Venezuelan opposition leaders said they feared President Hugo Chávez would use decree powers he has requested to override an electoral setback that stripped him of a super-majority in parliament.
Venezuela's parliament gave preliminary approval for President Hugo Chávez to rule South America's top oil producer by decree for a year, prompting opposition accusations that the socialist leader is behaving like a dictator.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez vowed to thrash newly chosen opposition leader Henrique Capriles in an October election and mocked his foes for copying him to woo voters.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's imminent departure for more cancer surgery in Cuba has thrown his re-election campaign into uncertainty and once again shaken the socialist leader's passionate supporters.
Venezuela's ailing socialist leader, Hugo Chávez, will fly to Cuba on Friday for an unknown period to undergo new cancer surgery that has shaken the South American nation before an October presidential election.
Surgeons "completely" removed a lesion from Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's pelvis and the socialist leader is in good physical condition after the operation in Cuba, Venezuela's vice president said on.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez is back working on government affairs from Cuba after a successful operation for his suspected recurrence of cancer, allies said.
The legal team representing Ecuadorean plaintiffs who won an $18 billion landmark case against oil giant Chevron for polluting the Amazon jungle will target the company's assets in Panama and Venezuela in a bid to collect the award
President Hugo Chavez said he will need radiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela's October presidential poll, though he insisted there was no metastasis after the removal of another tumor.
Venezuela is readying a third shipment of diesel to the government of Syria even as President Bashar al-Assad intensifies a crackdown against protesters, said a Venezuelan lawmaker on Monday.
United States Air Force Commander, General Douglas Fraser, in charge of the US Southern Command, stated before Congress that the Department of Defence is “watchful for potential geopolitical turbulence that could impact US citizens,” and highlighted the uncertainties of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez health and economic instability.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will return home next week from Cuba where he is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
Cranes tower over new apartment blocks in Venezuela's capital where President Hugo Chavez's government plans to house 20,000 poor families as part of a populist pre-election spending push.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez flew home after cancer surgery in Cuba that will require him to have radiation therapy ahead of October's re-election bid.
Some 2,000 Venezuelan women are threatening to sue doctors, private clinics and distributors for faulty PIP breast implants if they do not get free replacements in one of the world's hottest markets for plastic surgery.
Venezuela's Mariscal Sucre offshore gas project will begin production in December after years of delays and difficulties in attracting foreign partners, the South American country's energy minister said.
President Hugo Chavez returned home to Venezuela today after a first session of radiation treatment in Cuba that he hopes will cure his cancer and allow him to win a new six-year term in October.
President Hugo Chavez returned home to Venezuela today after his latest session of cancer treatment in Cuba, as he aims to fight off the illness and win a new six-year term in an October election.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wept and asked God to spare his life during a pre-Easter Mass after returning from his latest session of cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has undergone three operations in less than a year, and received two sessions of radiation treatment.
Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías returned to Cuba on Easter Sunday for a third round of radiation therapy.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will attend the Summit of the Americas in Colombia this weekend, Colombia's foreign minister said, in what would be a show of strength for the socialist stalwart who has been weakened by cancer.
Arsenal defeated Venezuela's Zamora 1-0 and still dreams with the classification to the last 16 of the Libertadores de América Cup.
A Venezuelan Supreme Court judge who was removed from his post last month for assisting a drug trafficker has accused President Hugo Chávez's leftist government of systematically manipulating the courts, including meddling in drug cases.
Venezuela asked Interpol to issue a notice for the arrest of a former Supreme Court justice who fled the country after he was removed from the bench for allegedly assisting a drug trafficker.
A healthy-sounding President Hugo Chávez called Venezuelan state television from Cuba to dispel rumors fanned by a nine-day silence that he had died undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital in Havana.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has returned home after 11 days of cancer treatment in Cuba as the state television showed images of the Head of State chatting with his vice president and other aides after arriving at Caracas' international airport early today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that his country will withdraw "from the sadly famous Inter-American Commission on Human Rights" (IACHR) and called for the State Committee to evaluate this issue.
President Hugo Chávez broke a week-long silence to deny he had left Venezuela rudderless during his cancer treatment in Cuba and to promise a resounding re-election win in October.
On a heady night in mid-February, Henrique Capriles roared himself hoarse with optimism at his victory rally in Caracas after trouncing rivals to win the Venezuelan opposition's presidential ticket.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez ended a weeklong silence after his latest cancer treatment with a call to state television, singing a folk song and vowing to deepen his self-styled socialist "revolution."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez reappeared in a live television broadcast, the first time he has been seen in public view since returning from cancer treatment in Cuba almost two weeks ago.
President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, made his first public appearance before the press today since April, after meeting with a part of the Belarus government.
Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías will submit on Monday 11 his candidacy for next October 7 presidential vote, according to his campaign manager Jorge Rodríguez.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said today medical tests following his cancer treatment show he is in good health, but provided few additional details about an illness that has become an obsession in the OPEC nation.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez led his biggest rally since he was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, seeking to stage a show of strength as he heads into a re-election campaign to extend his 13 years of socialist rule.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has a 16-percentage-point lead over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles ahead of an election in October, a new opinion poll showed today.
Political ads exalting Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chávez as second only to God have offended opponents and added further controversy to an already spicy election campaign.
Paraguay’s government blasted Mercosur’s decision of taking Venezuela as a full member of the bloc "before finishing the legislative procedure to so" and assured the measure lacks legal recognition. President Federico Franco also said that his country's suspension from the bloc 'is illegal and illegitimate.'
President Hugo Chávez shook off his health problems to lead a massive rally on Sunday while opposition rival Henrique Capriles took to remote regions for the formal launch of Venezuela's presidential race.
President Hugo Chávez said he was fully recovered from cancer three months before Venezuela's election, where he is seeking to win another six-year term.
President Hugo Chavez denied on Friday that Venezuela was a threat to anyone, after US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for playing down the risk posed by the socialist leader.
Venezuela's verbose Hugo Chávez is offering to send supporters his tweets to their mobile phones as the socialist president fights a vigorous opposition campaign across the Twitter-mad country ahead of an Oct. 7 election.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez compared his election rival to "far-right" US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, saying both men wanted to subjugate the country under capitalism and crush his socialist "revolution."
Planning Minister Julio De Vido and senior members of the Venezuelan Oil Company PDVSA were holding a meeting this afternoon to discuss the details of plan of cooperation between oil companies PDVSA and recently nationalized YPF.
Venezuela's Hugo Chávez unveiled a 3D image of South America's 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar on Tuesday, based on bones the president ordered exhumed two years ago to test his theory that Bolivar was murdered.
The head of Venezuela's embassy in Kenya was strangled to death at her official residence in the capital Nairobi, police said.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner assured today during a press conference held at the Mercosur summit in Brasilia, that Venezuela’s entry to the bloc “strengthens the entire region.”
Venezuela's Ruben Limardo Gascon broke his country's 44-year gold medal drought when he defeated Norway's Bartosz Piasecki 15-10 in the men's epee competition for the nation's first fencing medal.
Argentina and Venezuela gave their first step in the creation of an energy strategic alliance between oil companies YPF and PDVSA, after the agreement signed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chávez, in Brasilia last Tuesday.
A US citizen arrested in Venezuela while entering illegally from Colombia is a former US Marine and is refusing to explain himself under interrogation, President Hugo Chávez said.
Well-armed inmates in one of Venezuela's notoriously overcrowded prisons rioted over the weekend, killing 25 people, the government said.
An explosion tore through Venezuela's biggest oil refinery early today, killing at least 24 people, wounding more than 50 and halting operations at the huge facility in the OPEC nation's worst industrial accident in recent memory.
Venezuela's biggest refinery is on track to restart within two days, the energy minister said, a day after an explosion and fire there killed 39 people in one of the global oil industry's deadliest accidents.
Venezuelan firefighters struggled to put out a blaze at the country's biggest refinery sparked by an explosion that killed 41 people in one of the global oil industry's deadliest accidents.
Venezuela's biggest refinery could restart operations and fires still burning in three storage tanks will be extinguished within two days, the country's energy minister said, following the country's worst oil industry accident.
Firefighters have managed to extinguish two of three burning storage tanks at Venezuela's biggest refinery today, officials said, as authorities aim to restart the facility by the end of the week.
Venezuelan firefighters put out a blaze at the country's biggest oil refinery paving the way for a restart of the facility and an investigation into the world's deadliest refinery accident in fifteen years.
Against a smoke-blackened skyline of blazing fuel storage tanks, residents who lived alongside Venezuela's biggest oil refinery wandered through what looked like a war zone for days.
Striker Salomon Rondon scored twice to give Venezuela a 2-0 away win over Paraguay in the Defensores del Chaco cauldron in a World Cup qualifier.
Rival supporters in Venezuela's presidential election fought and threw stones on Wednesday before a campaign stop by opposition leader Henrique Capriles less than a month before an Oct. 7 vote.
Venezuela's opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles kicked a top aide off his campaign after vague corruption accusations by government leaders, potentially harming his bid to unseat socialist President Hugo Chávez.
Venezuela's opposition challenger Henrique Capriles sought to deflect attention from a corruption row by throwing the accusation back at President Hugo Chávez on Friday in an escalating political brawl ahead of the Oct. 7 vote.
Venezuela today rejected as unsubstantiated a new US report that accused President Hugo Chavez's government of failing to fight the drugs trade.
Venezuela's opposition presidential candidate chided Hugo Chavez for publicly weeping over the loss of freedom he has had to contend with during his 14 years in power, all part of an increasingly dramatic campaign ahead of the Oct. 7 vote.
Venezuela's opposition candidate Henrique Capriles slammed President Hugo Chávez for blocking a live broadcast of an opposition rally, highlighting criticism the leftist leader abuses state resources to guarantee his re-election.
One of Colombia's most wanted drug traffickers was captured in neighbouring Venezuela with the help of Caracas as well as British and US intelligence agencies, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.
Venezuela's opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles spoke at a rally today, mocking President Hugo Chavez's grandiose campaign pledges two weeks before the election, and vowed to fix voters' daily problems if he wins.
Venezuelan pollsters diverged sharply over whether President Hugo Chávez will win re-election on Oct. 7 or lose to opposition rival Henrique Capriles in an increasingly close election.
Gunmen shot and killed two local leaders of parties backing presidential challenger Henrique Capriles today in the worst violence of a volatile campaign before Venezuela's election next weekend, the opposition said.
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles demanded justice for the shooting of three of his activists, while President Hugo Chavez promised to expand his socialist agenda if he wins next weekend's election.
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles pledged to help Colombia in its peace talks with rebels and distance himself from Iran should he defeat President Hugo Chávez in an increasingly tight race ahead of Sunday's election.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez faces the toughest election of his 14-year rule on Sunday in a vote pitting his charisma and oil-financed largesse against challenger Henrique Capriles' promise of jobs, safer streets and an end to cronyism.
Venezuelans packed supermarkets to stock up on food and other essentials in case of trouble around Sunday's presidential vote, which was shaping up as the biggest electoral challenge of Hugo Chavez's 14-year rule.
The last time he ran for re-election, President Hugo Chávez won comfortably in Petare, one of Latin America’s biggest slums with nearly half a million people.
Hugo Chávez loyalists blew bugles in a wake up call for voters as the Venezuelan leader faced the biggest electoral challenge yet to his socialist rule from a young rival tapping into discontent over crime and cronyism.
Investors who have been buying up Venezuelan bonds in hopes of an opposition victory in this weekend’s presidential election will be heartened by the results of a poll from Consultores 21 which shows Henrique Capriles having the edge on incumbent Hugo Chávez.
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez said today he is "very happy" so far with the outcome of the general elections and predicted that given the massive participation in the process it may not close until past 6pm local time.
Special report by Carolina Barros from Caracas
An ebullient President Hugo Chávez hailed his comfortable re-election as evidence of Venezuela's "perfect" democracy and mocked his foes' depiction of him as a dictator.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez named Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro as his new vice-president in the first change of his cabinet after Sunday's re-election.
Bus drivers from the 60 line decided to lift the strike, despite the fact that they did not reach an agreement during Thursday's meeting with Labour Ministry officials. A new meeting is expected to take part tomorrow at the ministry.
Following a nearly two-week absence from the public eye, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Cuba for medical treatment, months after he underwent chemotherapy and radiation for cancer there.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is doing well as he receives medical treatment in Cuba, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said today, despite a two-week absence from public view that has raised fresh doubts about his health.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez will travel to Brazil for a regional summit at the end of this week despite cancer-related medical treatment in Cuba, Brazil's ambassador said on today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will not attend a regional trade summit in Brazil, sources said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez flew to Cuba early today for cancer surgery, vowing to return quickly despite admitting the disease could curb his 14-year rule of the South American nation.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's cancer operation in Cuba yesterday was a success, his vice president said, adding that the complex surgery had lasted more than six hours and he would be recuperating for several days.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is in stable condition after his cancer operation in Cuba, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding as a result of a six-hour operation in Cuba meant to treat a third bout of cancer, the government said.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez is recovering "satisfactorily" from his cancer surgery in Cuba although the process remains slow, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has recovered "full intellectual capacity" after a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba this week, an official said today, but offered few details on the socialist firebrand's physical condition.
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles held his governorship post in state elections, leaving him well placed to challenge the government, should President Hugo Chavez's cancer necessitate a new presidential vote.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez is in "stable" condition in Cuba after being treated for a respiratory infection following cancer surgery a week ago, the government said today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is conscious and recovering a week after a cancer surgery he underwent in Cuba, and "in good conditions" after suffering a respiratory infection, according to Vice-President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro stated during an interview that President Hugo Chávez is "aware of the complex situation he is going through," and blasted the press over the rumours about of his condition.
Venezuela's opposition demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chávez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is still suffering from a lung infection that has hindered his breathing as he battles to recover from Dec. 11 cancer surgery, the government said today.
Venezuelan emergency services mounted a sea and air rescue mission after a plane carrying fashion executive Vittorio Missoni went missing off the coast of Venezuela.
Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chávez as leader of the National Assembly today, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery.
Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chávez to head the National Assembly, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery.
Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chávez's inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation's political future.
Venezuela's top court endorsed the postponement of Hugo Chavez's inauguration this week and ruled that the cancer-stricken president remained the South American OPEC nation's leader.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner designated Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman to represent the country in the events taking place tomorrow in the Venezuelan capital.
Venezuela's cancer-stricken president, Hugo Chavez, is recovering in Cuba and is not in a coma as some have rumored a month after surgery, his brother, Adan Chavez, said after a visit to Havana.
Cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's lung infection has been controlled and his medical condition is developing positively, more than a month after his latest surgery in Cuba, the government said.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro gave a brief state of the nation address today in place of his ailing boss, Hugo Chávez, who has not been seen in public since going to Cuba for cancer surgery more than a month ago.
Venezuela's opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, called today for a proof of life from ailing President Hugo Chávez who has not been seen since cancer surgery in Cuba five weeks ago.
Venezuela's vice president hit out at the country's business leaders, saying they were seeking to destabilize the nation while cancer-stricken President Hugo Chávez fights to recover from surgery.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez does not have a date for his return from Cuba despite "encouraging" news on his recovery from cancer surgery, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro said unidentified groups had entered the country with the aim of assassinating him and the head of the National Assembly as President Hugo Chávez recovers from cancer in Cuba.
A jail riot in southwestern Venezuela killed dozens of people on Friday, local media reported, the latest incident in the ongoing crisis in the South American nation's crowded prisons.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has overcome a respiratory infection, but is still being treated for breathing problems after cancer surgery in Cuba last month, a government minister said today.
A prison riot in southwestern Venezuela killed 61 people, a hospital official said, although the government has refused to give an official death toll in the bloody standoff that highlighted chaos in the country's jails.
Tigre put in an excellent performance to beat Venezuela’s Deportivo Anzoátegui 3-0 in the away leg of the Libertadores Cup preliminary round to win on a 5-1 aggregate and qualify for first round group 2.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is getting "much better" as he recovers from cancer surgery almost two months ago in Havana, Communist Party newspaper Granma reported today.
Opposition leaders derided another currency devaluation by President Hugo Chávez's government as evidence of economic incompetence, while some anxious Venezuelans hit shops on Saturday in fear of price increases.
More than a week after former leader Fidel Castro was quoted in Cuban media as saying Venezuela's cancer-stricken President Hugo Chávez was "much better," the Communist Party newspaper published a different, toned down version of his comments.
Venezuela's government published the first pictures of cancer-stricken Hugo Chávez since his operation in Cuba more than two months ago, showing him smiling while lying in bed reading a newspaper, flanked by his two daughters.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa vowed today to press ahead with laws to control the media and redistribute land to the poor as he looks to deepen his socialist revolution after a resounding re-election victory.
Venezuela's cancer-stricken president, Hugo Chávez, is still suffering respiratory problems after his operation in Cuba more than two months ago, the government said.
Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez has been undergoing "tougher" new treatment for cancer including chemotherapy at the military hospital where he has been for the last two weeks, his vice-president said.
President Hugo Chávez's breathing problems have worsened and the socialist leader is suffering a new, severe respiratory infection after cancer surgery in Cuba, Venezuela's government said today.
“We are still holding on to God”, María Gabriela Chávez, one of Hugo Chávez’s daughters, tweeted as she welcomed messages of solidarity and support to the president of Venezuela, who is struggling to recover from cancer surgery.
Venezuela's political and military leaders gathered at the presidential palace and supporters wept after the government said President Hugo Chávez suffered a serious setback in his battle against cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías died after a two-year battle with cancer. Venezuelans will vote for a new president in 30 days and Vice President Nicolas Maduro will temporarily assume power.
The announcement made by Vice-President Nicolás Maduro about the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, 58-years-old, immediately hit the global press.
President Barack Obama today said the United States is interested in starting a new relationship with Venezuela after the death of its socialist president, Hugo Chávez.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles called for unity among Venezuelans and offered condolences to Hugo Chávez's family and supporters after the president's death today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez'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.
President Cristina Fernández Kirchner, accompanied by an important delegation of officials and legislators, attended the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died yesterday at age 58.
Venezuelans react on the streets of Caracas after the death of President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner decided to pay a last visit, at noon, to the Military Hospital in Caracas, where the remains of Hugo Chávez lies, to then return to Buenos Aires. "I didn't come here to bid farewell to a President, but to a friend," she stated in her Twitter account.
President Hugo Chávez died of a massive heart attack after great suffering and inaudibly mouthed his desire to live, the head of Venezuela's presidential guard said.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner resumed her official activities after returning from a two-day trip to Venezuela, where she attended later president Hugo Chávez’s funeral services in Caracas.
Venezuela will likely hold a presidential election in mid-April, multiple sources from the opposition and election board said although some in the government were pushing for the symbolic April 13 anniversary of Hugo Chávez's return to power after a short-lived 2002 coup.
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Sunday he will challenge the late Hugo Chavez's preferred successor for the presidency next month, setting the stage for a bitter campaign.
Venezuela's opposition leader vowed to fight late Hugo Chávez's preferred successor for the presidency next month and the pair quickly locked horns in an angry war of words.
Cuba's Fidel Castro praised the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a champion of the poor and said Cubans had lost their best friend ever, in his first comments on the death last week of his socialist ally.
Cuba's Fidel Castro praised the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a champion of the poor and said Cubans had lost their best friend ever, in his first comments on the death last week of his socialist ally.
Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into suspicions that the late President Hugo Chávez's cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said.
By Carolina Barros.- The first Jesuit, Latin American and Argentine pope ever. Sounds like another case of “God is also Argentine,” that popular saying which offers so much consolation and hope in bleak times — not to mention “the hand of God.”
Venezuela's acting president urged US President Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup ahead of an April 14 election.
Argentina's national footbal team wins Venezuela 2-0 in the eliminatory round for the 2014 World Cup.
Venezuela's acting President Nicolás Maduro called the country's opposition "heirs of Hitler," accusing them of persecuting Cuban doctors working in the South American country the way Jews were persecuted in Nazi Germany.
Venezuelan acting President Nicolás Maduro made a pilgrimage to late socialist leader Hugo Chávez's birthplace and pledged to win the April 14 election in his honor.
Acting President Nicolás Maduro said that Venezuelan authorities had arrested several people suspected of plotting to sabotage one of his campaign rallies before an April 14 election by cutting the power.
Acting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to stamp out corruption following days of accusations by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles that ruling party officials were plundering the country's oil wealth.
Less than a week ahead of the elections that will determine Caracas’ political scenario after the death of Hugo Chávez, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman meet with his Venezuelan counterpart Elías Jaua to address current state of bilateral ties.
Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles denied accusations from acting President Nicolás Maduro that he would scrap popular welfare policies if he wins Sunday's election.
Nicolás Maduro’s closing campaign rally had a special guest with Diego Maradona giving a celebrity boost to Venezuela’s colorful presidential elections that will test Hugo Chavez’s socialist legacy.
Head of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Hebe de Bonafini sent a letter to Nicolas Maduro, who runs for the presidency of Venezuela, and predicted him a comfortable victory.
Venezuela's government said it foiled a plot to destabilize Sunday's presidential election, the latest in a flurry of claims that the opposition has derided as crude attempts to distract voters from the country's problems.
Hugo Chávez loyalists on the eve of a presidential vote celebrated across Venezuela a milestone in the late leader's socialist revolution, irking the opposition that complained of a campaign tipped in favor of the government.
Venezuelan acting President Nicolás Maduro and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles square off in Sunday's election to determine who will succeed socialist leader Hugo Chávez, who died of cancer last month.
Late socialist leader Hugo Chávez's chosen successor Nicolás Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a whisker but now faces opposition protests plus a host of economic and political challenges in the OPEC nation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Nicolas Maduro on winning Venezuela's presidential election, saying he expected good relations to continue with a country where Moscow has significant oil investments.
Venezuela's ruling party candidate Nicolás Maduro called for peace and said he would be willing for Sunday's election result to be audited.
Argentina’s Foreign Ministry sent its congratulations to Venezuela’s elected president Nicolás Maduro. through an oficial communiqué. “The people of Argentina and its government congratulate President Nicolás Maduro for his electoral victory.”
Venezuela's election authority formally proclaimed Nicolas Maduro the winner of Sunday's presidential vote, despite insistence by the opposition that the ceremony be suspended until a complete recount was carried out.
Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro accused the opposition of planning a coup against him after seven government supporters were killed in clashes over his disputed election victory.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner asked the US government to recognize Nicolás Maduro’s victory after the Venezuelan presidential elections and assured that the results were reached after a “transparent electoral process.”
Venezuela's opposition leaders said they feared persecution over post-election protests, but President-elect Nicolás Maduro promised to protect his rival despite their vicious election dispute.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president at a ceremony attended by leaders from Iran to Brazil after a decision to widen an electronic audit of the vote took some of the heat out of a dispute over his election.
President Nicolas Maduro's government declared a 90-day "emergency" in Venezuela's electricity sector to speed up infrastructure work and equipment imports needed to prevent politically-contentious power cuts.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named a new acting head of its US diplomatic mission in Washington and sent an offer of dialogue after attacking the United States for "interference" in a row over his election.
Venezuela's government-controlled parliament set up an inquiry into violence over its disputed election that authorities blame on opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
Venezuela has detained an American citizen it says was financing opposition student demonstrations after this month's disputed presidential election, the latest in a flurry of accusations over last week's post-vote violence.
Fistfights broke out in Venezuela's parliament, leaving a number of legislators bloodied and injured during an angry session linked to the South American nation's bitter election dispute.
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro asked the US to “respect” his country, and warned about the raise of an extreme right in the Caribbean nation but said he’ll do everything possible “in order to stop the appearance of a new Pinochet.”
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles challenged President Nicolas Maduro's narrow election victory before the Supreme Court, prolonging what appears to be a futile effort to overturn last month's vote.
The Venezuelan government's suggestion that an American citizen it has detained is a spy is "ridiculous," US President Barack Obama said in a television interview during a visit to Costa Rica.
Venezuela brushed off criticism from US President Barack Obama and maintained its accusation that an American detainee in Caracas is a spy pretending to be a filmmaker.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro got strong backing from regional heavyweight Brazil on a tour of South American allies to cement his legitimacy as political heir to the late Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela’s opposition yesterday released an audio recording that it said contains a prominent member of the ruling party discussing political strategy with a Cuban intelligence officer.
By Juan Forero - The Washington Post
The once-almighty US dollar has lost its lustre in some corners of the world. But there’s one outpost where greenbacks have never been stronger: in socialist, anti-imperialist Venezuela, whose government rails against US-style capitalism as the bane of humanity.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos dismissed as "crazy" accusations made by his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro that Santos is involved in a plot to overthrow him, and called for a diplomatic solution to the dispute.
Cuba expressed support for its ally Venezuela in a row with Colombia, which Havana suggested could hurt peace talks it has been hosting to end Colombia's long war with leftist rebels.
Venezuela's Congress will discuss legislation next week that would prohibit bottle feeding of infants to try to encourage breast feeding and reduce the use of baby formula, said a lawmaker of the ruling Socialist Party.
Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seeking asylum in Ecuador, the Quito government said, after Hong Kong let him leave its territory despite Washington's efforts to extradite him on espionage charges.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor, deserved the "world's protection" for divulging details of Washington's spy program.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was among several South American leaders who spoke out at an emergency Unasur meeting, convened after Evo Morales was stopped from landing in several European nations. Cristina called on the responsible nations to apologise, and spoke out in defence of the Bolivian leader.
Venezuela said it had not had any contact with former US security contractor Edward Snowden, a day after President Nicolas Maduro offered him asylum in defiance of Washington.
Austrian officials did not search the plane which carried Evo Morales in the hunt for US whistleblower Edward Snowden, the President of the European country has stated in an attempt to ease the diplmoatic crisis causd by the incident.
President Nicolas Maduro has revealed that Venezuela has received "a letter requesting asylum" from Edward Snowden. The ex-intelligence services consultant is wanted by the United States for espionage and has been in a Moscow airport for the last two weeks.
Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks clarified after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it.
Venezuela has still not received a formal response to its offer of asylum to former US spy contractor Edward Snowden, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told a news agency today.
This August 15, Mercosur will lift the suspension on Paraguay's participations that has held since June 29 2012, Uruguay representative Luis Almagro has announced.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos on Monday agreed to turn the page on a diplomatic dispute triggered when Santos met with Venezuela's main opposition leader in May.
A clash between gangs killed at least 16 inmates at a Venezuelan prison in the latest bloodshed to afflict the notoriously over-crowded penal system, the government said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said today he was expelling the top US diplomat in the South American nation and two others, accusing them of meeting with opposition leaders and encouraging "acts of sabotage" against his country.
The US Embassy in Venezuela defended three diplomats expelled by President Nicolas Maduro, rejecting charges they were involved in espionage and accusations Washington is trying to destabilise the OPEC nation.
Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro went to parliament to seek decree powers that he says are essential to tackle corruption and fix the economy but opponents view as proof he wants to rule as an autocrat.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the military "occupation" of a chain of electronics stores in a crackdown on what the socialist government views as price-gouging hobbling the country's economy.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that authorities had arrested more than 100 "bourgeois" businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging since the weekend.
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela to pressure President Nicolas Maduro's government before Dec. 8 local elections after their leader denounced the pre-dawn arrest of an aide.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election "economic offensive" aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.
Venezuela's government said it was temporarily occupying the local subsidiary of multinational packaging company Smurfit Kappa, accusing the company of using its dominant position in the market to inflate prices.
Venezuelans voted in municipal elections today that are the biggest political test yet for President Nicolas Maduro as he tries to halt an economic slide and preserve the legacy of his late mentor, Hugo Chavez.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro shuffled his top economic officials, limited corporate profits by law to under 30%, and said the official exchange rate would remain at 6.3 to the dollar this year despite a soaring black market and rumors of devaluation.
Venezuela decreed a new price control law that sets limits on company profits and establishes prison terms for those charged with hoarding or over-charging, part of socialist President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to tame inflation.
Venezuelan authorities have arrested another eight anti-government protesters, bringing to 19 the number being held amid street demonstrations that President Nicolas Maduro says are being orchestrated by foreign-backed "coup-seekers".
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his government in coming hours would reform currency exchange regulations to allow for a new foreign exchange platform under the OPEC nation's currency controls.
Two people were killed and 23 injured during standoffs at the end of an anti-government rally in Caracas, escalating the worst bout of unrest in Venezuela since protests against President Nicolas Maduro's April 2013 election.
The Argentine government has condemned what it terms "clear efforts of destablisation" in Venezuela, following yesterday's clashes which left three dead and 23 injured on the streets of Caracas.
A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before.
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich has ratified Argentina’s “solidarity with the Venezuelan legitimately elected constitutional authorities” and denounced what he called a “manipulation of information” carried out by opposition media in the Caribbean country.
Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched in the center of Caracas to call for peace and make a show of political strength after this week's deadly violence at street protests.
Venezuelan police fired teargas and turned water cannons on stone-throwing protesters to stop them blocking a Caracas highway in a fourth day of sporadic unrest against President Nicolas Maduro's government.
Venezuela has ordered three US diplomats to leave the country, accusing them of recruiting students to lead protests that were the OPEC nation's most serious violence since President Nicolas Maduro's April election and in which three people were killed.
The Union of Southern Nations (UNASUR) today expressed its "energetic condemnation" of the violent episodes recorded over the last week in Venezuela during conflicting opposition and pro-government marches, and called for "the preservation of institutions and democratic principles" in the divided nation.
Buenos Aires has ratified its support and solidarity to Caracas where anti-government protests have sparked tensions and violence over the past days. Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said “any conspiratorial attitude” in Venezuela poses a threat “to all South American democracies.”
Hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has handed himself over to Venezuelan security forces answering an arrest warrant placed on the figure following last week's fatal protests.
Imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of Venezuela's socialist government, even as he was due in court today accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least four people.
Venezuelan state television said that a woman died after an ambulance taking her to hospital was blocked by opposition protesters in Caracas, bring to six the number of fatalities in a week of political unrest.
US President Barack Obama yesterday sharply criticized the Venezuelan government for arresting protesters and urged the government to focus on the "legitimate grievances" of its people.
Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.
"CNN has the objective of forcing a civil war in order to provoke the 'gringo' [USA] army against our fatherland. Alert the entire country, alert," the head of state warned, in a live television appearance this evening.
Venezuela's jailed protest leader urged supporters to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence that has killed at least six people and rocked the OPEC member nation.
A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela's political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose to at least eight.
By James NeilsonRonald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher and Karol Wojtyla may have helped push the Soviet Union towards what one of its founders called history’s rubbish dump, but even if all three had been fervent communists it would sooner or later have ended up where it finally did because, as its rulers belatedly realised, it was programmed to self-destruct.
By Mempo GiardinelliWhile both teacher unions and government officials put their heads down to discuss pay increases while nobody knows if classes will start on time next month, various other questions have been heating up Argentina’s already torrid summer.
By Martín GambarottaThere’s nothing like upheaval in other parts of the world to put things into perspective here at home. Look at those blood-curdling photographs dispatched from Ukraine and Venezuela and suddenly the situation in Argentina feels under control. That could change. But the same goes for almost every region in the world. It’s quiet one day. Then the turmoil can hit.
The Argentine ambassador in Caracas, Carlos Cheppi, has declared his confidence that Nicolás Maduro would not be forced out of office early as president of Venezuela, describing rumours of that eventuality as "crazy" in an interview held today.
Anti-government demonstrators set up barricades and started fires in Venezuela's capital today despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests in which at least 14 people have died in the OPEC nation.
Argentine ambassador to the UK Alicia Castro has revealed her support for Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro as protests in the nation continued, while criticising what she saw as a "ferocious media attack" carried out by opponents of the head of state.
The United States today ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave in reprisal for President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion of three US embassy staff accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least 13 people.
Pope Francis has called for a “cease of violence and hostilities” in Venezuela and prayed for dialogue and reconciliation in a country that has seen both anti and pro-government protesters flooding main cities' streets over the past weeks.
Venezuela’s opposition has declined its participation in the so called ‘National Peace Conference’, sponsored by President Nicolas Maduro in the presidential palace, as marches and protests continue nationwide.
The Organization or American States (OAS) has suspended tomorrow’s summit regarding Venezuela’s political unrest “for administrative reasons”, but postponed the meeting for a further date, officials said.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua today met with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the Olivos presidential residence. He held a meeting earlier with his Argentine counterpart Héctor Timerman, in a South American tour that has begun in Bolivia, and will continue in Uruguay and Brazil.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua was holding a press conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires today along with his Argentinean counterpart Héctor Timerman.
An executive summary published today by the US State Department describes Venezuela’s political power as “concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive”, and reported human rights abuses, including corruption, freedom of speech restrictions, and political persecutions amid others.
Democrat senator Bob Menéndez and Republican Senator Marco Rubio have presented a resolution before US legislative upper house demanding sanctions against Venezuela to punish “the violent repression suffered by pacific protesters”.
The United States is working with Colombia and other countries to see if mediation can bring opposing sides in Venezuela together for talks on ending unrest there, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner reaffirmed Argentina’s support to the “democratic” government of Venezuela as she denounced an attempt of “soft coup” that seeks to destabilize the Caribbean country.
While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.
Venezuela geared up for commemorations of socialist leader Hugo Chavez's death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of "El Comandante."
Followers of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chávez flooded the streets to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his successor who has faced a month of violent protests.
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic and commercial relations with the Panamanian government due to a "conspiracy" against his administrtation.
A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said.
Latin American foreign ministers will meet next week to discuss the unrest in Venezuela that has left at least 20 dead and convulsed the South American OPEC nation, diplomatic sources.
A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters in the first foreign fatality from a month of unrest in Venezuela, authorities and state media said.
Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas again as three more fatal shootings raised to 25 the death toll from a month of demonstrations against Venezuela's socialist government.
Venezuela's state prosecutor said the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.
The South American OPEC nation, which has one of the world's highest rates of inflation, said that despite the protests inflation slowed on a month-on-month basis to 2.4 percent from 3.3 percent in January.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned protesters in Caracas to clear a square they have made their stronghold, or face eviction by security forces.
A Venezuela National Guard captain died today after being shot in the head during a demonstration, the military said, the 29th fatality in six weeks of clashes between protesters and security forces.
Venezuela's Congress today requested a criminal investigation of opposition deputy Maria Corina Machado for crimes including treason in relation to her involvement in anti-government protests that have left at least 28 dead.
Two Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses and local media said today, pushing the death toll from almost two months of anti-government protests to 33.
Venezuela's top state prosecutor has affirmed that security forces had committed "excesses" in breaking up nearly two months of opposition protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro that have left at least 34 dead.
A pregnant woman was shot dead near Caracas and a soldier was killed in the western state of Merida, as the death toll from weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela rises to 36.
The Venezuelan government led by President Nicolás Maduro has decreed that property owners who have rented for over 20 years must offer tenants the chance to buy their homes, in a new plan to tackle a chronic housing shortage in the nation.
Venezuelan troops dispersed opposition demonstrators with tear gas today and blocked anti-government activist Maria Corina Machado, recently stripped of her seat in the National Assembly, from reaching the legislature.
Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused today President Nicolas Maduro's government of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people.
Venezuela's opposition said it agreed to attend exploratory talks with President Nicolas Maduro's government in a bid to end the country's worst political unrest for a decade.
The Venezuelan government formally invited today the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to join the exploratory talks with the opposition as “mediator of good will”.
President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.
Underlying the gravity of the crisis in Venezuela, authorities said today that a policeman was shot dead in western Barquisimeto city while dispersing a demonstration.
Venezuelan Nairobi Pinto, who was kidnapped one week ago by two armed and masked men, and her whereabouts were a mystery, has been found safe.
Hundreds rallied to demand the "resurrection" of Venezuelan democracy while effigies of both President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leaders were paraded for burning in a local Easter Day tradition.
Venezuela has violated the rights of opposition protesters through beatings, illegal detentions and failure to follow due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Venezuelan security forces arrested 243 people in pre-dawn raids of youth anti-government activists camps in public spaces.
Although the government hoped the demolition of four camps in Caracas would snuff out a three-month protest movement, activists vowed the measure had only strengthened their resolve to demonstrate against Maduro.
Mediators from the Union of South American States (UNASUR) urged Venezuela's government and opposition back to the negotiating table today after failing to revive talks to stem months of protests in the polarized nation.
The US House of Representatives passed legislation today, to impose sanctions on Venezuelans responsible for human rights abuses during anti-government protests, despite Obama administration worries that they could threaten talks seeking to ease the unrest.
Venezuelan officials accused hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado of leading plots to topple President Nicolas Maduro in league with US officials.
Tear gas canisters fired by the thousands on the streets of Caracas are being transformed into sculptures in a competition seeking to give an artistic twist to this year's anti-government unrest in Venezuela.
Such were the statements by Gerardo Milman, member of the GEN party and director representing the opposition at the AFSCA media watchdog.
A blackout cut electricity in various parts of Venezuela and twice interrupted the live television broadcast of a speech by President Maduro, who said authorities were seeking more information about the outage.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner invited Bolivian president Evo Morales, Uruguay leader José Mujica and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro to participate in a special dinner after her meeting with the Russian head of state, Vladimir Putin.
Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of the "Tower of David," a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline, thought to be the world's tallest slum.
Venezuela's former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the United States, was arrested on a Caribbean island while on diplomatic business, the South American country said in a sternly worded statement.
A retired Venezuelan general wanted in the United States over drug-trafficking accusations remained in jail on the Caribbean island of Aruba over the weekend awaiting a formal extradition request, his lawyer said on Saturday.
President Cristina Ferández de Kirchner will this Tuesday attend the 46th leaders' summit of the Mercosur organisation in Caracas, Venezuela. Vice-president Amado Boudou will receive control of the executive while the head of state is out of Argentina.
Venezuela has revealed that retired military General Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States over drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, would be freed and return home shortly.
Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro headed the celebrations of what would have been Hugo Chávez’s 60th birthday today and said “a little bird” told him the deceased socialist leader is “happy and full of love”.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today addressed fellow heads of state at the 46th Mercosur summit, where she thanked members of the bloc for their support over the ongoing fight with holdout investors in the New York courts.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the creation of a fingerprinting system in stores that sell food to limit smuggling of subsidized staple products.
A member of Venezuela's Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian "Lord's Prayer" to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.
Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to boost his popularity but shows no sign of revamping his nation's troubled economy, meaning prospects of gasoline price hikes and a unification of Byzantine currency controls have dimmed.
El Impulso, the oldest newspaper in Venezuela, will stop publishing next week because it cannot find printing paper, the latest victim of a shifting media landscape triggered by shortages.
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has said he will travel to New York this week for his debut appearance as president at the United Nations General Assembly despite "racist" editorials against him in major US newspapers.
Robert Serra, a young "Chavista" ruling party lawmaker, died after being stabbed in his home in Caracas in an "intentional homicide," government officials said, in Venezuela's latest high-profile violent crime.
Venezuelan authorities have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a pro-government lawmaker this month, President Nicolós Maduro said.
Red-clad "Chavistas" rallied in central Caracas today to protest the killing of a young ruling party lawmaker, while across town a protest called by the opposition's new leader failed to attract as big a crowd.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that the South American country would avoid more borrowing on international markets due to rising costs as a result of worsening credit risk perceptions.
Venezuela has announced it is calling back its ambassador to Spain for consultations in protest over Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's call to free a Venezuelan opposition activist jailed for leading protests against President Nicolas Maduro.
A display showing mannequins of pregnant schoolgirls at a Caracas mall is shocking shoppers and stirring debate over sex education in Venezuela.
The United States has imposed visa restrictions on current and former Venezuelan officials involved in alleged human rights abuses and on people believed responsible for public corruption, provoking a furious reaction from President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested opposition leader and Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma, after accusations he was involved in a coup attempt against President Nicolás Maduro. Witnesses said he was taken from his office.
The Union of Southamerican Nations (UNASUR) has urged the US government to abrogate the decree that last week declared Venezuela as a threat to the country’s national security and called for dialogue between Washington and Caracas.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will attend the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panamá City. The head of state is expected to adress the Malvinas cause and "vulture funds", among other subjects.
Mauricio Macri, who won Sunday’s historic presidential runoff, ratified statements he made during the campaign that he will request Venezuela’s suspension in the Mercosur for “breaking” the regional bloc’s democratic clause.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he had a "battery" of decrees ready to issue once parliament grants him special powers that opponents say are an attack on democracy in the South American nation.
Venezuela's parliament gave President Hugo Chávez decree powers for 18 months, outraging opposition parties that accuse him of turning South America's biggest oil producer into a dictatorship.
Venezuela's opposition accused President Hugo Chávez of a "coup d'etat" after the outgoing parliament gave him the power to rule by decree for 18 months and pushed through a host of new laws.
Venezuelan security forces fired a water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of students protesting against a new law tightening the government's control over universities.
Denying he was a dictator, President Hugo Chávez offered to give up much-criticized decree powers in May, a year ahead of schedule, if post-flood emergency measures were implemented quickly.
Venezuelan lawmakers exchanged punches in parliament when a fight erupted between members of President Hugo Chávez's socialist party and rivals, in a sign of the OPEC member nation's political polarization.
Venezuela accused the United States of meddling in connection with student hunger strikes opposed to President Hugo Chávez and said Washington was trying to create "something like a virtual Egypt" in Venezuela.
Both Libya and Venezuela on Monday denied reports that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was seeking asylum as a violent revolt gripped his country and would join his friend President Hugo Chavez in the South American oil producing nation.
Argentina’s national football team composed entirely of players from local league crushed Venezuela 4-1 during a friendly match in order to get prepared for the América Cup and to inaugurate the Bicentenario Stadium in San Juan province that will be used in the tournament.
Western military action in Libya is aimed at seizing the North African country's oil reserves, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said.
Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chávez said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez reported he will begin in Buenos Aires his trip to Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia to strengthen bilateral relationships with these countries.
During a joint press conference held earlier, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez discussed the importance of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), as well as signing economic integration agreements, and discussing bilateral ties.
Power cuts hit several Venezuelan regions including oil states and the capital Caracas, but refineries were not affected by the latest major blackout to hit the OPEC member.
Colombian rebels no longer have camps in Venezuela, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, in a sign of greatly improved ties the year after the two countries' spat over the guerrillas raised fears about regional stability.
Vélez Sársfield crushed the leader of the Group 4, Venezuela’s Caracas, 3-0 and achieved the pre-quarter finals of the Libertadores de América Cup in the second place along with Chile's Universidad Católica.
A delegation of Libyan officials is in Venezuela to discuss possible peaceful solutions to the war in the North African country, Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez denounced that the opposition might be plotting to “destabilize” the country. He urged the people to watch out from those "groups playing to the destabilizing plot."
The United States announced new sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA and six other smaller oil and shipping companies for engaging in trade with Iran in violation of a US ban. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said that Venezuela was still studying whether it could fulfill all its oil supply obligations after the sanctions.
The US State Department, led by Hillary Clinton, sent a message to Iranian regime supporters.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez had a successful operation on in Cuba for an abscess in the pelvis discovered on the last stage of this week's tour around Latin America, his government said.
Nearly two weeks after surgery in Cuba, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is "stronger than ever" but will not rush home until he is ready, his defense minister said today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, not seen in public in over two weeks, ended his unusual silence with several Twitter messages today, but said nothing about his health after an operation in Cuba.
There’s no such thing as “Chavism” without Hugo Chávez. That’s the conclusion which emerges from a 20-day power vacuum in Venezuela with an ailing Chávez stuck in Havana...
Demands by Venezuela's opposition for information on President Hugo Chavez's health grew louder today and bond prices rallied on speculation the socialist leader could be seriously ill.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez was shown and heard chatting animatedly with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in new video footage released today as rumors swirled over his health.
The three groups of the Copa América 2011 are formed by: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru, Chile and Mexico. Watch the complete fixture here.
Each team competing for the Copa América counts with its own star players. Watch here the list and their photos.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he had undergone a successful operation in Cuba to extract cancerous cells and was on the road to full recovery.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is recovering "satisfactorily" from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and will be home "soon," the head of the South American nation's military said today. General Henry Rangel Silva added.
Venezuela was mired in uncertainty today over how long President Hugo Chavez would take to recover from a cancer operation, despite assurances by allies he will be fit to run for re-election next year.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Monday he had to submit to "strict" medical treatment but would win the battle to regain his health after an operation in Cuba for a cancerous tumor .
Venezuela's ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming after cancer surgery in Cuba, thrilling supporters and saying he would win the battle to regain his health.
Venezuela celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence with President Hugo Chávez back in his palace after a triumphant return from cancer surgery in Cuba that has left him weakened but defiant.
Ecuador's Antonio Valencia has injured the ankle which he had surgery on last year and will miss their second Copa América Group B match against Venezuela on Saturday, a team doctor said.
Venezuela's convalescing President Hugo Chavez showed he was still boss with an upbeat visit to a military base but said cancer surgery was forcing him to slow a famously punishing style of leadership.
Brazilian President Dilma Roussef offered today Venezuela president Hugo Chávez her support over the mandate’s battle against cancer. According to the Presidential House press Secretary, Rousseff expressed her sentiments during a phone call conversation held this morning.
Venezuela stunned Ecuador 1-0 to go top of Group B at the Copa América with only their third win in the competition since they first took part in 1967.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez acknowledged for the first time today he may need radiotherapy or chemotherapy for ongoing treatment after cancer surgery in Cuba, the presidential office said.
Venezuela stunned Paraguay with two goals in the dying minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw and retain their lead in Group B at the Copa América.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will travel to Brazil for cancer treatment, a Brazilian government source told reporters, following his return home after an operation in Cuba.
Venezuela have played better than Brazil at the Copa América and will present Chile with a tough test in their quarter-final this weekend, Chilean striker Esteban Paredes said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he plans to return to Cuba for more cancer treatment, in a move that will raise further concerns about his illness that has upended the OPEC nation's politics.
Chile striker Humberto Suazo will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's Copa América quarter-final against Venezuela despite his goalscoring drought, coach Claudio Borghi said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez delegated some powers to his vice president and finance minister, hours before a planned departure to Cuba for cancer treatment.
Venezuela beat Chile 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the Copa América for the first time in their history.
Venezuela coach César Farías will have to replace "the best player in the tournament" for their Copa América semi-final against Paraguay.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, humbled by a cancer that has upended the OPEC nation's politics, has set clemency proceedings in motion for convicted opposition activists suffering from health problems.
Paraguay beat Venezuela 5-3 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the Copa America for the first time since 1979 after a fortunate goalless draw.
Peru's performances at the Copa América have left striker Paolo Guerrero confident the team can end a 32-year wait for a World Cup finals appearance.
President Hugo Chávez proclaimed Venezuela had been "ripped off" after his team were beaten on penalties by Paraguay in the Copa América semi-finals. Paraguay won a penalty shootout 5-3 sinking a desperately unlucky Venezuelan side who had a goal ruled offside and hit the crossbar three times during the goalless draw.
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino will watch the Copa América final from the stands after he was suspended for two games following a brawl at the end of their semi-final win over Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his first phase of chemotherapy treatment for cancer was successful, and he is preparing for a second phase to eliminate the risk of malignant cells.
Striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick as Peru crushed 10-man Venezuela 4-1 to take third place at the Copa América.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will seek another six-term in an election next year despite recovering from cancer surgery, he said in an interview with state newspaper Correo del Orinoco.
Venezuela's convalescing President Hugo Chávez laughed off talk of succession and said his enemies were engaging in speculation that his cancer diagnosis was made up to boost his popularity.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who currently undergoes a treatment for cancer, said he has had a “beautiful” conversation with his Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to whom he promised he will beat the disease.
Venezuela has freed more than 2,000 inmates to improve conditions in its violent and overcrowded prisons, state media said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he will return to Cuba for a second session of chemotherapy to treat a cancer that has forced him to slow his pace ahead of a re-election bid next year.
Argentina’s national football team new coach Alejandro Sabella travelled to Europe to interview the players who currently play in teams from that continent, especially with Lionel Messi, the star of the “Albiceleste” team.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez congratulated President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner via his Twitter account after the first official results of the primary election showed her as the winner.
Venezuela received an enviable honor last month: OPEC said it is sitting on the biggest reserves of crude oil in the world – even more than Saudi Arabia. But the Venezuelan oil industry is also sitting atop a well of trouble.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he will only recognize a Libyan government led by his friend and ally Muammar Gaddafi and accused the United States of inciting the country's civil war.
President Hugo Chávez will undergo a third round of chemotherapy for cancer at home in Venezuela beginning tomorrow, he said, instead of traveling to Cuba where he had two previous rounds of treatment
The new coach of Argentina’s national football team, Alejandro Sabella, qualified as “very important” the friendly match that will be played against Venezuela on Friday at Calcutta (India).
Nicolás Otamendi headed the only goal as Alejandro Sabella kicked off his reign as Argentina coach with a 1-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly in India on Friday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez ended a third round of chemotherapy, saying he "couldn't feel better" as he led a caravan to the presidential palace cheered on by thousands of supporters.
Argentina’s national basketball team achieved its classification for the semi-finals of the pre-Olympic tournament after defeated Venezuela by 111 to 93 in the match for the second round.
Venezuela's presidential vote will be held on Oct. 7 next year when Hugo Chávez hopes to win re-election and cement his socialist "revolution" in South America's largest oil exporter.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez denied rumors today that he was rushed to the hospital’s emergency room in a health scare episode. Versions of a supposed worsening of Chavez’ physical condition emerged at the Miami media this week.
President Hugo Chavez said his government would seize private homes on the idyllic Los Roques archipelago in the Caribbean and use them for state-run tourism in the latest move to implant socialism across Venezuela.
Venezuela's Supreme Court blocked high-profile opposition challenger Leopoldo López on Monday from running against President Hugo Chávez in a 2012 vote despite an international ruling in his favour.
Argentina won three of the four rowing gold medals and Colombia was joined by Venezuela atop the cycling podiums on a good day for South America at the Pan-American Games.
Venezuela's convalescing President Hugo Chávez said he would be home on Thursday for a thanksgiving ceremony at a religious shrine after checks in Cuba following cancer treatment.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez declared himself cancer-free today, four months after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that shook the South American nation ahead of a 2012 presidential vote.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez qualified the ex leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, as “a martyr,” and assured he “was outrageously killed.”
Gray hair and a paunch have replaced the beret, leather jacket and dark glasses but Carlos the Jackal's defiance remains intact before he stands trial in France for a series of bombings in the 1980s.
President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, who is currently recovering from a battle with cancer, went out of his way to show his good state of health today, by running with a group of students of the Military Academy, shown on a Venezuelan television network.
Famous Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal stands trial today in France for a series of bombings in the 1980s. The international revolutionary from Venezuela, born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez later nicknamed Carlos the Jackal, built a career as one of the world's best known guerrillas after a hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers in the name of the Palestinian struggle in 1975.
Major League Baseball star Wilson Ramos described his fear as Venezuelan security forces swooped onto a mountain hideout to rescue him from kidnappers in a hail of bullets.
The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia announced the capture of one of the region's most-wanted drug traffickers and touted it as evidence that their ideologically opposed governments were united against crime.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez hosted fellow Latin American leaders to launch a new regional body that pointedly excludes the United States.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived back to Buenos Aires early this morning, after her participation the first Community for Latin American and Caribbean States CELAC summit in Venezuela, where she held meetings with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and her Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez laughed off a Benetton advertisement that showed him kissing his ideological adversary and US counterpart Barack Obama, guffawing that it was a "good joke."
A French court sentenced Marxist militant Carlos the Jackal to another life prison term last night for bomb attacks that killed 11 people nearly three decades ago.
The United States believes increasingly warm ties between Venezuela, Iran and Cuba do not benefit the Venezuelan people, US President Barack Obama said in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper published today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez arrived in Uruguay today to push for his country's incorporation into the Mercosur trade bloc, in his first official trip abroad since undergoing cancer surgery in June.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez speculated that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina's Head of State Cristina Fernández de Kirchner joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease.
Venezuela's PDVSA said it will pay Exxon Mobil Corp $255 million in compensation for nationalized assets - less than a third of what the US oil giant said it was awarded by an arbitration panel.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez named as defence minister General Henry Rangel Silva, who the United States has described as a "drug kingpin" linked to cocaine smuggling from neighboring Colombia.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez lavished each other with praise, mocked US disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal.
Venezuela's Hugo Chávez said that if an opposition candidate wins this year's presidential election, he will be the first to recognize the rival's victory and hand over power.
Leopoldo López, one of Venezuela's best-known opposition leaders, has pulled out of the South American nation's presidential race and will back coalition frontrunner Henrique Capriles Radonski, sources in both camps said today.
Mexico's envoy in Caracas was briefly seized today in the latest high-profile kidnapping in Venezuela, where violent crime is routinely listed as citizens' No. 1 worry, diplomats and local media said.
Youthful state governor Henrique Capriles won Venezuela's opposition primary on Sunday, setting up a potentially close battle with socialist President Hugo Chávez in an October election.
Venezuela's opposition primary winner Henrique Capriles exuded confidence that he can unseat President Hugo Chávez and end 13 years of socialism that foes say has left the OPEC nation in crisis.