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Venezuela's Congress set to approve decree powers for Maduro

By Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's parliament looked set on Tuesday to grant President Nicolas Maduro year-long decree powers he says are needed to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a thinly veiled power grab. The National Assembly was expected to give final approval to the controversial Enabling Law at its afternoon session after Maduro garnered the two-thirds, or 99 votes, needed during a preliminary debate last week.

Venezuela business leader says Maduro forcing 'failed' economic model

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - The man President Nicolas Maduro named as public enemy No. 1 in Venezuela's "economic war" says a discredited state-driven growth model, not private enterprise, is to blame for the OPEC nation's soaring consumer prices and chronic product shortages.

Venezuela decrees day of 'loyalty and love' for late Chavez

The OPEC nation will celebrate the "Day of Loyalty and Love for Supreme Commander Hugo Chavez and the Fatherland" each year.

Venezuelan leader says construction workers see Chavez apparition

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said an image of his political idol and predecessor, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, had appeared miraculously in the wall of an underground construction site. In the latest of a series of accusations since taking office in April, Maduro also accused U.S.-based social network Twitter of colluding with his foes in a "massive attack" on his and other prominent government members' accounts.

Mayor of big Venezuelan city arrested in corruption probe

By Daniel Wallis and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - State security agents have arrested the mayor of Venezuela's third-largest city for alleged corruption after President Nicolas Maduro asked lawmakers to grant him decree powers he says he needs to fight graft.

Venezuela debates special powers for Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pressed lawmakers Tuesday for special powers to fight corruption, in a move his rivals fear will lead to them being persecuted for political purposes. "This is a matter of life or death for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," Maduro warned in an almost three-hour speech at the National Assembly. "If corruption keeps expanding and perpetuating its destructive capitalist logic, there will be no socialism here," the elected leftist-populist said.

Maduro seeks decree powers from Venezuela lawmakers

By Daniel Wallis and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro went to parliament on Tuesday to seek decree powers that he says are essential to tackle corruption and fix the economy but opponents view as proof he wants to rule as an autocrat.

Factbox: The political life of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to emerge from the shadow of his flamboyant predecessor Hugo Chavez at the helm of the South American OPEC nation. Here are some facts about Maduro: The burly, mustachioed Maduro, 50, is a former union leader and Caracas bus driver. He does not have a university degree and proudly calls himself Venezuela's first "worker president."

U.S. expels three Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat move

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Washington has expelled Venezuela's highest-ranking diplomat in the United States and two others from its embassy in retaliation for Venezuela's booting out three American diplomats accused of fomenting sabotage, both governments said on Wednesday. The flare-up appears to derail some tentative moves to improve relations between Caracas and Washington since President Nicolas Maduro took over this year from the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, whose 14-year rule was halted by cancer.

Venezuelan president scraps UN trip over 'threats'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday he had scrapped his plan to take part in the UN General Assembly in New York to "protect my life" after purported threats on it. Maduro, just back from a visit to China, said that on a layover in Vancouver he received intelligence on what he said were "two highly serious provocations," which prompted him to scrap his UN trip.
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