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Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new […]

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Oil hit two-month high on tighter U.S. market, Venezuela sanctions risk

Oil hit two-month high on tighter U.S. market, Venezuela sanctions risk

Singapore – Oil prices rose to their highest levels since May early on Monday as a dip in U.S. output tightened the market and the threat of sanctions against Venezuela kept traders on edge. Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading up 18 cents or 0.3 percent at $52.70 per […]

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Helicopter attacks Venezuela’s pro-Maduro Supreme Court

Helicopter attacks Venezuela’s pro-Maduro Supreme Court

A Venezuelan police helicopter attacked the Supreme Court on Tuesday, ratcheting up a political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro condemned as a “terrorist” attack. The 54-year-old socialist leader, who has faced three months of opposition protests as well as dissent from within government, said the helicopter shot at the judicial building and also threw […]

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Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

Valencia – A young man died Friday after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36. Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died after he was hit in the head by a […]

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Venezuela sends dissident ex-general Baduel back to jail

Venezuela sends dissident ex-general Baduel back to jail

President Nicolas Maduro’s government cast the re-arrest of Baduel, who was first jailed in 2009 for six years, as part of a sweep against violent coup plotters. But the opposition said the OPEC nation’s rulers were engaging in a wave of repression against political foes of Maduro, 54, the unpopular successor to Hugo Chavez. Opposition […]

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13 people missing after helicopter crashes in Venezuela

Caracas – A Venezuelan military helicopter crashed on Dec 30 as it was flying between Puerto Ayacucho and La Esmeralda in the state of Amazonas, the local governor confirmed Monday, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. In a telephone interview with Union Radio, Liborio Guarulla said “the helicopter is in La Esmeralda and it is […]

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Cavani at the double as Uruguay down Venezuela

Cavani at the double as Uruguay down Venezuela

Montevideo – Edinson Cavani maintained his superb start to the season with two goals as Uruguay extended their lead at the top of South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification tournament on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Venezuela. Cavani, who has been in sensational form for club and country, struck twice in the second half […]

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Messi to miss out on Venezuela qualifier

Messi to miss out on Venezuela qualifier

Buenos Aires – Argentina striker Lionel Messi will miss Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela with a groin problem, national team coach Edgardo Bauza said on Friday. “Unfortunately, he won’t be able to play. We can’t take any risks. We spoke with the doctor and it’s the sensible thing to do. It must […]

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Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat

Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat

Caracas – The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said late Sunday that her husband had received a death threat from prison guards. Lopez, one of leftist President Nicolas Maduro’s most hardline opponents, was arrested in February 2014 amid a wave of anti-government protests that swept Venezuela and left 43 people dead. He […]

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Messi record as Argentina thrash Venezuela

Messi record as Argentina thrash Venezuela

United States – Lionel Messi scored a record-equalling 54th international goal as Argentina outclassed Venezuela 4-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario here Saturday. The Barcelona superstar scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 60th minute at the Gillette Stadium to equal Gabriel Batistuta’s long-time Argentina international goalscoring […]