Tibisay Lucena, President of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE). (Image: Agencia de Notícias ANDES, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Venezuela’s electoral council on Monday set a date of Dec. 6 for legislative elections, fulfilling a long-held demand of the political opposition, which is currently polling favorably against the incumbent socialist party. Tibisay Lucena, the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE), said the decision was not made due to pressure from…

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. (Image: A. Davey, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Eight Brazilian senators had the bus in which they traveling pelted with stones as they traveled from the Caracas airport in Venezuela to visit a jailed opposition leader. The senators were forced to flee and Brazil’s foreign ministry is seeking an explanation from Venezuela’s government. The senators were planning to visit Leopoldo…

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Top Story — Representatives from the United States and Venezuela reportedly met on Saturday while visiting Haiti, a possible sign that the two governments are seeking to redress long-standing tension. U.S. diplomat John Shannon, an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, spoke with Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly. Cabello, widely considered…

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Top Story — U.S. authorities are investigating several top Venezuelan officials for drug trafficking, according to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, which sides with prior accounts linking a top Venezuelan lawmaker to the narcotics trade. Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is reportedly a main target of the investigation…

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Top Story — Eight Venezuelan military officers have been imprisoned after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the government, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López announced Wednesday. The group of mostly air force officers were convicted of, among other charges, plotting to hijack a military jet in order to bomb the presidential palace and kill President…

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Top Story — Top Latin American officials threw their support behind Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, denouncing the March 9 sanctions imposed by the United States on seven of the country’s officials. Cuban President Raúl Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales were among the Latin American leaders to convene in Caracas for an emergency…

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Top Story — President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday implementing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, freezing their U.S. assets and banning them from entering the United States, or doing business with U.S. citizens. The seven officials named in the executive order stand accused of human rights violations and anti-democratic actions, in particular…

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The Venezuelan government has given the United States two weeks to cut the number of U.S. diplomats in the country from 100 to 17, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on Monday. The order follows a speech by President Nicolás Maduro’s on Saturday, in which he declared that several U.S. politicians — including former President…

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Top Story — Venezuelan police fatally shot a student during demonstrations on Tuesday in the city of San Cristóbal, sparking intensified protests in the city and calls for a new anti-government rally, The Associated Press reported. The shooting, which members of the ruling socialist government including President Nicolás Maduro quickly painted as an unfortunate accident,…

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Top Story — Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested Caracas mayor and opposition figure Antonio Ledezma on Thursday, after officials accused him of plotting a coup against the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Ledezma’s arrest follows declarations made in recent days by Maduro that a group of air force officers were colluding with the local opposition and…