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VENEZUELA: Six Die in Amazonas Prison Fight

Six inmates were killed and two more were injured Tuesday in a brawl at a prison in the southwestern Venezuelan state of Amazonas, Gov. Liborio Guarulla said. continue reading »

Venezuelan Government Closes Radio Station For Its “Call to Rebellion”

Venezuelan Tourism Minister Andres Izarra said the radio station Voz del Orinoco, which broadcasts in the southern state of Amazonas, was closed down because of its "call to rebellion" and for "creating divisions among Venezuelans." continue reading »

Venezuela Looks to Get into Space Satellite Business Thanks to Chinese

Satellites will be launched into space from Venezuela "sooner rather than later," President Nicolas Maduro said. The president spoke at a ceremony marking the handover from China to Venezuela of control over the South American country's Miranda satellite. continue reading »

Venezuelan Government Admits “Difficulties” in Hospitals

Venezuela's health minister acknowledged Friday that there are "difficulties" in the nation's hospitals following the complaints of medical personnel and patients over the past few weeks about the lack of resources. continue reading »

Doctor Who Claimed to Be Chavez’s Psychiatrist is Found Dead

Psychiatrist Edmundo Chirinos, who said that the late President Hugo Chavez had been one of his patients, was found dead at his home, where since March he had been serving a 20-year sentence for murder handed down in 2010. continue reading »

Venezuelan Doctors Fear Country Faces Health Emergency

The president of the Venezuelan Medical Association asked the Venezuelan government Tuesday to declare a health emergency and take steps to address serious problems with the Andean nation's healthcare system. continue reading »

Alicia Machado Back on TV as the Beautiful, Manipulative “Madame”

Venezuelan actress and ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado returns to television as the beautiful, manipulative madame of a Colombian brothel frequented by politicians, a true story that inspired the book "Las Prepago" (Prepaid Women). continue reading »

Hugo Chavez Was “Best Friend,” Says Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro said that the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was the "best friend" he had during his 47 years as Cuba's head of state. continue reading »

Criminals Chopping Off Women’s Hair, Selling for $500

A new type of "piranha," armed with scissors and with a hunger for hair has appeared in Venezuela and is going after the locks of local women with the aim of selling them for up to 3,000 bolivars ($476). continue reading »

CREEPY:  Venezuelan President Maduro Admits Sleeping Inside Hugo Chavez’ Tomb

Current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may just get a prize for loyalty to his predecessor. The newly elected President has just admitted to sleeping inside the tomb of former President Hugo Chavez. continue reading »

Bus Crashes Into Mountain Killing 9, Injuring 35 in Venezuela

At least nine people died and 35 others were injured Tuesday when a bus crashed into the side of a mountain in the western Venezuelan state of Tachira, authorities said. continue reading »

Venezuela Remembers Hugo Chavez on 5-month Anniversary of His Death

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday compared Hugo Chavez to Christ and said that the late president, just like Jesus, "came to protect those who had nothing," in a tribute to the fallen leader on the fifth anniversary of his death. continue reading »

Bus-Truck Collisoin Leaves 14 Dead and 33 Injured in Venezuela

At least 14 people died and 33 others were injured Wednesday in a head-on crash between a bus and a truck in the central Venezuelan state of Guarico, the Civil Protection Service reported. continue reading »

Venezuela Ending Effort to Improve Ties with U.S. Over Diplomat’s Remarks

Venezuela's government said it was calling off efforts begun six weeks ago to normalize ties with the United States following remarks by the nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. continue reading »

VENEZUELA: Caracas Hosts 7th Int’l Puppet Festival

Puppeteers from Argentina, France and Cuba are in Venezuela's capital for the 7th International Puppet Theater Festival. More than 100 people, the majority of them parents with children continue reading »

Presidents Juan Manuel Santos, Nicolas Maduro to Discuss Bilateral Relations

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he and Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro plan to meet on July 22 to "go through a complete review of the state of bilateral relations." continue reading »

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Weds Long-Time Partner in Private Ceremony

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Tuesday that he and long-time partner Cilia Flores were married in a private ceremony presided over by Caracas Mayor Jorge Rodriguez. continue reading »

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Makes It Official - Applies for Asylum in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that his government had received a formal asylum request from U.S. former CIA analyst Edward Snowden, who has been staying in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since June 23. continue reading »

Venezuela Questions Relations with Spain Following Bolivian Plane Incident

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that he will re-evaluate relations with Spain in light of this week's incident involving Bolivian head of state Evo Morales' plane, which had to divert to Vienna after several western European countries barred the flight from their airspace. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Venezuela on Your 202nd Year of Independence

Today all of Venezuela is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. Christopher Columbus sailed along the eastern coast of Venezuela on his third voyage in 1498, the only one of his four voyages to reach the South American mainland. The Spanish arrived in full force in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted the natives to Christianity and enslaved native populations while pillaging the country's gold mines. continue reading »