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Venezuelan troops take control of protest plaza

Bolivarian National Guards patrol Plaza Altamira in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 17, 2014. Security forces on Monday took control of the plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month. AP

Security forces on Monday took control of a Caracas plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuelans rally in support of jailed opposition leader

A protester holds up a sign reading "We say No to dictatorship - SOS Venezuela"  in opposition of the Venezuelan government in front of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, February 19, 2014.  Venezuela braced for another day of protests Wednesday with jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez expected to appear in court to hear charges blaming him for a deadly episode of street violence.  It was the culmination of two weeks of tension-filled protests in the oil-rich country, led by students angry over the jailing of demonstrators and a litany of other grievances against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. AFP

About 100 supporters of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez rallied Wednesday outside a Caracas court where he had been due to hear charges blaming him for a deadly episode of violence.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

As Chavez ordained, VP Maduro is interim president

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gather in Bolivar square to mourn Chavez's death in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced that Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Even in death, Hugo Chavez’s orders are being followed. The man he anointed to succeed him, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, will continue to run Venezuela as interim president and be the governing socialists’ candidate in an election to be called within 30 days.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

With Chavez stricken, elections become crucial

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Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez create a poster with his image alongside an outline of their country in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Chavez's most influential allies are projecting an image of unity while the president recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba, standing side-by-side and pledging to uphold his socialist movement no matter what happens. AP/Ariana Cubillos

Hugo Chavez’s cancer has upended politics in Venezuela, transforming Sunday’s nationwide elections for state governors and legislators into a test of his legacy that could chart the country’s future in the uncertain months ahead.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Venezuela to remove breast implants for free

WORLDWIDE PANIC.  In this Jan. 22, 2007 file photo, a plastic surgeon performs breast implant surgery in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela is offering free surgeries for women to remove faulty French-made breast implants, the country's top health official said on Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011. France's health system has recommended that women with the PIP implants get them replaced, and has agreed to pay for surgeries. In Brazil and Argentina, however, health officials just recommend checkups. AP FILE PHOTO

Venezuela is offering free surgeries for women to remove faulty French-made breast implants, the country’s top health official said.

Posted: January 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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