US Congress approves fresh sanctions on Venezuela

The US Congress gave its final approval Wednesday to new sanctions against Venezuelan officials accused of violating the human rights of anti-government protestors this year.

Cuba outraged over 'Ernesto,' 'Hugo' perfumes

Cuba today denounced a state-run company for using the "sacred" names of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and legendary Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara for new fragrances.

Venezuelan cartoonist fired after sketch slamming health care

A top Venezuelan newspaper cartoonist said Wednesday he was fired over a sketch depicting Hugo Chavez`s signature melting into a flat-line electrocardiography in a jab at the decrepit national health care system.

Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Venezuelan Socialist Party swaps God for Chavez in new prayer

A member of Venezuela`s Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian "Lord`s Prayer" to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism. 

Maradona says could be next coach of Venezuela

Argentine great Diego Maradona has said he could be the next coach of Venezuela, the only South American country that has never made it to the World Cup.

Emblematic Venezuelan prisoner begins hunger strike for freedom

An imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela`s government and opposition went on a hunger strike on Tuesday, demanding he be released due to frail health.

Venezuela death toll rises to 39 amid new protests

The death toll from several weeks of protests that have paralysed Venezuela rose to 39 on Saturday after two more people died in separate incidents, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said.

Fidel, Chavez moment after failed 2002 coup captured

Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez shared their amazement and joy upon the triumphal return to power of the late Venezuelan leader after a brief coup in 2002, an exchange vividly captured in a transcript released on Friday.

Venezuela says death toll from protests rises to 28

Venezuela`s state prosecutor said the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation`s top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.

Venezuela`s Chavez remembered with pomp and protests

Followers of Venezuela`s late socialist leader Hugo Chavez flooded the streets on Wednesday for the anniversary of his death, an emotional but welcome distraction for his successor from violent protests that have been raging for a month.

Venezuela marks year without Chavez amid protests

Venezuela marks Wednesday one year since Hugo Chavez died, with his successor leading ceremonies for the "eternal comandante" whose socialist revolution is now facing persistent opposition protests.

Pope appeals for reconciliation in Venezuela

Pope Francis appealed for reconciliation in Venezuela to end three weeks of deadly anti-government protests in the oil-rich but deeply divided country.

Venezuela frees some student protesters, unrest continues

Venezuelan authorities freed 25 student protesters on Friday pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this week`s deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.

Venezuelan president promotes military rebels

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is promoting several military officers who participated in a failed 1992 rebellion led by the late leader Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela blacked out by huge power cut

Caracas and other cities in Venezuela plunged into darkness as a power cut hit just as the President was speaking on TV and radio, with local elections five days away.

Venezuela to have ‘ministry of happiness’: President

It may sound bizarre to many, but Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday announced to create Deputy Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness in the country.

Venezuela`s Maduro to seek decree powers in graft

Venezuela`s President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday he will ask for decree powers last used by his predecessor Hugo Chavez to ramp up a fight against corruption that has begun to cost him politically with supporters.

Top Venezuelan court rejects opposition`s vote appeal

Venezuela`s top court has rejected opposition leader Henrique Capriles` appeal following the contested presidential vote.

Maduro compares Chavez to Christ

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro compared Hugo Chavez to Christ and said that the late president, just like Jesus, "came to protect those who had nothing", in a tribute to the fallen leader on the fifth death anniversary.