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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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(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good evening. Here's the latest. Photo. Credit Yuri Kadobnov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. 1. The clash between Russia and the West is intensifying. Russia will expel 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, in retaliation for Western ...
"We are appalled at the horrific deaths of at least 68 people in Venezuela after a fire swept through a police station jail," the UN human rights office said in a statement. Wednesday's fire in Valencia, in Carabobo State, was thought to have been started deliberately during an attempted jailbreak. It marks one ...

Two of the people who died were "women who were visiting overnight." Per ABC, it reflects a larger issue in Venezuela of overcrowding in jails, and scarce resources for the prisoners. Victims' families will be receiving "comprehensive social assistance" from the local government, such as "funeral services and psychological ...
A woman is overcome by tear gas that was used to disperse the relatives of prisoners who were waiting to hear news about their family members imprisoned at a police station where a riot broke out, in Valencia, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. In a state police station housing more than one ...
A Colombian church has donated 250,000 wafers to Venezuela's Catholic Church, which has struggled to buy its own because a shortage of flour. The diocese of the city of Cucuta, which is on the border between the two countries, donated the wafers ahead of Easter celebrations. The wafer is used to celebrate Holy ...
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. Crude exports earn the country 95 per cent of its foreign exchange. That figure used to be lower, but relentless nationalization and the government's insistence on controlling prices and exchange rates have made other exports unviable. Not that productive ...

American Airlines is adding flights from Florida to Venezuela at the end of the year, an addition that contrasts with moves made by several international airlines that have halted or reduced service due to economic and political turmoil in the country. The world's largest airline will offer thrice-weekly service ...
In 2016, after a massive, decades-long vaccination campaign, the World Health Organization declared Latin America free of measles — the highly contagious virus that curses the young and can cause pneumonia, encephalitis and even death. But less than two years later, a virulent outbreak in Venezuela, ...
Protracted political, social, and economic crises in Venezuela have sparked a mass movement of people. Venezuelans have fled throughout the region and around the world, as far afield as Chile, Spain, and various points in between. But Colombia, which shares a 1,400-mile border with Venezuela, has become a focal ...
Font size: -+. CARACAS – Gold held by Venezuela's central bank fell 14% in value in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the bank's financial statement. ... The value of Venezuela's monetary gold stood at $6.63-billion as of December 2017, according to the most recent official information.
According to Venezuela's Communications Ministry, Rodriguez Torres was “summoned by the justice [system] for actions again the public peace and tranquillity, as well as for plots and conspiracy which had as their malicious intention to threaten the monolithic unity of our National Bolivarian Armed Forces.
IT “WILL be an instrument for Venezuela's economic stability and financial independence”, promises a white paper published by the country's government last month. Venezuela, the issuer of the world's least stable currency, proposes to issue its most trustworthy in the form of the petro, a “sovereign crypto ...
Venezuelan citizens arrive to La Parada neighborhood of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela. Aside from providing health care, border cities are also coping with an array of public safety issues, like a rise in prostitution and groups of men, women and children sleeping on the streets.
Venezuela's crude-oil output is collapsing in the wake of the nation's economic crisis, making the country the biggest wild card in OPEC's effort to balance global supply and demand, the International Energy Agency said Thursday in a monthly report. Within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ...
Venezuela's freshly-created cryptocurrency is still in the hot seat. With the country's parliament declaring this currency illegal yet again, the future of the Petro is in question. Even so, it seems the Petro will be auctioned off to private companies through the Dicom foreign exchange platform over the next few ...
In this Feb. 22, 2018 photo, Venezuelan Grecia Sabala cries as she talks about her medical condition, after going through the border checkpoint into Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela. Sabala crossed the border to get treatment for cervical cancer, at a specialized clinic in Cucuta. Each day ...
MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Florida lawmakers on Thursday passed a law prohibiting the US state from investing in companies that have business ties with the Venezuelan government. Citing the socialist government's "use of extreme violence and political persecution," the law will now appear before ...

The border between Colombia and Venezuela stretches over hundreds of miles through jungle territory controlled by a myriad of armed groups who oversee the hundreds of informal pathways for smuggling Colombian drugs and Venezuelan contraband as well as people. Experts doubt Colombia could ...
Caracas, Venezuela, was the most dangerous capital city in the world in 2017, according to a new study that underscores how Latin America remains one of the bloodiest swaths of the planet. According to Mexico's Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, 43 of the world's 50 most violent ...
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2006 file photo, a Lukoil gas station is seen in Philadelphia. A lawsuit has been filed in Florida on Thursday, March 8, 2018, against Glencore, Lukoil and other international energy firms for their alleged role funneling bribes to corrupt Venezuelan officials in exchange for rigged oil ...
Let's face it. When my native country of Venezuela is mentioned in the news, it usually isn't good. It's usually talk of out of control inflation, inadequate access to affordable health care and a homicide rate that causes paralysis. Without a doubt, security is one of the most pressing topics in regard to ...
If anyone should be cheering the oil price rally it's Venezuela. The country was an early agitator for the Opec deal that has finally helped deliver higher prices, and badly needed a price recovery to aid its crisis-stricken economy. But with oil output in freefall, operations paralysed by a military power grab at ...
The vote has also been rejected by election observers and international bodies, as well as the United States and many of Venezuela's neighbors. Mr. Maduro was recently disinvited from the Summit of the Americas meeting of regional leaders by the host country, Peru, which said the election was taking ...
Corruption, mismanagement and price freezes have caused Venezuela's economy to collapse. To try to appease voters, Maduro has raised the minimum wage several times in the past few years. Critics say the hikes amount to printing money and only exacerbate Venezuela's hyperinflation.
Animals in a Venezuelan zoo are feeling the effects of the country's deepening food crisis. At the Zulia animal park in the city of San Francisco, a number of animals are suffering from severe malnutrition, including two pumas who have lost so much weight their bones are clearly visible sticking through their ...
A bilingual nurse with roots in Venezuela is Nurse of the Year at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where his father and older brother once worked. Ben Castells, 31, works in the catheterization lab with a team of so-called "heart plumbers" who help heart attack patients with artery blockages. Castells' ...
Top Latin American officials tell me that Maduro may want to use the occasion to stage a big political show just a week before Venezuela's April 22 presidential elections, which have been denounced by the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and other key countries as a sham. Maduro has banned ...
Venezuela Evangelical Candidate Pushes Christian Values in Midst of Crisis ... Venezuelan evangelical pastor and presidential pre-candidate Javier Bertucci speaks during an interview with Reuters in Caracas, Venezuela ... He has no known political experience and little name recognition in Venezuela.
Mr Maduro said he wanted to add legislative, state and municipal votes to provide "democratic renewal". Opposition parties say the presidential election will be "fraudulent and illegitimate". Venezuela is going through a protracted political and economic crisis. It has suffered for years from high inflation and ...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) delivers a speach next to Vice-President Tarek El Aissami (L) next to Venezuela's Minister of Science, Technology and University Education Hugbel Roa (R) during a press conference to launch to the market a new oil-backed cryptocurrency called "Petro", at the ...
Venezuela's downward economic spiral has led to widespread food shortages, hyperinflation and now mass migration. Many Venezuelans are opting for the easiest escape route — by crossing the land border into Colombia. There were more than half a million Venezuelans in Colombia as of December, ...
Tillerson's comments came six months after US President Donald Trump threatened military action in Venezuela. The Trump administration's warmongering and threats have been accompanied by sustained bias in media reporting on the Venezuelan crisis. While there have been deep prejudice and ...
"Petro will be an instrument for Venezuela's economic stability and financial independence, coupled with an ambitious and global vision for the creation of a freer, more balanced and fairer international financial system," the government said in a 22-page white paper, translated into English, outlining its ...
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 ...


 

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