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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.

Dec 12, 2013

Venezuela says murder rate plunges under Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s murder rate has fallen by about a quarter this year, the government says, dismissing opponents’ talk of ever-rising crime as propaganda.

Violent crime has been Venezuelans’ No. 1 concern in recent years. Awash with guns, the South American nation is one of the world’s most violent, with an official homicide rate of about 52 per 100,000 people last year, or more than 15,000 victims.

Dec 9, 2013

Venezuela’s socialists win majority in local polls

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government won a majority of votes in Venezuela’s local elections on Sunday, disappointing the opposition and helping his quest to preserve the late Hugo Chavez’s socialist legacy.

With votes in from three-quarters of the nation’s 337 mayoral races, the ruling party and allies had combined 49.2 percent support, compared with the opposition coalition and its partners’ 42.7 percent, the election board said.

Dec 8, 2013

Venezuela local vote tests President Maduro’s strength

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted in municipal elections on Sunday that are the biggest political test yet for President Nicolas Maduro as he tries to halt an economic slide and preserve the socialist legacy of his late mentor, Hugo Chavez.

The outcome of ballots to choose 337 mayors and around 2,500 councilors will be seen as a sign of Maduro’s strength, nine months after Chavez died from cancer and he narrowly beat opposition leader Henrique Capriles to win the presidency.

Dec 5, 2013

Local vote to test Venezuelan president’s strength

CARACAS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Nationwide local polls this
weekend are President Nicolas Maduro’s first electoral test
since taking power and will show what Venezuelans think of his
socialist government’s radical response to deepening economic
problems.

Sunday’s vote for 337 mayors’ and 2,523 council posts is
theoretically a local affair, with humdrum issues such as
pot-holes and street-lights sure to influence voters.

Dec 3, 2013

Power outage plunges most of Venezuela into darkness

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro’s government and cries of incompetence from its foes.

Power went off in Caracas and other cities around the country soon after 8 p.m. local time (0030 GMT), to the intense annoyance of residents and commuters.

Nov 30, 2013

Soccer-Venezuela manager Farias quits with World Cup dream over

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Venezuela manager Cesar Farias resigned on Saturday after his failure to secure a first-ever World Cup qualification for the nation who missed out on next year’s finals.

“Sadly, we couldn’t achieve our main goal to classify for the World Cup in Brazil,” the 40-year-old Venezuelan said, announcing his resignation in an open letter to fans.

Nov 30, 2013

Venezuela manager Farias quits with World Cup dream over

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela manager Cesar Farias resigned on Saturday after his failure to secure a first-ever World Cup qualification for the nation who missed out on next year’s finals.

“Sadly, we couldn’t achieve our main goal to classify for the World Cup in Brazil,” the 40-year-old Venezuelan said, announcing his resignation in an open letter to fans.

Nov 29, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro vows stricter business inspections

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election “economic offensive” aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.

“We’re not joking, we’re defending the rights of the majority, their economic freedom,” Maduro said on Friday, alleging price irregularities were found in nearly 99 percent of 1,705 businesses inspected so far this month.

Nov 28, 2013

Crack a joke and stay cool: surviving Venezuela’s queues

CARACAS (Reuters) – It’s Sunday morning. The sun is barely up, and already there are long lines outside a large state-run supermarket next to a hillside Caracas slum.

Rumor has it there’s a fresh delivery of milk inside, so there is expectant chatter among the Venezuelan housewives, pensioners and teenagers lining up in the hundreds at the Bicentenario store.

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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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