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Animals Being Stolen From Venezuela Zoos —for Food

Country is in a hunger crisis

(Newser) - In a disturbing case out of Venezuela, authorities say animals have been stolen from a zoo—to be used as food. "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," a police official says, per the Guardian . The two collared peccaries that were... More »

Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

Maduro's Son Says Father Will 'Take' White House With Guns

Venezuela responds to Trump threat of military action

(Newser) - If the United States takes military action against the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Maduro's son says his country will "take" the White House with guns, Politico reports. Nicolas Maduro Guerra issued the warning yesterday in response to comments made by Donald Trump Friday that he would... More »

Trump Reveals One Option He's Been Mulling on Venezuela

'A military operation—a military option—is certainly something that we could pursue'

(Newser) - As many fret over the increasingly tense relationship between the US and North Korea, President Trump threw another country into the mix Friday: Venezuela. Speaking to reporters Friday from his New Jersey golf club, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and National... More »

US Met With Middle-Finger Salute Over Venezuela Vote

Feds pressure Maduro to call off vote that would rewrite constitution

(Newser) - Venezuela is a mess , and a vote scheduled for Sunday is poised to make things worse. President Nicolas Maduro aims to create a new lawmaking body called the Constituent Assembly that would essentially replace the current National Assembly (controlled by opponents) and rewrite Venezuela's constitution. Maduro says the vote... More »

US Mom Warns Son Is Suicidal After Year in Venezuelan Prison

Lawyers say Joshua Holt, new wife were framed by Venezuelan government

(Newser) - A year ago Friday, Utah man Joshua Holt and his new bride were arrested in their apartment in Caracas and imprisoned without charges or a hearing, NBC News reports. They're still waiting for either on what Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the Wall Street Journal is a "devastating anniversary.... More »

In Wake of Chopper 'Attack,' Questions, Intrigue

Ringleader Oscar Perez has vanished; many now think stunt was directed by Maduro

(Newser) - Authorities in Venezuela are hunting for the police commando who led Tuesday's daring helicopter attack on the capital that has left the country stumped. The Wall Street Journal reports that questions are flying after Oscar Perez, the wayward cop and part-time action movie star allegedly behind the plot, managed... More »

Helicopter Attacks Venezuela Supreme Court

Maduro calls it a 'terrorist attack'

(Newser) - In what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called a "terrorist attack" by people seeking to overthrow his government, a police helicopter attacked government buildings in Caracas on Tuesday with bullets and grenades. Officials say the stolen helicopter fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry before launching four grenades at the... More »

It Was a Symbol of Venezuelan Unrest. Now It, Too, Is Broken

Wuilly Arteaga says National Guard damaged his violin

(Newser) - Wuilly Arteaga has played his violin through weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela, his songs enduring even as he was forced to dodge tear gas canisters hurled in his direction. But on Wednesday, the music was silenced. Arteaga—often seen playing Venezuela's national anthem on the front lines—says... More »

It's Hell in Venezuela Right Now

Chaos and death dog the country

(Newser) - Five thousand. That's the number of man-portable air-defense systems—more conveniently known as MANPADS and able to down low-flying planes—Venezuela has obtained from Russia, according to a Reuters scoop published Monday. It's the largest stash of shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles in Latin America, and while US officials are... More »

Venezuelan Workers Just Got a Huge Raise

Lowest income workers promised a 60% wage increase amid charged protests

(Newser) - In response to explosive anti-government protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised Sunday to raise the minimum wage by 60%. His critics claim the pay hike, announced during Maduro's weekly televised address, is a political distraction amid protests that have left 29 dead in just about a month, reports NPR... More »

As Venezuela Seizes Plant, GM Calls Out 'Total Disregard'

General Motors says its plant, 'other assets' were illegally taken in Valencia

(Newser) - As demonstrators march across Venezuela to protest President Nicolas Maduro's administration, General Motors is dealing with its own problems in Valencia. The automaker said in a statement Wednesday that its plant there was illegally snatched by public officials and that "other assets," including vehicles, had been swiped... More »

He Works at Home Depot—When Not Messing With Venezuela

Gustavo Diaz once tried to overthrow Chavez; now he lives in Alabama

(Newser) - When he's not selling padlocks at Home Depot in Hoover, Ala., 60-year-old Gustavo Diaz is heading what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls an "economic war" against his country, laid out in full by the Wall Street Journal . Diaz's instrument: his DolarToday.com website, which Venezuela insists posts... More »

New Photos Show Endangered Amazon Tribe

Miners are getting too close to Yanomami, say activists

(Newser) - New photos have emerged of a tribe deep in the Amazon that shuns contact with the modern world, and the photos bring a mix of good and bad news. On the hopeful side, the aerial images show that the small Yanomami community near the border of Brazil and Venezuela seems... More »

Desperate Venezuelans Turn to Mines, Find Malaria

Disease makes a resurgence in dire times

(Newser) - More than a half-century ago, the World Health Organization recognized Venezuela as the first nation to wipe out malaria in its populated areas. It was even ahead of the US on that count. Today, though, the disease is making a ferocious comeback in the nation, even if the government fails... More »

As Venezuela Reels, Women Turn to Sterilization

With condoms and other methods in short supply, women have few choices

(Newser) - Add another problem to the catastrophe gripping Venezuela: women opting to sterilize themselves rather than bring a new life into the chaos. No government statistics on sterilization are available, but a social worker tells Reuters she sees up to five women a day who seek to undergo a tubal ligation.... More »

A Diary of Trying, Mostly Failing, to Find Food in Venezuela

A Bloomberg reporter charts her efforts over a month

(Newser) - Venezuela is in dire straits, and plenty of stories catalog how the nation's political crisis is setting off a humanitarian crisis as well. (Like so .) But for a more personal look, check out the diary kept by reporter Fabiola Zerpa at Bloomberg as she remains on a constant... More »

Family: Venezuela Cops Framed Son, New Bride

Weapons found in wife's apartment were planted: witness

(Newser) - Until June 30, Joshua Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleño, were living a fairy tale. The Mormons—Holt from Utah, Caleño from Venezuela—had fallen in love online before meeting in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. Holt then traveled to Venezuela on June 11 to marry Caleñ... More »

Things Are Getting Desperate in Venezuela

As hunger deepens, looting increases

(Newser) - A shortage of beer and Coke is the least of concerns in Venezuela, where residents are facing hunger, drought, power shortages, and the world's highest inflation rate at 480% amid a worsening economic crisis brought about by plummeting oil prices. The latest:
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First Venezuela Lost Its Beer, Now It's Losing Its Coke

Sugar shortage has forced Coca-Cola to halt production there

(Newser) - Forget about buying the world a Coke —Venezuela can't even buy itself one now. Barely a month after the country's main brewery stopped beer production due to Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis , Coca-Cola has announced that it's also halting production of sugary beverages there because of... More »

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