Beijing battens down, cranks up propaganda ahead of war parade


BEIJING - Beijing is battening down the hatches and cranking up the propaganda ahead of a massive military parade this week to mark the end of World War Two, shooing cars from streets and shutting factories for the Communist Party's biggest event of the year.

Pensioner killed in Venezuela supermarket melee, opposition says

CARACAS - An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday.

28 Aug 2015

Venezuela's Maduro to visit China, Vietnam for finance deals

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he will visit China and Vietnam to sign economic and financing deals, as the OPEC nation struggles to make ends meet at a time of low oil prices.

World, China 28 Aug 2015

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis

BOGOTA - Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when socialist-run Venezuela closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians.

27 Aug 2015

Colombia recalls ambassador to Venezuela amid border crisis

BOGOTA - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday recalled the country's ambassador to Venezuela after the socialist-run country closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians.

27 Aug 2015

Border closure turns once-bustling Venezuelan city into ghost town

SAN ANTONIO, Venezuela - The border bridge is usually choked with motorbikes and U.S. gas guzzling cars, leading into loud and grimy streets where traders hawk wares but smugglers hide theirs.

27 Aug 2015

China says WW2 victory for all Chinese as prepares to welcome Taiwan official

BEIJING/TAIPEI - World War Two was a victory for all Chinese people and Nationalist veterans from Taiwan will be warmly welcomed at a military parade next week, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, as Beijing prepares to welcome a former senior Nationalist leader.

World, China 27 Aug 2015

Shaken by deportations, Colombians in Venezuela fret for future

CARACAS - Shaken by the deportation of over a thousand compatriots, Venezuela's roughly 5 million Colombians are grappling with whether to stay on in the crisis-hit country that has become increasingly unlivable. | Video

26 Aug 2015

Distraught Colombians flee Venezuela as border dispute intensifies

ERNESTO GUEVARA, Venezuela - Hundreds of Colombians waded across a border river with fridges, chickens and mattresses on their backs as goats and children followed under the scorching tropical sun, victims of an escalating dispute with Venezuela's government. | Video

26 Aug 2015

Latin America's Trump? Venezuelan leader rejects comparison

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is used to being attacked by critics as a communist dictator, but one label the Latin American socialist was not expecting was to be compared to U.S. tycoon and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. | Video

25 Aug 2015