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  • CARACAS, May 15- Venezuela is pushing for a new agreement between OPEC and non- OPEC nations to stabilize oil prices, President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday, in the most serious indication yet of a renewed drive to boost prices back to $100 per barrel. "We're currently working on a deal that hopefully can materialize in June regarding an announcement between OPEC...

  • Venezuela economy tanks amid pleas for 'libertad' Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 3:27 PM ET
    Leopoldo Lopez is escorted by the National Guard after turning himself in, during a demonstration in Caracas on Feb. 18, 2014.

    As the Venezuelan economy continues to hit new lows, the wife of an imprisoned opposition leader spoke in Washington against the ruling regime.

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • Venezuelan currency tanks; inflation seen near 100% Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 9:48 AM ET
    A bank note with the face of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and the word "devaluated" at a market in Caracas.

    Venezuela’s black market exchange rate weakened below a key level on Thursday, as the bolivar’s decline steepened in the face of hyperinflation and a rapidly shrinking economy.

  • Democracy Award goes to Leopoldo López Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:40 AM ET
    Democracy Award goes to Leopoldo López

    Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the National Endowment for Democracy is awarding Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • Oil rally's winners and losers, country by country Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 12:05 PM ET
    Oil fracking

    The recent rally in oil has forecasters tweaking their models to see what a sustained price recovery might look like.

  • A scary Venezuelan lesson for the U.S. Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 3:25 PM ET
    People line up to buy hygiene products at a drugstore in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 3, 2015.

    Venezuela's government has made every socialist mistake, and now its people may starve.

  • CARACAS, May 6- Venezuela is investigating whether drug companies including Germany's Merck KGaA and Bayer AG have improperly profited from subsidized foreign exchange amid growing medicine shortages, the country's health minister said. Those firms have received a favorable exchange rate through Venezuela's currency controls to produce or import...

  • The places close to USA where China is winning Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    China's President Xi Jinping, left, is welcomed by his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff at Planalto Palace on July 17, 2014 in Brasilia.

    "The Chinese government hopes to develop itself on par with (the United States), Europe and Russia as an international leader," says one expert.

  • Cramer: Quit crying! This group's ready for buying Friday, 1 May 2015 | 6:29 PM ET
    Wholesale

    Jim Cramer has had enough crying about the economy. This group just bottomed, and is ripe for buying.

  • April 29- General Motors Co said it is likely it will cease vehicle production in Venezuela in July as the automaker joins other U.S. corporations in taking action to shield their profits from the South American country's volatile currency. GM has one plant in Venezuela, in Valencia, where it builds the Chevrolet Aveo and Cruze cars, the Orlando crossover vehicle...

  • Why the US won't have OPEC to kick around in 2016 Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 6:36 AM ET
    The oil ministers of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates attend the opening session of the Arab Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi.

    U.S. elections have long featured a familiar whipping post. Yet thanks to the energy boom, it's one that may not play a role in 2016.

  • HOUSTON/ NEW YORK, April 24- Venezuela, struggling to pay for essential items such as food and medicine amid strict foreign currency controls, may have failed to collect about a third of its potential oil revenue in 2014, a Reuters analysis suggests. An exact figure for both realized and deprived revenues is unavailable given the absence of specific data from...

  • ORINOCO BELT, Venezuela, April 19- Venezuela has launched talks this month on a novel plan to blend the country's heavy crude with light oil from other OPEC allies, seeking to create a new variety that can compete against swelling U.S. and Canadian supplies. Del Pino said he raised the idea during the Summit of the Americas in Panama earlier this month and at a...

  • *Major court decisions expected this year- Gold Reserve. CARACAS, April 16-- Gold Reserve Inc, a small Canadian miner that lost its crown jewel in a 2009 expropriation, is targeting Venezuelan assets as it seeks to collect a $750 million arbitration award that would put new strains on the cash-strapped government's finances. With higher-profile cases including...

  • And Venezuela's oil minister Asdrubal Chavez met in Caracas with the local ambassadors of eight OPEC members plus Indonesia on Wednesday, the ministry said. Nearly four months of sub- $60 a barrel crude oil prices is weighing heavily on cash-strapped producers such as Venezuela and Russia, who failed to coax OPEC into cutting output last November.

  • CARACAS, April 15- Venezuela said ambassadors of various OPEC countries, including Saudi Arabia, were meeting the country's oil minister Asdrubal Chavez in Caracas on Wednesday. "Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Ecuador, Iraq, Kuwait, Nigeria, Qatar, Iran and Indonesia are present," the Oil Ministry said in a tweet. The Oil Ministry's twitter feed said the group...

  • CARACAS, April 14- Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA has offered to buy oil and gas producer Harvest Natural Resources Inc's stake in the Petrodelta joint venture, a source close to PDVSA said on Tuesday. The company has twice been poised to sell its minority stake but said the OPEC country blocked the transaction. In 2013 a deal with Indonesia's oil company...

  • CARACAS, April 10- Venezuela's flavorful cocoa, coveted centuries ago by pirates and now a darling of specialty producers, will not be enriching foreign chocolate bars any time soon. "They're ruining the reputation of Venezuela as a cocoa exporter," said group President Alejandro Prosperi. Still, the holdup highlights the risks for businesses in highly...