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Mar 18, 2013

Venezuela election rivals clash over crime

CARACAS (Reuters) – Moments after he registered to run in Venezuela’s April 14 election, acting President Nicolas Maduro vowed to go on foot, unarmed, into the toughest slums of Caracas and ask the gangs there to lay down their guns.

Both Maduro and his opponent, Henrique Capriles, have clashed over a top campaign issue: the daily murders, armed robberies and kidnappings that make the South American country one of the most dangerous in the world.

Mar 17, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses U.S. of “plot” to kill rival

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. President Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup ahead of an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame the murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans with hate” as they prepare to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Mar 17, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro urges Obama to halt “plot” against rival

CARACAS, March 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president
urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by
the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his
opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent’s
murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans
with hate” as they prepare to go to vote following the death of
socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Mar 15, 2013

Venezuela’s post-Chavez oil policy to focus on China, Russia

CARACAS, March 15 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s post-Chavez oil
policy will increasingly focus on deals with China and Russia if
acting President Nicolas Maduro wins an April 14 election to
continue his late boss’s socialist programs.

During his 14 years in power, Hugo Chavez nationalized most
of the OPEC nation’s oil industry with the aim of putting its
crude reserves – the biggest in the world – at the service of
his power base, Venezuela’s poor majority.

Mar 14, 2013

Opposition leader wants to debate Venezuela’s Maduro

CARACAS, March 14 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader
challenged acting President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday to “stop
lying” and have a debate, adding that he was sorry if he had
caused offense during the increasingly bitter run-up to an April
14 election.

The death last week of socialist leader Hugo Chavez set the
stage for the vote pitting Maduro, his preferred successor,
against Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old centrist state
governor.

Mar 13, 2013

Venezuela says U.S. “far-right” wants to kill Capriles

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president said on Wednesday that “far right” figures in the United States were plotting to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles in an increasingly volatile atmosphere ahead of an April 14 election.

Accusations are flying and emotions are running high in the South American OPEC nation of 29 million people since the death last week of former socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Mar 9, 2013

Global leaders, celebrities honor Chavez at funeral

CARACAS (Reuters) – From Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Oscar-winner Sean Penn, an eclectic mix of mourners bid farewell on Friday to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez at a state funeral for the charismatic but divisive leader who changed the face of South American politics.

Chavez died this week at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating millions of mostly poor supporters who hailed him for plowing Venezuela’s vast oil wealth into social projects, but giving hope to foes who decried him as a dictator.

Mar 8, 2013

Leaders from Cuba to Iran attending Chavez’s funeral

CARACAS (Reuters) – At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez’s funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating millions of mostly poor supporters who loved him for putting the country’s vast oil wealth at their service, but giving hope to opponents who denounced him as a dictator.

Mar 6, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro: from bus driver to Chavez’s successor

CARACAS (Reuters) – Former bus driver and union leader Nicolas Maduro followed a simple strategy when he filled in for cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over the past three months: copy his boss’s policies, his style and even his fierce rhetoric.

Now that Chavez is dead, Maduro will almost certainly stick with the same approach as he tries to win a presidential election and inherit Chavez’s self-styled socialist revolution.

Mar 6, 2013

Venezuelans mourn Chavez as focus turns to election

CARACAS, March 6 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez’s death has unleashed a flood of emotional tributes that
his allies hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled
socialist revolution when voters elect a successor.

The 58-year-old died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with
cancer that was first detected in his pelvis. He had suffered
multiple complications following his latest operation on Dec. 11
and had not been seen in public since then.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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