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Sep 12, 2012

Supporters throw stones in Venezuela pre-election clash

CARACAS (Reuters) – Rival supporters in Venezuela’s presidential election fought and threw stones on Wednesday before a campaign stop by opposition leader Henrique Capriles less than a month before an October 7 vote.

In the worst flareup since the campaign formally began on July 1, some people were hurt and both sides blamed the other for the violence at the country’s main port, Puerto Cabello.

Aug 2, 2012

Venezuelan fencer Limardo wins gold, thanks Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Fencer Ruben Limardo thanked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after breaking the country’s 44-year gold medal drought by winning the men’s epee fencing competition at the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, saying the socialist leader helped him achieve his dream.

Venezuelans rejoiced in their nation’s first fencing medal, and their first of the 2012 Olympics, after Limardo beat Seth Kelsey of the United States and Norway’s Bartosz Piasecki.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Venezuelan fencer Limardo wins gold, thanks Chavez

CARACAS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Fencer Ruben Limardo thanked
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after breaking the country’s
44-year gold medal drought by winning the men’s epee fencing
competition at the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, saying the
socialist leader helped him achieve his dream.

Venezuelans rejoiced in their nation’s first fencing medal,
and their first of the 2012 Olympics, after Limardo beat Seth
Kelsey of the United States and Norway’s Bartosz Piasecki.

Aug 1, 2012

Venezuela’s PDVSA faces growing debt burden

CARACAS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state oil company,
PDVSA, will have to set aside between $4 billion and $7 billion
annually for the next five years to make payments on its
increasingly heavy debt burden, according to calculations by
economists.

PDVSA, the financial motor of President Hugo
Chavez’s socialist “revolution,” has funded its day-to-day
spending in recent years by issuing dollar-denominated bonds and
agreeing to bilateral loans with friendly governments such as
China.

Jul 24, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez unveils 3D image of hero Bolivar

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez unveiled a 3D image of South America’s 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar on Tuesday, based on bones the president ordered exhumed two years ago to test his theory that Bolivar was murdered.

In a ceremony to mark the 229th anniversary of Bolivar’s birth, senior government officials and military commanders clapped as Chavez and a group of school children unveiled the new image, which was based on scans of Bolivar’s skull.

Jul 22, 2012

Chavez says election rival and Romney want to subjugate Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compared his election rival to “far-right” U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Saturday, saying both men wanted to subjugate the country under capitalism and crush his socialist “revolution.”

South America’s top oil exporter will hold its ballot on October 7, a month before the November 6 U.S. election. Chavez is in full campaign mode, aiming for a new six-year term and saying he is fit and well after three cancer operations in the past year.

Jul 18, 2012

Rusoro seeks arbitration over Venezuela nationalization

CARACAS, July 18 (Reuters) – Russian miner Rusoro
became the latest company to file for arbitration against
Venezuela at a World Bank tribunal, saying President Hugo
Chavez’s takeover of the gold industry last year caused it a
“significant” loss.

Chavez’s government already faces about 20 cases, including
multibillion-dollar claims by U.S. oil companies Exxon Mobil
Corp and ConocoPhillips, at the World Bank’s
International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or
ICSID.

Jul 16, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez maintains poll lead over rival

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez maintained a 15 percentage-point lead over his opposition rival Henrique Capriles in a closely watched poll published on Monday, less than three months ahead of an October 7 presidential election.

The June survey by respected local pollster Datanalisis showed 46.1 percent of voters backing Chavez and 30.8 percent for Capriles, while the rest were undecided or did not respond.

Jul 14, 2012

Chavez re-election team expands social media reach via Twitter

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s verbose Hugo Chavez is offering to send supporters his tweets to their mobile phones as the socialist president fights a vigorous opposition campaign across the Twitter-mad country ahead of an October 7 election.

Chavez has had three cancer operations in the last year and his delicate health means he has not been able to travel anywhere near as much as his younger rival, Henrique Capriles.

Jul 14, 2012

Chavez: Venezuela is no threat, Obama is a “good guy”

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez denied on Friday that Venezuela was a threat to anyone, after U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for playing down the risk posed by the socialist leader.

Obama told a Spanish-language television station in an interview screened this week that Chavez’s actions over recent years had not had a serious impact on the national security of the United States.

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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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