• Priced out of services, Venezuelans turn creative for water and gas
    CARACAS, August 11 (Reuters): Venezuelans are steadily losing access to cheap basic services from water to cooking gas that have helped them survive economic crisis, forcing many to find creative solutions and adding pressure during the coronavirus quarantine. Services have long been near-free due to heavy subsidies by the ruling Socialist Party, which has overseen a six-year economic collapse despite Venezuela's oil wealth. But as the decay of state-run utilities has le
  • Venezuela's Maduro orders EU envoy to leave following fresh sanctions
    CARACAS, June 30 (Reuters): Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered the European Union envoy to leave the country, hours after the EU announced sanctions against several officials loyal to the socialist leader.   The EU subjected 11 officials to financial sanctions, citing their actions against the democratic functioning of Venezuela's National Assembly.   The European bloc earlier this month said a decision by the South American nation'
  • Trump says would only meet Maduro to discuss Venezuelan president's exit
    WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday walked back comments that he would consider meeting Nicolas Maduro, saying he would only do so to discuss the Venezuelan president's departure from office.   In an interview published on Sunday, Trump said he would consider meeting Maduro and played down his earlier decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.   The Republican president change
  • France denies harbouring Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido in Caracas
    PARIS, June 5 (Reuters): France denied on Friday that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido had taken refuge at any of its diplomatic sites in Caracas after the Venezuelan foreign minister said he was hiding in the French Embassy.   "Mr Juan Guaido is not at the French residence in Caracas," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement. "We have repeatedly confirmed this to the Venezuelan authorities."   A French
  • Venezuela reaches deal with U.N. to buy food, medicine with gold - central bank
    CARACAS, May 28 (Reuters): Venezuela has reached a deal with the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) to destine part of its gold in Bank of England accounts toward the purchase of food and medicine during the coronavirus pandemic, its central bank governor said on Wednesday.   The deal comes after Venezuela's central bank made a legal claim earlier this month to try to force the Bank of England to hand over part of the 31 tonnes of gold in accounts belonging to the go