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Venezuela senior citizens block streets demanding pension checks

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Some 200 seniors block traffic near the presidential palace demanding payment in full of their monthly retirement pension

A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighbourhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to take control of popular markets in different states across the country, in the midst of an hyperinflationary spiral and severe shortage of staple foods.  Federico PARRA / AFP

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Sitting atop the world's largest reserves of crude, Venezuela – once Latin America's richest country – is now a state of millionaires, but the millions are in bolivars and practically worthless

HYPERINFLATION. A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighborhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

UN rights chief calls for probe of abuses by Venezuela military

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that the rule of law is virtually absent in Venezuela,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard get into a military transport truck at the end of the launching ceremony of the "Plan Republica", the security operation for the presidential election on May 20, in Caracas, on May 15, 2018.  Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Madrid

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Fugitive Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has crossed the border into neighboring Colombia, saying he intends to fly to Europe to organize resistance against President Nicolas Maduro's rule

OPPOSITION. The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, 62, greets followers at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on November 17, 2017, before embarking to Spain after escaping house arrest in the Venezuelan capital. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

European Union slaps sanctions on crisis-hit Venezuela

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The EU says 'constructive dialogue and negotiation' were the only way to solve the crisis in Venezuela, where protests against Maduro have turned violent and economic collapse has led to dire shortages of food and medicine

UNDER SIEGE. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela's Maduro

May 21, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Increasing number of gunshot wounds are reported as protests turn violent Federal prosecutors say they are investigating the role of police and military personnel in the incidents

POLITICAL CRISIS. Opposition activists protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela, on May 20, 2017. AFP Photo

Venezuela braces for new protest in wave of unrest

Apr 22, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The opposition calls for protesters to march in silence to the Catholic Church s episcopal seats nationwide in a show of condemnation of Maduro s government

'MOTHER OF ALL PROTESTS'. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a march against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 19, 2017. Photo by Carlos Becerra/AFP

Death toll spikes to 20 in Venezuela protests

Apr 22, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The opposition accuses the government of sending gangs of armed thugs to attack them

PROTESTS. Venezuela has been rocked by violence over the past 3 weeks which has claimed 20 lives. Screenshot from Agence France-Presse

Dozens of children evacuated from Caracas hospital amid unrest

Apr 21, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez denounces the armed gangs hired by the opposition who attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a march against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 19, 2017. Venezuelans took to the streets Wednesday for massive demonstrations for and against President Nicolas Maduro, whose push to tighten his grip on power has triggered deadly unrest that has escalated the country's political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / CARLOS BECERRA

Maduro vows no recall referendum before next year

Jun 12, 2016 - 8:03 AM

If the opposition meets all requirements with their bid to oust Maduro the recall referendum will be held next year Period the embattled Venezuelan president said

US, Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Concerns are raised over political tensions in Venezuela after the arrest of the opposition mayor of Caracas in an alleged coup plot

ANTONIO LEDEZMA. A file picture shows Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during an opposition rally in Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. Santi Donaire/EPA

Venezuela arrests Caracas opposition mayor over 'coup'

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Mayor Antonio Ledezma s wife Mitzy Capriles takes to Ledezma s Twitter account to report his detention shortly after blaming Maduro

ANTONIO LEDEZMA. A file picture dated on 20 April 2014 shows Caracas' Mayor Antonio Ledezma during an opposition rally in Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. Antonio Ledezma was detained by members of Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin, in Spanish) at his office in Caracas downtown, on 19 February 2015, sources close to the Mayor informed. Santi Donaire/EPA

Venezuela says SwissLeaks accounts 'transparent'

Feb 13, 2015 - 1:58 AM

Venezuela ranked third among the countries with the largest dollar amounts in the leaked Swiss files

Venezuela authorizes use of deadly force at demos

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez says the rule is a direct response to last year s violence which took weeks to quell

US bars some Venezuelan officials accused of rights abuse

Jul 30, 2014 - 10:36 PM

The United States slaps travel bans on a number of Venezuelan government officials accused of being behind human rights abuses during earlier protests amid growing tensions between the two countries

COLLISION. Protesters clash with National Boliviarian Police (PNB) at the entrance of Central University of Venezuela (UCV) at Caracas, Venezuela, 03 April 2014. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez / EPA

Anti-government protests return to Venezuela's streets

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:37 AM

The marches are the latest in a spate of at times violent anti government unrest that erupted in February and has claimed at least 41 lives

MORE PROTESTS. Demonstrators are seen during a march against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Santa Fe, Caracas, Venezuela, 26 April 2014. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Riot police, protesters clash in Venezuela

Apr 21, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Hundreds of anti government activists marked Easter Sunday in Chacao by holding a peaceful march calling for the resurrection of democracy

Venezuela wants US to join 'peace commission' to end unrest

Mar 16, 2014 - 3:50 PM

The United States is the main market for Venezuela s petroleum The two countries have had testy relations for years and withdrew ambassadors in 2010

Venezuela marks year without Chavez amid protests

Mar 05, 2014 - 9:58 PM

A year after socialist revolutionary Hugo Chavez s death Venezuela faces persistent opposition protests

EYES. A year after the death of Venezuelan former President Hugo Chavez, images depicting his eyes are seen everywhere in Caracas- from giant billboards and buildings to t-shirts and notebooks. Photo from AFP/ Leo Ramirez

Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash

Mar 01, 2014 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The detained foreigners including two foreign reporters are being held for international terrorism state VTV television said in a brief statement

FACEOFF. Demonstrators confront members of the National Guard during an anti-government protest in Caracas on February 28, 2014. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela deploys paratroopers after more protests

Feb 21, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The demonstrations led by students and the opposition have left at least 4 dead and dozens hurt in the biggest challenge to Maduro s presidency

MADURO AND VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to people gathered outside Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PRESIDENCIA

Missoni heir's plane found in Venezuela

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:31 AM

The missing plane carrying the heir to the Missoni fashion empire is found underwater

PLANE FOUND. The plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, his wife and another couple is found 6 months after it went missing in Caracas, Venezeula. Screengrab from video posted by ABCNews

Chavez can stay in office without Jan 10 oath: VP

Jan 05, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Venezuela s cancer stricken President Hugo Chavez can continue as head of state even if he is unable to take the oath of office on January 10 as scheduled Vice President Nicolas Maduro says