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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's Chavez appears chipper, energetic on state TVupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 16:22:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, dogged by widespread speculation about his health, appeared chipper and energetic in a television appearance over the weekend.

Chavez secrecy leaves Venezuela on edgeupdated: Wed May 09 2012 05:04:00

Hugo Chavez's secrecy about his cancer is leaving many in Venezuela on edge. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

For Venezuela's president, a year of health strugglesupdated: Wed May 09 2012 05:04:00

It started with an unscheduled phone call to an evening TV show.

Significant dates in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health struggleupdated: Wed May 09 2012 00:09:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is battling cancer. Health problems began to pop up for him a year ago. Here are some key dates, according to government statements, local media accounts and CNN reporting:

Venezuelan official: Ex-judge 'sold his soul' to the DEAupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 22:47:00

An ex-judge accusing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of manipulating court rulings is a fugitive who "sold his soul to the devil" when he agreed to talk with U.S. investigators, the nation's foreign minister said Thursday.

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.

Chavez says he's heading for Venezuelaupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 22:22:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in a Twitter post Wednesday night that he was heading back to his country after a round of radiation treatment in Cuba.

New health battle for Hugo Chavezupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 22:26:00

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez says a new lesion has been found. CNN's Luis Carlos Velez reports.

Venezuela's Chavez to undergo surgery next weekupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 16:38:00

Doctors in Cuba will operate on Hugo Chavez early next week, the Venezuelan president said Thursday.

Chavez says he will undergo surgery after doctors detect lesionupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 17:48:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that he will undergo surgery to remove a lesion from the same area where doctors removed a cancerous tumor from his body last year.

Jewish groups decry 'anti-Semitic' Venezuelan state media articleupdated: Sun Feb 19 2012 17:25:00

Two Jewish organizations are calling on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop what they say are anti-Semitic attacks by his government's media.

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.

Venezuelan President Chavez dismisses challengers, but one is showing strengthupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 09:13:00

When an opposition candidate challenged Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a debate last month, his reply was "aguila no caza mosca" -- "the eagle doesn't hunt the fly."

Chavez still battling cancer, Spanish newspaper saysupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 05:53:00

Cancer has spread in Hugo Chavez's colon, spine and bones, and the Venezuelan president could have only nine months to live, Spain's ABC newspaper reported Monday, citing medical records provided by unidentified intelligence sources.

Chávez habla ante la Asamblea Nacionalupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 05:53:00

El presidente Chávez habla ante la Asamblea Nacional sobre las elecciones.

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.

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.

Hugo Chavez makes public appearanceupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 05:47:00

CNN's Hala Gorani talks to Eric Farnsworth about the recent public appearance of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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.

U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials for allegedly helping FARC rebelsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 18:11:00

The U.S. Treasury Department has added four Venezuelan officials to its drug "kingpin" list for allegedly providing arms and security to the FARC leftist guerrilla group.

Chavez vows to win 'battle for life'updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 06:43:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at his country's bicentennial after having a cancerous tumor removed in Cuba.

Chavez returns, vows to recoverupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 02:34:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to the nation's capital of Caracas after surgery in Cuba to remove a tumor.

Recuperating Chavez says he is eating well, in 'good spirits'updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 23:06:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, said Friday he is recuperating and thankful that former Cuban President Fidel Castro pushed him to seek additional care.

Analysts: Chavez illness sparks power struggle in Venezuelaupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 09:10:00

With no heir-apparent to Venezuela's presidency waiting in the wings, politicians are jockeying for power as President Hugo Chavez undergoes medical treatment in Cuba, analysts said.

Chavez says doctors removed cancerous tumor from his bodyupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 09:10:00

Doctors in Cuba detected and removed a cancerous tumor from Hugo Chavez's body, the Venezuelan president announced in a speech broadcast on state-run VTV Thursday night.

Additional video of Chavez broadcast in Venezuelaupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 21:23:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose condition after surgery two weeks ago has fueled rampant speculation about his health, appeared in a video Wednesday walking and talking with Fidel Castro.

Study: Colombian rebels were willing to kill for Venezuela's Chavezupdated: Tue May 10 2011 19:04:00

Leftist guerrillas with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) offered Venezuela's intelligence agency "training in urban terrorism involving targeted killings" and suggested they were willing to assassinate opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, according to a new study of the Colombian rebels' records.

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."

Chavez, Clinton shake hands at Brazilian inaugurationupdated: Sun Jan 02 2011 07:48:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shook hands on the sidelines of Brazil's presidential inauguration this weekend, state media reported.

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.

Venezuela bars publishing violent photos for 30 daysupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 15:56:00

A judge in Venezuela has ruled that all printed news media cannot publish "violent, bloody or grotesque" photographs for the next 30 days because the pictures can cause psychological and moral harm to children.

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.

CNNMoney: Hugo Chavez hurts toothpaste, makeup salesupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 15:25:00

The world's largest toothpaste maker reported disappointing sales Thursday, and who's to blame? None other than the country of Venezuela, the company said.

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 vs. Venezuelaupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 06:02:00

CNN's Rafael Romo examines events that led to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cutting diplomatic ties with Colombia.

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.

Venezuela recalls its ambassador to Colombia amid disputeupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 13:18:00

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Colombia on Friday as it rejected Colombia's assertion that Colombian rebels are living in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Opposition politician arrested on explosives chargeupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 16:18:00

Venezuelan authorities arrested an opposition politician and former presidential candidate on explosives charges Monday night, the government news agency reported.

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.

Chavez critic arrested in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 21:27:00

The president of a Venezuelan TV station that has been critical of leftist President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday on charges that he abused his right to free speech, then released after a two-hour hearing before a judge.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. report: Chavez moving to silence media criticsupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 00:29:00

The recent closure of 32 privately owned radio stations and a proposed law to punish "media crimes" are signs that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is moving to quash criticism of his government, according to a recent U.S. intelligence report.

Chavez criticizes Colombia over weapons claimsupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 18:15:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday blasted accusations that his government supplied Colombian guerrillas with shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons and accused the neighboring country of blackmail.

Venezuela freezes relations with Colombiaupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 00:05:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez froze diplomatic relations with Colombia late Tuesday, citing verbal aggressions from the neighboring South American country.

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.

Venezuela opens new probe against TV stationupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 15:10:00

The government of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez heightened its battle Tuesday against the only critical private broadcaster left in the nation, launching a fourth investigation into the Globovision network.

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.

Venezuelan official granted asylum in Peruupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 03:36:00

Manuel Rosales, the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has been granted political asylum in Peru, Peru's foreign minister said Monday.

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.

Israel mulls expelling Venezuelan diplomatupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 01:23:00

Israel said Wednesday it may expel Venezuela's top diplomat from the country in a tit-for-tat gesture after the South American nation ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave over the increasingly bloody ground war in Gaza.

Israel expels Venezuelan ambassadorupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 16:03:00

Israel has expelled Venezuela's ambassador in response to Venezuela's expulsion of an Israeli envoy and the rupture of diplomatic relations earlier this month.

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.

U.S. expelling Venezuelan envoy in response to Chavezupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 13:37:00

The United States is expelling the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States in response to a similar move by Venezuela, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack 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. 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. ChÁvez and the Cash-Filled Suitcaseupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 17:00:00

Did the Venezuelan President try to smuggle an $800,000 bribe to his Argentine ally? A Miami trial aims to find out

Venezuela resetting diplomatic ties with Colombiaupdated: Sun Mar 09 2008 18:23:00

The Venezuelan government on Sunday announced it is re-establishing normal diplomatic ties with Colombia after the two South American countries resolved their differences over Colombia's recent cross-border attack on rebels in Ecuador.

Hugo Chavez's oil diplomacyupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 03:00:00

Hugo Chavez is spreading oil diplomacy among a new coalition of Caribbean countries. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Accusation from Chavezupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 00:17:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says CNN is inciting his assassination ahead of voting on constitutional changes.

Venezuelan official briefly detained at New York airportupdated: Sat Sep 23 2006 18:39:00

The U.S. State Department apologized Saturday for the brief detention of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro by airport security in New York, but a senior White House official said Maduro brought it on himself.

Venezuelan official hints at possible U.S. attackupdated: Wed Feb 23 2005 22:18:00

A top Venezuelan official said Wednesday "insidious accusations" that President Hugo Chavez is "a negative influence and a destabilizing force for the region" could portend an attack against the country, a major oil exporter.

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