested in Caracas, although opposition...

  • However, crowds were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on Wednesday, the latest and largest in several weeks of protests against what Maduro's opponents condemn as a lurch toward dictatorship. At around midday on Thursday, a few thousand people protested in Caracas, although opposition...

  • Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, attends a political rally in Dijon, France, April 18, 2017.

    Far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon's polling numbers have skyrocketed, giving other candidates a run for their money.

  • CARACAS, April 20- Venezuela's opposition called for renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on...

  • CARACAS, April 20- Venezuela's opposition called for renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on...

  • DETROIT— General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages. GM said Thursday that its only factory in Venezuela was confiscated a day earlier, as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is...

  • CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 19- Two Venezuelan students and a National Guard sergeant died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in the volatile nation amid a devastating economic crisis. Opposition supporters protested in Caracas and other cities in what they...

  • CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 19- Two Venezuelan students died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in the volatile nation amid a devastating economic crisis. Opposition supporters protested in Caracas and other cities in what they called "the mother of all marches,"...

  • CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 19- Two Venezuelan students died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in the volatile nation amid a crippling economic crisis. Opposition supporters protested in Caracas and other cities in what they called "the mother of all marches,"...

  • CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 19- Two Venezuelan students died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in the volatile nation amid a brutal economic crisis. Opposition supporters protested in Caracas and other cities in what they called "the mother of all marches,"...

  • Opposition supporters protested in Caracas and other cities, denouncing Maduro for eroding democracy and plunging the oil-rich economy into chaos. Carlos Moreno, 18, a student, was on his way to play soccer in Caracas and did not plan to take part in the demonstration when government supporters approached an opposition gathering and fired shots, according to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The World Bank Group stands ready to assist Venezuela, a member and shareholder of the institution, if the government asks for help in dealing with a punishing economic crisis, the bank's top executive for Latin America said. Jorge Familiar, World Bank vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, told Reuters in an interview on Monday...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The World Bank Group stands ready to assist Venezuela, a member and shareholder of the institution, if the government asks for help in dealing with a punishing economic crisis, the bank's top executive for Latin America said. Jorge Familiar, World Bank vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, told Reuters in an interview late on...

  • HOUSTON/ PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela, April 18- In the scorching heat of the Caribbean Sea, workers in scuba suits scrub crude oil by hand from the hull of the Caspian Galaxy, a tanker so filthy it can't set sail in international waters. The vessel is among many that are constantly contaminated at two major export terminals where they load crude from Venezuela's state-run...

  • SAO PAULO, April 12- When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a high-voltage cable providing power to neighboring Brazil in 2001, the leftist leader hailed it as a step toward regional integration that would spur development in South America. Flanked by his Brazilian and Cuban counterparts, Chavez used the ceremony in the border town of Santa Elena...

  • MARACAIBO/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 7- V enezuelan housewife Valentina Uzcategui journeyed to a foreign exchange office in neighboring Colombia last month to buy the equivalent of $300 under a rule that makes her country's strict exchange controls more flexible for residents living near the border. But the measure allows border residents to buy goods...

  • MARACAIBO/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 7- V enezuelan housewife Valentina Uzcategui journeyed to a foreign exchange office in neighboring Colombia last month to buy the equivalent of $300 under a rule that makes her country's strict exchange controls more flexible for residents living near the border. But the measure allows border residents to buy goods...

  • MARACAIBO/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 7- V enezuelan housewife Valentina Uzcategui journeyed to a foreign exchange office in neighboring Colombia last month to buy the equivalent of $300 under a rule that makes her country's strict exchange controls more flexible for residents living near the border. But the measure allows border residents to buy goods...