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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.

Sep 5, 2013

Political sparks fly after Venezuela blackout

CARACAS, Sept 5 (Reuters) – One of the worst power outages
in Venezuelan history has given a jolt to President Nicolas
Maduro’s government and revived opposition accusations that its
socialist policies and incompetence are wrecking the country.

Even though Venezuela’s 29 million people have endured
sporadic blackouts since 2009, there was widespread shock at the
extent of this week’s outage across two-thirds of the nation.

Jun 20, 2013

Rough honeymoon for Chavez’s successor in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Wearing sports gear in the national colors and sitting on a sofa in a modest family home, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a microphone, chats with locals and expounds on the benefits of socialism.

Variations of the scene – on a factory floor, playing soccer in the presidential palace or walking the plains with farmers – play daily on national TV as Hugo Chavez’s successor makes “Gobierno en la Calle,” or “Street Government,” the chosen slogan of his rule.

Jun 20, 2013

Analysis: Rough honeymoon for Chavez’s successor in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Wearing sports gear in the national colors and sitting on a sofa in a modest family home, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a microphone, chats with locals and expounds on the benefits of socialism.

Variations of the scene – on a factory floor, playing soccer in the presidential palace or walking the plains with farmers – play daily on national TV as Hugo Chavez’s successor makes “Gobierno en la Calle,” or “Street Government,” the chosen slogan of his rule.

Jun 6, 2013

Venezuela inflation soars to record monthly high 6.1 pct

CARACAS, June 6 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s inflation hit a
record monthly high of 6.1 percent in May, compounding new
President Nicolas Maduro’s economic headaches less than two
months after taking office in the OPEC member country.

Last month’s consumer price rises, up from 4.3 percent in
April, took Venezuela’s annualized inflation rate to a startling
35.2 percent, the highest in the Americas.

Jun 2, 2013

Venezuela’s Capriles says Maduro government will fall

SAN FRANCISCO DE YARE, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says President Nicolas Maduro’s government will “cave in” under the pressure of growing economic troubles, in-fighting and a belief by many Venezuelans that it stole the April election.

Capriles is still disputing the election, which he lost to Maduro by a narrower-than-expected 1.5 percentage points. But if, as expected, the fraud claims get nowhere in Venezuela’s courts, Capriles says other forces may sink the successor to the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

May 31, 2013
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Catholic Church wine supplies run low in latest Venezuelan shortage

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(Bottles of ‘Vinum Benedictum’ Riesling wine¬† at Schloss Saaleck vineyard in the Bavarian town of Hammelburg July 13, 2005.¬† The Frankonian wine was chosen for the Mass to be held by Pope Benedict XVI during the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne. REUTERS/Stringer)

With no miracle in sight, Roman Catholic churches are being asked to ration wine in the latest shortage to illustrate Venezuela’s economic troubles.

May 30, 2013

Church wine runs low in latest Venezuelan shortage

CARACAS (Reuters) – With no miracle in sight, Roman Catholic churches are being asked to ration wine in the latest shortage to illustrate Venezuela’s economic troubles.

“We’re asking the priests and bishops to ration wine and look for alternatives during this emergency,” said Jose Antonio Da Conceicao, a national church official.

May 29, 2013

Venezuelan opposition TV station tones down, angers Capriles

CARACAS (Reuters) – A flagship Venezuelan TV channel known for its militant opposition to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez has toned down under new owners, depriving the opposition of a favored platform as it fights a new government.

During Chavez’s tumultuous 14-year rule, Globovision played a controversial and high-profile role: it was derided by officials as a pro-U.S., law-breaking broadcaster but feted in the opposition as a beacon of free speech.

May 5, 2013

Venezuela rebuffs Obama, repeats case against U.S. ‘spy’

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela brushed off criticism from U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday and maintained its accusation that an American detainee in Caracas is a spy pretending to be a filmmaker.

During his visit to Latin America, Obama said on Saturday the allegations against Tim Tracy, 35, were “ridiculous.”

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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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