Nicolas Maduro

  • Venezuela's street barricades a deadly protest 04-04-2014 01:12 PM

    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,...
  • Venezuela death toll rises to 34 as troops and protesters clash 23-03-2014 01:37 PM

    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...
  • Joe Biden says Venezuela 'concocting' bogus stories 10-03-2014 08:43 AM

    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...
  • Jailed leader calls for more Venezuela protests 04-03-2014 12:01 PM

    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...
  • From jail, Venezuela protest leader urges resistance 22-02-2014 02:37 PM

    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...
  • Venezuela protests rumble as demonstrators, troops face off 21-02-2014 08:46 AM

    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...
  • Venezuelan crowned Miss Universe in Moscow ceremony 10-11-2013 08:30 AM

    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,...
  • Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Edward Snowden 06-07-2013 07:00 AM

    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...
  • Venezuela: 7 dead in post elections protests 16-04-2013 11:29 PM

    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...
  • Chavez's heir Maduro to take over divided Venezuela 15-04-2013 08:20 PM

    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...
  • Chavez ally Maduro narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election 15-04-2013 10:29 AM

    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 14-04-2013 09:28 AM

    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,...
  • Hugo Chavez loses his battle with cancer, dies at 58 06-03-2013 08:09 AM

    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. ...