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  • CARACAS, Dec 23- Venezuelan shoppers line up outside a Caracas liquor store to buy bottles of Buchanan's 12- year Scotch whisky at half the usual cost, a deal made possible by a state subsidy that gave cheap dollars to import them. The same subsidy, provided under the country's three-tiered exchange control system, helps a Caracas merchant do thriving business in...

  • Global oil impact: Who's hurting, happy, hopeful Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    Russia's currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its debt. The world's four biggest economies— U.S., China, Japan and that of the European Union— all benefit from lower oil prices. "Economically this is a good thing for the U.S., it's a good thing for Europe, it's a good thing for China and it's a good thing for most consumers,"...

  • American oil for Cuba  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd, discusses new U.S. relations with Cuba and its impact to American oil companies, with CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • Fitch slashes Venezuela credit rating as oil slides Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 AM ET
    Oil workers conduct a drill in a petroleum well in Lagunillas at the east coast of Lake Maracaibo near Maracaibo City in Venezuela.

    In Fitch's ratings sytem, a "CCC" rating implies "default is a real possibility."

  • Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    HAVANA— Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia made the announcement in Cuba at the end of another round of peace talks aimed at ending Latin...

  • The ‘Hyman Roth’ play: Cuba-related stocks rally Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:03 PM ET
    Lee Strasberg as Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II

    Shares of cruise company Carnival and airliner Copa Holdings were among the stocks boosted on normalized diplomatic Cuban relations.

  • Ticking time bombs: Where oil's fall is dangerous Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:13 AM ET
    Venezuela is one of the nations most threatened by civil unrest resulting from low oil prices. The Latin American nation has already experienced discord this year, as shown in this image of protesters in Caracas in February.

    Lower oil prices are good for some countries and bad for others. In a few, things could get ugly.

  • Greenpeace carbon stunt draws ire of Peruvians Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Peruvian authorities said activists from Greenpeace damaged a patch of an ancient site when they placed a large sign that promoted renewable energy.

  • Cramer Remix: How you'll know when oil's bottomed Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer is looking for some specific signals to spot the end of the slide.

  • Cramer's guide to ending oil's hemorrhage Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:42 PM ET
    Workers use machinery to move drill sections on the drilling floor of the oil derrick in the Salym Petroleum Development oil fields near the Bazhenov shale formation in Salym, Russia.

    What the heck is going on with oil? Jim Cramer can't take the slow death of oil anymore. He shares his guide to navigating this nasty commodity.

  • At the same event, Venezuela's foreign minister and top OPEC emissary Raphael Ramirez provided his country's answer to Naimi's question: OPEC must act, he told Reuters, because "that is our job. Ramirez said Venezuela would evaluate whether to call for an emergency OPEC meeting after seeing how oil prices perform in the first quarter. Last month, Gulf producers...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Venezuelan sovereign bond prices plunged and the cost to insure the debt against a default surged on Tuesday in thin seasonal trading as five-year low oil prices cut the OPEC nation's cash flow, compounding already weak economic conditions. Analysts point out that Venezuela, despite all its debt, is not a heavily indebted nation.

  • CARACAS, Dec 10- Packing potatoes at his vegetable stand on a sun-baked street in Caracas's hillside Catia slum, Jesus Jimenez fondly recounts voting for late president Hugo Chavez. Like millions in Venezuela's poor "barrios," the chatty father of 14 worshipped the larger-than-life Chavez and benefited from his welfare programs, especially Cuban-staffed...

  • Russia, Venezuela bond fears surface  Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:07 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on weakness in both the Russian and Venezuelan bond market as oil prices continue to pressure government bonds.

  • Venezuela is 'desperately looking for funds' Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 11:54 AM ET
    A worker walks past a mural with a PDVSA logo at its gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, August 29, 2014.

    Days after OPEC decided not to give into Venezuela's plea to cut oil production, Caracas is on a cash-searching mission.

  • Oil war is sticky, but OPEC may be forced to act Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:03 PM ET
    Workers check the valves at the Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, Iraq, in this Aug. 16, 2014 photo.

    Oil prices are expected to stabilize, but OPEC will probably be forced to cut production, analysts say.

  • The countries slammed worst by plunging oil prices Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 1:01 PM ET
    An employee looks out over the petroleum-cracking complex at the Lukoil-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez oil refinery in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Dec. 4, 2014.

    This is not a great time to be an oil producer, but some countries are hurting more than others.

  • ANALYSIS-Venezuela default risks spike Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 5- The dramatic drop in oil prices has Venezuela struggling to cover financing gaps. "If present policies are held unchanged, the market sees the height of default risk in two years time," said Michael Roche, emerging markets fixed-income analyst at the Seaport Group. Venezuela's Expected Default Frequency- Moody's market-based measure of credit...

  • OPEC vs US shale: Who will blink first?  Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 6:33 PM ET

    Dan Eberhart, CEO at Canary, says there is a "battle royale" going on between OPEC and U.S. shale producers.

  • Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president, discusses the impact of oil's decline on Venezuela, Nigeria, and Russia.