Venezuela

Venezuela pulls plug on CNN over "operation of war"

US-based news outlet CNN was forced off the air in Venezuela Wednesday as authorities accused the international news broadcaster of deliberately targeting the government.

Lack of new banknotes causes alarm in Venezuela

Venezuela on Thursday did not introduce as planned new banknotes in higher denominations to replace already-withdrawn 100-bolivar bills, raising alarm about how cash transactions could be carried out.

Currency chaos in Venezuela as bills pulled over "attack"

Venezuelans rushed to trade in their 100-bolivar bills ahead of a Wednesday deadline after President Nicolas Maduro said he was eliminating the nation's highest currency denomination in an attempt to fight speculation and currency hoarding.

Venezuela president threatens to jail opposition over "trial"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened opposition members of the National Assembly with jail Friday, likening their plans to hold a symbolic "political trial" of him to a coup d'etat.

Venezuela's Maduro threatens businesses with seizure over strike

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened businesses considering joining a planned national strike Friday, saying those which participated in the opposition-led action would face seizure by the socialist government.

Lights out for Venezuela legislature amid political crisis

A power cut left Venezuela's National Assembly in the dark Thursday just before it was to open debate on a planned "political trial" of President Nicolas Maduro, the legislature's president Henry Ramos Allup said.

Venezuelans demand end to "dictatorship" as tensions surge

Venezuela's political crisis escalated Wednesday as the opposition announced a general strike and threatened to march on the presidential palace while the government swore to defend its socialist system.

Venezuelan parliament votes to try President Maduro

The Venezuelan parliament has voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, following a special legislative session in Caracas on Tuesday.

Venezuelan fighter intercepts Colombian passenger flight

A Colombian passenger plane was intercepted and escorted from Venezuelan airspace by a Venezuelan fighter plane, the government in Bogota revealed Saturday.

OAS critical, opposition angry after Venezuelan vote blocked

The head of the Organization for American States (OAS) has thrown his support behind angry opposition members in Venezuela by strongly condemning a block on a citizen vote in the inflation-riddled country.

Venezuelans demand Maduro recall vote in mass demonstration

Tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Caracas on Thursday to demand a vote on recalling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Thousands of Venezuelans cross Colombian border for food, medicine

Thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border to Colombia on Saturday after the shared frontier was reopened partially for the first time in nearly a year.

Venezuelan court confirms sentence of jailed opposition leader

A court in Caracas Friday confirmed a more than 13-year prison sentence against Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, rejecting an appeal by his lawyers.

Venezuela recall vote pushed past opposition deadline

A vote to recall President Nicolas Maduro looked likely to miss a key opposition deadline, after the Venezuelan electoral authority said Tuesday that the next phase of the process to call the vote would not take place until the end of October.

Campaign to recall Venezuelan president passes first hurdle

A bid to recall Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has secured enough signatures in the first stage of an attempt to wrest power from the socialist leader, the country's electoral council announced late Monday.

Venezuela seizes US-owned consumer products factory

Venezuela on Monday took over a factory abandoned last week by the US consumer products company Kimberly-Clark and will restart production of its product line, which includes facial tissue, toilet paper and diapers, Venezuelan Labour Minister Oswaldo Vera said.

35,000 Venezuelans cross border to buy goods, medicine in Colombia

The border between economically crippled Venezuela and Colombia was opened Sunday for the first time in 11 months, and more than 35,000 Venezuelans crossed into the neighbouring country to buy groceries and medicine.

Latin American abortion requests rise amid Zika fears

The mysterious Zika virus has been detected in 61 countries, the majority in Latin America. More and more pregnant women are considering abortions out of fear of birth defects in their babies.

Opponents press recall referendum against Venezuelan president

Venezuela's opposition has collected enough valid signatures to move forward with its attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, organizers said.

Caracas "ghost" airport: airlines cancel Venezuela flights

After 45 years, Lufthansa is stopping flights to Venezuela where the country's economic woes have reached the airport and its business.

Venezuela opposition warns of unrest if court blocks recall vote

Venezuela's political opposition warned Tuesday that if the government thwarts the will of the people and uses the Supreme Court to block a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro, the country could enter a "zone of turbulence."

OAS weighing declaration on crisis-plagued Venezuela

The Organization of American States (OAS) is considering a declaration on the state of democracy in Venezuela, which is wracked by political crisis and a collapsing economy.

OAS chief says Venezuelan president becoming "petty dictator"

The chief of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday issued an unusual broadside against Venezualan president Nicolas Maduro, denying his assertion that he is a spy.

Venezuelan parliament rejects decree granting Maduro special powers

The Venezuelan parliament on Tuesday rejected a decree granting special powers to socialist President Nicolas Maduro and the military, as the country's political and economic crisis deepens.

IMF estimate: Inflation in Venezuela could reach 720 per cent

Venezuela's inflation rate could balloon to as much as 720 per cent this year, an International Monetary Fund official said Friday.