Ten Venezuelans arrested after cocaine found on plane

Ten Venezuelans have been arrested over a shipment of cocaine found in a plane that travelled from Caracas to the Dominican Republic, prosecutors said Thursday.

Gay police OK if they hide their homosexuality: Venezuela official

Gays should be allowed to serve as police officers, so long as they hide their sexual orientation, an official tasked with modernizing Venezuela`s law enforcement agency said in an interview.

Venezuela tells U.S. embassy in Caracas - Cut staff by 80 percent

Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. embassy in Caracas to reduce staff from 100 to 17 amid the worst diplomatic flare-up between the two ideological foes since socialist President Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2013.

Venezuela's ruling Socialists target another opposition leader

Socialist Party legislators called on Monday for a probe of another Venezuelan opposition leader accused of conspiring against President Nicolas Maduro, just days after the mayor of Caracas was arrested on similar charges.

Venezuelan mayor charged with plotting against government

 Venezuela`s attorney general`s office said Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, a prominent opposition leader, has been formally charged with conspiracy in connection with an alleged plot against President Nicolas Maduro`s leftist government.

Venezuelan opposition mayor arrested for coup attempt, conspiracy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that Caracas metropolitan mayor has been arrested for involvement in a thwarted coup attempt and of conspiring against the government.

Venezuelan soldiers, students face off at anti-Maduro rallies

Venezuelan troops blocked students during marches against President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as pro-government supporters also rallied on the anniversary of 2014 protests that led to 43 deaths.

Venezuela unveils new rules on use of deadly force at demos

Venezuelan soldiers overseeing demonstrations can open fire if they feel their lives are at risk, says a new regulation published a year after anti-government riots left 43 people dead.

Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition

Venezuela, which has accused a pair of Latin American ex-presidents of trying to spark a coup, on Sunday denied them permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Thousands march in Venezuela over economic crisis, shortages

Demonstrators against Venezuela`s economic crisis -- facing sky-high inflation and shortages of food and consumer goods -- took to the streets in their thousands Saturday, banging pots and demanding an end to President Nicolas Maduro`s term.

Venezuela blasts `interventionist` EU resolution

Venezuela has reacted angrily to a European Parliament resolution accusing the Latin American nation of persecuting the opposition, saying Europe is trying to divert attention from its own financial woes.

Venezuela bus crash kills at least 8, injures 13

A water truck collided with a bus on a busy provincial Venezuelan highway, killing at least eight people and injuring 13, according to the country's fire chief.

''Pregnant'' schoolgirl display shocks Venezuelans

A display showing mannequins of pregnant schoolgirls at a Caracas mall is shocking shoppers and stirring debate over sex education in Venezuela.

Venezuela seals border with Colombia to fight smuggling

Venezuela closed its border with Colombia Monday night to crack down on smuggling of cut-rate gasoline and other products and stanch huge losses for the Caracas government.

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.

Temporary blackout hits Venezuela, including parts of capital

A power outage hit a wide area of eastern Caracas and several cities in the interior of Venezuela for at least two hours Friday.

Venezuela sees protests down to hard core, over by July

Venezuela`s three-month protest movement has dwindled to a hard core of a few hundred violent troublemakers and the unrest should be snuffed out by July, a top security official said.

UN slams excessive use of force against Venezuela protestors

The UN has criticised the excessive use of force by the Venezuelan government to break up peaceful protests in Caracas.

Venezuela, Panama to relaunch diplomatic ties

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Panamanian president-elect Juan Carlos Varela have pledged to waste no time in normalising relations and relaunching diplomatic, economic and trade ties cut off two months ago, Venezuela`s foreign ministry said Monday.

Scores of Venezuelans march against government

Scores of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are marching in Caracas, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests.