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How a Venezuelan steel plant's decline is helping Brazil treat COVID-19 patients

Feb 10 2021

CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela, Feb 10 When Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last week announced a second shipment of oxygen to help neighboring Brazil treat COVID-19 patients, he credited the "Venezuelan working class" at the state-owned Sidor steel plant for the gesture of solidarity.

Dozens of Venezuelan migrants arrive in Trinidad after hours at sea

Nov 24 2020

CARACAS/PORT OF SPAIN At least 29 Venezuelan migrants, including 16 minors, returned to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday after being deported from the island over the weekend and spending hours at sea, said their relatives, who had been concerned about their whereabouts.

'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.

Exclusive: Iranian vessel loads with Venezuelan alumina, amid closer ties - sources

Aug 27 2020

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela/NEW YORK An Iranian-flagged vessel loaded a cargo of alumina in Venezuela this month after delivering supplies for an Iranian supermarket in the South American nation, three sources familiar with the shipment said, in the latest sign of closer ties between the U.S.-sanctioned nations.

Venezuela's 'shadow opposition' scrambles to find candidates for election

Jul 28 2020

CARACAS/PUERTO ORDAZ When a Venezuelan political party asked union leader Henry Arias to run for congress on a platform opposing President Nicolas Maduro, Arias quickly responded that the party in question didn't actually represent the opposition - and turned them down.

Venezuela risks fueling pandemic by allowing Amazon mining, activists say

Apr 27 2020

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela Venezuela's move to allow gold and diamond mining in six rivers in its Amazon region may worsen the environmental damage from a state-backed mining effort while also fueling the spread of the coronavirus, according to activists and lawmakers.

Venezuela's gasoline goes from world's cheapest to steepest

Apr 26 2020

PUERTO ORDAZ/MARACAIBO, Venezuela Venezuelans reported paying above $2 per liter ($7.57 per gallon) for gasoline last week amid fuel shortages, one of the world's highest rates and a dramatic reversal for an OPEC nation that long boasted of having the world's cheapest fuel.

As coronavirus hits Venezuela, Maduro further quashes dissent

Mar 25 2020

CARACAS On March 13, Melquiades Avila, an indigenous leader and journalist in the remote Venezuelan state of Delta Amacuro, asked on his popular Facebook account: "Will our hospital be ready for coronavirus?"

Soldiers held hostage, villagers killed: the untold story of Venezuelan aid violence

May 21 2019

KUMARAKAPAY, Venezuela At dawn on February 22, as Venezuela's opposition was preparing to bring humanitarian aid into the country, a convoy of military vehicles drove into the indigenous village of Kumarakapay on its way to the Brazilian border.

CORRECTED-RPT-INSIGHT-How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold

Feb 21 2019

EL CALLAO, Venezuela, Feb 10 Venezuela's most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation's southern reaches.

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