Category: Venezuela

Shootout Between Authorities and Militiamen Leaves Five Dead in Caracas

Top Story — A shootout between Venezuelan police and pro-government militia members in downtown Caracas left five dead and four injured. A high-profile militia leader anticipated his own death during […] Read More >

Venezuelan Lawmaker Stabbed to Death Under Mysterious Circumstances

Top Story — A Venezuelan lawmaker was stabbed to death on Wednesday night in what authorities said was a carefully planned slaying. Robert Serra, 27, of the ruling socialist party […] Read More >

Hugo Chavez Wins Venezuela Elections

Top Story —  Hugo Chávez won the presidential election on Sunday, defeating his opponent Henrique Capriles by over 1 million votes, with 54% of the vote. This will be Chávez’s third […] Read More >

Venezuela Election: Henrique Capriles Rally Draws Thousands

Top Story — Henrique Capriles, the Venezuelan opposition candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, led a rally that gathered as many as 260,000 supporters on Sunday. One week before the presidential election scheduled […] Read More >

Venezuela Prison Deaths On The Rise, Says Report

Top Story — The Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, a prisoners’ rights watchdog group, said that 304 inmates have been murdered in Venezuelan prison violence during the first half of 2012, a fifteen percent […] Read More >

Venezuela: Police Killing Of Chilean Diplomat’s Daughter Causes Outcry

Today in Latin America Top Story — Twelve Venezuelan police officers are being investigated in the Saturday shooting death of Karen Berendique, the nineteen year-old daughter of the Chilean consul in […] Read More >

Venezuela: 1,200 Visitors Held Hostage In Prison Released

Today in Latin America Top Story — Inmates in Venezuela’s Uribana Jail on Wednesday released approximately 1,200 hostages that they prevented from leaving on Sunday during visiting hours, an apparent attempt […] Read More >

Venezuela’s Capriles Ready to Challenge Hugo Chávez

Today in Latin America Top Story —  Venezuelan presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles was confident in his first press conference Monday after he won the Democratic Unity coalition’s nomination to oppose […] Read More >

Venezuela Sends National Guard To The Streets To Fight Crime

Today in Latin America Top Story — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has deployed thousands of troops to combat violent crime in Caracas and two neighboring states. On Thursday, Chávez ordered more than […] Read More >

Wilson Ramos Kidnapped In Venezuela

Today in Latin America Top Story — Venezuelan baseball player Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in the city of Valencia Wednesday by four armed men who took him […] Read More >