Nicolas Maduro

  • 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 burgundycolored...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Venezuelan crowned Miss Universe in Moscow ceremony November 10, 2013

    Caracas: For most Venezuelans, these are trying times. Inflation is running at a twodecade 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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 handpicked 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,...
  • 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...
  • Venezuela sets presidential election for April 14, 3013 March 10, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelans will vote April 14, 2013, to choose a successor to Hugo Chavez, the elections commission announced on Saturday as increasingly strident political rhetoric begins to roil this polarized country. The constitution mandated the election be held within 30 days of Chavez's March 5, 2013, death, but the date picked...
  • Venezuela bids farewell to President Hugo Chavez March 9, 2013

    Caracas: World leaders, athletes and left-wing celebrities gathered at a music-filled state funeral honouring Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday, with multitudes waiting outside, the start of a day that will end with the swearing in of his hand-picked successor as interim president. The funeral at a military academy where Chavez...
  • High court affirms Maduro as acting president March 9, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuela's Supreme Court says Vice President Nicolas Maduro became acting president the moment Hugo Chavez died, and can run for president. The decision comes just hours before Maduro is to be sworn in as acting president before the National Assembly and it was issued during the state funeral for Chavez....
  • Hugo Chavez's body to be embalmed for public view March 8, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez will be embalmed and put on display "for eternity" at a military museum after a state funeral and an extended period of lying in state, acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. Huge crowds are still waiting to pay their respects to Chavez after his death...
  • Heart attack killed Hugo Chavez, says his head guard March 7, 2013

    Caracas: President Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack after great suffering and inaudibly mouthed his desire to live, the head of Venezuela's presidential guard said late Wednesday. "He couldn't speak but he said it with his lips ... 'I don't want to die. Please don't let me die,'...
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez's coffin taken to military academy March 7, 2013

    Caracas: The coffin of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was taken to a military academy where he will lie in state for three days, as throngs of weeping supporters swarmed Caracas streets to bid farewell. Hundreds of thousands waved flags and chanted "Chavez lives" as his hearse crawled across the capital...
  • Mourning Venezuelans parade Chavez's coffin, prepare for vote March 7, 2013

    Caracas: Weeping and shouting, a sea of Hugo Chavez's supporters paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in an emotional outpouring that could help his deputy win an election and keep his self-styled socialist revolution alive. Hundreds of thousands of "Chavistas" marched behind a hearse carrying the remains...
  • Maduro to be Venezuelan govt's candidate for prez election March 6, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelans mourned the death of Hugo Chavez and prepared on Wednesday for his body to lie in state as attention turns to a new election to succeed the socialist leader after 14 years of tumultuous and divisive rule. The 58-year-old president died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with...
  • Hugo Chavez loses his battle with cancer, dies at 58 March 6, 2013

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer, silencing the leading voice of the Latin American left and plunging his divided oil-rich nation into an uncertain future. ...
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies, officials call for unity March 6, 2013

    Caracas: Some in anguish, some in fear, Venezuelans raced for home on Tuesday after the government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez, the firebrand socialist who led the nation for 14 years. Vice President Nicolas Maduro's voice broke and tears ran down his face as he appeared on national television...
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies of cancer at 58 March 7, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech. The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in...
  • Venezuelan President Chavez's breathing problems worsen March 5, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's breathing problems have worsened and he is suffering from a "severe" new respiratory infection as he struggles to recover from cancer surgery, the government said in a somber medical update on Monday. The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public nor heard from...
  • Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer surgery in Cuba February 19, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday, more than two months after surgery for cancer that has jeopardized his 14year rule of the South American OPEC nation. The middleofthenight homecoming implies some medical improvement at least enough to handle a flight of several...
  • Venezuela's sick President misses own inauguration bash January 11, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on January 10 while thousands of supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have been sworn in for a new sixyear term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in...
  • President Hugo swearingin can be delayed: Venezuela VP January 5, 2013

    Caracas: President Hugo Chavez's formal swearingin for a new sixyear term scheduled for January 10 can be postponed if he is unable to attend due to his battle to recover from cancer surgery, Venezuela's vice president said on January 4. Nicolas Maduro's comments were the clearest indication yet that the...