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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.

Jul 22, 2014

Venezuela government moves squatters from ‘Tower of David’ slum

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world.

The mass eviction from the “Tower of David”, originally intended to be a bank center but abandoned since 1994 and later home to some 3,000 needy Venezuelans, proceeded peacefully.

Jul 22, 2014

Venezuela govt moves squatters from ‘Tower of David’ slum

CARACAS, July 22 (Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers and
officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a
half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas
skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world.

The mass eviction from the “Tower of David”, originally
intended to be a bank center but abandoned since 1994 and later
home to some 3,000 needy Venezuelans, proceeded peacefully.

Jul 9, 2014

Brazil’s image shattered, says Maradona

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

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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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