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Jul 30, 2014

U.S. restricts travel by Venezuelan officials

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – The United States imposed travel restrictions on Wednesday on some Venezuelan government officials it accuses of rights abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this year.

Three months of demonstrations led by hard-line opposition and student leaders earlier this year led to violence that killed 43 people in the South American OPEC member nation’s worst unrest for a decade.

Jul 28, 2014

Aruba frees Venezuela ex-general sought by U.S. over drugs

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s former military intelligence head Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States over drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, was released on Sunday.

“He’s been freed and is in the airport about to fly back,” the retired general’s lawyer, Chris Lejuez, told Reuters by phone from Aruba. “He’s obviously happy.”

Jul 27, 2014

Venezuela says ex-general sought by U.S. to be freed in Aruba

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Sunday 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.

“A plane is taking off at this moment … to go and pick up our comrade Hugo Carvajal,” Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on state TV, hailing it as “a new victory” for Venezuela.

Jul 27, 2014

Venezuela leader rallies socialists at first post-Chavez congress

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress on Saturday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to fire up militants and quell dissidents who say he is failing to fix the economy or end graft.

It was the party’s third congress since formation in 2008, but the first without its charismatic founder, former president Hugo Chavez who died last year of cancer after ruling the South American OPEC nation for 14 years.

Jul 26, 2014

Venezuela ex-general awaits U.S. extradition bid in Aruba jail

CARACAS (Reuters) – A retired Venezuelan military general wanted in the United States over drug-trafficking remained in jail on the Caribbean island of Aruba over the weekend awaiting a formal extradition request, his lawyer said.

Hugo Carvajal, head of military intelligence from 2004-2008 during late president Hugo Chavez’s rule, was seized last week after flying to the semi-autonomous island that is part of the Netherlands.

Jul 26, 2014

Venezuela’s Maduro combats dissidence among ruling socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress on Saturday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to quieten hardliners who believe the state is failing to stem corruption or fix the economy.

It is the party’s third congress since formation in 2008, but the first without its charismatic founder, former president Hugo Chavez who died last year of cancer after ruling the South American OPEC nation for 14 years.

Jul 25, 2014

Venezuela protests arrest of ex-intelligence head wanted in U.S.

CARACAS/MIAMI (Reuters) – 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 on Thursday.

“The government rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention,” the foreign ministry said in a statement announcing the arrest of military general Hugo Carvajal on the nearby island of Aruba.

Jul 24, 2014

Venezuelan ex-intelligence head faces drug chrges in U.S

CARACAS/MIAMI (Reuters) – 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 on Thursday.

“The government rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention of the Venezuelan diplomatic official,” said the foreign ministry statement announcing the arrest of Hugo Carvajal on the nearby island of Aruba.

Jul 24, 2014

Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader Lopez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial in Venezuela on Wednesday, accused of masterminding anti-government protests that turned violent and left 43 people dead.

Days after the demonstrations began in mid-February, Lopez turned himself in to authorities and has been in a military jail since, but protests continued for about three months.

Jul 24, 2014

Venezuela’s world-famous ‘vertical slum’ may be demolished

CARACAS (Reuters) – An abandoned Caracas skyscraper dubbed the world’s tallest shanty-town after a squatters’ takeover could be demolished once its inhabitants are out, Venezuela’s leader said on Wednesday.

Soldiers and officials began this week moving out the first 160 of more than 1,150 families living inside the 45-story “Tower of David” in central Caracas. They are going to government-provided low-income housing outside the capital.

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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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