Caracas - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Caracas Lawmaker: Hugo Chavez's childhood home burned by protesters CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Protesters set fire to late President Hugo Chavez's childhood home in western Venezuela on Monday, an opposition lawmaker said, as protests against the South American nation's socialist government grew increasingly hostile. While demonstrators are decrying current President Nicolas Maduro for the country's triple-digit inflation,... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:23:00 GMT 2017-05-23T00:23:00Z Venezuela leader: Officials treated like Jews under Nazis CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's embattled socialist president likened the sour reception many of his government's officials are receiving abroad to the harassment of Jews in Nazi Germany, provoking outrage Tuesday from the small Jewish community that remains in this troubled South American nation. In a state broadcast Tuesday night, President Nicola... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:30:00Z Grisly 24-hour period leaves 4 dead in Venezuela unrest CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Business owners shuttered shops, a burned police station stood charred black and a state officer in western Venezuela was under arrest Tuesday following a spasm of violence that resulted in at least four deaths in anti-government protests. An especially grisly 24 hours of turmoil coming after nearly two months of political unrest... Wed, 17 May 2017 02:57:00 GMT 2017-05-17T02:57:00Z 2 dead as Venezuela protests turn violent outside capital CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A day that began with largely peaceful protests against Venezuela's socialist government took a violent turn Monday as fierce clashes between state security and demonstrators killed at least two people. Thousands hauled folding chairs, beach umbrellas and protest signs onto main roads for a 12-hour "sit-in against the dictatorshi... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:43:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:43:00Z Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of people were injured and a 27-year-old man killed Wednesday during another day of violent clashes in Venezuela's capital during demonstrations demanding elections. National guardsmen launched tear gas and a group of armed pro-government militiamen harassed protesters as they tried to march to the Supreme Court. One masked militia member fir... Thu, 11 May 2017 04:09:00 GMT 2017-05-11T04:09:00Z Protesters march in Venezuela, destroy Chavez statue CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Women banged on pans and some stripped off their white shirts Saturday as they protested Venezuela's socialist government in an event the opposition billed as a "women's march against repression." As they marched, local media carried a video showing people toppling a statue of the late President Hugo Chavez the day before in the western state of Zulia. Sun, 07 May 2017 03:08:00 GMT 2017-05-07T03:08:00Z Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37 CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Students battled tear gas-throwing police officers in demonstrations across Venezuela's capital Thursday as a two-month-old protest movement that shows no signs of letting up claimed more lives. "We are students, not terrorists!" a mass of students chanted as they marched in Caracas. Soldiers bathed hundreds of protesters in tear... Fri, 05 May 2017 01:02:00 GMT 2017-05-05T01:02:00Z Jailed Venezuela activist dispels rumors of health emergency CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez rushed to Caracas' military hospital late Wednesday seeking information on her husband after a report on social media said he had been taken there with a medical emergency — a scare that proved to be wrong. "Please, can you inform us if anyone brought Leopoldo here? Did he enter... Thu, 04 May 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-05-04T05:35:00Z Clashes in Venezuela as Maduro starts constitutional rewrite CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela's capital Wednesday, just a short distance from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the polarized nation's constitution. Surrounded by top-ranking socialist officials, a riled-up Maduro told supporters dressed in r... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:58:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:58:00Z More unrest in Venezuela as president seeks new constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — People blocked streets in Caracas with broken concrete, twisted metal and flaming piles of trash Tuesday to protest the socialist president's bid to rewrite the constitution amid a rapidly escalating political crisis. The barricades came a day after President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree to begin the process of rewriting the ch... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:24:00Z Maduro decrees Venezuelans will write new constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's embattled president issued a decree Monday for writing a new constitution, ratcheting up a political crisis that has drawn hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters into the streets. President Nicolas Maduro gave no details on how members would be chosen for a planned citizen assembly to produce a new charte... Tue, 02 May 2017 02:23:00 GMT 2017-05-02T02:23:00Z Venezuela's Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal. On his regular television show, "Sundays with Maduro," the president ordered a 60 percent increase in the country's minimum wage starting Monday. It was the... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-04-30T23:06:00Z Venezuela formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan interim ambassador Carmen Velasquez submitted a letter annou... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-04-29T03:14:00Z The Latest: Venezuela calls OAS forum for 'coercion' CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's ongoing political crisis. (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's deputy minister of foreign affairs for North America, said his country is pulling out of the Organization of American States because the group has become a forum for "coercion" instead of cooperation. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:55:00 GMT 2017-04-28T23:55:00Z Venezuela goes through with threat to leave the OAS CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The move came on the same day as fierce confrontations in the capital between sec... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:25:00 GMT 2017-04-27T03:25:00Z Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government. Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:06:00 GMT 2017-04-25T02:06:00Z Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white marched in the capital Saturday to pay homage to the at least 20 people killed in anti-government unrest in recent weeks. Protests have been roiling Venezuela on an almost daily basis since the pro-government Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers three weeks ago, a decision later reversed amid a... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-04-22T22:11:00Z The Latest: Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 2 p.m. For the first time in three weeks of protest, demonstrators in Venezuela have crossed from the wealthier eastern side of the nation's capital to the west without encountering resistance from state security. Opposition l... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:08:00 GMT 2017-04-22T22:08:00Z Venezuela opposition boss asks Wall Street to cut off Maduro CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The leader of Venezuela's rebellious congress has a message for the world's capitalists: Think twice before signing another check to President Nicolas Maduro's government. Amid anti-Maduro protests roiling Venezuela, leading to 20 deaths and dozens of arrests the past three weeks, the opposition is trying to rally international opinion against his s... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:15:00 GMT 2017-04-22T15:15:00Z Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while tr... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:24:00 GMT 2017-04-21T22:24:00Z Young man is 9th fatality in Venezuela protests this month CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Authorities in Venezuela say a young man has been shot and killed in a street protest, becoming the ninth person to die this month during demonstrations in the South American country. Vicente Paez, a city council member, said Friday that victim Melvin Guitan was wounded in Petare community east of Caracas when he was struck by a ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:33:00 GMT 2017-04-21T13:33:00Z The Latest: Latin America nations condemn Venezuela violence CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the protests and counter demonstrations in Venezuela (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are "energetically condemning" the violence in Venezuela and lamenting that international calls for the ongoing demonstrations to be peaceful have been i... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:16:00 GMT 2017-04-21T01:16:00Z GM quits Venezuela after government seizes its factory VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering its operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its factory in the country, a move that could draw the Trump administration into the escalating chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The plant in the industrial city of Valencia was con... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:44:00 GMT 2017-04-21T00:44:00Z 2 killed amid massive anti-government marches in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two people were shot dead as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities Wednesday, battling security forces in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist leader. Tens of thousands of protesters made an unsuccessful attempt to march to downto... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:31:00 GMT 2017-04-20T03:31:00Z The Latest: US official expresses concern over Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on opposition and pro-government marches in Venezuela (all times local): 5 p.m. The U.S. secretary of state says the Trump administration is concerned about the political turmoil in Venezuela and feels socialist President Nicolas Maduro is trying to squash the voice of his opponents. ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:02:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:02:00Z 5 dead in Venezuela protests as movement gains steam CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in wealthy eastern Caracas amid a tropical downpour Thursday to support a protest movement that is gaining steam even as it turns more deadly. Venezuela officials confirmed earlier in the day that a fifth person had died in the wave of anti-government protests now entering its third we... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:27:00 GMT 2017-04-14T03:27:00Z Venezuela protesters target Maduro, vow to keep up pressure CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanding new elections faced off with security forces who launched tear gas and stood shoulder-to-shoulder blocking roadways in the Venezuelan capital Monday. Demonstrators covered their faces to protect against the plumes of tear gas that wafted through the streets of Caracas. A few threw rocks as they t... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:38:00 GMT 2017-04-11T00:38:00Z Venezuela's Maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on Sunday for an investigation against a leading opposition politician for falsely suggesting the government was carrying out a Syria-like chemical attack against protesters. Caracas-area Mayor David Smolansky on Saturday denounced the presence of a previously unseen red gas used to scat... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:48:00 GMT 2017-04-10T01:48:00Z Venezuelans pour into Caracas streets in anti-Maduro protest CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government fired tear gas and rubber bullets at some of the thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who poured into the streets of Caracas Saturday amid a weeklong protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam. The demonstrations in the capital and several other cities came a day after Maduro's go... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:53:00 GMT 2017-04-09T00:53:00Z Venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government has barred opposition leader Henrique Capriles — twice a major presidential candidate — from running for office for 15 years, a surprise move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement Capriles read from excerpts of the comptroller general's order at a rally Friday night in which he ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:36:00 GMT 2017-04-08T00:36:00Z