Aruba holds suspect in US drug case over Venezuelan anger

An Aruban judge late Friday ruled that a Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested at US request on drug trafficking charges will remain in detention despite vehement protests from Caracas.

Former Venezuelan president Ramon Velasquez dies at 97

Ramon Velasquez, interim Venezuelan president from 1993 to 1994 and critic of the country`s former dictatorship, died Tuesday, an opposition party leader said. He was 97.

US House approves sanctions on Venezuela rights abusers

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to impose targeted sanctions on Venezuelan officials responsible for violent crackdowns on anti-government protests that have left at least 42 people dead.

Venezuela wants US to join `peace commission` to end unrest

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged Washington on Saturday to join a "high-level commission" to promote peace after more than a month of deadly anti-government demonstrations.

Venezuela state TV says political unrest claims sixth victim

Venezuelan state television said on Wednesday that a woman died after an ambulance taking her to hospital was blocked by opposition protesters in Caracas, bring to six the number of fatalities in a week of political unrest.

Venezuelan embassy in Kenya linked to drugs

A witness testifying in Kenya in the trial of a former diplomat charged with the murder of the acting Venezuelan ambassador says the embassy`s diplomatic bag was used to traffic drugs.

Venezuelan oppn leader challenges poll results

Venezuela`s opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski filed a lawsuit with the country`s Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging last month`s presidential vote.

Sachin Pilot to represent India at Chavez`s funeral

Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot will represent India at the state funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas Friday.

Chavez dismisses death rumours, says he`ll be back

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez scoffed at rumours that his health took a turn for the worse and said he plans to be back home on Thursday.

Chavez, Venezuelan church clash over freedoms

Prez Hugo Chavez and leaders of the Venezuelan Catholic Church are tangling like never before, angering parishioners who feel the president and his clerical detractors aren`t following Jesus Christ`s creed of brotherly love.

Venezuelan Prez threatens to nationalize banks

President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalize banks that violate regulations, saying he`ll do whatever is necessary to prevent irregularities amid a scandal that has prompted his govt to take over management of four banks.