Shortage-weary Venezuelans scoff at fingerprinting plan for food sales


CARACAS - A government plan to combat Venezuela's food shortages by fingerprinting shoppers in grocery stores has sparked a backlash ranging from violent street protests to social media campaigns ridiculing the idea.

Special Report: The billion-dollar fall of the house of Espirito Santo

LISBON - On June 9, with his 150-year-old Portuguese corporate dynasty close to collapse, patriarch Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgado made a desperate attempt to save it.

Special Reports 29 Aug 2014

Caracas shaken by quake, no injuries reported

CARACAS - The Venezuelan capital Caracas was shaken on Saturday by a 4.6 magnitude earthquake, though no injuries or major damage were reported.

World, 16 Aug 2014

Colombia questions Venezuela's border closure to stem smuggling

BOGOTA - Colombia on Wednesday questioned an effort by Venezuela to reduce smuggling of heavily subsidized fuel and food by shutting their shared border overnight, saying joint military cooperation would be more effective.

World, 13 Aug 2014

Venezuela to close Colombia border at night to slow smuggling

CARACAS - Venezuela will close its border with neighboring Colombia at night to prevent smuggling of heavily subsidized fuel and food, a top military officer said on Saturday.

World, 09 Aug 2014

Chile youth leader freed in Venezuela, going to Santiago

CARACAS/SANTIAGO - A right-wing Chilean youth leader was freed on Friday after his detention late on Thursday in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, sparked protests from officials in Chile and from opposition leaders in Venezuela.

World, 08 Aug 2014

Battered Venezuelan opposition will reorganize: wife of jailed leader

CARACAS - Venezuela's beleaguered opposition coalition, rocked by in-fighting and a high-profile resignation, will come back stronger after reorganization, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said in an interview.

World, 07 Aug 2014

Venezuela, Colombia to set new exchange rate to boost trade

BOGOTA - Venezuela and Colombia have agreed to create a special exchange rate to boost plummeting bilateral trade between the two Andean countries, their presidents said.

World, 02 Aug 2014

U.S. bars Venezuelan officials accused of abuses in protests

WASHINGTON/CARACAS - Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States on Wednesday after accusing them of abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this spring.

Politics, World, 30 Jul 2014

Venezuela opposition head Aveledo resigns

CARACAS - The leader of Venezuela's opposition coalition, Ramon Aveledo, resigned on Tuesday after a five-year stint in which he united fractious politicians but failed to end socialist rule.

World, 30 Jul 2014