Venezuelans turn to fish smuggling to survive economic crisis


EL YAGUAL, Venezuela - People in Venezuela's savannah heartlands struggling to survive the national economic crisis have found a novel way to make ends meet: fish-smuggling to Colombia.

Venezuela's Maduro would free Lopez if U.S. freed Puerto Rican

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he would only seek the release of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez if the United States agreed to release a Puerto Rican nationalist currently held in a U.S. prison.

World, 04 Jan 2015

Venezuela's Maduro to visit China, OPEC nations amid cash crunch

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he will visit China and several unspecified OPEC countries during a week-long tour meant to improve the South American nation's finances, which have been weakened by tumbling crude prices.

World, China, 04 Jan 2015

Venezuelan president's popularity hits new low: pollster

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval rating has slipped to 22 percent, the lowest of his nearly two-year rule as a result of economic problems, a local pollster said on Friday.

World, 02 Jan 2015

Ice-cream shop closure stirs Venezuela's economic blame game

CARACAS - Venezuela's Tourism Ministry denied on Monday that a famous ice-cream store had closed due to lack of milk, the latest quirky twist in the bitter national debate over who is to blame for the nation's economic problems.

World, Oddly Enough, 29 Dec 2014

Venezuela's Maduro moves foreign minister Ramirez to U.N.

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro named powerful Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez to a new post as envoy to the United Nations on Friday, saying the appointment would strengthen Venezuela's voice on the world body's Security Council from Jan. 1.

World, United Nations, 26 Dec 2014

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.

Politics, World, U.S., Cuba, 17 Dec 2014

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