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Venezuela braces for potentially new violent protest

Posted by AFP on Saturday, April 22, 2017, In : Latin America 
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Venezuela braced for new marches Saturday against President Nicolas Maduro, after the death toll climbed to 20 in three weeks of violence at protests demanding the leftist leader's ouster.

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

It will be a test of the authorities' tolerance for peaceful protests, after days of running battles pitting riot police and pro-government vigilantes ...

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Venezuela launches search of helicopter missing in Amazon with 13 abroad

Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, In : Latin America 
Search parties hunted on Tuesday for a Venezuelan military helicopter that went missing five days ago in bad weather over the Amazon jungle with 13 people on board.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said local indigenous communities were helping army rescuers search the densely-forested area on foot and by boat, but poor weather conditions were preventing overflights.

As well as the four-man crew, the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter was carrying four local indigenous inhabitants, five military pe...

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Venezuela seized nearly 4 million "overpriced" toys and gave them to poor children

Posted by Christian Science Monitor on Monday, December 12, 2016, In : Latin America 
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Millions of poor children in Venezuela will reportedly be getting an extra surprise this holiday season: toys seized by the socialist government from Venezuela's largest toy distributor. 

Venezuela's fair pricing authority seized nearly 4 million toys from three warehouses run by the private company Kreisel on Friday, as agency director William Contreras alleged that the company had underreported its inventory so it could sell toys at higher prices. Two company executives suspected of promotin...

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U.S. flag stays high in Havana while others at half-staff for Fidel Castro

Posted by USAToday on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, In : Latin America 



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Flags throughout this capital city were lowered to half-staff this week to honor Cuba's late leader Fidel Castro, with one notable exception: the American flag.

The flag outside the U.S. Embassy along Havana's scenic waterfront has been raised high, even though other foreign embassies — from Canada to Mexico to Venezuela — have lowered theirs. Cuban officials accentuated the point by raising a Cuban flag directly across the street from the U.S. Embassy and keeping it at half...

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Breaking News: 76 Brazilian soccer players died in plane crash in Colombia, 6 survived

Posted by AP on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, In : Latin America 
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A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a South American championship, killing 75 people, Colombian officials said Tuesday. They said six people survived.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline with roots in Venezuela, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The aircraf...

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Tens of thousands of Cuban pay final respect to Fidel Castro

Posted by Reuters on Monday, November 28, 2016, In : Latin America 
People stand in line to pay tribute to Cuba's late President Fidel Castro in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, November 28, 2016.


Galvanized by a 21-gun salute that thundered across Havana, tens of thousands of Cubans paid final respects on Monday to Fidel Castro, who led a leftist revolution, ruled for half a century and resisted the United States throughout the Cold War.
Castro died on Friday at the age of 90, a decade after stepping down due to poor health and ceding power to his brother Raul Castro. While he had been retired as an active leader, his death removed any impediment on his brother to pursue deeper relatio...

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Venezuela: 11 soldiers will be charged over deaths of 12 young civilians

Posted by UPI on Monday, November 28, 2016, In : Latin America 
 


Venezuela's Public Ministry said 11 members of the national army will be charged connection to the deaths of 12 young civilians whose bodies were found last week.

The dozen decomposing corpses are believed to be 12 missing youths who disappeared in October after a Liberation of the People, or OLP, security operation in the Miranda state's city of Barlovento.

Two bodies were found Friday and 10 were found in a mass grave on Saturday in a mountainous area of the Acevedo municipality.

OLP is a nat...

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Breaking News: Fidel Castro, Revolutionary former Cuban Leader, died at age 90

Posted by Reuters on Saturday, November 26, 2016, In : Latin America 



Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90.

A towering figure of the second half of the 20th Century, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism and remained widely respected in parts of the world that had struggled against colonial rule.

He had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006. He ...

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Venezuela: lawmakers approve criminal trial for Maduro

Posted by UPI on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, In : Latin America 



Opposition members in Venezuela's parliament voted Tuesday to order embattled President Nicolas Maduro to stand trial on charges he's violated the Constitution to remain in power amid continuing upheaval in the country.

Maduro has been fighting constituents, opponents in the Caracas government and other world leaders for months due to social, political and economic turmoil in the South American nation.

Last week, Maduro's regime scrapped a scheduled referendum petition that sought to determine ...

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