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New tank burns at Venezuela refinery; death toll revised downupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 06:57:00

A third oil tank has burst into flames at Venezuela's Amuay oil refinery while another has been extinguished, officials said.

New tank burns at Venezuela refinery; death toll risesupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 16:52:00

A third oil holding tank has gone up in flames at the Amuay oil refinery in northwestern Venezuela, Oil and Mining Minister Rafael Ramirez said Monday.

Blast at Venezuela oil refinery kills 39updated: Sat Aug 25 2012 21:48:00

An explosion rocked the Amuay oil refinery in northwestern Venezuela, killing 39 people, including a 10-year-old boy, a Venezuelan official said Saturday.

Venezuela deports suspected drug lordupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 19:46:00

Venezuelan authorities Wednesday deported an alleged drug lord wanted by authorities in Colombia and the United States, state media reported.

Chavez health problems plunge Venezuela's future into doubtupdated: Tue May 01 2012 22:35:00

Uncertainty rules in Venezuela, where President Hugo Chavez battles a cancer some believe has turned fatal.

Official: Kidnapped foreign diplomat freed in Venezuelaupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 08:45:00

A Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuela has been freed, Venezuela's minister for justice and the interior said Tuesday.

Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuelaupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 12:40:00

Authorities are investigating the kidnapping of a Costa Rican diplomat in Venezuela, officials said Monday.

Water controversy erupts in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 22:14:00

Governors of several Venezuelan states have warned that recent oil spills and other contamination could be polluting local drinking water.

Venezuela sends 15,000 troops to bordersupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 14:32:00

Venezuela is deploying some 15,000 troops to its borders to combat drug trafficking, the country's defense minister says.

Political crisis erupts in Venezuela after primary electionsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 21:17:00

At least one person was critically injured Tuesday in Venezuela when police clashed with opponents of the government of President Hugo Chavez.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: U.S. vs. Venezuela instant analysisupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 20:28:00

The U.S. takes on Venezuela as Jurgen Klinsmann looks to blood several youngsters ahead of World Cup qualifying.

Venezuela y Exxon Mobileupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 09:21:00

El presidente de Venezuela reacciona ante el fallo que establece que PDVSA debe pagar 908 millones de dólares a Exxon.

Venezuela says it will pay ExxonMobil $255 million over nationalizationupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 15:37:00

Venezuela said Monday that it would pay ExxonMobil $255 million after an international arbitration ruling over the South American country's 2007 nationalization of a joint project.

Venezuela: Food shortages spark concernupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:44:00

Food shortages spark panic buying in Venezuela which has the highest inflation in Latin America. Rafael Romo reports.

Food shortages worry Venezuelansupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:44:00

During a recent visit to Guaicaipuro, a traditional market in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, a fresh meat refrigerator sat empty at a grocery. Many consumers looking for beef, poultry or fish had to go home empty-handed.

Major league catcher kidnapped in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 12:30:00

Venezuelan federal authorities on Thursday dispatched their "best investigators" to track the kidnappers of Major League Baseball catcher Wilson Ramos, the country's justice minister said.

Venezuelan registry axes 111-year-old votersupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 18:35:00

Venezuela's National Election Council has suspended voting privileges for 15,500 people. Why? Because the nation's voter registry says they're between 111 and 129 years old.

Venezuela fines independent broadcasterupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 19:16:00

Venezuela's telecommunications regulator, Conatel, fined private television broadcaster Globovision Tuesday 7.5% of its gross income for alleged violations of the country's media responsibility laws, marking the latest salvo in the long-running feud between the broadcaster and the government.

Venezuela rejects certain human rights recommendationsupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 15:53:00

Venezuela on Tuesday rejected a number of recommendations made by U.N. member countries as part of a human rights evaluation by the world body.

1 killed in Venezuela train collisionupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 11:33:00

A train conductor was killed and 30 others were injured when two trains crashed outside of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday morning, officials said.

Venezuelan military helicopter carrying 10 soldiers crashes into seaupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:02:00

A search is under way after a military helicopter carrying 10 soldiers crashed into the sea off Venezuela's Caribbean coast, state media reported.

Who requires the most education?updated: Sun Jul 24 2011 12:07:00

When it comes to mandatory education, Puerto Rico and Venezuela stand apart from the rest of the world.

Paraguay reach Copa America final after penalties dramaupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 04:31:00

Paraguay will meet Uruguay in Sunday's Copa America final in Argentina after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Venezuela.

Brazil held by Venezuela in Copa Americaupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 22:44:00

Brazil announced their arrival at this year's Copa America tournament in Argentina Sunday with a disappointing goal-less draw against Venezuela.

Report: Venezuelan prison riot leaves 19 people deadupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 22:53:00

Nineteen people were killed as the result of a weekend prison riot near Caracas, the Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister said on Tuesday, according to the state-run AVN news agency.

Accused drug kingpin extradited to Venezuelaupdated: Mon May 09 2011 14:14:00

Walid Makled Garcia, accused of being one of the world's top drug lords, was extradited from Colombia to Venezuela on Monday, Venezuelan state media said.

Venezuelan authorities arrest man with suspected terror tiesupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 01:48:00

Venezuelan authorities have arrested a Colombian citizen suspected of involvement in terrorism, state media reported.

Venezuela expresses indignation at Cuban exile's acquittalupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 12:15:00

Venezuela has dismissed as "farce" a Texas jury's decision to acquit Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles on charges of lying to U.S. immigration officials.

Venezuela reports 37 cholera casesupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 14:46:00

Venezuela's health minister said Thursday that 37 people have been treated for cholera in the South American nation, state-run media said.

Rival marches mark anniversary of dictator's ouster in Venezuelaupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 17:33:00

Opponents and supporters of Venezuela's government staged rival demonstrations Sunday in the streets of the capital to mark the anniversary of a popular revolt that overthrew a dictatorship in the South American country in 1958.

Venezuela slams soap opera featuring dog named 'Little Hugo'updated: Sat Jan 15 2011 14:35:00

Venezuela's government is urging a television station to stop airing a Colombian soap opera featuring a character named "Venezuela" who has a tiny dog named "Little Hugo."

Critics of Venezuela's new media laws fear 'dangerous' crackdownupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 17:42:00

New laws governing radio, television and the internet in Venezuela "could be very dangerous," anti-censorship campaigners warned Wednesday, two days after the controversial laws passed.

Controversial media-law changes approved in Venezuelaupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 23:52:00

Two measures that critics say will give Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez more leeway to clamp down on opposition voices were approved by the Venezuelan National Assembly.

Colombia: Suspected drug lord will be sent to Venezuela, not U.S.updated: Tue Nov 16 2010 13:45:00

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday a high-level drug-trafficking suspect wanted in the United States will be extradited instead to Venezuela, which also has asked that he be turned over to authorities in that country.

Vote shows Chavez's grip on Venezuelaupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 13:56:00

Give him enough rope and he'll hang himself: That old adage has described U.S. policy toward Venezuela's thuggish president, Hugo Chavez.

Flooding kills 7 in Venezuela's capitalupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 01:01:00

Seven people died in Venezuela after heavy rains flooded a river in the country's capital Friday night, state media reported.

Venezuela deports two drug suspects to U.S.updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 15:09:00

Venezuela deported two narcotrafficking suspects to the United States on Monday, the state-run Agencia Venezolana de Noticias said Monday.

Report: Flight a source of concernupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 01:49:00

The annual U.S. State Dept report on state sponsors of terrorism cites a Caracas-Tehran flight as a source of concern.

Venezuelan newspaper owner defends photo that spurred investigationupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 20:06:00

The editor and owner of a Venezuela newspaper under investigation by the government of President Hugo Chavez defended the editorial decision to publish a graphic photo that spurred the inquiry.

Opposition group slams Venezuela for opening probe against newspaperupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 19:24:00

Members of Venezuela's opposition lashed out Sunday against the government's decision to investigate a newspaper that published an explicit photograph of bodies at a morgue.

Colombia's leader to take office amid tensions with Venezuelaupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 06:44:00

Colombia's new president may have a chance to test his diplomatic skills as soon as he takes office Saturday. Venezuela's foreign minister could be attending his inauguration.

Venezuela takes aim at U.S. ambassador designeeupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 19:00:00

Venezuela on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama's choice for ambassador over comments made ahead of designee Larry Palmer's confirmation hearing.

Colombia refutes Chavez, says it has no plans to attack Venezuelaupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 07:04:00

A spokesman for Colombia's president says the country has never had any intention of attacking Venezuela.

Venezuela, Colombia spat costs more than friendshipupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 06:02:00

It was a swift reaction. After the Colombian government accused Venezuela of harboring terrorists last week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke off relations with his neighbor.

Colombia, Venezuela trade barbs at OAS meetingupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:50:00

Colombia laid out its case against Venezuela Thursday in front of the Organization of American States.

Military plane crashes in Venezuela, official saysupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 12:42:00

A Venezuelan military aircraft crashed Wednesday, but the two-person flight crew parachuted to safety and there were no known fatalities, a civil protection official said.

Human rights commission expresses concerns in Venezuelaupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 21:14:00

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Monday castigated Venezuela for its recent record on freedom of expression in a letter sent to the country's foreign minister.

American priest found dead in Venezuelaupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 11:21:00

An American priest has been stabbed to death in Venezuela, authorities in that country said in a statement.

Venezuela violates human rights, OAS commission reportsupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 11:37:00

Venezuela routinely violates human rights, often intimidating or punishing citizens based on their political beliefs, an Organization of American States commission said in a report released Wednesday.

Cuban hire in Venezuela raises concernupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 18:55:00

Ramiro Valdes, 77, is one of only four remaining original rebels led by Fidel Castro in the 1950s in Cuba. By Cuban standards, he has had a remarkable career, serving the Castro brothers loyally for years in a variety of posts, some which made him notorious.

Eight killed in Venezuela prison riotupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 14:07:00

A prison riot in Venezuela left eight dead and 16 injured, the country's penitentiary director told CNN en Español on Wednesday.

Protests continue in Venezuela following 2 deathsupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 22:54:00

Protests over media freedom continued in Venezuela Tuesday, a day after two student protesters were killed in separate clashes.

Earthquake strikes Venezuelaupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 14:26:00

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck eastern Venezuela on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Venezuelan protesters end hunger strike over prisonersupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 20:52:00

Twenty-one Venezuelan students and supporters on Tuesday ended an 18-day hunger strike over the government's treatment of what protesters call political prisoners.

Colombia to appeal 'war threats' by Venezuelaupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 16:43:00

The Colombian government said it would appeal to international bodies over what it called a threat made over the weekend by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela says it has captured pair of Colombian spiesupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 14:20:00

Venezuelan authorities have captured two Colombian spies, says President Hugo Chavez, who also is accusing the United States of being behind efforts to destabilize his leftist government.

U.S. fears Venezuela could trigger regional arms raceupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 07:41:00

The United States fears recent weapons purchases by Venezuela could fuel an arms race in South America, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

People.com: Venezuela Strikes Again at Miss Universe Pageantupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 11:10:00

The country has the first repeat winners as Stefania Fernandez takes the 2009 crown

Colombia: FARC arms traced to Venezuelaupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 23:57:00

Shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons purchased by Venezuela have ended up in the hands of guerrillas, Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos said.

Venezuela's role in drug transit increases, report saysupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 18:32:00

Venezuela's role as a transit point for South American cocaine bound for the United States and Europe has significantly expanded in recent years, according to a U.S. government report released Monday.

SI.com: Rockies catcher's son, relative safe after kidnapping in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 17:46:00

The 11-year-old son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba is safe after being kidnapped in Venezuela.

Venezuela seizes U.S.-owned food plantupdated: Fri May 15 2009 14:19:00

Venezuela temporarily seized a pasta-making plant Friday belonging to U.S.-based food giant Cargill, citing a production quota dispute.

Copter crash kills 17 in Venezuelaupdated: Tue May 05 2009 12:52:00

Recovery officials removed the bodies Monday of a Venezuelan army general and 16 other who people died in a helicopter crash near the border with Colombia, a news agency reported.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Breaking down this weekend's World Baseball Classic semifinalsupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 18:01:00

Of the four semifinalists, Venezuela is both the least expected and the team that finished pool play with the best record. For that it owes some debt of thanks to the Dominican Republic's surprising first-round exit. Three of Venezuela's six wins came against Italy (twice) and the Netherlands, the latter of whom reached Round 2 in place of the D.R. Of the remaining three wins, two came against the USA in seeding games which U.S. manager Davey Johnson practically threw away by leaving struggling pitchers on the mound to get work.

SI.com: WBC Five Cuts: USA-Venezuelaupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 01:15:00

Five cuts from Toronto, where Adam Dunn's monster home run should be landing any day now . . .

SI.com: Corcoran: WBC live blog U.S. vs. Venezuelaupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 00:52:00

It's difficult to remember now, but the U.S. entered the top of the sixth tonight trailing 3-2. They then sent eleven men to the plate and scored eight runs in that inning and added five more over the final three innings to romp to a 15-6 victory over Venezuela and become the second team in the tournament, after Japan, to clinch a second-round berth.

Venezuela takes over troubled bankupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 12:36:00

The Venezuelan government on Thursday took over the Stanford Bank Venezuela, whose owner is accused in the United States of a multibillion-dollar investment and sales fraud scheme, the state-run news agency reported.

Venezuela seizes Stanford-owned bankupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 12:31:00

Venezuela's government seized a local bank owned by Allen Stanford Thursday as politicians and banking regulators in the region attempted to quell panic after the flamboyant Texan financier was charged over an alleged multibillion dollar fraud scheme.

British couple, four children in cocaine bust, reports sayupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 08:12:00

A British man detained with his wife after cocaine was allegedly found in their luggage at Margarita Airport in Venezuela is wanted in the United Kingdom, police have told CNN.

Tear gas fired on Vatican office in Venezuelaupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 21:38:00

Three tear gas canisters were fired Wednesday at the Vatican's diplomatic headquarters in Venezuela, the second such attack in less than three weeks, church officials and local media reports said.

Venezuela synagogue vandalizedupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 10:52:00

Armed men forced their way into a Caracas synagogue, defacing its administrative offices with anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalizing an interior room where the Torah is kept, officials said.

Venezuela expels Israeli ambassadorupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 18:04:00

Venezuela expelled Israel's ambassador to the country Tuesday and accused Israel of attempting to carry out "genocide" against the Palestinian people.

Expert: Russia-Venezuela military exercises reaction to U.S. movesupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 17:35:00

Russia is displaying its military power in America's back yard, sending a convoy of warships to Venezuela for joint naval exercises, the first such deployment since the Cold War.

Venezuela expels criticsupdated: Sat Sep 20 2008 06:34:00

Human Rights Watch representatives Jose Miguel Vivanco and Daniel Wilkinson are expelled from Venezuela.

Venezuela ousts rights workers after they issue critical reportupdated: Sat Sep 20 2008 06:34:00

The Venezuelan government has expelled two Human Rights Watch staffers and ordered them not to return, the group said Friday.

Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassadorupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 07:40:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he is recalling his own ambassador from Washington and expelling the U.S. ambassador from Venezuela.

Time.com: Russia's Venezuela Foray: Tit for Tat updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 16:00:00

Venezuela orders out the U.S. ambassador on the same day that it welcomes long-range Russian bombers for military exercises

Russian bombers in Venezuela amid tension with U.S.updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 07:17:00

Two Russian bombers have landed at a Venezuelan airfield where they will carry out training flights for several days, the Russian defense ministry said Wednesday.

Two Russian bombers land in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 04:57:00

Two Russian bombers have landed at a Venezuelan airfield, from which they will carry out training flights for several days, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Two Russian strategic bombers land in Venezuelaupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 13:42:00

The Interfax news agency is quoting Russia's Defense Ministry as saying that two Russian strategic bombers have landed in Venezuela as part of military maneuvers.

Time.com: Chavez: US Spying on Venezuelaupdated: Thu May 22 2008 10:00:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States of using anti-drug flights for spying -- and said that fighter jets are ready to defend Venezuela's sovereignty

U.S. plane strays into Venezuelan airspaceupdated: Mon May 19 2008 20:53:00

A U.S. anti-drug aircraft strayed into Venezuelan airspace Saturday night, the United States acknowledged Monday, ratcheting up tensions between the two nations.

Time.com: Interpol: Chavez Has Arms Buildupupdated: Fri May 16 2008 11:00:00

Interpol documents suggest a dramatic arms buildup by President Hugo Chavez could benefit leftist guerrillas that the U.S. has spent billions to defeat

Widespread power outages in Venezuelaupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 20:20:00

Power returned slowly to Venezuela on Tuesday night, a few hours after widespread outages blacked out nearly half the country, trapping people in elevators, stalling subways, filling streets with pedestrians and forcing hospitals to switch to emergency generators.

Time.com: Venezuela Hikes Taxes on Crude Oilupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 15:00:00

Venezuela moved Tuesday to take a greater cut of windfall oil profits, approving a 50 percent tax on foreign oil companies when crude tops $70 a barrel

A falling dollarupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 12:33:00

Currency Strategist Zeb Bham on the weaking dollar and record oil prices.

No survivors in Venezuela plane crash updated: Fri Feb 22 2008 11:16:00

Rescue teams on Friday found the wreckage of a plane that crashed Thursday night in the mountains of Venezuela, but none of the 46 people aboard survived, a searcher said.

Bank hostages releasedupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 02:36:00

35 people were released from a bank in Atlagarcia de Orituco, Venezuela, where they were held hostage for almost two days.

Venezuela hostage-takers arrestedupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 02:36:00

Police on Wednesday tried to determine what charges to file against the men who held up to 52 hostages in a botched bank robbery in central Venezuela before being detained.

The price of vice increases in Venezuelaupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 07:20:00

The price of sin rose Monday in Venezuela where President Hugo Chavez is on a campaign to make Venezuelans cut back on drinking and smoking.

Time.com: Time Out of Joint in Venezuelaupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 10:00:00

From a proposal for crime-detecting blimps to Chavez's proclamation to set the clocks back a half hour, can Venezuela get any weirder?

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Copa Am�rica host Venezuela steps out of shadowsupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 03:06:00

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela -- There's a big advertising campaign going around here with the slogan, "Football is taking over Venezuela ... or is it the other way around?"

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Host Venezuela puts its Copa hopes in star Arangoupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 00:56:00

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Time.com: Venezuela Troops Fire on Protestersupdated: Mon May 28 2007 17:05:00

At least three students are injured after Chavez takes a television station off the air

The insider's guide to the Security Councilupdated: Mon Oct 16 2006 06:21:00

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is hoping his country will secure one of the 10 non-permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council. Here's all you need to know about the United Nations' most powerful body.

Fortune: Enlarging consumer credit in Venezuelaupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 13:10:00

Chaos theory has it that a butterfly flapping its wings in Indonesia can cause a hurricane off the coast of Florida. Now there's a new version of that adage: Instability in the Middle East can make...

CNNMoney: Venezuela, Colombia, start building gas pipelineupdated: Sat Jul 08 2006 17:09:00

Venezuela and Colombia on Saturday began construction of a gas pipeline linking the two countries, another step in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's efforts to promote Latin American energy integration.

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