Killings by security forces rife in Venezuela, rule of law “virtually absent” – UN

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 22 : Venezuelan security forces suspected of killing hundreds of demonstrators and alleged criminals enjoy immunity from prosecution, indicating that the rule of law is “virtually absent” in the country, the United Nations said on Friday. In a report, the U.N. human rights office called on the government to bring […]

Oil prices rise on Venezuela export concerns

By Christopher Johnson LONDON, June 6 : Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Venezuela raised the prospect of a halt to some crude exports, but gains were capped by reports that the U.S. government had asked Saudi Arabia and some other OPEC producers to increase output. Falling Venezuelan oil production helped push up global crude […]

Pence to visit Brazil, Ecuador to discuss Venezuela crisis

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Jun 5 : U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Brazil and Ecuador at the end of June in an effort to strengthen trade and security ties with countries grappling with growing numbers of refugees fleeing Venezuela’s economic crisis, his spokeswoman said on Monday. Pence had originally planned to travel […]

After re-election, Venezuela’s Maduro faces overseas condemnation

By Alexandra Ulmer and Vivian Sequera CARACAS, May 21 : Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro faced international condemnation on Monday after his re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce that cemented autocracy in the crisis-stricken oil-producing nation. Maduro, 55, hailed his win in Sunday’s vote as a victory against “imperialism,” but his main […]

Venezuela’s re-elected Maduro faces overseas censure

By Luc Cohen and Vivian Sequera CARACAS, May 21 : Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro faced fresh international censure on Monday after re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation. The 55-year-old successor to former president Hugo Chavez hailed his win as a victory against “imperialism,” but […]