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Oct 8, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro to seek Chavez-style decree powers

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was going to parliament on Tuesday to seek decree powers he says are needed to tackle corruption and fix the economy but opponents view as proof he wants to rule as an autocrat.

The National Assembly, where Maduro’s socialist government has a nearly two-thirds majority, is widely expected to grant him the fast-track legislative powers in a revival of a measure used several times by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

Oct 6, 2013

President Maduro has ‘bankrupted’ Venezuela: opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – Opposition leader Henrique Capriles accused Venezuela’s “incompetent” President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday of bankrupting the nation in an increasingly radical blame-game over the OPEC member’s economic distortions.

Since late socialist leader Hugo Chavez died of cancer in February, the economy has joined crime as Venezuelans’ top concerns. Prices are soaring at an annualized 45 percent, a black market for dollars is booming, and basic goods from flour to toilet-paper are often scarce.

Oct 5, 2013

Venezuela vows crackdown on ‘currency tourists’

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government plans to use fingerprint machines at airports to try to root out no-shows who buy tickets to scam travel-related currency controls without even flying, in the latest symptom of Venezuela’s economic chaos.

Most flights out of the South American OPEC nation are booked solid months ahead because locals buy up tickets to enable the purchase of dollars at a preferential rate.

Oct 4, 2013

The political life of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to emerge from the shadow of his flamboyant predecessor Hugo Chavez at the helm of the South American OPEC nation.

Here are some facts about Maduro:

* The burly, mustachioed Maduro, 50, is a former union leader and Caracas bus driver. He does not have a university degree and proudly calls himself Venezuela’s first “worker president.”

Oct 4, 2013

Feature: Venezuela’s Maduro stuck in shadow of ‘El Comandante’ Chavez

CIUDAD CARIBIA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Hovering over a sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential helicopter, Hugo Chavez had a dream: to build a utopian city that would showcase socialism in Venezuela.

Slowly and chaotically over the years that followed, the late president’s pet project – conceived a decade into his rule and named “Ciudad Caribia” for the country’s indigenous Carib people – began to take shape on the mountain 10 km (6 miles) northwest of the capital, Caracas.

Oct 4, 2013

Factbox: The political life of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to emerge from the shadow of his flamboyant predecessor Hugo Chavez at the helm of the South American OPEC nation.

Here are some facts about Maduro:

The burly, mustachioed Maduro, 50, is a former union leader and Caracas bus driver. He does not have a university degree and proudly calls himself Venezuela’s first “worker president.”

Oct 4, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro stuck in shadow of ‘El Comandante’ Chavez

CIUDAD CARIBIA, Venezuela, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Hovering over a
sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential helicopter, Hugo
Chavez had a dream: to build a utopian city that would showcase
socialism in Venezuela.

Slowly and chaotically over the years that followed, the
late president’s pet project – conceived a decade into his rule
and named “Ciudad Caribia” for the country’s indigenous Carib
people – began to take shape on the mountain 10 km (6 miles)
northwest of the capital, Caracas.

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. expels three Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat move

CARACAS (Reuters) – Washington has expelled Venezuela’s highest-ranking diplomat in the United States and two others from its embassy in retaliation for Venezuela’s booting out three American diplomats accused of fomenting sabotage, the Venezuelan government said.

The flare-up appears to derail some tentative moves to improve relations between Caracas and Washington since President Nicolas Maduro took over this year from the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, whose 14-year rule was halted by cancer.

Oct 2, 2013

Venezuela says U.S. expels three diplomats in a dispute

CARACAS (Reuters) – Washington has expelled Venezuela’s highest-ranking diplomat in the United States and two others from its embassy in a tit-for-tat measure after Venezuela booted out three American diplomats accused of fomenting sabotage, the Venezuelan government said.

The flare-up appears to derail some tentative moves to improve relations between Caracas and Washington since President Nicolas Maduro took over this year from the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Sep 25, 2013

Venezuela seizes cocaine bound for flight to Spain

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Wednesday it had foiled smugglers trying to place cocaine on an Iberia flight to Spain while the number of people arrested in Venezuela over last week’s discovery of 1.3 tonnes of the drug on an Air France flight rose to 17.

Venezuela’s location on South America’s Caribbean and Atlantic seaboards has made it a popular point for smuggling Colombian cocaine to U.S. and European markets.

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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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