Venezuela

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.

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

U.S. accuses Venezuela of using oil to press Aruba on extradition

WASHINGTON - The United States accused Venezuela on Tuesday of using economic pressure, including a reported threat to close an oil refinery, to apply pressure on the Netherlands not to extradite an official whom Washington wants on drugs charges.

World, 29 Jul 2014

U.S. 'disappointed' Netherlands released Venezuelan wanted over drugs

WASHINGTON - The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday.

World, 28 Jul 2014

U.S. 'disappointed' Netherlands released Venezuelan wanted over drugs

WASHINGTON - The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday.

World, 28 Jul 2014

Argentine economy minister on way to Mercosur summit, not debt talks

BUENOS AIRES - Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof is on his way by plane to Venezuela to attend a summit of the South American bloc Mercosur in Caracas on Tuesday, government sources told Reuters on Monday.

28 Jul 2014

Aruba frees Venezuela ex-general sought by U.S. over drugs

CARACAS - A former Venezuelan military intelligence head detained on the Caribbean island of Aruba over U.S accusations of drug-trafficking was released and flew home on Sunday.

World, 27 Jul 2014

Venezuela says ex-general sought by U.S. to be freed in Aruba

CARACAS - Venezuela said on Sunday that retired military General Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States over drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, would be freed and return home shortly.

World, 27 Jul 2014

Venezuela leader rallies socialists at first post-Chavez congress

CARACAS - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress on Saturday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to fire up militants and quell dissidents who say he is failing to fix the economy or end graft.

World, 26 Jul 2014

Venezuela ex-general awaits U.S. extradition bid in Aruba jail

CARACAS - A retired Venezuelan general wanted in the United States over drug-trafficking accusations remained in jail on the Caribbean island of Aruba over the weekend awaiting a formal extradition request, his lawyer said on Saturday.

World, 26 Jul 2014