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Presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden

Presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden

Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela have offered political asylum to fugitive Edward Snowden.According to BBC News, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced his willingness to accept Snowden in a spee…

Hugo Chavez’s Funeral Set for Friday

Hugo Chavez’s Funeral Set for Friday

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuela says a state funeral for its late president, Hugo Chavez, will be held on Friday. The country’s foreign minister, Elias Jaua, declared seven days of mourning and ordered all schools closed u…

Venezuelan VP Says Chavez Undergoing Chemotherapy

Venezuelan VP Says Chavez Undergoing Chemotherapy

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Speaking after a Mass for President Hugo Chavez on Friday, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro shed some light on Chavez’ health.Maduro told reporters that Chavez is battling for his life, ac…

Hugo Chavez Returns to Venezuela. What Happens Next?

Hugo Chavez Returns to Venezuela. What Happens Next?

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hugo Chávez returned to Venezuela in the early hours of Monday morning, two months after heading to Cuba for cancer surgery. There are still no images of Chávez’s return. But according to governme…

Venezuela After Hugo Chavez: What’s Next?

Venezuela After Hugo Chavez: What’s Next?

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — As Venezuelans woke up Thursday morning, hours before Hugo Chavez was supposed to be sworn in for his third term as president, there was as much evidence that the father of the nation’s “Bolivarian Re…

Vittorio Missoni’s Son Says Plane Crash Scenario ‘Least Plausible’

Vittorio Missoni’s Son Says Plane Crash Scenario ‘Least Plausible’

Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — The son of Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni says a plane crash is the “least plausible” explanation for his father’s disappearance off the coast of Venezuela, hinting that he might have been ki…

Ailing President Chavez Will Not Attend Inauguration Thursday

Ailing President Chavez Will Not Attend Inauguration Thursday

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won’t be taking the oath for a fourth term in office on Thursday, his government officials have said.  The Venezuelan National Assembly approved the ailing president’s r…

Missing Fashion Mogul Vittorio Missoni Turned Family Business Into a Global Brand

Missing Fashion Mogul Vittorio Missoni Turned Family Business Into a Global Brand

(NEW YORK) — Rescuers searched by air and sea Sunday off the coast of Venezuela for the plane carrying Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, the man credited with turning his father’s fashion house into a global empire that includes hotels, ho…

Road to Post-Chávez Venezuela Still Nebulous

Road to Post-Chávez Venezuela Still Nebulous

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The road to a post-Chávez Venezuela became a little bit less hazy Saturday, after legislators re-elected Diosdado Cabello to the post of National Assembly president. Cabello is a long time Chávez …

Plane Carrying Missoni, Italian Fashion Boss, Reported Missing

Plane Carrying Missoni, Italian Fashion Boss, Reported Missing

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CARACAS,Venezuela) — Vittorio Missoni and his wife are reported missing, who were last seen on board a flight from the archipelago of Los Roques heading towards Maiquetia Airport in Caracas, according to the BBC.The ai…

Mystery Surrounds Condition of Hugo Chavez

Mystery Surrounds Condition of Hugo Chavez

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s anyone’s guess as to the exact condition of ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after he underwent surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11 for what his government described as a severe lung infection.According …

Venezuela Election Results: Hugo Chavez Declared Winner

Venezuela Election Results: Hugo Chavez Declared Winner

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — President Hugo Chávez has retained power in Venezuela after defeating opponent Henrique Capriles on Sunday by a comfortable victory of 900,000 votes.Chávez, the longest serving presi…

Hugo Chavez Faces Opposition Challenges Heading into Sunday Election

Hugo Chavez Faces Opposition Challenges Heading into Sunday Election

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuela’s charismatic leader Hugo Chavez may still be the favorite to win Sunday’s presidential election, but polls show that momentum has been building behind opposition candidate Henrique Caprile…

Vladimir Putin Gifts Hugo Chavez with Puppy

Vladimir Putin Gifts Hugo Chavez with Puppy

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying what you might call a bit of “pet diplomacy.” He sent a 3-month-old puppy to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a gift.  The black Russian terrier doesn’t have a n…

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — An explosion has halted production at Venezuela’s main oil refinery, one of the biggest in the world for two days. At least two dozen people were killed and fifty others injured.  The country’s energy minister said Ven…

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — An explosion has halted production at Venezuela’s main oil refinery, one of the biggest in the world for two days. At least two dozen people were killed and fifty others injured.  The country’s energy minister said Ven…

Venezuelan Intelligence Agency Detains Presidential Palace Employee

Venezuelan Intelligence Agency Detains Presidential Palace Employee

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A doctor who has worked for more than a decade for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s palace staff is being held by the country’s intelligence agency for allegedly leaking classified information, th…

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Calls Obama a ‘Clown’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Calls Obama a ‘Clown’

Mordovets/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez took aim at President Obama on Wednesday, calling him a “clown” and an “embarrassment,” and accusing the U.S. leader of turning the country into a “disaster.”The tira…

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