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Feb 24, 2015

Oil companies in Venezuela to use new favorable forex rate: PDVSA

CARACAS (Reuters) – About a dozen foreign energy companies in Venezuela have been authorized to exchange foreign currency at a new, more advantageous rate in bolivars in order to boost cash flow and speed up projects, a high-level PDVSA source said on Tuesday.

The companies, participating in joint ventures in various fields around Venezuela, can now buy local currency at the Simadi rate, currently averaging 172 bolivars per dollar, compared to far more disadvantageous rates used in the past.

Feb 23, 2015

Venezuela’s ruling Socialists target another opposition leader

CARACAS (Reuters) – Socialist Party legislators called on Monday for a probe of another Venezuelan opposition leader accused of conspiring against President Nicolas Maduro, just days after the mayor of Caracas was arrested on similar charges.

The opposition fears an investigation against Julio Borges, a parliamentarian and national coordinator of the Primero Justicia (Justice First) party, could signal a wider crackdown.

Feb 21, 2015

Venezuela indicts opposition mayor on charges of conspiring

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Friday indicted a veteran Caracas mayor on charges of plotting violence against President Nicolas Maduro’s government and ordered he be jailed in a military prison pending trial.

Maduro, the socialist leader and successor to Hugo Chavez, cast Antonio Ledezma’s detention as part of efforts to stop a U.S.-backed coup. Opponents scoffed at that as a smokescreen to distract from Venezuela’s economic crisis and staged small protests against what they slammed an authoritarian move.

Feb 21, 2015

Venezuela opposition urges release of mayor accused of conspiring

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leaders and protesters on Friday demanded the release of a veteran Caracas mayor arrested on accusations of plotting violence against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

The socialist leader and successor to Hugo Chavez cast Antonio Ledezma’s detention on Thursday night as part of efforts to stop a U.S.-backed coup, but opponents scoffed at that as a smokescreen to distract from Venezuela’s economic crisis.

Feb 20, 2015

Venezuela opposition urges release of mayor accused of coup plot

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leaders on Friday demanded the release of a Caracas mayor arrested after what they called false accusations that he was involved in a U.S.-backed coup plot against President Nicolas Maduro.

Intelligence agents took Caracas metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma from his office on Thursday and were holding the veteran politician at their Helicoide headquarters while a judge decides if he will be formally charged, supporters said.

Feb 13, 2015

Violence flares in Venezuela on anniversary of 2014 fatalities

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL (Reuters) – Venezuelan security forces faced off with stone-wielding protesters on Thursday as supporters of President Nicolas Maduro also rallied on the anniversary of last year’s fatal unrest.

The flare-ups, in the volatile western city of San Cristobal and the capital Caracas, recalled four months of protests and violence in 2014 killing 43 people and underlined just how tense the South American OPEC nation remains.

Feb 12, 2015

Venezuelan soldiers, students face off at anti-Maduro rallies

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan troops blocked students during marches against President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as pro-government supporters also rallied on the anniversary of 2014 protests that led to 43 deaths.

National Guard soldiers and police used teargas in the volatile western city of San Cristobal against student demonstrators who tossed rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Feb 6, 2015

Venezuela angry at UK over ‘spy glasses’ smuggled into Lopez trial

CARACAS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s top prosecutor is
seeking an explanation from Britain about a diplomat’s role in
an attempt to film the trial of opposition protest leader
Leopoldo Lopez using video glasses.

The incident occurred in a Caracas courtroom last week when
Lopez’s father, also called Leopoldo, sought to find a
surreptitious way of documenting his son’s appearance by
sneaking in a pair of recording glasses.

Feb 3, 2015

Adventurers flock to Venezuela’s ‘Lost World’ mountain

MOUNT RORAIMA, Venezuela (Reuters) – A mystic, flat-topped mountain on the Venezuela-Brazil border that perplexed 19th-century explorers and inspired “The Lost World” novel is attracting ever more modern-day adventurers.

Once impenetrable to all but the Pemon indigenous people, several thousand hikers a year now make the three-day trek across savannah, through rivers, under a waterfall and along a narrow path scaling the cliffs of Mount Roraima.

Jan 29, 2015

In violent Venezuela, police killings surge to almost one a day

CARACAS (Reuters) – After finishing a routine overnight shift, Venezuelan policeman Edgar Perez was walking home from the bus stop when two armed men pulled up on a motorbike.

Perez, 41, had time to draw his gun and injure one of the attackers in the shootout near his modest home in the town of Ocumare del Tuy outside Caracas, but the other shot him in the head and took his weapon.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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