Angus Berwick

Special Report: A power tycoon, while Venezuela goes dark, brightens his image abroad

Jun 23 2021

MADRID A group of Spaniards drove up a private road on the dry plateau west of Madrid. The four entrepreneurs, hungry for cash for their promising startup, were headed to meet a wealthy young Venezuelan, owner of the hilltop castle ahead.

A shipmaster is buried in Colombia, but his widow can't prove his death in Venezuela

Feb 08 2021

A year after a Colombian oil tanker captain was murdered by Venezuela's military, his widow says she still cannot claim his pension to support their two sons as the Venezuelan government refuses to authenticate his death certificate.

Special Report-Venezuela wields a powerful 'hate' law to silence Maduro's remaining foes

Dec 14 2020

SAN JOSE DE GUANIPA, Venezuela Francisco Belisario, a Venezuelan mayor, retired general and member of the ruling Socialist party, had enough. His loudest local critic had accused him of bungling the response to the coronavirus outbreak and other big problems.

Special Report: A killing at sea implicates the armed forces in lawless Venezuela

Sep 23 2020

CARACAS Around midnight on February 23, Eulalio Bravo, a marine electrician, was dozing in his rack aboard the San Ramon, an oil tanker anchored off the coast of Venezuela.

'My life's work': Venezuelan union leader vows to defend workers after pardon

Sep 03 2020

LA PICA, Venezuela One of Venezuela's most influential union leaders has vowed to press on with his fight for workers' rights after his release this week from two years of detention in a military prison on what he calls trumped up charges.

Detained Colombia businessman was negotiating with Iran for Venezuela, lawyers say

Aug 28 2020

A Colombian businessman detained in Cape Verde in June was on a mission to Iran as a special envoy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to negotiate fuel and humanitarian supplies at the time of his arrest, his lawyers told Reuters.

UK court recognises Guaido as Venezuela's president in gold dispute

Jul 02 2020

LONDON Britain has recognised Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's president, the English High Court ruled on Thursday, in a case over whether Guaido or Nicolas Maduro should control $1 billion of its gold stored in London.

Venezuela's rival presidents prepare to battle over gold in London vaults

Jun 19 2020

LONDON/CARACAS In the vaults beneath the Bank of England, where foreign nations stash parts of their vast gold reserves, lie 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion) of disputed gold bars. Two parties claim access to them.

Exclusive: U.S. preparing criminal indictment against wife of Venezuela's Maduro - sources

May 27 2020

CARACAS/WASHINGTON The United States is preparing to charge the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in coming months with crimes that could include drug trafficking and corruption, four people familiar with the case told Reuters.

Special Report: U.S. takes aim at the power behind Venezuela's Maduro - his first lady

May 27 2020

CARACAS/WASHINGTON Four years ago, a bit player in the Venezuelan leadership was arrested in Colombia and extradited to the United States to face drug charges. He proved to be an important catch.

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'Pingdemic' grips Britain as fears of food shortages grow

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain's supermarkets, wholesalers and hauliers were struggling on Thursday to ensure stable food and fuel supplies after an official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate after contact with someone with COVID-19.