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Venezuela, officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a country on the northern coast of South America. Venezuela's territory covers around 916,445 square kilometres (353,841 sq mi) with an estimated population of 29,105,632. Venezuela is considered a state with extremely high biodiversity, with habitats ranging from the Andes mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rainforest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.

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Caracas (Reuters) - Venezuela's hardline opposition party Popular Will, whose leader Leopoldo Lopez would be a leading presidential contender if he were not under house arrest, announced on Friday it would boycott April's presidential vote, calling it a "fraud." Venezuela's opposition coalition has ...
Current Venezuela's crisis has become a major concern for most Latin American countries, due to the serious socio-economic deterioration of its population and the regime's crackdown against democracy and human rights. Except for Cuba, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, ideological allies of the government of ...

The Simon Bolivar is the showcase ensemble for El Sistema, Venezuela's world-famous network of youth orchestras. The program, celebrating its 43rd year, claims to currently connect 900,000 Venezuelan children to music, many of them from modest upbringings like Payare, the son of a schoolteacher ...
Inmates at Tocuyito prison in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo have taken four other prisoners and dozens of guards hostage in a jail riot. Photos on social media show the four prisoners kneeling with their arms held up while other inmates appear to be threatening them. Three of the four men targeted are ...
Scour the Web and you'll find a handful of reports of anti-Maduro protests or teach-ins at universities in recent years, usually organized by Venezuelans living in the U.S. And most politically informed people are more-or-less aware of Venezuela's political and economic disorders. No doubt they don't like ...
U.S. prosecutors believe Venezuela's former oil czar received bribes as part of a major graft scheme that allegedly took place in the OPEC nation's oil industry, an American official familiar with the probe said. Rafael Ramirez, who was one of Venezuela's most powerful officials until he quit as the country's ...
The staggering decline is another sign of Venezuela's economic and political crisis. The country is heading toward a presidential election in April that international critics are already labeling fraudulent. Venezuela has more crude oil than any other country in the world and it heavily depends on the ...
"In Colombia, they are planning to revive eras that had ended in human history, like military bombing, a military invasion or the occupation, through blood and gunfire, of a peaceful country like Venezuela," said Venezuela's chief prosecutor, Tarek William Saab, according to the state-run AVN news agency.
GUASIPATI, Venezuela - soldiers clashed with illegal miners in southern Venezuela on the weekend, killing 18 people in a region notorious for violence and gang rivalries, a lawmaker and local media said. Bolivar state Governor Justo Noguera said a military unit had fought off an attack, but gave no more ...
BOA VISTA, Brazil (Reuters) - The Brazilian government will deploy more troops on its border with Venezuela and start relocating tens of thousands of Venezuelan ... His visit to Roraima state came as Colombia tightened border controls with Venezuela and said it will give aid to hundreds of thousands of ...
The turmoil in Venezuela was one of several matters discussed during the talks. Mr. Holness informed that both Jamaica and the US agreed that the government of Venezuela "must act in the best interest of its people and that it should ensure that the presidential elections are free, fair and credible in the ...
February 8, 2018 --Of all the refugee crises in the world, from those in Syria to Myanmar to Libya, the one least recognized as a crisis is Venezuela's. That perception changed in recent days, however, after a tour of Latin America by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The massive influx of ...

On Jan. 24, former major league baseball player Marcos Carvajal died of pneumonia. He was only 33. The common respiratory infection should not have killed him. But Carvajal was in Venezuela, a country where more than three-quarters of all public hospitals lack basic medicines, and common ailments ...
Venezuelan opposition parties are debating whether to take part in presidential polls set for 22 April. Venezuela's electoral authorities announced the date on Wednesday just hours after talks between the government and the opposition broke up without agreement. The elections were originally scheduled ...
The rights group has said Venezuela "systematically used brutal treatment, including torture, against anti-government protesters and political opponents." In August, the United Nations' human rights office accused Venezuelan security forces of using excessive force and arbitrarily detaining thousands of ...
"The clear and present danger to watch is Venezuela, which arguably has progressed past the risk stage given that production is in freefall," Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy at RBC capital markets, said in a research note Wednesday. The oil-dependent state is struggling to cope with ...
The young boy killed with a machete is believed to be the victim of one of Venezuela's "megabandas", born out of the overcrowded, unregulated prison system. One of the most violent prison systems in the world, with almost 6,500 murders committed in custody between 1999 and 2014, the jails ballooned ...
MIAMI - As he entered a North Miami immigration office Monday morning for his regular check-in, Ricardo Querales considered the possibility he might be detained and deported. Querales is HIV positive. The medication that is keeping him alive would be impossible to find in his native Venezuela.
Venezuela's controversial plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency ignited debate and discussion at a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday. Held by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, which kicked off at 10 a.m. EST, the event notably saw CFTC chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo ...
Tania D'Amelio, the CNE's main rector, said that an official announcement will be made once the electoral dates are formally set. Authorities from Venezuela's National Electoral Council, CNE, are debating what timetable to set for this year's presidential election. The campaigning and voting dates, expected ...
They left their jobs, homes and all their worldly possessions behind, and now have to beg on the streets all day just to gather enough coins to sleep under a roof at night. But many Venezuelan immigrants in Colombia still say they are better off than they were before they crossed the border. "Venezuela.
On February 6, my story will be the first case of gender-related violence in Venezuela to reach the Inter-American Court, and a ruling against the state would effectively create legal precedence that could help other women in Venezuela or the region who are seeking justice after suffering gender-based ...
The US is considering imposing oil sanctions against crisis-plagued Venezuela as it looks to put pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's government "to return to the Constitution". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is on a South American tour, told reporters in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires the US ...
Venezuela's continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia's largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal dynamics on the Colombia-Venezuela border, transforming the region into one of the most important organized crime hubs in Latin America.
This story is the fourth in a series of Mongabay articles about Venezuela's Arco Minero, produced in partnership with InfoAmazonia which has launched an in-depth multimedia platform called Digging into the Mining Arc, exclusively highlighting Venezuela's mining boom. The first three Mongabay stories by ...
The text messages sent in December and January, along with recordings and interviews done over the same period, are some of the last words of Venezuela's most-wanted man, a rogue police officer who had captured the imagination of a nation, a fugitive fighter who seemed at times to understand his ...
The death of a former major league baseball player in his native Venezuela this week is renewing concerns over the Latin American country's growing health crisis amid ongoing economic and political turmoil. Marcos Carvajal, a 34-year-old former pitcher for the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, died ...
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a six-day trip Thursday through Latin America in which he's expected to rally the region's governments in pressing democratic reforms in crisis-ridden Venezuela. Tillerson's travels will take him to Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Colombia, with a final stop in Jamaica ...
The Shadow Chancellor once said that Chavez "lit a spark" of revolution and helped to "address" poverty in the country. After his death in 2013, Mr Corbyn tweeted: "Thanks Hugo Chavez for showing that the poor matter and wealth can be shared. "He made massive contributions to Venezuela & a very ...
Paris (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron called on Friday for further European Union sanctions on Venezuela, days after the 28-nation ... Earlier on Friday Spain, a prominent supporter of the new EU sanctions, declared Venezuela's ambassador to Madrid 'persona non grata' following an ...
The measure will affect voters registered both as a member of a party and the coalition of opposition parties Democratic Unity (MUD). Venezuela's electoral authorities have just issued a resolution prohibiting the participation of voters who are registered as members of more than one party at the same time ...
Despite having enormous oil reserves, he and his cronies are running Venezuela's oil industry right into the ground. His generosity to the poor has only been possible because he had a goose that laid golden eggs because they constantly reinvested money back into the business. Once he kills the goose, ...
In December 2016, Rowley signed an agreement with Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for the supply of natural gas from Venezuela's Dragon Field to TT. The statement said talks are continuing and, "both parties are very close to signing a final agreement." Rowley was accompained by Energy ...
Venezuela has succumbed to hyperinflation combined with a prolonged recession stemming from years of mismanagement as well as faltering oil exports. In an attempt to rein in inflation, the government of President Nicolas Maduro has refused to loosen foreign-exchange controls and price caps that have ...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says he will seek reelection in snap elections in April, despite mounting pressure from opposition parties who say he is responsible for the nation's economic collapse and growing authoritarianism. The pro-government Constituent Assembly this week announced that ...
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's National Assembly President Julio Borges, right, speaks with Mexican Ambassador Sylvia Sevilla, from left, British Ambassador Nicolas Harrocks and Spanish Ambassador Jesus Silva, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's foreign minister said in a statement ...
Before he was killed last week in Venezuela, Oscar Perez sent encrypted messages to a reporter, The New York Times reported. The former law enforcement officer who belonged to an elite unit told the reporter that he wasn't afraid of dying. He was afraid of failing the Venezuelan people. There were times ...
Venezuela is taking over the rotating presidency of OPEC for 2018 at a time when the country's oil production is falling to a nearly three-decade low amid a severe economic crisis and rampant inflation. While this would be a largely symbolic role for Venezuela to play, the Latin American country has also ...
Venezuela owes $141 billion to bondholders, other nations and a long list of companies, according to Moody's investor Service. Another estimate published by Harvard Law school puts the figure at $196 billion. Venezuela has less than $10 billion in its central bank reserves, a cushion of cash for dire times ...
"No election that comes out of this dictatorship, under these conditions, will bring a political change for the people of Venezuela," OAS chief Luis Almagro told a gathering of Venezuelans in Doral on Saturday. "There is no worse sanction that can be applied to the Venezuelan people than six more years of ...
The text messages sent in December and January, along with recordings and interviews done over the same period, are some of the last words of Venezuela's most-wanted man, a rogue police officer who had captured the imagination of a nation, a fugitive fighter who seemed at times to understand his ...
relatives an friends of Abraham Agostini and Jose Diaz Pimentel shout "heroes, Heroes" as a barricade of Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guards block their way at the main entrance of cemetery in Caracas Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Jose Diaz Pimentel and Abraham Agostini, members of the ...
Venezuela's economic crisis has stretched into 2018 after government forces forcefully quashed protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government last year, killing at least 120 in the process. In recent weeks, the black market exchange rate -- far more trusted than the government's laughably rosy official rate of 10 ...
On the night of 9 January, for example, a hungry mob took just 30 minutes to pick clean a grocery store in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz. By the time owner Luis Felipe Anatael arrived at the bodega he'd opened five months earlier, the looters had hauled away everything from cold cuts to ketchup to the ...
Houston (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield service companies exposed to Venezuela face new hits to earnings from the South American nation's ongoing economic turmoil and U.S. sanctions on the country and state-run oil company PDVSA. Insufficient investment, payment delays to suppliers, and the sanctions ...


 

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