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  • *Venezuela may seek to annul World Bank tribunal's award. CARACAS, Oct 9- A World Bank arbitration tribunal on Thursday ordered Venezuela to pay Exxon Mobil Corp around $1.6 billion to compensate for the 2007 nationalization of its oil projects in the country. "The Tribunal has found that the expropriation was conducted in accordance with due process, that it was...

  • CARACAS, Oct 8- Tech-savvy Venezuelans looking to bypass dysfunctional economic controls are turning to the bitcoin virtual currency to obtain dollars, make Internet purchases-- and launch a little subversion. Two New York- based Venezuelan brothers hope this week to start trading on the first bitcoin exchange in the socialist-run country, which already has...

  • CARACAS, Oct 6- Venezuela has withdrawn money from its central bank reserves to start paying roughly $1.786 billion in debt, a high-ranking government source told Reuters on Monday, allaying fears the Socialist-run country might opt to default. Venezuela has to service roughly $1.498 billion due from its Global 2014 bond on Wednesday and about $250 million in...

  • CARACAS, Sept 30- Venezuela has kept its economic growth figures under wraps this year but empty store shelves, closed factory gates and idled construction projects tell their own story- the economy is contracting and some sectors are in deep trouble. Fedecamaras estimates the OPEC nation's economy has contracted 4 percent so far this year.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 30- The World Bank arbitration tribunal will give its final award ruling this week on a multibillion- dollar claim by Exxon Mobil Corp against Venezuela over the 2007 nationalization of two oil projects, legal sources said on Tuesday.

  • HAVANA, Sept 27- Cuba has aborted plans to develop fragrances in honor of the late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling the project disrespectful of two "sacred" revolutionary symbols.

  • CARACAS, Sept 26- Venezuela's bolivar currency hit a record low 100 to the U.S. dollar on the black market on Friday, making the dollar 16 times more expensive than the strongest official rate, according to a website that tracks it.

  • CARACAS, Sept 26- Venezuela's famed models and aspiring beauty queens are struggling to doll themselves up as shortages turn eye shadow and breast implants into coveted luxuries. "I exhaust myself visiting pharmacies, I look everywhere for makeup," said Ileanne Davila, a 19 year-old civil engineering student and model.

  • CARACAS, Sept 23- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said state oil company PDVSA's U.S. unit, Citgo Petroleum Corp, will continue a welfare project in the United States begun by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 22- The fast-changing nature of crude oil flows in the Americas means only one of three Citgo refineries in the United States will generate keen interest among buyers as Venezuela's cash-strapped state-run PDVSA looks to sell its U.S. unit, and it may fetch less money than hoped, experts say.

  • CARACAS, Sept 16- Buses across jungle borders, boats through Caribbean waters and private flights from small airfields have become a new norm for departing Venezuela as a multi-billion dollar pay dispute turns the country into something of a' no-fly' zone.

  • CARACAS, Sept 11- Venezuela said on Thursday it would extend an overnight closure of its border with neighboring Colombia for another three months in a campaign to stop widespread fuel and food smuggling. Venezuela's gasoline is the cheapest in the world at less than two U.S. cents per liter.

  • CARACAS, Sept 11- Venezuela said on Thursday it would extend an overnight closure of its border with neighboring Colombia for another three months in a campaign to stop widespread fuel and food smuggling.

  • CARACAS, Sept 11- President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela could meet all its obligations to bondholders, as he sought to quell market fears that the Socialist-run country may opt to default when $5 billion of its foreign debt falls due for repayment next month.

  • CARACAS, Sept 10- President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela could meet all its obligations to bondholders, as he sought to quell market fears that the Socialist-run country may opt to default when $5 billion of its foreign debt falls due for repayment next month.

  • CARACAS, Sept 3- President Nicolas Maduro has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to boost his popularity but shows no sign of revamping Venezuela's troubled economy, meaning prospects of gasoline price hikes and a unification of Byzantine currency controls have dimmed.

  • CARACAS, Sept 3- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to boost his popularity but shows no sign of revamping the troubled economy, meaning prospects of gasoline price hikes and a unification of Byzantine currency controls have dimmed.

  • CARACAS, Sept 2- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation's economic decline.

  • CARACAS, Sept 2- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday named geophysicist Eulegio Del Pino to lead state oil company PDVSA, pushing oil czar Rafael Ramirez from a job he had held for a decade. Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of the late president Hugo Chavez, also replaced Ramirez as oil and mining minister.

  • CARACAS, Sept 2- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday named Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of the late president Hugo Chavez, to replace Rafael Ramirez as the new oil and mining minister.