Venezuela calls back ambassador to Spain for consultations over Rajoy comment


CARACAS - Venezuela said on Tuesday it is calling back its ambassador to Spain for consultations in protest over Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's call to free a Venezuelan opposition activist jailed for leading protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's Maduro slams Spain's Rajoy over jailed opponent

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lambasted Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday and ordered a revision of bilateral ties over his call for an opponent of Maduro to be released from jail.

World, United Nations, Spain 24 Oct 2014

Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Venezuela's Maduro approval rating drops to 30 percent, poll says

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval rating dropped to 30.2 percent in September from 35.4 percent in July, according to a survey by pollster Datanalisis, amid an ongoing economic crisis that has weighed on his popularity.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, N.Z., Spain win U.N. Council seats

UNITED NATIONS - Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain won seats on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday for two years from Jan. 1, 2015.

Shortages hinder Venezuela's battle against fever outbreaks

CARACAS - Shortages have complicated Venezuela's efforts to treat severe outbreaks of mosquito-borne fevers this year, creating long lines at pharmacies to buy medicines and leaving the ill without treatments for swollen joints and aching bones.

World, Health, 16 Oct 2014

Oil slide puts Venezuela's Maduro under pressure for reforms

CARACAS - The slump in global oil prices has heightened pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to enact politically risky reforms to bolster Venezuela's weak public finances and its ability to pay down debt.

World, 16 Oct 2014

Economic crisis, political strife drive Venezuela brain-drain

CARACAS - After three weeks trapped inside their home, Natalie Pereira and her family made a final decision: they must leave Venezuela.

World, 15 Oct 2014

Venezuela blocks Argentine website showing politician's corpse

CARACAS - An outraged Venezuelan government sought on Friday to block an Argentine website that published photos of the corpse of a young Socialist Party legislator stabbed to death last week in a mystery that has convulsed the nation.

World, 10 Oct 2014

Colombia says FARC rebel chief traveled twice to Cuba for peace talks

BOGOTA - Colombian FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono has traveled to Cuba twice to meet with his negotiating team as part of peace talks to end to five decades of war, the government said on Friday.

World, Cuba, 10 Oct 2014