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BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal


LONDON British American Tobacco has offered to buy out U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc in a $47 billion (38.46 billion pounds) takeover that would create the world's biggest listed tobacco company with brands including Newport, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. | Video


Venezuela on edge after anti-Maduro referendum blocked 21 Oct 2016

CARACAS Opposition leaders vowed peaceful protests on Friday and accused President Nicolas Maduro's government of crossing the line into dictatorship after the failure of their push to remove the socialist leader.


Venezuela electoral body suspends referendum drive, opposition fumes 21 Oct 2016

CARACAS Venezuela's electoral authority on Thursday suspended the next phase of a recall referendum against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, sparking outcry from the opposition who accused the Socialist government of dictatorial tactics.

Venezuela electoral council suspends recall drive against Maduro 21 Oct 2016

CARACAS Venezuela's electoral council on Thursday night said it was suspending a recall referendum drive against leftist president Nicolas Maduro due to court decisions.

Venezuela political dialogue difficult but must be pursued - Church 20 Oct 2016

CARACAS Dialogue between Venezuela's feuding leftist government and the opposition will be a slow and difficult process but it must not be abandoned, the country's newly-named Roman Catholic Cardinal Baltazar Porras said on Thursday.


Colombian drug trafficker 'Valenciano' gets 20 years in U.S. prison 19 Oct 2016

NEW YORK A Colombian drug trafficker who the U.S. government says was the ringleader of an extensive network that shipped thousands of kilograms of cocaine to the United States was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in prison.


Venezuela delays state elections to 2017, opposition angry 19 Oct 2016

CARACAS Elections for Venezuela's state governorships will be held in 2017 rather than December as expected, the election board said on Tuesday, giving the unpopular socialist government more breathing space before going to the polls.


Prison clashes in Brazil kill 18 - media 17 Oct 2016

SAO PAULO Prison clashes between rival gangs killed at least 18 inmates in two penitentiaries in remote parts of northern and western Brazil, including six men who were decapitated and their bodies set on fire, local media reported on Monday.

Russia's Rosneft says it will use Venezuelan crude to supply Vadinar refinery 15 Oct 2016

MOSCOW Russian oil major Rosneft said on Saturday it would use Venezuelan crude to supply India's Vadinar refinery after acquiring the plant from Essar Oil .


Venezuela's Maduro signs 2017 budget, bypassed Congress cries foul 15 Oct 2016

CARACAS President Nicolas Maduro on Friday signed off on Venezuela's 2017 budget, drawing fire from the opposition-led National Assembly which accused the unpopular leftist leader of despotism for bypassing the legislature.

Venezuela 2012: more revolution?


Insight: Chavista militants may be wild card after election

CARACAS - Sitting in front of a mural of Jesus and the Virgin Mary armed with AK-47s, three red-shirted children are clutching assault rifles and copies of Venezuela's constitution.  Full Article