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Political sparks fly after Venezuela blackout

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - One of the worst power outages in Venezuelan history has given a jolt to President Nicolas Maduro's government and revived opposition accusations that its socialist policies and incompetence are wrecking the country. Even though Venezuela's 29 million people have endured sporadic blackouts since 2009, there was widespread shock at the extent of this week's outage across two-thirds of the nation.

Venezuela says hitmen captured in plot to kill Maduro

Venezuela said Monday it derailed a plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, arresting two hitmen it said wanted to assassinate the leftist leader on orders from a Colombian conservative ex-president. Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said at a briefing that Caracas arrested the alleged hitmen, two Colombians, on August 13. The pair, Victor Johan Guache Mosquera and Erick Leonardo Huertas Rios, were part of "a group of 10 men who were coming to carry out the murder of the president," working with former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, Rodriguez charged.

Analysis: Under fire, Venezuela's Maduro vows new graft crackdown

By Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - When even Venezuela's most famous topless model complains on Twitter that the government is too soft on corruption, it could be time for President Nicolas Maduro to sit up and take action. Already facing big economic challenges while trying to fill the shoes of his charismatic mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro is on the receiving end of a new wave of criticism that he lets graft close to home go unpunished.

Venezuelan Supreme Court upholds presidential vote

Caracas, Aug 7 (EFE).- Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the results of the April presidential election, ruling that a challenge by opposition leader Henrique Capriles and similar lawsuits were "inadmissible." Supreme Court Chief Justice Gladys Gutierrez said the opposition did not present sufficient evidence to prove the alleged irregularities about which it had complained.

Top Venezuelan court rejects opposition's vote appeal

Venezuela's top court on Wednesday rejected opposition leader Henrique Capriles' appeal following the contested presidential vote that brought Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor to power. Official results from the April 14 elections gave Nicolas Maduro a razor-thin margin of just 1.5 percent over Capriles. "The appeal has been declared inadmissible," announced Gladys Gutierrez, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ).

Venezuela's opposition to appeal election internationally

Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced Tuesday he would go "before international bodies" to contest the April presidential vote that brought Nicolas Maduro to power. The opposition candidate said he had "exhausted" domestic remedies after waiting three months for a supreme court decision on his appeal. "We will go before international bodies (...) We plan to file our complaint at the end of the month," Capriles added.

US senators condemn political violence in Venezuela

Seven US senators from both parties introduced a bill condemning violence against the opposition in Venezuela, calling for dialogue after a contested election. The senators lamented "growing political polarization" in Venezuela after the April vote in which President Nicolas Maduro narrowly beat out opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Maduro was the hand-picked successor of long-time Venezuela leader, leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, who died in March.

Venezuela offers asylum to U.S. fugitive Snowden

By Daniel Wallis and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of secret U.S. spy programs. Snowden, 30, is believed to be holed up in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport and has been trying to find a country that would take him since he landed from Hong Kong on June 23.

Venezuela offers 'humanitarian asylum' to Snowden

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden late Friday, giving a possible escape route to the fugitive whose revelations rocked the US government and security establishment. In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega also gave the 30-year-old computer expert another glimmer of hope, saying that "if circumstances permit", his government would be willing to shelter the man who has been in limbo in a Moscow airport since June 23. How Snowden, whose passport has been revoked, could travel to either country remains unclear.

Venezuelan anti-corruption drive snares senior tax official

By Enrique Andres Pretel CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced the arrest of a senior tax official on Thursday in the latest move in what he says is a concerted effort to stamp out corruption in the South American OPEC nation. Maduro said the local director of the SENIAT tax authority in the coastal city of La Guaira had been caught by state intelligence agents with more than 4 million bolivars in cash (about $635,000 at the official exchange rate).
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