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Feb 5, 2014

Venezuelan arrests at Cuba baseball protest stir local politics

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan opposition party demanded on Wednesday that President Nicolas Maduro’s government release seven protesters arrested following a weekend fracas outside the hotel of a visiting Cuban baseball team.

The Caribbean Series baseball tournament between the region’s top clubs, being held on Venezuela’s Margarita Island, has this year become a lightning rod for anti-Maduro activists.

Jan 23, 2014

Venezuela bonds hit two-year lows after forex reforms

CARACAS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s benchmark bonds fell
to two-year lows on Thursday reflecting market disappointment
that President Nicolas Maduro’s revamping of 11-year currency
controls did not go far enough.

Underlining that view among traders of Venezuela’s
highly-liquid sovereign bonds, the benchmark global 2027
slid nearly 2.0 percent on Thursday to bid at
68.944, its lowest price since November 2011. The yield rose to
14.54 percent.

Jan 21, 2014

Venezuela opposition leader wary of Maduro’s rapprochement

HIGUEROTE, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader has welcomed President Nicolas Maduro’s dialogue with once-vilified political foes but also suspects it may be a ploy to defuse anger over his failure to control crime and end economic scarcities.

After years of polarized politics dating from predecessor Hugo Chavez’s 14-year rule, Maduro’s socialist government has held a string of meetings with opposition governors and mayors since December to strategize over violent crime and other national problems.

Jan 8, 2014

Venezuela president and opposition leader in rare handshake

CARACAS (Reuters) – After months of insults, Venezuela’s president and opposition leader on Wednesday shook hands for the first time since their bitter election standoff last year – at a meeting about chronic violent crime prompted by the roadside murder of a popular beauty queen.

President Nicolas Maduro routinely calls Henrique Capriles a “fascist” and “murderer”, while the opposition leader has been lambasting his rival as “incompetent” and “illegitimate” since Maduro won April’s disputed election by 1.5 percentage points.

Dec 20, 2013

Venezuela inflation data delay sparks controversy

CARACAS, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Venezuela has delayed publishing
its closely watched monthly inflation data, sparking opposition
accusations that the figures might be manipulated to suit
President Nicolas Maduro’s “economic offensive” to bring prices
down.

The Central Bank is supposed to publish the latest consumer
price index within the first 10 days of the month. But no
information on November inflation was forthcoming by Friday.

Dec 19, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro holds rare dialogue with opponents

CARACAS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro held a rare meeting with opponents on Wednesday,
challenging them to collect signatures to oust him in 2016 if
they wanted but to work with him in the meantime.

Maduro invited opposition mayors and governors to Miraflores
presidential palace in an attempt to draw a line after four
bitterly fought elections in Venezuela in little over a year.

Dec 19, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro holds rare meeting with opponents

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a rare meeting with opponents on Wednesday, challenging them to collect signatures to oust him in 2016 if they wanted but to work with him in the meantime.

Maduro invited opposition mayors and governors to Miraflores presidential palace in an attempt to draw a line after four bitterly-fought elections in Venezuela in little over a year.

Dec 17, 2013

Gunshot caused Venezuela power outage: Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that saboteurs used a gun to bring down a power cable and plunge more than half of Venezuela into darkness earlier this month.

As well as causing chaos on the streets, the December 2 blackout sparked an immediate blame game. The government accused right-wing foes of an attack, while opponents said the outage was due to incompetent management of the electric grid.

Dec 13, 2013

Venezuelan socialists win 54 percent of mayors’ vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party and allies took 10 percentage points more votes than opposition rivals in Sunday’s election for mayors that was a test of strength for President Nicolas Maduro, final results showed on Friday.

Though the ballot for mayors in the South American nation was a symbolic victory for Maduro’s sometimes shaky-looking presidency, it also underlined the strength of his opponents in urban centers and the deep divisions of Venezuelan society.

Dec 12, 2013

Venezuela says 40 percent of dollar buyers are shell companies

CARACAS (Reuters) – Phantom businesses account for about 40 percent of buyers of dollars through Venezuela’s currency control system this year in a massive fraud costing the OPEC nation billions of dollars, the country’s intelligence chief said.

Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who is also interior minister, said a new crackdown on the currency con would spare neither corrupt officials nor unscrupulous businessmen.

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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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