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  • As Venezuela's crisis deepened, Colombian airline Avianca on Thursday canceled its operations in the country and the U.S. State Department said it was ordering family members of U.S. employees at its embassy in Caracas to leave ahead of the vote. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding...

  • CARACAS/ BARINAS, Venezuela, July 27- Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation. With Venezuela already brimming with shuttered stores and factories, amid a blistering...

  • CARACAS/ BARINAS, Venezuela, July 27- Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed four people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation. With Venezuela already brimming with shuttered stores and factories, amid a blistering...

  • CARACAS/ BARINAS, Venezuela, July 27- Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed three people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation. With Venezuela already brimming with shuttered stores and factories, amid a blistering...

  • Visits to Cuba this month by the presidents of Colombia and Bolivia have fueled speculation that Havana is being courted to help mediate in Venezuela. "Cuba roundly rejects such insinuation and claims absolute respect for the sovereignty and the self-determination of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the...

  • Visits to Cuba this month by the presidents of Colombia and Bolivia have fueled speculation that Havana is being courted to help mediate in Venezuela. "Cuba roundly rejects such insinuation and claims absolute respect for the sovereignty and the self-determination of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the...

  • The arrangement with Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, PDVSA, has drawn fire from U.S. senators who do not want Russia in a position to own a substantial stake of U.S.-based energy assets in potential violation of existing economic sanctions. President Donald Trump threatened to impose "strong economic actions" on Venezuela unless embattled leftist...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country. as he manned a roadblock on a Caracas thoroughfare that was devoid of traffic.

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will institute dictatorship. "We must all do our best to get rid of this tyrant," said Miguel Lopez, 17, holding a homemade shield emblazoned with "No To...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute dictatorship. From the Andes to the Amazon, many businesses shut as the majority-backed opposition staged a 24-...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were deserted and barricaded on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute a dictatorship. Many businesses were staying shut as the opposition organized a 24- hour national shutdown from 6...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Foes of Venezuela's unpopular President Nicolas Maduro are calling for a national shutdown on Thursday to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a new congress they fear would cement dictatorship. "The dictatorship wants to impose an illegal Constitutional Assembly by force to perpetuate itself in power," Requesens added of...

  • MARACAIBO, Venezuela, July 19- Venezuela's severe economic crisis will worsen if President Nicolas Maduro presses ahead with a controversial new congress that would further undermine investor confidence in the OPEC nation, the head of the country's biggest business guild said. Despite months of protests by the majority-backed opposition and widespread...

  • HOUSTON/ HAVANA, July 13- Venezuela's crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters, threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run island. Venezuela's shipments of crude for Cuba's refineries dropped 21 percent to...

  • CARACAS, July 12- Venezuela's government has seized assets from dozens of foreign corporations in nationalizations by the late President Hugo Chavez and the embattled current government of Nicolas Maduro. The legal fight that pushed GM out of Venezuela offers a unique case study in the struggles of foreign corporations to keep operations afloat- much less...

  • CARACAS, July 10- Venezuela's state oil producer, PDVSA, said in a statement it is guaranteeing "legal security" for all foreign companies in the leftist-run nation, rebuffing a government adviser's suggestion that their operations could be nationalized. But PDVSA, whose full name is Petroleos de Venezuela, was quelling fears that a more radical wing of the...

  • CARACAS, July 10- Venezuela's PDVSA is guaranteeing "legal security" for all foreign companies in the leftist-run nation, the state oil producer said in a statement, rebuffing a government adviser's suggestion that their operations could be nationalized. But PDVSA, whose full name is Petroleos de Venezuela, was quelling fears that a more radical wing of the...

  • CARACAS, July 10- Venezuela's PDVSA is guaranteeing "legal security" for all foreign companies in the leftist-run nation, the state oil producer said in a statement, rebuffing a government adviser's suggestion that their operations could be nationalized. The new "constituent assembly" would supersede other institutions and has sparked fears that President...

  • CARACAS, July 7- Inflation in Venezuela's crisis-hit economy was 176 percent in the first half of 2017, the opposition-led congress said on Friday in the absence of official data. Economic hardship in Venezuela, where there are severe food shortages, is helping fuel opposition protests that have led to at least 90 deaths in the last three months.

  • CARACAS, June 30- Canadian miner Crystallex, seeking to recoup financial damages from an expropriation by Venezuela, won U.S. court approval on Friday to bar Japanese bank Nomura from transferring securities owned by the OPEC nation. The court decision follows a Reuters report that Venezuela is seeking to sell some $710 million in fixed-income securities...