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Sep 15, 2013

Venezuela rejects U.S. criticism of its anti-drug efforts

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has rejected U.S. criticism over its fight against international drug trafficking after Washington said the South American country had “failed demonstrably” for a fifth year running.

The White House said in an annual report on Friday that Venezuela, along with Bolivia and Myanmar, had not made substantial efforts during the last 12 months to meet its obligations under global counternarcotics agreements.

Sep 11, 2013

Venezuela seeks new World Bank hearing in Conoco dispute

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Wednesday that U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips (COP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rejected its latest offer of compensation for the 2007 nationalization of oil projects and the South American country now seeks a new hearing on the matter with the World Bank.

Venezuela was responding to a World Bank arbitration panel, that last week said the South American country had failed to act in good faith or properly compensate the U.S. company for three big oil projects that were expropriated by the socialist government of the late Hugo Chavez.

Aug 30, 2013

Venezuela sentences man who shot U.S. attaches at strip club

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for shooting and wounding two U.S. military attaches at a strip club in the capital, the attorney general’s office said on Friday.

Carlos Mejias, 32, admitted he shot the U.S. Embassy employees in the early hours of May 28, the office said.

Aug 30, 2013

Venezuelan man who shot U.S. attaches sentenced to prison

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan man has been sentenced to 5-1/2 years in prison for shooting and wounding two U.S. military attaches at a strip club in the capital, the attorney general’s office said on Friday.

Carlos Mejias, 32, admitted he shot the U.S. Embassy employees in the early hours of May 28.

Aug 18, 2013

Showdown looms in Venezuela over decree powers plan

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan politicians traded insults at the weekend with a showdown looming in the National Assembly over President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to ask for fast-track decree powers he says he needs to combat corruption.

Maduro, who narrowly won an April election to replace his late mentor Hugo Chavez, says he is ready to change “all the laws” if necessary to stamp out widespread graft that is denting his popularity with some core supporters.

Aug 15, 2013

Venezuela politics soiled by sordid claims, gay slurs

CARACAS (Reuters) – From allegations of gay and transvestite prostitution rings to homophobic slurs flying in the National Assembly, Venezuela’s polarized politics has taken a distasteful turn.

With tempers fraying as President Nicolas Maduro vows to crack down on corruption, pro-government lawmakers demanded this week that their opposition rivals be investigated for, among other things, money laundering and cocaine trafficking.

Aug 14, 2013

Analysis: Under fire, Venezuela’s Maduro vows new graft crackdown

CARACAS (Reuters) – When even Venezuela’s most famous topless model complains on Twitter that the government is too soft on corruption, it could be time for President Nicolas Maduro to sit up and take action.

Already facing big economic challenges while trying to fill the shoes of his charismatic mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro is on the receiving end of a new wave of criticism that he lets graft close to home go unpunished.

Aug 13, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro to seek decree powers in graft fight

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday he will ask for decree powers last used by his predecessor Hugo Chavez to ramp up a fight against corruption that has begun to cost him politically with supporters.

Maduro, who served as Chavez’s foreign minister and vice president, narrowly won an election four months ago after his socialist mentor died of cancer.

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.

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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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