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Venezuelans rush to shop, fill tanks before monetary overhaul

Aug 17 2018

CARACAS/MARACAIBO Jittery Venezuelans on Friday rushed to shops and lined up at gas stations on concerns that a monetary overhaul to lop off five zeros from prices in response to hyperinflation could wreak financial havoc and make basic commerce impossible.

Families of detained Venezuela officers demand their release

May 17 2018

CARACAS/MARACAIBO Family members of Venezuelan army officers arrested in March for alleged conspiracy are demanding their release and denouncing procedural irregularities amid what critics call a growing purge of the crisis-stricken country's armed forces.

Western Venezuela suffering daily power cuts despite end to rationing

Apr 20 2018

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela, Multiple daily power outages are on the increase in several cities in western Venezuela, despite the supposed end of state-sanctioned electricity rationing, people who live in the area say.

Venezuela begins power rationing as drought causes severe outages

Mar 16 2018

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela Venezuela imposed electricity rationing this week in six western states, as the crisis-hit country's creaky power grid suffered from a drought that has reduced water levels in key reservoirs needed to run hydroelectric power generators.

Venezuela's chronic shortages give rise to 'medical flea markets'

Dec 08 2017

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred "medical flea markets," where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the traditional fruits and vegetables.

Venezuela opposition coalition split ahead of new vote

Nov 03 2017

CARACAS/MARACAIBO, Venezuela One of Venezuela's major opposition parties has decided to run in local elections next month despite a boycott by others, deepening a split in the Democratic Unity coalition to the glee of President Nicolas Maduro and his ruling Socialist Party.

Venezuelan anti-Maduro governor sacked, opposition in chaos

Oct 26 2017

MARACAIBO/CARACAS, Venezuela The newly elected opposition governor of Venezuela's western Zulia state was dismissed on Thursday by the pro-government local state legislature, adding to disarray among foes of the ruling socialists.

Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

Aug 16 2017

MARACAIBO, Venezuela Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.

Venezuela opposition seeks to strain security forces with protests

Apr 13 2017

CARACAS/MARACAIBO, Venezuela Venezuela's opposition was rallying across the nation on Thursday as part of a bid to strain security forces by staging anti-government protests in each of the volatile country's 335 municipalities.

Venezuelans journey to Colombia for $300 in hard currency

Apr 07 2017

MARACAIBO/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela Venezuelan housewife Valentina Uzcategui journeyed to a foreign exchange office in neighboring Colombia last month to buy the equivalent of $300 under a rule that makes her country's strict exchange controls more flexible for residents living near the border.

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