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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.

Sep 24, 2013

‘Get a boat!’ Venezuela flights booked full for months

CARACAS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – If you live in Venezuela
and want to fly abroad, get in line.

Flights are booked solid months in advance, not from a new
interest in exotic destinations but because locals are profiting
from a play on the nation’s tightly controlled currency market.

Sep 16, 2013

Venezuelan president says made deliberate verbal gaffe

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venzuela’s gaffe-prone President Nicolas Maduro says his latest verbal mix-up was a deliberate attempt to outwit opponents who love to portray him as a buffoon and ignore the socialist government’s advances.

In the best tradition of global figures from former U.S. President George W. Bush to Britain’s Prince Philip, the 50-year-old Venezuelan leader has been sometimes tripping up during his daily, hours-long speeches.

Sep 8, 2013

Venezuela probe says sabotage caused Amuay disaster

CARACAS, Sept 8 (Reuters) – An official investigation into a
2012 explosion at Venezuela’s largest refinery Amuay has
concluded sabotage was to blame for one of the global oil
industry’s deadliest accidents, the OPEC nation’s oil minister
said on Sunday.

Summarizing a report to be given on Monday, Rafael Ramirez
said the August 2012 blast that killed more than 40 people and
paralyzed the 645,000 barrel-per-day plant came from a
suspicious quick release of gas rather than a gradual leak.

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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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