Venezuela opposition mayor Ledezma out of jail for surgery


CARACAS - Venezuelan opposition mayor Antonio Ledezma was out of jail and in a Caracas clinic on Saturday, awaiting an operation after being granted house arrest on medical grounds.

Jailed opposition mayor may be granted home arrest in Venezuela

CARACAS - Venezuelan authorities requested on Friday that jailed opposition mayor Antonio Ledezma be granted home arrest due to medical problems, a move that could soften international pressure over his case.

24 Apr 2015

Woman who hit Venezuela leader with mango rewarded with new home

CARACAS - A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela.

Oddly Enough, World 24 Apr 2015

Venezuela probes ex-minister accused of corruption in Spain ferry buys

CARACAS - A former minister in President Nicolas Maduro's government denied in an interview published on Friday accusations of corruption during the purchase of three ferries from Spain and said he was being hounded for denouncing currency crimes.

World, Spain 24 Apr 2015

Exclusive: Colombia's ELN rebels say peace talks near, rule out jail

BOGOTA - Colombia's second-biggest guerrilla group says exploratory talks with the government are very advanced and the "peace train" could start soon, but warns any deal to end half a century of war will have to rule out jail time for the rebels.

24 Apr 2015

Spain recalls Venezuelan ambassador over Maduro conspiracy comments

MADRID - Spain called its ambassador to Venezuela back to Madrid for consultation, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said on Wednesday, after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the Spanish government of conspiracy against him.

22 Apr 2015

Colombia frees Chinese ship caught carrying weapons illegally

BOGOTA - Colombia has authorized a Chinese ship to set sail after it was caught carrying 100 tonnes of explosives to Cuba illegally, the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday, though it continues to hold the vessel's captain pending a criminal investigation.

World, Cuba, United Nations 21 Apr 2015

OPEC diplomacy up from Moscow to Caracas; action unlikely

MOSCOW/CARACAS - Quiet diplomacy among the world's biggest oil producers has heated up this week, yet observers see few signs that renewed discussion among Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and others will lead to action on output.

World, Russia, Saudi Arabia 15 Apr 2015

Obama meets Venezuela's Maduro at time of high tensions

PANAMA CITY - U.S. President Barack Obama met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro privately at a regional summit on Saturday and tried to ease tensions that surged after the United States recently placed sanctions on Venezuela.

11 Apr 2015

Obama met Venezuela's Maduro on sidelines of Panama summit

PANAMA CITY - U.S. President Barack Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas on Saturday at a moment of high tension between the two countries, officials for both countries said.

11 Apr 2015