Venezuela’s economy and regional influence, along with its energy largesse, are drying up in the post-Hugo Chavez era.» Read More
QUITO, June 27- Ecuador's leftist government thumbed its nose at Washington on Thursday by renouncing U.S. trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
QUITO, June 27- As it champions a young American wanted for leaking state secrets, Ecuador's government is facing opposition criticism for tightening media controls at home. President Rafael Correa is considering offering Edward Snowden asylum, a move that would likely prevent the U.S. from capturing him and set off a diplomatic firestorm.
NEW YORK, June 17- Standard& Poor's on Monday downgraded the sovereign foreign currency credit rating for Venezuela to B from B-plus, citing political turmoil as an impediment to enacting meaningful reforms in order to stop a slide in economic activity.
After Hugo Chavez's anointed heir secured a razor-thin victory in Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday, one analyst questioned how much longer Chavez's socialist policies will survive.
Nicolas Maduro squeezed out a small-margin victory in Venezuela's presidential elections Sunday, securing the ruling socialist party's control over the oil-rich nation through 2019.
James Lockhart-Smith, head of Latin America at Maplecroft, tells CNBC that the Venezuelan economy will continue to struggle after the elections.
The Venezuelan government has announced it will conduct a formal inquiry into whether deceased president Hugo Chavez was "inoculated" with cancer. Risa Grais-Targow, Eurasia Group Latin America Analyst, provides perspective on how this might impact oil
At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.
Heliodoro Quintero, CEO of HQ Consultores, tells CNBC why it's impossible to know which path Venezuelan energy policy will follow until after elections have been held.
Aaron Freedman, Moody's, explains why the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not have an immediate impact on the country's sovereign rating.
The Venezuelan president died after losing a long battle with cancer, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, with details on what his death means for oil supplies.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the 58-year old leader died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death has unleashed a flood of emotional tributes that his allies hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled socialist revolution when voters elect a successor.
The prospect of snap elections in Venezuela - which may be triggered if President Hugo Chavez steps down due to his worsening health - may create volatility in global oil markets though any upward price impact is likely to only be short-term.
What does the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mean for crude oil prices? Traders weigh in.
The increased difficulty in finding basic consumer goods in Venezuela is raising concerns about the viability of Chávez's socialist economic policies.
Things are looking increasingly bleak for Hugo Chavez, which has oil companies, Western governments and all of Latin America asking the same question: What's next if he dies?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports medical treatment for cancer will prevent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from being sworn in for a new term at this time.
The implications of Hugo Chavez's illness are enormous, for Venezuela, for the world, and particularly for the U.S., which remains highly dependent on imports of Venezuelan crude.