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.

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

Venezuela says to pay less than $1 billion to Exxon over nationalization

CARACAS - Venezuela will end up paying less than $1 billion to Exxon Mobil Corp for oil assets nationalized in 2007, after this week's World Bank tribunal award, the Venezuelan government said on Friday.

10 Oct 2014

Exxon Mobil asks court to recognize payment from Venezuela

HOUSTON - Oil company Exxon Mobil asked a U.S. District Court on Friday to recognize a World Bank arbitration ruling that Venezuela must pay $1.6 billion over a nationalization claim filed in 2007.

10 Oct 2014

Venezuela ordered to pay Exxon $1.6 billion for nationalization

CARACAS - A World Bank arbitration tribunal on Thursday ordered Venezuela to pay Exxon Mobil Corp about $1.6 billion to compensate for oil nationalization in 2007, though state oil company PDVSA expects to eventually pay closer to $1 billion.

10 Oct 2014