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UPDATE 3-Ecuador wins 'unprecedented' investor support for $17.4 bln debt restructuring

03 Aug 2020

Aug 3 Ecuador said on Monday it had won overwhelming investor support for a $17.4 billion foreign debt restructuring, hailing it as an economic turning point following years of economic stagnation and one of the region's worst coronavirus outbreaks.

Venezuela top court ousts leaders of opposition parties in run-up to congress vote

16 Jun 2020

CARACAS Venezuela's pro-government supreme court has ousted the leaders of two key opposition parties and put them in the hands of politicians widely accused of being shadow allies of the ruling Socialist Party, months ahead of legislative elections.

Detained American claims he plotted Maduro's capture in Venezuela TV statement

07 May 2020

CARACAS A former U.S. soldier captured in Venezuela said on Wednesday that he had been contracted by a Florida security firm to seize control of Caracas' airport and bring in a plane to fly President Nicolas Maduro to the United States. | Video

Venezuelan authorities detain U.S. citizens allegedly involved in incursion

06 May 2020

CARACAS Venezuelan authorities have detained two U.S. citizens working with a U.S. military veteran who has claimed responsibility for a failed armed incursion into the oil producing country, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday. | Video

From an empty church, Venezuela cardinal leads Instagram Easter Mass

13 Apr 2020

CARACAS Venezuelan Cardinal Baltazar Porras led Easter Mass on Sunday from an empty church, offering a sermon that was broadcast over Instagram to hundreds of people quarantined in their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic.  | Video

Venezuelan doctors languish in fuel lines amid coronavirus pandemic

07 Apr 2020

CARACAS Venezuela's acute fuel shortages are leaving medical professionals stuck in gas lines or struggling to reach their place of work just as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to overwhelm the crisis-stricken country's battered health system.

Venezuela's Guaido calls for emergency government to manage impact of coronavirus

30 Mar 2020

CARACAS Venezuela should form an emergency government made up of the opposition and some members of the ruling Socialist Party to receive foreign aid needed to confront the coronavirus outbreak, opposition leader Juan Guaido said in an interview on Sunday.

Overcrowded and unsanitary, Venezuela's prisons brace for coronavirus

18 Mar 2020

CARACAS The arrival of coronavirus in Venezuela is fueling concerns the disease could spread like a fast-moving fire through the country's notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary prisons.

Quarantine threatens to deepen Venezuelan crisis as roadblocks snarl food supplies

18 Mar 2020

CARACAS Roadblocks across Venezuela snarled the transportation of goods on Tuesday and businesses in the capital Caracas reported that food deliveries failed to arrive, in signs that a national coronavirus quarantine could worsen a humanitarian crisis.

Quarantine threatens to deepen Venezuelan crisis as roadblocks snarl food supplies

17 Mar 2020

CARACAS, March 17 Roadblocks across Venezuela snarled the transportation of goods on Tuesday and businesses in the capital Caracas reported that food deliveries failed to arrive, in signs that a national coronavirus quarantine could worsen a humanitarian crisis.

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