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venezuela’s ex-spy chief promotes possible presidential bid


he is finding an audience among venezuelans who have abandoned support for a governmentformer venezuelan interior minister miguel rodriguez torres at his office in caracas, venezuela. once hugo chavez’s longtime spy chief, he is calling for president nicolas maduro to go, a crushing blow to the beleaguered socialist leader.caracas, venezuela: a former spy chief under the late leader hugo chavez is emerging as a political player in turbulent venezuela, mistrusted by the opposition and despised by the government as he travels the country in a possible bid for the presidency.miguel rodriguez torres is a long-shot who hopes to offer a third way for venezuelans weary of the country’s violence and economic woes.reviled among president nicolas maduro’s opponents for leading a crackdown on a...






venezuela’s ex-spy chief promotes possible presidential bid


he is finding an audience among venezuelans who have abandoned support for a governmentcaracas, venezuela: a former spy chief under the late leader hugo chavez is emerging as a political player in turbulent venezuela, mistrusted by the opposition and despised by the government as he travels the country in a possible bid for the presidency.miguel rodriguez torres is a long-shot who hopes to offer a third way for venezuelans weary of the country’s violence and economic woes.reviled among president nicolas maduro’s opponents for leading a crackdown on antigovernment protesters in 2014, rodriguez torres has also alienated government loyalists with his sharp criticism of the socialist administration.but he nevertheless is finding an audience among venezuelans who have abandoned support for ...






venezuela’s ex-spy chief rodriguez torres promotes possible presidential bid


by: ap | caracas | published:may 8, 2017 1:16 pm rodriguez torres, once hugo chavez’s longtime spy chief is calling for president maduro to go, a crushing blow to the already beleaguered socialist leader who is facing ever-louder calls from the left to step aside. (apphoto/joshua goodman)a former spy chief under the late leader hugo chavez is emerging as a political player in turbulent venezuela, mistrusted by the opposition and despised by the government as he travels the country in a possible bid for the presidency. miguel rodriguez torres is a longshot who hopes to offer a third way for venezuelans weary of the country’s violence and economic woes.reviled among president nicolas maduro’s opponents for leading a crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2014, rodriguez torres...






venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office


caracas, venezuela — leading venezuela opposition leader henrique capriles announced friday that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years.he said on his twitter account friday that he had just been notified of the decision. there was no immediate comment from the government.capriles is the most recognizable of the leaders behind the protest movement that has been roiling the embattled country this week. he is the governor of miranda state and lost a hard-fought presidential election to hugo chavez in 2012. the following year, was again the opposition’s presidential candidate, and lost to current president nicolas maduro by a small margin.among the opposition, he’s considered the more moderate of leaders, having criticized a wave of protests in 2014 that led to scores o...






nicolas maduro says yes to venezuela elections, but not for president


by: afp | caracas | published:april 24, 2017 8:06 am venezuelan president nicolas maduro (file photo)venezuela’s president nicolas maduro has called for local elections in venezuela — but not at the presidential level, which millions in his strife-torn nation are demanding. maduro in his weekly television address yesterday endorsed voting planned for later this year at the mayoral and gubernatorial level.“elections — yes, i want elections now,” he said. “that is what i say as the head of state, and as the head of government,” maduro declared during his broadcast, which aired after three weeks of street protests that have claimed the lives of 20 venezuelans.saturday saw peaceful, silent marches across venezuela as protesters clad in white paid respects to those who have d...






two dead as venezuela protests turn violent outside capital


by: ap | caracas | published:may 16, 2017 9:05 am a man peers from behind his makeshift shield carrying the spanish messages “for my grandchildren” and “free venezuela” on a highway during a national sit-in against president nicolas maduro, in caracas, venezuela, monday, may 15, 2017. opposition leaders are demanding immediate presidential elections. (ap photo/ariana cubillos)a day that began with largely peaceful protests against venezuela’s socialist government took a violent turn monday as fierce clashes between state security and demonstrators killed at least two people. thousands hauled folding chairs, beach umbrellas and protest signs onto main roads for a 12-hour “sit-in against the dictatorship,” the latest in a month and a half of street demonstrations that have...






venezuela protesters plan nationwide roadblocks


maduro has called for local elections in venezuela, but the government has ruled out voting this year at presidential level as opposition leaders have demandedcaracas: protesters planned on monday to block venezuela’s main roads including the capital’s biggest motorway, triggering fears of further violence after three weeks of unrest left 21 people dead.the wife of jailed opposition leader leopoldo lopez started a vigil on sunday outside the prison where he is being held, pressing for permission to visit him after he spent a month in isolation.president nicolas maduro said sunday that he wants “elections now,” referring to elections for governors which were supposed to be held last december, and those for mayors scheduled for this year. a presidential election is scheduled for 2018...






u.s. says not seeking venezuela’s immediate suspension from bloc


by: reuters | washington | updated: march 29, 2017 9:11 am venezuela’s president nicolas maduro (source: reuters)the united states will not support the immediate suspension of venezuela from the organization of american states in a meeting on tuesday, a state department official said, avoiding a drastic step that would further isolate the government of president nicolas maduro.the washington-based oas will meet later on tuesday to discuss venezuela’s escalating political and humanitarian crisis. oas head, luis almagro, has said venezuela should be suspended if it does not hold elections soon.but the united states, the bloc’s most powerful country, said members on tuesday would consider “tools available to the oas to help the people of venezuela” and it hoped caracas would co...






thousands participate in women's march against repression in caracas, venezuela


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regional governments urge solutions to venezuela’s crisis


ahead of tuesday’s meeting, the us, the bloc’s largest and most powerful member, said it did not support the immediate suspension of venezuela from the groupwashington: regional governments on tuesday called on the organisation of american states (oas) to come up with a plan “in the shortest possible time” to address venezuela’s political and humanitarian crisis.a meeting of the 34-member oas failed to find support for suspending venezuela from the regional bloc despite calls by oas head, luis almagro, for sanctioning venezuela if it does not hold elections.in a statement during the meeting, 20 member countries expressed concern about the shortage of food and medicine in venezuela and called for political dialogue between the government of president nicolas maduro and the opposit...






mexico doesn’t advance in wbc despite win


venezuela got a major reprieve in the world baseball classic. after thinking they had been eliminated with an 11-9 loss to mexico early monday, venezuela players were informed in the clubhouse that they still could advance, thanks to a tiebreaker. despite the victory, mexico was eliminated. venezuela played italy in a one-game tiebreaker monday night, with the winner advancing to the second round. the game ended too late for this edition.venezuela rallied for an 11-10 victory over italy in 10 innings saturday.mexico, italy and venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind puerto rico, which went 3-0. mexico was eliminated on a tiebreaker — runs allowed per inning played. at first, however, venezuela players thought they were the team that had been knocked out. the wor..






death count marches upward to 38 amid venezuela unrest


caracas, venezuela — the number killed in venezuela amid mounting political unrest rose to 38 on friday, as opposition leaders reported that dozens of officers had been detained for refusing to repress protesters.former presidential candidate henrique capriles said 85 officers, a majority from the military, had been detained for “expressing discontent” with the actions of the nation’s national guard.capriles said he received information about the detained officers through some of their relatives, who indicated they wanted their position shared with the public.there has been no independent confirmation of the detentions.national guardsmen have repeatedly launched tear gas and rubber bullets in more than a month of anti-government protests. demonstrators are calling for president nic...






venezuela seizes gm plant as crisis escalates


general motors halted operations in venezuela, calling the move "illegal."         






venezuela issued roughly 10,000 passports to syrians and iranians


venezuela may have issued up to 10,000 illegal passports to citizens of syria, iran and other nations, according to a report. this issuance happened over a 17-month period and was allegedly carried out by vice president track el aissami, who’s already sanctioned by the u.s. for suspected drug ties, according to the miami herald. between 2008 and 2009, colonel vladimir medrano rengifo, an ex-immigration chief, said most of the illegal passports were issued by venezuela’s embassy in damascus, syria. “today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,” medrano, who headed the office of identification and migration until october 2009, told the miami herald. “they could be anywhere in the world, traveling with venezuelan documentation.”u.s. sanct...






peru, venezuela in diplomatic row over us ties


published:march 7, 2017 7:25 amperu has recalled its ambassador in caracas for consultations as the countries’ governments traded insults over the crisis in venezuela and ties with washington.in a protest note to the venezuelan embassy in lima, peru expressed “total rejection of the insolent comments” against its president pedro pablo kuczynski.kuczynski had annoyed venezuela’s socialist government by calling for latin america to intervene in what he termed a “humanitarian crisis” in the country.the united states “does not invest much time in latin america since (that region) is like a friendly dog sleeping on the rug, but in the case of venezuela it is a big problem,” kuczynski said, during a recent speech in the united states.venezuela’s foreign minister delcy rodr...






gm plant in venezuela seized by public officials, operations halted


a general motors logo (photo: paul sancya, ap) 262 connectlinkedinemailmorevenezuelan authorities suddenly seized a general motors plant in venezuela on wednesday, forcing the company to halt its operations, in a move that broadens the international implications of venezuela's political and economic instability.the move puts a sudden end to gm's operations in the country. the world's third largest automaker assailed the takeover wednesday as an "illegal judicial seizure of its assets.""gm (venezuela) strongly rejects the arbitrary measures taken by the authorities and will vigorously take all legal actions, within and outside of venezuela, to defend its rights," the automaker said in its statement.automakers, including gm, ford and fiat chrysler automobiles have st...






besieged venezuela leader orders writing of new constitution


caracas, venezuela — venezuela’s socialist leader has ordered the writing of a new constitution, further angering opponents whose intensifying campaign to oust him has brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to demand change.president nicolas maduro was vague in a televised speech monday evening about how members would be chosen for a citizen assembly to produce a new charter. he hinted some would selected by voters, but many observers expect the government to give itself the power to pick a majority of delegates to the convention.opposition leaders cried foul, calling the planned constitutional assembly a ploy to give maduro an excuse to put off regional elections scheduled for this year and a presidential election that was to be held in 2018. polling has suggested the socialis...






venezuela withdraws from the organisation of american states


venezuela's president nicolas maduro greets supporters during a meeting at miraflores palace in caracas, venezuela.caracas, venezuela: the son of venezuela’s top human rights official has called on his father to prevent further deadly bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes even as officials defied international criticism by withdrawing from the organisation of american states.yibram saab said in an online video that he attended an opposition march wednesday that was planned to reach the offices of his father, national ombudsman tarek william saab. police fired tear gas and rubber bullets that were blamed for the death of a college student.“this could’ve been me,” said the younger saab, staring into the camera and pleading with his father to help restore the constitutiona...






venezuela representative storms from regional meeting


member countries of the oas could separately impose sanctions on venezuela as a form of pressurewashington/caracas: venezuela’s representative to the organisation of american states stormed out of a session of the 34-nation bloc on monday, calling the meeting a “coup d’etat,” as regional pressure grew for president nicolas maduro to fully restore democratic rule.the meeting of the oas permanent council was called at the weekend by 20 countries, including the united states, concerned about democratic erosion in venezuela under maduro.in a controversial move last week, venezuela’s supreme court ruled that it was assuming functions of the opposition-led national assembly.critics viewed the ruling as a step toward dictatorship by maduro’s socialist party, which has ruled for 18 yea...






venezuela says it will quit organization of american states


caracas, venezuela — faced with growing criticism from its neighbors over a slide toward authoritarian rule, venezuela announced wednesday it will quit the organization of american states, the hemisphere’s oldest regional alliance.the move comes after oas member states voted wednesday to convene an emergency meeting of their top diplomats to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis and deadly political violence that has convulsed venezuela all month. at least three people were killed in fresh protests wednesday, including a 20-year-old student struck by a tear gas canister in caracas.speaking on national television wednesday evening, foreign minister delcy rodriguez said president nicolás maduro would give formal notice on thursday of venezuela’s plans to renounce its oas membershi...






venezuela rallies past italy, will face u.s. in second round


venezuela, which thought it was eliminated with a loss late sunday, took advantage of its new life monday in guadalajara, mexico, with a three-run ninth inning to beat italy 4-3 and advance to the second round of the world baseball classic.miguel cabrera blasted a shot over center field to tie it 2-2 and moments later, rougned odor smacked a ball that hit the top of the fence and was ruled an rbi single on replay review to put venezuela ahead. odor later scored on a sacrifice bunt by alcides escobar. venezuela will face the united states on wednesday in san diego. italy got a solo homer from alex liddi in the bottom of the ninth, but francisco rodriguez then got three groundouts for the save. mexico, italy and venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind puerto rico, w






venezuela says it will quit organization of american states


caracas, venezuela — faced with growing criticism from its neighbors over a slide toward authoritarian rule, venezuela announced wednesday it will quit the organization of american states, the hemisphere’s oldest regional alliance.the move comes after oas member states voted wednesday to convene an emergency meeting of their top diplomats to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis and deadly political violence that have convulsed venezuela all month. at least three people were killed in fresh protests wednesday, including a 20-year-old student struck by a tear gas canister in caracas.speaking on national television wednesday evening, foreign minister delcy rodríguez said president nicolás maduro would give formal notice thursday of venezuela’s plans to renounce its oas membership...






venezuela braces for ‘mother of all protests’


by: afp | caracas | published:april 19, 2017 9:54 am opposition supporters gather near a command post of venezuela’s national guard during a rally against venezuela’s president nicolas maduro’s government in maracaibo, venezuela april 8, 2017. (source:  reuters/file photo) venezuela braced for rival demonstrations on wednesday for and against president nicolas maduro, whose moves to tighten his grip on power have triggered deadly unrest and escalated the country’s political and economic crisis. maduro’s opponents are vowing to stage the “mother of all protests” calling for his ouster, after two weeks of violent demos that have left five people dead and dozens wounded.sowing fears of more violence, maduro is in turn urging his supporters, the military and civilian milit...






denounced as dictator, maduro backs down, reverses court’s ruling on venezuela l


caracas, venezuela — on the instructions of president nicolás maduro, venezuela’s top court on saturday walked back its attempt to incapacitate the country’s opposition-controlled parliament, following widespread condemnation across the americas.maduro, like the late hugo chávez before him, routinely lashes out at criticism from abroad, so saturday’s reversal appeared to be a rare instance in which international pressure caused venezuela’s leader to blink.maikel moreno, the president of venezuela’s highest court, said in a statement that the court had not intended to undermine the country’s stability when it essentially stripped lawmakers of their powers this week, accusing them of acting in contempt of prior court rulings. that ruling brought international criticism raini...






oas head says venezuela should hold elections or face suspension from bloc


by: reuters | caracas | published:march 15, 2017 7:59 am venezuela’s president nicolas maduro speaks during a pro-government rally, next to his wife cilia flores (l), in caracas, venezuela. (source: reuters)the head of the organization of american states (oas) on tuesday said that crisis-wrought venezuela should be suspended from the regional diplomatic body if it does not hold general elections “as quickly as possible.”venezuela’s election board in october suspended the opposition drive for a recall referendum against president nicolas maduro despite the opec nation’s crushing economic crisis, the government’s unpopularity and public opinion in favor of a plebiscite.luis almagro, secretary general of the oas and a former foreign minister of uruguay, stressed that election...






venezuela high court reverses move to strip congress’ power


closeskip in skipxembedxshare venezuela's supreme court has removed the legislature's lawmaking powers. those who oppose president nicolás maduro say it's a coup. video provided by newsy newslookopposition members shout slogans against venezuelan president nicolas maduro during a protest in caracas, venezuela, on friday.(photo: fernando llano, ap) 8 connectlinkedinemailmorecaracas, venezuela — venezuela’s president and supreme court backed down saturday from a surprise move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the south american country was no longer a democracy.president nicolas maduro asked the supreme court in a late-night speech to review a ruling nullifying the lawmaking body after that decision set ...






gm halts venezuela operations amid plant seizure


general motors halted operations in venezuela on thursday after its assets in the country were seized by public authorities.         






venezuela’s top prosecutor rebukes supreme court power grab


by fabiola sanchez and joshua goodman | apby fabiola sanchez and joshua goodman | apmarch 31 at 10:35 pmcaracas, venezuela — venezuela’s chief prosecutor broke with the government friday and rebuked a supreme court decision stripping congress of its last vestiges of power, showing a crack in the embattled administration of socialist president nicolas maduro amid a ... of international condemnation over what many decried as a major step toward dictatorship.in a shocking pronouncement, long-time government loyalist luisa ortega diaz said it was her “unavoidable historical duty” as the nation’s top judicial authority to denounce what she called a “rupture” of the constitutional order in the court ruling against the opposition-controlled national assembly. “we call for ...






how gm got caught in the grip of venezuela's chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare general motors halted operations in venezuela on thursday after the car maker's plant in the country was seized by public authorities, the company said. elissa robinson/ dfpworkers of general motors listen during a meeting with government officials at the company's plant in valencia, venezuela, thursday, april 20, 2017.(photo: juan carlos hernandez/associated press) 84 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreautomakers and other global companies with a presence in venezuela have struggled for years to deal with falling demand for their products and to keep control of their plants as the country descended into economic and political turmoil.the dire business environment became highly publicized thursday, a day after the countr...






france reacts to presidential election results


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venezuela asks un help in boosting medicine supplies


caracas, venezuela — venezuela’s president nicolas maduro has asked the united nations for “help” boosting medicine supplies as he struggles to combat crippling shortages. “i’ve asked for support from the u.n. to help treat economic and social injuries that have hit our people caused by the economic war and the sharp fall in petroleum prices,” maduro said in a televised appearance friday.he didn’t provide any details about the request except to say that the u.n. has the expertise to normalize the supply and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs in the country.but just acknowledging that venezuela needs outside help is a telling sign of how far the nation sitting atop the world’s largest petroleum reserves has fallen under maduro.maduro’s socialist administration prides i...






venezuela’s top prosecutor rebukes supreme court power grab


by jorge rueda and joshua goodman | apby jorge rueda and joshua goodman | apmarch 31 at 7:10 pmcaracas, venezuela — security forces violently repressed protests that broke out in venezuela’s capital on friday after the supreme court gutted the opposition-controlled congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from foreign countries and even triggering a rebuke from the nation’s normally pro-government chief prosecutor.governments across latin america condemned the power grab, which the head of the organization of american states likened to a “self-inflicted coup” by socialist president nicolas maduro. the united nations’ top human rights official expressed “grave concern” and called on the high court to reverse its decision.in caracas, nat...






how gm got caught in the grip of venezuela's chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare general motors halted operations in venezuela on thursday after the car maker's plant in the country was seized by public authorities, the company said. elissa robinson/ dfpworkers of general motors listen during a meeting with government officials at the company's plant in valencia, venezuela, thursday, april 20, 2017.(photo: juan carlos hernandez/associated press) 11 connectlinkedinemailmoreautomakers and other global companies with a presence in venezuela have struggled for years to deal with falling demand for their products and to keep control of their plants as the country descended into economic and political turmoil.the dire business environment became highly publicized thursday, a day after the country's government seize...






how gm got caught in the grip of venezuela's chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare general motors halted operations in venezuela on thursday after the car maker's plant in the country was seized by public authorities, the company said. elissa robinson/ dfpworkers of general motors listen during a meeting with government officials at the company's plant in valencia, venezuela, thursday, april 20, 2017.(photo: juan carlos hernandez/associated press) 12 connectlinkedinemailmoreautomakers and other global companies with a presence in venezuela have struggled for years to deal with falling demand for their products and to keep control of their plants as the country descended into economic and political turmoil.the dire business environment became highly publicized thursday, a day after the country's government seize...






how gm got caught in the grip of venezuela's chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare general motors halted operations in venezuela on thursday after the car maker's plant in the country was seized by public authorities, the company said. elissa robinson/ dfpworkers of general motors listen during a meeting with government officials at the company's plant in valencia, venezuela, thursday, april 20, 2017.(photo: juan carlos hernandez/associated press) 47 connectlinkedinemailmoreautomakers and other global companies with a presence in venezuela have struggled for years to deal with falling demand for their products and to keep control of their plants as the country descended into economic and political turmoil.the dire business environment became highly publicized thursday, a day after the country's government seize...






how gm got caught in the grip of venezuela's chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare general motors halted operations in venezuela on thursday after the car maker's plant in the country was seized by public authorities, the company said. elissa robinson/ dfpworkers of general motors listen during a meeting with government officials at the company's plant in valencia, venezuela, thursday, april 20, 2017.(photo: juan carlos hernandez/associated press) 70 connectlinkedinemailmoreautomakers and other global companies with a presence in venezuela have struggled for years to deal with falling demand for their products and to keep control of their plants as the country descended into economic and political turmoil.the dire business environment became highly publicized thursday, a day after the country's government seize...






sharks’ marleau scores no. 499 in victory


p o: marcio jose sanchez, ociated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1patrick marleau, left, celebrates with joe thornton after scoring his 499th career goal in the second period at sap center.patrick marleau, left, celebrates with joe thornton after scoring his 499th career goal in the second period at sap center. p o: marcio jose sanchez, ociated press sharks’ marleau scores no. 499 in victory1 / 1back to gallerypatrick marleau moved to the brink of history tuesday night, but all that really mattered to him was that the sharks won.tomas hertl scored the tie-breaking goal late in the third period after marleau notched career goal no. 499 in the second, and the sharks beat the chicago blackhawks 3-1 at sap center.“it feels good, but also it feels good to score when the team wins,” ma