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Venezuela’s Maduro Calls U.S. VP Pence A ‘Poisonous Viper’

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CARACAS- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday called U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a “viper” and vowed to defeat what he called Washington’s attempts to force him from power. Pence, who arrived in Ecuador on Wednesday as part of a tour of South America, is seeking to boost regional pressure on Venezuela following Maduro’s reelection…

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Venezuela Expels U.S. Envoys In Response To Sanctions

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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. The United States, European Union and most major Latin American nations have all said…

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68 Killed In Venezuelan Police Station Riot & Fire

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VALENCIA, Venezuela – Rioting and a fire in the cells of a Venezuelan police station in the central city of Valencia killed 68 people on Wednesday, according to the government and witnesses. Families hoping for news outside the police station were dispersed with tear gas and authorities did not give information until late into the…

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Both Govt, Opposition In Venezuela Prepare For Controversial Elections

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  CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that his country is in a “decisive week” for peace, ahead of elections for a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on the weekend. “We are in a decisive week so that Venezuela definitely takes the path of peace,” said Maduro in a public address in Caracas. According…

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Venezuela Sees Both Sides Contest Legitimacy Of Each Other’s Polls

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  CARACAS – Venezuela saw its feuding political factions — the government and the opposition — both prepare their own polls on Sunday to challenge the legitimacy of each other’s survey of public opinions on the creation of a National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Specifically, the government was holding a simulation of the July 30 vote…

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Venezuela: President Maduro Extends Money Swap Deadline

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Hundreds of people queued on the bridge between Cucuta in Colombia and San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela when the border was reopened, 20 Dec 16 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has again extended the deadline to withdraw from circulation the country’s most common currency note. The deadline had been set for 2 January but will…

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Venezuela’s President Maduro Tries To Calm Nerves

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says his abrupt decision to scrap the country’s most-used banknote has allowed the country to triumph over its enemies. He said taking millions of 100-bolivar notes out of circulation had smashed the black market. The withdrawal prompted protests and looting in several states as the supply of ready cash rapidly ran…

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U.S. Arrest Members Of Venezuelan President’s Family

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U.S. federal agents have detained two members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s family in Haiti, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration source who participated in the arrest. The two men, identified as Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores Freites, were arrested Tuesday night in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince as they were preparing to…

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