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Sep 11, 2015

Venezuela opposition leader Lopez jailed for 13 years

10 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s best-known jailed opposition figure, Leopoldo Lopez, was jailed for 13 years on Thursday on charges of inciting 2014 anti-government protests that spiraled into violence killing more than 40 people.

After a marathon session at the heavily guarded Palace of Justice, judge Susana Barreiros ruled Lopez, 44, a U.S.-educated hardline opponent of socialist President Nicolas Maduro arrested in February last year, had masterminded the violence.

Aug 29, 2015

Pensioner killed in Venezuela supermarket melee, opposition says

CARACAS (Reuters) – An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday.

The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles.

Jun 19, 2015

Venezuela legislators slam Brazil counterparts’ prison visit

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party legislators called a trip by Brazilian senators to visit jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro “abusive” and “meddling” on Friday.

The Brazilian delegation’s visit on Thursday was cut short after they said their minibus was stoned by Maduro supporters and roads were blocked, forcing them to return to the airport and fly back the same day.

Jun 17, 2015

Venezuela students join opposition leader’s hunger-strike protest

CARACAS (Reuters) – Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has lost 12 kilograms (26 pounds) on a partial hunger-strike now in its fourth week, his family said, while students around the country escalate similar protests in solidarity.

Lopez, 44, who heads the hardline Popular Will party and is charged with masterminding violence during mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government last year, began his action in a military jail at the end of May.

Jun 12, 2015

Radicalism spells chaos for Venezuela, says ‘Chavismo’ defector

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) – When state governor Henri Falcon abandoned Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party in 2010 and later joined the opposition, he was pilloried as a “traitor” by former pal and then president Hugo Chavez.

Now, it is opposition hardliners who insult him with that same word as Falcon promotes dialogue with Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, in a bid to ease political hatreds and an economic crisis in the South American OPEC nation.

Jun 4, 2015

“Paradise for $20″: hardy tourists enjoy Venezuela cash bonanza

LOS ROQUES, Venezuela, June 4 (Reuters) – Fears of being
kidnapped or not finding toilet paper are not much of an
incentive for a holiday in Venezuela.

Yet hardy travelers undeterred by the tales – real and
exaggerated – of crime and shortages are finding the South
American nation an absurdly cheap destination.

May 20, 2015

Venezuelan officials accused by U.S. sue opposition leader

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan officials targeted by United States sanctions are suing opposition leader Henrique Capriles for labeling them corrupt in the latest knock-on effect of Washington’s moves against the OPEC member’s rulers, a minister said.

Turning up the pressure on Venezuela, President Barack Obama’s government imposed a visa ban and asset freeze on seven officials in March over allegations of repressing political opponents and corruption.

May 7, 2015

Venezuela opposition joins in Maduro mango mania

CARACAS, May 7 (Reuters) – Venezuelans have not stopped
chortling since President Nicolas Maduro was hit by a mango and
then rewarded the fruit-thrower with a new home, but now
Maduro’s foes are seeking to score political points from the
tropical fruit.

Government supporters cheered the incident as a sign of the
socialist leader’s common touch and care for the people and
Maduro has been photographed holding mangoes with other messages
on them.

Apr 24, 2015

Venezuela probes ex-minister accused of corruption in Spain ferry buys

CARACAS, April 24 (Reuters) – A former minister in President
Nicolas Maduro’s government denied in an interview published on
Friday accusations of corruption during the purchase of three
ferries from Spain and said he was being hounded for denouncing
currency crimes.

Local media said an arrest warrant was issued earlier this
month for Hebert Garcia, a general who served as transportation
and food minister for Maduro, on charges of embezzlement in the
50 million euro ($54 million) purchase in 2013.

Apr 20, 2015

PDVSA says Venezuela oil exports at 2.4-2.5 million barrels per day

ORINOCO BELT, Venezuela (Reuters) – OPEC member Venezuela is currently exporting between 2.4-2.5 million barrels per day from national crude production of around 2.85 million, the head of state oil company PDVSA said.

Venezuela’s output figures have often conflicted with international agencies, which estimate lower output due to methodological differences about how to count extra-heavy crude.

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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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