May 28, 2002 |
Venezuela will cooperate with Colombia's decision to grant asylum to a businessman who became president for a day during a failed coup, President Hugo Chavez said Monday. Chavez said he will grant safe passage to Pedro Carmona, adding that he expects the 60-year-old businessman to leave for Colombia "in the next hours." "I'm going to grant safe passage so he can leave Venezuela. We are obligated to do it," Chavez said during a speech to indigenous leaders.
September 16, 2007 |
Venezuelan officials said they had topped Mexico by setting a world record for the largest pot of soup -- a giant caldron prepared by the government. The huge stainless steel cooking pot, set up outdoors in downtown Caracas, contained about 3,960 gallons of sancocho stew, Food Minister Rafael Oropeza said. He said it included 6,600 pounds of chicken, 4,400 pounds of beef and tons of vegetables, and would be enough to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people.
January 30, 2003 |
Under intense pressure from President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's banks agreed Wednesday to abandon a 59-day-old opposition strike, delivering a new blow to the faltering drive to oust the controversial leader. The National Banking Council said its members will return to normal operating hours Monday. For two months, banks have been open just three hours a day. "I think it's great," said Juan Pardo, 50, as he stood in line to cash a check. Chavez pressured the banks to reopen.
March 9, 2003 |
Secret police swooped in on an anti-government demonstration Saturday in Caracas in a failed attempt to arrest a strike leader who had emerged from hiding to address the rally. The police fired shots into the air and launched tear gas canisters to disperse protesters, who smashed police vehicle windows, local television reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.
December 1, 2013 |
A U.S. State Department travel warning on Venezuela, issued Nov. 22, says "violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. " In a country of about 28.5 million, 21,629 people were slain, one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Kidnappings, the State Department notes, "are also a serious concern…. In 2013, 583 kidnappings were reported," adding that 80% of kidnappings aren't reported. The department warning adds that "all U.S. direct-hire personnel and their family members who are assigned to U.S. Embassy Caracas are required to take an armored vehicle when traveling to/from Maiquetía Airport.
February 10, 2012 |
When Deborah Borda, president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, talks about her orchestra's 10-day concert tour to Venezuela that begins Friday, she uses two pointed descriptive terms. One is "critical mass. " Another, delivered with a chuckle, is "insane. " She also might have added potentially "transformative" and, perhaps, "risky. " Borda calls the tour, a multi-pronged endeavor built around the L.A. Phil's performances of Gustav Mahler's nine finished symphonies, "the biggest thing we've done since we opened Walt Disney Concert Hall" in 2003.
April 11, 2007 |
Government officials announced that Venezuela would gain total control over the country's largest telecommunications firm, CA Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela, or CANTV, before June 4 by purchasing at least 70% of the shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
March 25, 2010 |
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia, and Caracas, Venezuela -- A Venezuelan judge on Wednesday ordered a former state governor and critic of President Hugo Chavez to remain in custody without bail while facing charges of conspiracy, incitement and spreading false information. The incorrect information, government prosecutors said, was an assertion by former Zulia state Gov. Oswaldo Alvarez Paz in a March 8 television program that Venezuela has become a drug-trafficking hub. "Venezuela has converted into a center of operations that facilitates the business of drug trafficking," Alvarez Paz said without directly accusing Chavez of being involved in illicit activity.
October 9, 2006 |
Venezuela said it would ship 350,000 barrels of heavy diesel oil to Nicaragua under an energy deal aimed at helping leftist front-runner Daniel Ortega win that nation's presidential election next month. The announcement came a day after Venezuela delivered 84,000 gallons of cut-rate diesel fuel to help Nicaragua ease its daily power blackouts. The energy agreement allows Nicaragua to buy Venezuelan fuel at 60% of the price and pay the outstanding 40% over 25 years at 1% interest.
March 6, 2007 |
Venezuela said it had reached a $250-million deal to compensate Total and BP for an oil field it seized from them in April, but said it would not make the compensation in cash. Speaking at the signing of the deal, Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez pegged the compensation slightly lower than the $262 million that a government official had given earlier.