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CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela's state-run PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and partners have halted operations at two upgraders that convert extra-heavy oil into exportable crude and plan to stop work at two others, according to six sources close to the projects, a move aimed at easing the strains from a tanker backlog that is delaying shipments.
HOUSTON/CARACAS OPEC member Venezuela has raised the prospect of declaring force majeure on contracts with major crude buyers amid plummeting output from its oil fields and tanker bottlenecks at ports, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
CARACAS Venezuela was freeing a second group of jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday after admonishing them for alleged violent crimes against the socialist government.
CARACAS Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel flew to Caracas on Wednesday for his first foreign trip as head of state, a show of solidarity for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, whose controversial re-election this month has drawn condemnation in the West.
CARACAS President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela's widely-condemned election, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' that was denied by the State Department.
CARACAS Venezuela on Thursday rejected ConocoPhillips's moves to seize the country's Caribbean assets to collect on a $2 billion arbitration award, but in a sign the U.S. oil company's pressure might be working, Caracas also suggested it was ready to pay.
HOUSTON/CARACAS U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela's state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions.
CARACAS Presidential candidate Henri Falcon pledged on Tuesday to raise Venezuela's minimum wage to $75 per month in a newly-dollarized economy should he beat the ruling socialists in a May 20 vote.
CARACAS Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro kicked off his presidential campaign giving away trash trucks and tractors while challenger Henri Falcon laid out plans to de-politicize state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and dollarize an ailing economy.
CARACAS Chauffeured around in a sleek black pick-up, the head of Venezuela's oil industry, Major General Manuel Quevedo, last month toured a joint venture with U.S. major Chevron.