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Police Drag Venezuela Opposition Leaders From Their Homes

State security agents reportedly took two of Venezuela’s opposition leaders from their homes in the middle of the night Tuesday, in the aftermath of a widely condemned vote granting President Nicolàs Maduro nearly unlimited powers. A video appeared to show opposition leader and former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma being taken from his home while a…

Maduro Declares Election Victory As Opposition Calls For More Protests

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said that 8,089,320 people, or 41.53 percent of registered voters, participated in Sunday’s election for a new constitutional assembly with the power to rewrite the South American nation’s constitution. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro, who called the vote, declared victory, saying the balloting was “a vote for the revolution.” Opposition leader Henrique…

Venezuela’s Opposition Wins Congress [VIDEO]

Venezuela’s opposition party won the majority in parliamentary elections for the first time in 16 years. After Sunday voting, the Democratic Unity coalition secured 99 seats, compared with the Socialists’ 46 seats in the National Assembly, with some districts still needing to be counted. President Nicolas Maduro acknowledged the defeat, blaming the loss on an…

Oil-Rich Venezuela Rations Food

Despite its oil riches, Venezuela has joined the ranks of North Korea and Cuba in rationing food for its citizens. The government has rolled out a system using fingerprint scanners to limit purchases of basic goods. Before entering grocery stores, shoppers have to scan their fingerprints to make sure they don’t buy more than their…

Drug trafficking suspected on jet missing in Dominican Republic

U.S. Aeronautics security agencies in Miami determined that the plane reported missing after takeoff from Las Americas International Airport headed to Punta Cana changed course toward Venezuela, and to Honduras from there. Although information is still sketchy the aircraft is suspected of heading towards Venezuela to pick up drugs, fly to Honduras and then Mexico,…

Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel the US news network CNN from the country over its reporting of recent protests there. Mr Maduro said he would take action if CNN did not “rectify its coverage”. Earlier, Mr Maduro said he was sending troops to the western state of Tachira, where there has been…

$270 Million Worth Of Cocaine Found On Air France Flight

There was something odd about the 30 suitcases that showed up on a flight from Venezuela. The colorful bags weren’t registered to any of the passengers on the plane. When French officials them up, they discovered why — 1.3 tons of pure cocaine were stuffed inside the anonymous bags. The street value of the stash?…

Fistfight Breaks Out at Venezuelan Parliament – VIDEO

Oh Hugo Chávez, how things have fallen apart without you. Venezuela’s Parliament session got heated on Tuesday, with literal fistfights breaking out, leaving at least seven legislators bruised and bloodied. The fighting stems from the opposition party’s refusal to acknowledge President Nicolás Maduro—Chávez’s hand-picked successor—as the winner of the April 14 election. “They can beat…

Venezuela’s Capriles demands recount of votes – Opposition leader refuses to recognise election victory of Nicolas Maduro

UPDATE: Venezuela’s Capriles demands recount of votes Opposition leader refuses to recognise election victory of Nicolas Maduro in tighter-than-expected presidential poll. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has refused to accept ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro’s narrow election victory and demanded a recount. “Today’s loser is you,” he told a news conference on Monday, referring to…

Hugo Chavez ‘Back In Venezuela’ After Cuba Cancer Care

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has returned to the country after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba. In three messages posted on Twitter, Mr Chavez, 58, thanked Cuban President and ex-leader Raul and Fidel Castro. He also thanked Venezuelans for their support and said he would continue treatment in his home country. Source: BBC…