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Aug 12, 2013

Fire crews extinguish blaze at Venezuela oil refinery

CARACAS (Reuters) – Firefighters in Venezuela put out a blaze in a storage tank at an oil refinery that was caused by lightning on Sunday and led to the evacuation of people living nearby, a top official at state oil company PDVSA said.

Thunderstorms this weekend have drenched much of the South American OPEC nation, which has suffered repeated accidents at its oil refineries in recent years. Lightning bolts ignited two storage tanks at a different refinery just last year.

Jul 20, 2013

Venezuela says it ends efforts for better U.S. ties

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said it was ending efforts to improve ties with Washington after the Obama administration’s nominee for envoy to the United Nations vowed to oppose what she called a crackdown on civil society in the “repressive” OPEC nation.

In an echo of the many bust-ups between the two countries during the late Hugo Chavez’s 14-year rule, President Nicolas Maduro has demanded an apology and said the United States had no moral right to criticize his government.

Jul 19, 2013

Venezuela slams U.S. over ‘repressive regimes’ remarks

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demanded the United States apologize on Thursday after the Obama administration’s nominee for envoy to the United Nations said there was a crackdown on civil society in the South American country.

Maduro has often clashed with Washington since winning an April election following the death of his mentor, socialist leader Hugo Chavez. He said Samantha Power’s comments to a Senate confirmation hearing had been aggressive and unfair.

Jul 6, 2013

Three Latin American leftist leaders offer asylum to Snowden

LA PAZ/CARACAS (Reuters) – Bolivia offered asylum on Saturday to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, joining leftist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of secret U.S. surveillance programs.

Snowden, 30, is believed to be holed up in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport and has been trying to find a country that would take him since he landed from Hong Kong on June 23.

Jul 6, 2013

Venezuela offers asylum to U.S. fugitive Snowden

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Friday in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of secret U.S. spy programs.

“In the name of America’s dignity … I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to Edward Snowden,” Maduro told a military parade marking Venezuela’s independence day.

Jul 6, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro offers asylum to Snowden

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Friday in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of a secret spy program.

“In the name of America’s dignity … I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to Edward Snowden,” Maduro told a military parade marking Venezuela’s independence day.

Jun 27, 2013

Venezuelan government says recording proves opposition plots

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government released a recording on Wednesday of a well-known opposition lawmaker apparently criticizing the head of the opposition coalition and accusing him of meeting U.S. officials to provoke a crisis in the OPEC nation.

In the latest of a string of secretly-made recordings that have roiled politics in the South American country in recent months, the new tape was of female legislator Maria Corina Machado talking to a local academic.

Jun 7, 2013

Venezuela proposes ending detention of judge who says she was raped

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s attorney general proposed on Friday to end the house arrest of a female judge who was detained on corruption charges in 2009 and alleged that she was raped in prison.

Maria Lourdes Afiuni’s detention for the past three years and alleged mistreatment behind bars has made her a cause celebre for foes of the late President Hugo Chavez.

Jun 5, 2013

Venezuela deports U.S. filmmaker accused of being spy

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela deported a U.S. filmmaker who had been arrested in April on accusations he was working as a spy for Washington and advising opposition student groups on how to destabilize the South American OPEC nation.

“The gringo Timothy Hallet Tracy, who was captured while spying in our country, has been expelled,” Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Apr 28, 2013

Venezuela’s Capriles raised false hopes on vote audit: election body

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s electoral authority said on Saturday the opposition created false hopes about a vote audit being prepared after President Nicolas Maduro’s narrow election win, adding that his rival had failed to present compelling proof of foul play.

The National Electoral Council had stressed from the start that the “expanded” audit it agreed to after the April 14 vote would not change the results, which made Maduro the successor to the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

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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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