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'get your pig hands out of here'


caracas, venezuela (ap) — venezuelan president nicolas maduro delivered his most scathing critique of u.s. president donald trump yet friday, telling him to stop intervening and “get your pig hands out of here.”venezuela’s president nicolas maduro at the national electoral council . my 7, 2017. (ap photo/ariana cubillos, file) speaking before a crowd of supporters, a fired-up maduro accused trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist government’s sovereignty.“go home, donald trump!” he said in heavily accented english.the remarks come a day after the trump administration slapped sanctions against eight members of venezuela’s supreme court, accusing them of damaging the nation’s democracy. a ruling by the court in late march stripping the opposition-controll






is it the end of socialism in venezuela? | venezuela


venezuela's capital, caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations over the past week, some of which became violent.protesters say president nicolas maduro is inching towards tyranny, and they want him to resign.but maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreigners to destabilise the country - an accusation he has made many times before.if he does not go, what happens next?presenter: laura kyleguests: vanessa neumann - founder and ceo of the political risk consulting firm asymmetricaanatoly kurmanaev - venezuela reporter for the wall street journaldiego arria - former venezuelan ambassador to the united nationssource: al jazeera news






is the oas playing into maduro's hands? | venezuela


venezuelan president nicolas maduro has accused the united states of being behind destabilisation efforts to overthrow his government, saying its "imperialist hand" was behind the protests currently rocking the nation.but is it? when organization of american states (oas) secretary general luis almagro was asked if he’d be willing to condemn us meddling, almagro said it was unnecessary."today, i don't see this interference," says almagro.for more from this interview, click here.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news






venezuela’s government scraps ruling to dissolve congress


caracas, venezuela—venezuela’s supreme court on saturday scrapped parts of a ruling that had dissolved the national assembly, but the move was unlikely to quell concerns over president nicolás maduro’s slide toward authoritarian rule.court magistrates, who are close allies of mr. maduro, said they reinstated powers that they had taken from the opposition-controlled assembly and returned the immunity from investigation granted to...






venezuela antigovernment protests turn deadly


caracas, venezuela—clashes across venezuela turned deadly wednesday as the opposition took to the streets for what it called “the mother of all marches” to force president nicolás maduro to hold elections.the opposition said the march is the culmination of nearly three weeks of political unrest that has posed the biggest challenge to mr. maduro since a wave of antigovernment protests in 2014 that left 43 people dead. the government...






venezuela asks the un to help boost supply of medicines


image copyrightreutersimage caption the opposition says mr maduro's mismanagement is to blame for the economic crisis. venezuela's president nicolas maduro has asked for help from the united nations to boost supplies of medicine. mr maduro said the un had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the country. venezuela's medical federation said recently that hospitals had less than 5% of the medicines they needed.the president blames the problems on an economic war against his government and the sharp fall in oil prices.``i've asked for support from the united nations to help treat the economic and social injuries that have hit our people,'' he said friday on television. the opposition says mr maduro's mismanagement is to blame for the country's worsening economic






venezuela asks the un to help boost supply of medicines


image copyrightreutersimage caption the opposition says mr maduro's mismanagement is to blame for the economic crisis. venezuela's president nicolas maduro has asked for help from the united nations to boost supplies of medicine. mr maduro said the un had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the country. venezuela's medical federation said recently that hospitals had less than 5% of the medicines they needed.the president blames the problems on an economic war against his government and the sharp fall in oil prices.``i've asked for support from the united nations to help treat the economic and social injuries that have hit our people,'' he said friday on television. the opposition says mr maduro's mismanagement is to blame for the country's worsening economic






venezuela asks the un to help boost supply of medicines


image copyrightreutersimage caption the opposition says mr maduro's mismanagement is to blame for the economic crisis. venezuela's president nicolas maduro has asked for help from the united nations to boost the country's supplies of medicines. mr maduro said the un had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the country. venezuela's medical federation said recently that hospitals had less than 5% of the medicines they needed.the president blames the problems on an economic war against his government and the sharp fall in oil prices.``i've asked for support from the united nations to help treat the economic and social injuries that have hit our people,'' he said friday on television. the opposition says mr maduro's mismanagement is to blame for the country's wors






venezuela to begin process to withdraw from organization of american states


caracas, venezuela—venezuela said it would begin a two-year process to pull out of the world’s oldest regional diplomatic body, in a move that is likely to heighten tensions with its neighbors over president nicolás maduro’s authoritarian rule.foreign minister delcy rodriguez said wednesday that mr. maduro ordered the withdrawal from the organization of american states after 19 of the group’s 34 members agreed on a resolution to...






will people power force change in venezuela? | venezuela


with the world's highest inflation rate, food shortages and a month of deadly riots, support for venezuela's president nicolas maduro appears to be running out.is it the end of the socialist revolution started by late president hugo chavez?and can the opposition stop maduro's proposal to rewrite the constitution?presenter: kamahl santamariaguests:maria corina machado - national coordinator for the vente venezuela opposition partycharles shapiro - former us ambassador to venezuelaphil gunson - senior analyst covering the andes region at the international crisis groupsource: al jazeera news






venezuela supreme court assumes congress role | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on thurs






nicolas maduro accused of 'coup' after court ruling | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say it is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on th






venezuela supreme court assumes congress role | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on thurs






nicolas maduro accused of 'coup' over congress powers | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legislative powers, in a move condemned by opposition parties as an attempt to install a dictatorship.the court, which has consistently sided with president nicolas maduro's administration, said late on wednesday that as long as the congress remains in "contempt" of past court rulings "congressional functions will be exercised by this chamber or another chosen organ".maduro extends economic emergencythe dispute centres on three legislators banned over vote fraud accusations.maduro critics say it is an excuse for the government to muzzle opposition during a mounting economic crisis in the oil-rich country.the democratic unity organisation, an opposition bloc, criticised the supreme court's decision on th






venezuela's maduro seeks to expand armed civilian militias


caracas, venezuela — president nicolas maduro is looking to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked nation continue to rise.maduro on monday said that he hopes the number of militia members will reach 500,000 compared to 100,000 currently. he said each new member would be equipped with a gun.the bolivarian militias were created by the late hugo chavez with the goal of training 1 million civilians to assist the armed forces in the defense of his socialist revolution from external and domestic attacks.maduro's comments on the anniversary of the militia's creation come as opponents gear up for a big demonstration wednesday in which they are seeking to force elections.






the latest: venezuela notifies oas of intention to leave


caracas, venezuela — the latest on xxxxxxx (all times local):7:40 p.m.venezuela has formally notified the organization of american states of its intention to leave the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics of embattled president nicolas maduro.interim ambassador carmen velasquez submitted a letter on friday declaring the move to oas secretary general luis almagro in washington.the decision comes after a contentious meeting at the group's headquarters in which its permanent council voted in favor of holding a special session to evaluate venezuela's crisis, adding to mounting international pressure for maduro to schedule delayed elections and free detained political activists.tension have been steadily rising between venezuela and a group of oas members that include






venezuela's maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments


caracas, venezuela — venezuelan president nicolas maduro called on sunday for an investigation against a leading opposition politician for falsely suggesting the government was carrying out a syria-like chemical attack against protesters.caracas-area mayor david smolansky on saturday denounced the presence of a previously unseen red gas used to scatter thousands of protesters who in recent days have taken to the streets against maduro.the type and composition of the gas or smoke is unclear. but some protesters said on social media that its usage amid volleys of tear gas produced nausea and vomiting, while government supporters said it was similar to crowd-control flares used in spain.at the height of saturday's crackdown by police, smolansky took to twitter to accuse maduro of "beginning t






venezuela's maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests


caracas, venezuela — venezuelan president nicolas maduro is hiking salaries and handing out free homes as he tries to counter a strengthening protest movement calling for his removal.maduro said on his sunday tv show that the minimum wage will rise 60 percent starting may 1. workers will earn at least 200,000 bolivars per month including food subsidies, or less than $50 at the black market exchange rate.it's the third wage increase this year as triple-digit inflation erodes workers' savings.the president also watched as authorities in several states handed over the keys to hundreds of new apartments.nearly 30 people have died in april from violence related to protests demanding the departure of maduro, who critics say has violated democratic norms. maduro accused his opponents of conspirin






venezuela: what is happening? | venezuela


venezuela's capital, caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations over the past weeks, some of which became violent.protesters say  president nicolas maduro  is moving towards tyranny, and they want him to resign.but maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreigners to destabilise the country.venezuela's defence minister padrino lopez has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to maduro, who ordered troops on to the streets before a major protest by opponents that will take place on wednesday. here are four questions to understand venezuela's current situation.how did the protests start this year in venezuela?the instability and the political turmoil in the country reached a peak on march 30, when venezuela's supreme court ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congre






venezuela leader backs supreme court gutting congress powers


caracas, venezuela — venezuelan president nicolas maduro is defending a supreme court ruling gutting the opposition-controlled congress of its last vestiges of power.in an appearance on state tv, maduro said friday that venezuela's institutions are operating normally and that it is his "right-wing, fascist" opponents which are attempting to break the constitutional order.governments around the world and even venezuela's normally loyal chief prosecutor have condemned this week's decision by the high court to take over powers assigned to lawmakers. the court says it will hold those powers as lawmakers remain in contempt of previous court rulings that nullified all legislation voted by the body.maduro says he will assume personal responsibility for resolving any dispute among the government's






venezuela: what is happening? | venezuela


venezuela's capital, caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations over the past weeks, some of which became violent.protesters say  president nicolas maduro  is moving towards tyranny, and they want him to resign.but maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreigners to destabilise the country.venezuela's defence minister has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to president nicolas maduro, who ordered troops on to the streets before a major protest by opponents trying to topple him.here are four questions to understand venezuela's current situation.how did the protests start this year in venezuela?the instability and the political turmoil in the country reached a peak on march 30, when venezuela's supreme court ruled that it will take over the opposition-led congress' legisl






venezuela leader nicolas maduro faces opposition "mother of all marches" and bla


caracas, venezuela -- opponents of president nicolas maduro are preparing to take to the streets wednesday in what they’ve dubbed the “mother of all marches” against venezuela’s embattled socialist leader.security forces have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to block at least five previous attempts by demonstrators to reach downtown caracas. at least five deaths and hundreds of arrests have been blamed on the response to paralyzing protests that were triggered by the supreme court’s shock decision three weeks ago to strip the opposition-controlled legislature of its last remaining powers.maduro late tuesday accused the u.s. state department of trying to promote a military intervention. the state department and several regional governments have deplored excessive violence by security force






venezuela's maduro in a high-stakes gamble | venezuela


caracas, venezuela - nicolas maduro admits that he prayed to god to help him make what may be the riskiest bet of his embattled presidency.by invoking his presidential powers to call for the formation of a constituent assembly to replace venezuela’s current constitution, he is essentially rewriting the rules of the game.the goal: to deal a death blow to the opposition-controlled national assembly and to calls for anticipated presidential elections to replace him.venezuela is undergoing an unprecedented economic, political and humanitarian crisis amid scarcities of basic goods and medicine, with inflation rocketing to over 700 percent.explainer: venezuela's worst economic crisis: what went wrong? the latin american nation has the second highest murder rate in the world.maduro says he was le






venezuela's maduro in a high-stakes gamble | venezuela


caracas, venezuela - nicolas maduro admits that he prayed to god to help him make what may be the riskiest bet of his embattled presidency.by invoking his presidential powers to call for the formation of a constituent assembly to replace venezuela’s current constitution, he is essentially rewriting the rules of the game.the goal: to deal a death blow to the opposition-controlled national assembly and to calls for anticipated presidential elections to replace him.venezuela is undergoing an unprecedented economic, political and humanitarian crisis amid scarcities of basic goods and medicine, with inflation rocketing to over 700 percent.explainer: venezuela's worst economic crisis: what went wrong? the latin american nation has the second highest murder rate in the world.maduro says he was le






venezuela's top court drops bid to assume congress role | venezuela news


venezuela's supreme court has abandoned measures to take over the opposition-led congress' mandate after the controversial move was branded a "coup" by critics and raised pressure on president nicolas maduro.the country's top court, which has consistently sided with maduro's administration, on saturday also rolled back its decision to lift parliamentarians' immunity from prosecution.the announcement came hours after maduro had called the court to annul its initial ruling "in order to maintain institutional stability and the balance of powers".nicolas maduro announces 50 percent minimum wage increase al jazeera's alessandro rampietti, reporting from cucuta on the venezuela-colombia border, said: "maduro was trying to cast himself as a stateman, trying to resolve a power conflict in the coun






venezuela's nicolas maduro in high-stakes gamble | venezuela


caracas, venezuela - nicolas maduro admits that he prayed to god to help him make what may be the riskiest bet of his embattled presidency.by invoking his presidential powers to call for the formation of a constituent assembly to replace venezuela’s current constitution, he is essentially rewriting the rules of the game.the goal: to deal a death blow to the opposition-controlled national assembly and to calls for anticipated presidential elections to replace him.venezuela is undergoing an unprecedented economic, political and humanitarian crisis amid scarcities of basic goods and medicine, with inflation rocketing to over 700 percent.explainer: venezuela's worst economic crisis - what went wrong? the latin american nation has the second highest murder rate in the world.maduro says he was l






us, 13 other nations demand venezuela hold elections soon


washington — the united states and group of 13 nations across the americas on thursday called on venezuela's government to hold elections and immediately free political prisoners, setting up a potential diplomatic showdown with president nicolas maduro's socialist administration.the statement comes as the head of the organization of american states is pushing to expel maduro's government from the washington-based group for breaking the country's democratic order.the 14 nations, including canada, mexico, brazil, colombia and argentina, said they see expulsion as a last resort and instead urged dialogue to resolve venezuela's entrenched economic and political problems.the u.s. state department called for venezuela to hold elections "as soon as possible."department spokesman mark toner said t






venezuela's nicolas maduro in high-stakes gamble | venezuela


caracas, venezuela - nicolas maduro admits that he prayed to god to help him make what may be the riskiest bet of his embattled presidency.by invoking his presidential powers to call for the formation of a constituent assembly to replace venezuela’s current constitution, he is essentially rewriting the rules of the game.the goal: to deal a death blow to the opposition-controlled national assembly and to calls for anticipated presidential elections to replace him.venezuela is undergoing an unprecedented economic, political and humanitarian crisis amid scarcities of basic goods and medicine, with inflation rocketing to over 700 percent.explainer: venezuela's worst economic crisis: what went wrong? the latin american nation has the second highest murder rate in the world.maduro says he was le






venezuelan army vows loyalty to embattled president | venezuela news


venezuela's defence minister has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to president nicolas maduro, who ordered troops onto the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.vladimir padrino lopez made the comment on monday before thousands of pro-maduro militia members at a rally outside the presidential palace, where the president thanked the army and civilian backers for their support.venezuela protesters mount pressure on president maduro"loyalty is repaid with loyalty," said maduro.venezuela is bracing for what maduro's opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" on wednesday, after two weeks of violent demonstrations against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power.the centre-right opposition has called on the military






venezuelan army vows loyalty to embattled president | venezuela news


venezuela's defence minister has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to president nicolas maduro, who ordered troops on to the streets before a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.vladimir padrino lopez made the comment on monday before thousands of pro-maduro militia members at a rally outside the presidential palace, where the president thanked the army and civilian backers for their support.venezuela protesters mount pressure on president maduro"loyalty is repaid with loyalty," said maduro.venezuela is bracing itself for what maduro's opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" on wednesday, after two weeks of violent demonstrations against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power.the centre-right opposition has called on the mil






venezuela’s maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments


caracas, venezuela (ap) — venezuelan president nicolas maduro called on sunday for an investigation against a leading opposition politician for falsely suggesting the government was carrying out a syria-like chemical attack against protesters.caracas-area mayor david smolansky on saturday denounced the presence of a previously unseen red gas used to scatter thousands of protesters who in recent days have taken to the streets against maduro.the type and composition of the gas or smoke is unclear. but some protesters said on social media that its usage amid volleys of tear gas produced nausea and vomiting, while government supporters said it was similar to crowd-control flares used in spain.at the height of saturday’s crackdown by police, smolansky took to twitter to accuse maduro of “beginn






pressure heats up on venezuelan president, even as he backs down


caracas, venezuela—president nicolás maduro’s decision to scrap a court order that dissolved congress has brought venezuela back from the brink of an unprecedented constitutional crisis, but has also exposed divisions within the government and limits to mr. maduro’s increasingly authoritarian rule. prompted by a protest from attorney general luisa ortega, the supreme court on saturday reversed key parts of its ruling earlier in the...






has venezuela reached a tipping point? | politics


waves of anti-government protests continue to rock venezuela as its economic and political crises deepen.is there a way forward?in this upfront special, we speak to the secretary general of the organization of american states, luis almagro, about his stance on venezuela.and in the arena, we debate whether the venezuelan government is authoritarian.headliner - what can be done to rescue venezuela?venezuelan president nicolas maduro has been facing mounting criticism from international observers as his government continues to struggle with protests on the streets.one of his fiercest critics has been luis almagro, the head of the organization of american states (oas), who says the struggle afflicting venezuela isn't about power, but democracy."this is not a struggle for power, but a struggle






oas head urges bloc suspend venezuela over elections


bogota, colombia (ap) — the head of the organization of american states is recommending to regional governments that venezuela be suspended from the washington-based group unless general elections are held soon.oas secretary general luis almagro makes the request in a 75-page report in which he says the socialist administration of venezuelan president nicolas maduro has broken the country’s democratic order by disregarding the results of 2015 legislative elections and jailing dozens of opponents.maduro’s government has yet to comment but in the past has accused almagro of doing the bidding of the u.s. government and trying to isolate venezuela.






venezuela opposition boycotts maduro's constitution rewrite


venezuela's opposition coalition said it won't participate in a convention called by president nicolas maduro to write a new constitution, calling the process "fraudulent."opposition governor henrique capriles said sunday that maduro's constitutional assembly goes against venezuela's charter, which requires approval of the nation's voters to alter the constitution. instead, opposition leaders said they're planning a protest monday at the education ministry to present arguments against the assembly, and are staging marches across the nation."an absolutely fraudulent process could go wrong for us," capriles said, according to a statement provided by the opposition alliance known as the unidad democratica. if the government "continues with this madness," venezuela will be ungovernable, he sai






capriles rejects maduro plan to rewrite constitution | venezuela news


venezuela's opposition has ruled out discussions with president nicloas maduro on his plan for an elected assembly to draw up a new constitution, vowing instead to continue protests for early elections.clashes in venezuela over plans to rewrite constitutionopposition leader henrique capriles formally announced on sunday that the democratic unity roundtable (mud) would boycott a meeting with maduro at the presidential palace on monday."we cannot take part in a fraudulent process," capriles said, appearing at a news conference with other mud leaders."we have a constitution, and the government cannot repeal it by act of force."the opposition maintains that maduro, whose leadership is rejected by seven out of every 10 venezuelans, according to polls, is trying to avoid a general election - the






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