U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela's Maduro

CARACAS - Even as Cuba and the United States try to bury 50 years of enmity, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has seemed to be going in the other direction, vilifying "insolent Yankees" at rallies and threatening to cut ties completely.

Venezuela President Maduro hails Obama's 'courageous' Cuba gesture

PARANA, Argentina - Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, on Wednesday called a prisoner swap between the United States and Cuba a "courageous" gesture by U.S. President Barack Obama and hailed it a victory for the Caribbean island.

U.S., Politics, World 17 Dec 2014

Latin American leftist exiles hold faith in Maduro's Venezuela

CARACAS - Venezuela's aging community of fugitives from 1970s South American dictatorships are staying loyal to their revolutionary roots and defending President Nicolas Maduro at one of his "Chavista" socialist movement's lowest ebbs.

World, 17 Dec 2014

Exclusive: Citgo valued at more than $10 billion in revised bids - sources

- Citgo Petroleum Corp, Venezuela's U.S. oil refining unit, has received revised bids from at least four bidders, some which have valued the company at more than $10 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Deals, 16 Dec 2014

Exclusive: India's ONGC, PDVSA aim to raise around $1 billion for Venezuela JV - sources

CARACAS/ NEW DELHI - India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA are seeking around $1 billion in credit to stem an output decline at their San Cristobal joint venture, two sources close to the negotiations told Reuters.

Venezuela's Maduro slams 'insolent Yankees,' 'murderer' Aznar

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro let rip at the U.S. government on Monday over sanctions against Venezuelan officials and branded ex-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "murderer."

World, Spain 15 Dec 2014

American in North Korea denounces U.S., seeks Venezuela asylum: media

SEOUL - A U.S. citizen who illegally entered North Korea delivered a lengthy denunciation of U.S. domestic and foreign policy on Sunday and said he was seeking political asylum in Venezuela, the North's official media said. | Video

World, U.S., North Korea, 14 Dec 2014

Venezuela's Maduro says 'no rush' to hike world's cheapest gasoline

CARACAS - Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro said there was "no rush" to hike the world's cheapest gasoline prices, suggesting the increasingly unpopular president has shied away from implementing the risky domestic reform in the near future amid an economic crisis.

World, 14 Dec 2014

Venezuela drug trade rings alarm bells

CARACAS - Hidden in a large ochre-colored container, the 1.4 tonnes of cocaine got past two dozen army checkpoints during a 500-mile journey from the Colombian border to the Venezuelan capital.

World, 12 Dec 2014

Venezuela raises death toll from prison drug overdose to 48

CARACAS - The death toll following a mass drug overdose incident in a Venezuelan jail last month has jumped to 48 from 13, the government said on Thursday.

World, 11 Dec 2014