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Venezuela to Fingerprint Grocery Shoppers

Maduro says move will foil smugglers

(Newser) - Venezuelan grocery shoppers won't be able to buy food without a fingerprint scan under tough new anti-smuggling measures unveiled by President Nicolas Maduro. Subsidies and price controls keep food in Venezuela a lot cheaper than in neighboring countries and Maduro says the new biometric system will be an "... More »

'World's Tallest Slum' Evicted

45-story Venezuelan tower housed thousands of squatters

(Newser) - The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum yesterday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside a half-built skyscraper in Caracas known as the Tower of David. Soldiers and riot police stood by as dozens of residents boarded buses for their... More »

Venezuela Running Low ... on Coffins

Production down 20% to 30% in country with high murder rate

(Newser) - Now even in death, Venezuelans are afflicted by shortages. Coffin production has dropped between 20% and 30% this year for lack of materials, industry officials say, forcing funeral and burial delays and boosting coffin prices. In especially short supply is the metal leaf used in coffin-building, says Pedro Navarro, former... More »

Man Finds Lost Mom Living in Amazon Tribe

David Good seeks new life with mother in Venezuela

(Newser) - Imagine reconnecting with your long-lost mother—in a tribe that has no written language, electricity, or medicine. Or word for "love." That's what David Good experienced when he found his mother, Yarima, in the Yanomami tribe in Venezuela, the New York Post reports. He had long claimed... More »

US Expels 3 Venezuela Diplomats in Retaliation

Caracas did the same to three Americans last week

(Newser) - The State Department said today it has expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in response to last week's expulsion of three US consular officials from Caracas. Venezuelan envoys First Secretary Ignacio Luis Cajal Avalos, First Secretary Victor Manuel Pisani Azpurua, and Second Secretary Marcos Jose Garcia Figueredo, have 48 hours to... More »

Maduro Cries Coup as Venezuela Toll Hits 13

Maduro accuses opposition of plotting with US to oust him

(Newser) - Protesters trying to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have blocked main roads in Caracas with burning barricades to try and ban access to the capital, reports the BBC . At least 13 people have now been killed in the wave of opposition protests, and hardline demonstrators in the capital and... More »

Amid Protests, Venezuela Silences CNN Reporters

It revokes credentials of 4 in the country

(Newser) - Venezuela's government has revoked the press credentials of journalists from CNN after President Nicolas Maduro blasted the television network's coverage of political protests. The network said four of its journalists were notified by the Information Ministry that they are no longer allowed to report in the country. Maduro... More »

Venezuela Boots US Officials It Spied on for Months

Maduro claims they were conspiring with opposition

(Newser) - As violent protests rocked Venezuela for a fifth straight night yesterday, President Nicolás Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US officials who, he said, were conspiring with the opposition. Maduro's announcement came after the Obama administration publicly sided with opposition leader Leopoldo López, the AP reports. Maduro... More »

Venezuela Prez Blames Crime on ... Telenovelas

He swipes at one, featuring a murderous beauty queen, in particular

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has a rather unlikely new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime : telenovelas. He accuses the TV soap operas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns, and drugs; the UN ranks Venezuela's homicide rate as the fifth highest... More »

Murdered Ex-Miss Venezuela Had Been Attacked Before

Monica Spear was no stranger to violence, but refused to leave country she loved

(Newser) - A high-profile shooting in Venezuela continues to grab headlines, with the Monday night murder of well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela shining a light on the country's rampant violence—as the nation's leader tries to shift the focus. President Nicolas Maduro yesterday tried to paint Monica Spear'... More »

Former Miss Venezuela, Husband Killed in Robbery

Young daughter of Monica Spear is hospitalized

(Newser) - Venezuelan authorities say a well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela and her husband were shot and killed resisting a robbery after their car broke down. Monica Spear, 29, and Henry Thomas Berry, 49, were slain last night near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela's main port. Their 5-year-old daughter was in... More »

As Currency Falls, Venezuela Wages War on ... Bit.ly

Government turns to censorship to stop flight to dollar

(Newser) - The bolivar is in freefall. Panicked Venezuelans are rushing to buy dollars before their savings become worthless, which is only exacerbating the trend. Faced with this crisis, Nicolas Maduro's government has stepped up … and blocked Bit.ly? The popular link-shortening service has become collateral damage in the government'... More »

Miss Venezuela Now Miss Universe

Gabriela Isler, 25, is TV personality

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Venezuelan who appears on TV in her country and is an accomplished flamenco dancer is the new Miss Universe. Gabriela Isler was crowned in the pageant at a sprawling exhibition hall on Moscow's outskirts. In the excitement just after the announcement, the tiara fell off Isler's... More »

Venezuela Downs 2 Illegal Planes

Following passage of new airspace law

(Newser) - Venezuela has shot down a pair of planes that entered its airspace without authorization over the weekend, the country's military says; they were allegedly carrying smuggled drugs. The attacks mark the first time planes have been shot down following the approval of a bill this month allowing the move,... More »

'Yankees Go Home!': Venezuela Boots Top US Diplomat

Opposition leader says Maduro is just blowing smoke

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has announced the expulsion of the top US diplomat in Venezuela and two other embassy officials, alleging they conspired with "the extreme right" to sabotage the economy and power grid. The US Embassy rejected as unfounded the Venezuelan government's accusations of "a great psychological... More »

Inside 30 Suitcases on Plane: 1.3 Tons of Cocaine

Paris seizure made on Air France flight from Venezuela

(Newser) - There's a joke about "high flying" in here somewhere: Cops at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport have found 1.3 tons of pure cocaine on an Air France jet. The coke was packed inside 30 suitcases on a flight from Venezuela, and had a street value of about... More »

Venezuela's Newspapers Face Big Problem: No Paper

Some smell government conspiracy

(Newser) - Venezuela hasn't just run out of toilet paper —it's run out of other kinds of paper too, and that's a big problem for the country's newspaper industry. Five papers have already shut down, and more than half of the country's local papers will have... More »

70% of Venezuela Goes Dark

President Nicolas Maduro blames saboteurs

(Newser) - Activity in Venezuela effectively ground to a halt yesterday, as a blackout plunged 70% of the country into darkness just after noon. Parts of the capital, which the AP reports normally escapes such outages, were affected, rendering traffic lights dark and forcing companies to send thousands of workers home. The... More »

Gunmen Hit Venezuela Grad Party, Kill 8 'Without Mercy'

'They didn't leave anyone alive'

(Newser) - A college graduation party in Venezuela ended in tragedy after gunmen opened fire, killing eight people. Six of the dead were teenagers, officials say. The attackers "beat (victims) up inside the house and then executed them without mercy ... they didn't leave anyone alive," says a local of... More »

Venezuela, Nicaragua Say Snowden Is Welcome

Latin American nations willing to offer asylum

(Newser) - He wasn't on that plane to Bolivia , but Edward Snowden may yet end up in Latin America. Venezuela and Nicaragua said yesterday they'd be willing to grant asylum to the NSA leaker, reports the BBC . Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega was a little less expansive, saying his country would... More »

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