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Venezuela struggles to attract tourists

Boasting the highest waterfall in the world, nearly deserted Caribbean islands and dense jungles with ocean views, Venezuela has everything a tourist could want — except the tourists are not coming. In a country where explorer Christopher Columbus once believed he had found heaven on earth, officials are struggling to…

South American leaders to discuss U.S. spying

Leaders of a South American trade bloc that includes Brazil and Venezuela meet Friday for a summit that will focus on allegations of US spying that have outraged US allies and rivals alike. The group of Mercosur nations, which also includes Argentina and Uruguay, was due to discuss the possibility…

Edward Snowden has not replied to asylum offer: Venezuela

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has yet to reply to Venezuela’s offer of asylum, Venezuelan foreign Minister Elias Jaua told AFP on Thursday. “Not yet,” Jaua said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc in Montevideo when asked if Caracas had received a response to the…

Russian official: Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks, has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker said on Tuesday. “As was expected, Snowden agreed to (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro’s offer of political asylum,”…

U.S. pressure helps Snowden make his case for asylum: experts

As Venezuela and Nicaragua offer lifeline to whistleblower, experts say US actions are strengthening his case for safe haven Attempts by the US to close down intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden’s asylum options are strengthening his case to seek a safe harbour outside of Russia, legal experts claim. Snowden, who is…

Venezuelan president still waiting for recognition from U.S.

Venezuela's Maduro still waiting on Washington's recognition (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, gestures at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday. More than a month after Venezuela’s presidential election, Maduro’s narrow victory has yet to be recognized by the United States.(Ariana Cubillos/AP)…

Venezuela releases first photos of Chavez in hospital

Venezuela on Friday released the first photos of President Hugo Chavez since he underwent his fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana back in December. The shots gave Venezuelans living in a state of limbo without their once media-happy and larger than life commandante a first glimpse of him as…

Chavez faces more cancer treatment before Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez said he will needradiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela’s October presidential poll, though he insisted there was no metastasis after the removal of another tumor. “I will live! I will overcome!” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in a televised meeting with some cabinet colleagues from Cuba,…

Venezuela’s Chavez faces challenge as opposition votes

Venezuelan opposition parties are holding their first primary on Sunday to pick a unity candidate to battle ailing President Hugo Chavez, in power for more than a decade, in an October vote. Five candidates are running in the opposition contest with the favorite Henrique Capriles, 39, the energetic governor of…

Venezuela’s Chavez: did U.S. give Latin American leaders cancer?

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speculated on Wednesday that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease. It was a typically controversial statement by Venezuela’s socialist leader, who underwent…

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