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Venezuela releases former Citgo executives on house arrest- source

Reuters
Venezuela has released a group of former executives of U.S.-based refining company Citgo on house arrest, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday, three years after they were arrested on corruption charges. The officials were detained in November 2017 after being called into a meeting at the Caracas......

Jorge Velandia Brings Venezuela to the Front Office

New York Times
James Wagner CLEARWATER, Fla. — Baseball is the national sport of Venezuela. The country has sent 428 players to the major leagues — a number topped only by the United States (over 17,000) and the Dominican Republic (794), according to the website Baseball-Reference. Some of the sport’s biggest stars over......

Armed Groups Step Into Venezuela as Lawlessness Grows

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here GUARERO, Venezuela — They bring drinking water to residents in the arid scrublands, teach farming workshops and offer medical checkups. They mediate land disputes, fine cattle rustlers, settle divorces, investigate crimes and punish thieves. They’re not police officers,......

Venezuela makes second COVAX payment for vaccines as UN official visits

Reuters
Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) walks with healthcare workers and fellow opposition politicians during a protest to demand that all people get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Caracas, Venezuela April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/File Photo Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday the government has made......

Exclusive: U.S. investigations into cartels paralyzed by standoff with Mexico

Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. efforts to battle powerful drug cartels from inside Mexico have ground to a halt since January as strained relations between the two countries have frozen attempts to corral drug kingpins, according to current and former senior officials in both nations. Until recently, U.S. and Mexican authorities......

Venezuela accuses Facebook of ‘digital totalitarianism’ for suspending Maduro

Reuters
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government on Sunday accused Facebook Inc of “digital totalitarianism” after it froze President Nicolas Maduro’s page for 30 days for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Facebook told Reuters this weekend it had also taken down a video in which Maduro promoted Carvativir, a Venezuelan-made......

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he tested positive for COVID-19

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido attends a session of Venezuela’s National Assembly at a public park in Caracas, Venezuela December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and has mild symptoms. Guaido said......

Exclusive: Facebook freezes Venezuela president Maduro’s page over COVID-19 misinformation

Reuters
CARACAS (Reuters) – Facebook has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19 by promoting a remedy he claims, without evidence, can cure the disease, a company spokesman said on Saturday. Maduro in January described Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, as a......

Venezuela gas pipeline tract explodes; oil minister blames attack

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The corporate logo of the state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello CARACAS (Reuters) – A tract of a gas pipeline in eastern Venezuela suffered an explosion on Saturday afternoon, according to a report from state oil......

Cape Verde Supreme Court rules on extradition of Maduro envoy

Reuters
PRAIA (Reuters) – Cape Verde’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow the extradition to the United States of Alex Saab, a businessman close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro – a decision his lawyers vowed to appeal. The ruling defies an order this week from a regional West African court......

U.S. report says Russia, not China, tried to influence 2020 election

Reuters
By Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s government tried to seed the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign with “misleading or unsubstantiated allegations” against then-candidate Joe Biden through allies of former President Trump and his administration, U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The assessment was made in a 15-page report......

New CDC Guidelines, Venezuela Temporary Protected Status, Opioid Settlements : Up First

NPR
NPR The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued new guidelines for vaccinated Americans. The Biden administration extends Temporary Protected Status to Venezuela. And, drug companies who owe billions in settlement money for their role in the opioid crisis plan to use tax breaks to offset their losses. NPR......

Biden grants temporary protected status to Venezuelans in U.S. who fled country’s turmoil

Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration is granting temporary protected status to Venezuelan migrants living in the United States and is also working to coordinate international pressure against President Nicolas Maduro to hold free and fair elections, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. The decision, which could aid an estimated......

Biden to offer temporary legal status to thousands of Venezuelan immigrants living in U.S.

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The Biden administration plans to announce Monday that it will offer deportation relief and work permits to thousands of Venezuelan immigrants living in the U.S., citing the political and economic turmoil in the South American country, four congressional officials......

S. American WC qualifiers halted for COVID fears

ESPN
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has suspended March’s doubleheader of World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022 amid concern over the COVID-19 pandemic and strict quarantine restrictions. “The CONMEBOL Council decided to suspend the double date of the Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 scheduled for March,” a statement from CONMEBOL said......

Nationalism on natural resources is surging, and could spell danger for commodities

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Kolwezi, DRC – The sun sets on one of the open pit copper mines at Mutanda Mining Sarl on July 6, 2016 in Kolwezi, DRC. Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images Countries rich in natural resources have become increasingly protectionist over the past......

‘Es como un hueco sin salida’: la escasez de los anticonceptivos afecta a las mujeres en Venezuela

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here No todos los abortos con misoprostol son dolorosos ni riesgosos. Los médicos recomiendan que las mujeres lo tomen junto con otro fármaco, mifepristona, que prepara el cuerpo para el proceso y hace que el procedimiento sea más fácil.......

Venezuela’s largest impoverished district marks 400th anniversary with kite festival

Reuters
CARACAS (Reuters) – In Venezuela’s sprawling impoverished Petare neighborhood on the east end of Caracas, dozens of children and residents flew kites to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of what was once a small village outside the capital. Petare was founded in 1621 by Spanish settlers who took......

U.N. envoy urges U.S. to relax Venezuela sanctions, drawing opposition rebuke

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A person plays the double bass ahead of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s delivery of his annual state of the nation speech during a special session of the National Constituent Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File Photo CARACAS (Reuters) – A U.N. envoy on Friday said......

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