Venezuela

  • Photos: This Venezuelan artist's paintings of people swimming are so realistic that you won't believe that they aren't photographs August 19, 2014

    Venezuela-based artist Gustavo Silva Nunez is a master of hyper-realistic paintings of water and the wet forms of humans submerged in water. In fact his paintings are so life-like that when he poses with them it looks like he is actually interacting with his subjects. The paintings of men and women...
  • Maradona says could be next coach of Venezuela July 2, 2014

    Caracas: Argentine great Diego Maradona has said he could be the next coach of Venezuela, the only South American country that has never made it to the World Cup. Cesar Farias quit in November last year after the Venezuelan team, which is known as the 'Vinotinto' ('Red Wine') for its burgundy-colored...
  • Venezuela's street barricades a deadly protest April 4, 2014

    Like a beaver dam of urban detritus, the piles of tires, old mattresses and heavy steel grates in Venezuela's streets have sparked some of the most violent episodes of this tumultuous season of protest and repression. The barricades in Caracas' middle-class neighborhoods and swaths of opposition-governed cities aim to disrupt, frustrate...
  • Venezuela death toll rises to 34 as troops and protesters clash March 23, 2014

    Three Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses and local media said on Saturday, pushing the death toll from almost two months of anti-government demonstrations to 34. Troops briefly clashed with a small group of protesters who attempted to block a highway in an upscale...
  • Joe Biden says Venezuela 'concocting' bogus stories March 10, 2014

    Caracas: US Vice President Joe Biden calls Venezuela's situation alarming in remarks published Sunday, suggesting its government is using "armed vigilantes" against peaceful protesters and accusing it of "concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories" about the United States. Biden's remarks, issued in writing to a Chilean newspaper in response to questions,...
  • Venezuelans mourn Chavez on the first anniversary, protest continues March 6, 2014

    Thousands of Venezuelans mourned the passing of President Hugo Chavez on the first anniversary of his death Wednesday, while National Guard troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government activists who pressed on with street protests despite the commemorations. Chavez's successor, President Nicolas Maduro, angrily announced that he would break...
  • Venezuela marks anniversary of Chavez's death with pomp and protests March 5, 2014

    Followers of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will flood the nation's streets on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his would-be successor, who has struggled for a month to contain violent protests. A year after Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed "son",...
  • Jailed leader calls for more Venezuela protests March 4, 2014

    Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez urged sympathizers on Monday to maintain street protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the country's foreign minister prepared to meet the United Nations Secretary General. Lopez, who was arrested on February 18 after helping launch a nationwide protest movement, demanded top officials including the interior...
  • Venezuela death toll rises to 13 as protests flare February 25, 2014

    Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela's worst unrest for a decade. Traffic in the capital slowed to a crawl and many people stayed home as...
  • From jail, Venezuela protest leader urges resistance February 22, 2014

    Venezuela's jailed protest leader urged supporters on Friday to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence that has killed at least six people and rocked the OPEC member nation. "I'm fine, I ask you not to give up, I won't," Leopoldo Lopez told his followers in a handwritten note...
  • Venezuelan beauty queen shot dead while protesting for her country's freedom February 21, 2014

    A local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound on Wednesday, the fifth fatality from Venezuela's political unrest, as imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government. Tensions have risen in Venezuela since Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, turned himself in to...
  • Venezuela protests rumble as demonstrators, troops face off February 21, 2014

    Caracas: Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. At least five people have died since the violence broke out last week, the most serious unrest since Maduro was narrowly elected...
  • Camera led to arrest in killing of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear January 10, 2014

    The discovery of a digital camera stolen from the popular actress Monica Spear and her ex-husband was key to identifying the seven people arrested in their fatal shooting, the chief of Venezuela's criminal police said on Thursday. Commissioner Jose Gregorio Sierralta told reporters that the camera was found during a search...
  • Former Miss Venezuela shot dead by robbers January 8, 2014

    A popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela, 29-year-old Monica Spear surely could have afforded to vacation elsewhere. Yet she and her ex-husband, who worked in the travel industry, spent New Year's in the mountains of western Venezuela with their 5-year-old daughter then visited the plains of Apure state. On their return...
  • Venezuelan crowned Miss Universe in Moscow ceremony November 10, 2013

    Caracas: For most Venezuelans, these are trying times. Inflation is running at a two-decade high, salaries are being corroded by a plunging currency and basic goods like milk and toilet paper are in short supply. But even as the economy shows signs of imploding, the country still churns out beauty,...
  • Venezuela hair robbers target women with long strands August 8, 2013

    If you're in Venezuela, guard you hair. Letting your hair down can make you a target for criminals. Thieves are targeting women with long hair in order to sell the hair to beauty salons. The thieves grab the victims by the hair, pull out a pair of scissors, and cut...
  • Edward Snowden has not yet accepted asylum in Venezuela: WikiLeaks July 10, 2013

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Tuesday after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it. WikiLeaks, on its own Twitter feed, said that states involved in deciding an...
  • Iran may play Venezuela in World Cup warm-up July 9, 2013

    Tehran: Iran may play a friendly against Venezuela in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz already asked the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) to arrange two friendly matches against Chile and Venezuela. Chile refused to play with Iran but the Asian team will likely play Venezuela. The...
  • Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Edward Snowden July 6, 2013

    Managua: The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela on Friday offered to grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane over Europe amid reports that the American was aboard. Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolas...
  • No sign of Snowden on flight to Cuba for which he was booked June 24, 2013

    Moscow: A plane took off from Moscow on Monday headed for Cuba, but the seat booked by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was empty and there was no sign of him elsewhere on board. An Aeroflot representative who wouldn't give her name told The Associated Press that Snowden wasn't...
  • Watch: Venezuela prison that also houses a discotheque May 10, 2013

    In Venezuela, one prison is accused of allowing its prisoners, to party, inside a discotheque within the jail. ...
  • Venezuela rebuffs Obama, repeats case against US 'spy' May 6, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuela brushed off criticism from US President Barack Obama on Sunday and maintained its accusation that an American detainee in Caracas is a spy pretending to be a filmmaker. During his visit to Latin America, Obama said on Saturday the allegations against Tim Tracy, 35, were "ridiculous." But Interior Minister...
  • Venezuela: 7 dead in post elections protests April 16, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuela's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday seven people have been killed and 61 injured in protests following presidential elections in which the opposition candidate is demanding a recount. Prosecutor Luisa Ortega did not provide any details about the deaths or injuries or how they occurred. But she said the seven...
  • Chavez's heir Maduro to take over divided Venezuela April 15, 2013

    Caracas: Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has officially won Venezuela's presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival demanded a recount, portending more headaches for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader. One key...
  • Chavez ally Maduro narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election April 15, 2013

    Caracas: Ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday, the electoral authority said, allowing him to continue the socialist policies of the late president Hugo Chavez. The National Electoral Council said Maduro won 50.7 per cent of the votes, compared to 49.1 per cent for his...
  • Venezuela goes to election on Sunday to elect new president after Chavez April 14, 2013

    Caracas: Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution would be put to test on Sunday when the country goes to polls to elect a new president. Chavez's chosen successor will compete against a younger rival who promises change in the nation that Chavez polarized. Most opinion polls give his protege,...
  • Lionel Messi drives Argentina to 3-0 win over Venezuela March 23, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Argentina look like the surest bet from South America to qualify for the Brazil World Cup after Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain again led the way in a 3-0 victory on Friday over Venezuela in qualifying. Higuain gave the Argentines a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute after...
  • Lionel Messi delighted to see enthusiastic Argentina fans March 22, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Argentine football star Lionel Messi says fans of his country's national team are more enthusiastic than ever before, snapping up all the tickets to the team's Friday match against Venezuela in the capital Buenos Aires. "I have noticed the change not just towards me, but also towards the...
  • US denies plotting to kill Venezuelan opposition leader March 19, 2013

    Washington: The Obama administration on Monday rejected accusations of any US involvement in a plot to assassinate a Venezuelan opposition leader. "Let me say it here extremely clearly, looking right at you, the United States categorically rejects allegations of any US government involvement in any plot to destabilise the Venezuelan government...
  • Venezuela's Maduro urges Obama to halt "plot" against rival March 18, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuela's acting president urged US 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, 2013, election. Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent's murder on...