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Nov 6, 2013

Capriles seeks papal mediation in Venezuela politics

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles held a private meeting in Rome with Pope Francis on Wednesday and sought his mediation in the South American nation’s tumultuous internal politics.

Capriles still refuses to recognize the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro after narrowly losing an April election to replace socialist leader Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer.

Nov 1, 2013

Venezuelan leader says construction workers see Chavez apparition

CARACAS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro said an image of his political idol and predecessor, the
late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, had appeared miraculously in
the wall of an underground construction site.

In the latest of a series of accusations since taking office
in April, Maduro also accused U.S.-based social network Twitter
of colluding with his foes in a “massive attack” on his
and other prominent government members’ accounts.

Oct 31, 2013

Venezuelan leader says workers see Chavez apparition at building site

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said an image of his idol and predecessor, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, has appeared miraculously in the wall of an underground construction site.

Since his death from cancer earlier this year, Chavez has taken on mythical proportions for supporters and Maduro has spoken of seeing his former mentor’s spirit several times, including in the shape of a bird.

Oct 18, 2013

Venezuela denies devaluation coming

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government denied on Friday forecasts of an imminent devaluation due to anxiety in Venezuela over shortages of dollars and the soaring black market rate for the greenback in the South American OPEC nation.

“A devaluation is not being planned here,” said Rafael Ramirez, whom Maduro recently named vice-president in charge of economic policy as well as being oil minister.

Oct 18, 2013

Venezuela says no devaluation coming

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government denied on Friday forecasts of an imminent devaluation due to anxiety in Venezuela over shortages of dollars and the soaring black market rate for the greenback in the South American OPEC nation.

“A devaluation is not being planned here,” said Rafael Ramirez, whom Maduro recently named vice-president in charge of economic policy as well as being oil minister.

Oct 15, 2013

Venezuela to free seized oil survey ship, owner says

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has agreed to free a U.S.-chartered oil survey ship and 36 crew members seized last week in a territorial dispute with neighboring Guyana, the boat’s owner said on Tuesday.

The Teknik Perdana was carrying out a seabed survey for Texas-based Anadarko (APC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in conjunction with Guyanese authorities when Venezuela’s navy boarded it on Thursday and escorted it to Margarita island.

Oct 15, 2013

Malaysian owner says Venezuela frees seized oil survey ship

CARACAS (Reuters) – The Malaysian owners of a U.S.-hired oil survey ship seized last week by Venezuela in a territorial dispute with neighboring Guyana said on Tuesday the boat and its 36-member crew had been released.

There was no confirmation of that from either the government of Venezuela or Guyana and the Venezuelan public prosecutor’s office put out a statement detailing the formal charging of the ship’s Ukrainian captain.

Oct 15, 2013

Venezuela, Guyana to meet over seized oil ship, detained crew

CARACAS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Venezuela and Guyana will meet
on Thursday to resolve the fate of a ship and crew hired by a
U.S. oil exploration firm that Venezuela seized in waters
disputed for more than a century by the South American
neighbors.

The foreign ministers of both countries have spoken on the
phone and will meet in Trinidad and Tobago “in the hope of
resolving diplomatically whatever difference exists between both
sides,” a Venezuelan government statement said.

Oct 14, 2013

Venezuela, Guyana seek diplomatic end to ship spat

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s and Guyana’s foreign ministers will meet on Thursday to seek a negotiated solution to the detention of a ship used by a U.S. oil exploration firm in waters disputed for more than a century by the South American neighbors, Venezuela said.

The officials have spoken on the phone and will meet on Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago “in the hope of resolving diplomatically whatever difference exists between both sides,” a Venezuelan government statement said.

Oct 9, 2013

Maduro seeks decree powers from Venezuela lawmakers

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro went to parliament on Tuesday to seek decree powers that he says are essential to tackle corruption and fix the economy but opponents view as proof he wants to rule as an autocrat.

The National Assembly, where Maduro’s socialist government has a nearly two-thirds majority, will schedule a vote on the request next week and is widely expected to grant him the fast-track legislative powers in a revival of a measure used several times by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

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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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