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Suriname slams creditors for 'confrontational' attitude

Jun 15 2021

PARAMARIBO/CARACAS Suriname on Tuesday said creditors were taking a "confrontational attitude" toward debt restructuring talks after bondholders rolled back a deal to delay payments, escalating a dispute between investors and the small South American nation.

Venezuela keen on J&J vaccine but seeks details on side effects, official says

Apr 26 2021

CARACAS (Reuters) -Venezuela is interested in acquiring the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine for its inoculation campaign, parliament chief Jorge Rodriguez said on Monday, adding that authorities want to know more about its side effects.

Ecuador's Lasso pledges deficit cuts, new oil deals after election win

Apr 12 2021

QUITO (Reuters) -Guillermo Lasso, who unexpectedly won Ecuador's presidency on promises to revive an economy battered by the coronavirus, pledged on Monday to eliminate the fiscal deficit and to revamp oil deals. | Video

Lasso wins Ecuador presidency in upset over socialist rival

Apr 12 2021

QUITO Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso pulled off a surprise win in Sunday's presidential runoff against socialist economist Andres Arauz, putting the country on track to maintain open market policies rather than return to socialism. | Video

Venezuelan students demand vaccination plan amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Apr 06 2021

Scores of Venezuelan healthcare students protested Tuesday in front of Caracas' University Hospital demanding a national vaccination plan and 100% vaccination coverage for doctors and nurses, amid a spike in infections that has led the government to extend lockdown measures.

Exclusive: Facebook freezes Venezuela president Maduro's page over COVID-19 misinformation

Mar 27 2021

CARACAS Facebook has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's page for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19 by promoting a remedy he claims, without evidence, can cure the disease, a company spokesman said on Saturday.

Exclusive: Venezuelan intelligence monitored Citgo executives in U.S. - court testimony

Mar 02 2021

CARACAS Venezuelan intelligence services monitored six U.S.-based executives of state-owned refiner Citgo Petroleum for a year on U.S. soil to determine their involvement in a deal the government deemed fraudulent, leading to their 2017 arrest in Caracas on corruption charges, according to court testimony.

Analysis: Collapsed health system makes Venezuela vaccination campaign an uphill battle

Feb 12 2021

CARACAS Venezuela's deteriorated health system and collapsed economy will make the country one of the toughest places in the region to conduct a coronavirus vaccination campaign, an effort that already trails most of South America, experts said.

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