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Reuters | Citgo, Aruba reach deal to transfer control of refinery to island government

Aruba RDA Citgo raffinaderij | Antilliaans Dagblad

(Reuters) – U.S. refiner Citgo has reached an agreement with Aruba to transfer control of the San Nicolas refinery to the island’s government, Citgo said late on Saturday, after the two parties last year suspended a contract to overhaul the facility. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela to move state oil firm PDVSA office from Lisbon to Moscow

Polina Ivanova, Maria Tsvetkova

Russia, like China, has become a creditor of last resort for Caracas, lending it billions of dollars as its economy implodes.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered state oil company PDVSA’s office in Lisbon to be relocated to Moscow, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Friday, a move she said was designed to help safeguard her country’s assets. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela asks Brazil to turn over ‘deserters’ suspected of raid

Separately Brazil’s government said in a statement it was processing asylum claims from five deserting Venezuelan soldiers it had picked up earlier in the week

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Saturday asked Brazil to hand over five military “deserters” who are suspected of involvement in a raid on a remote military outpost in southern Venezuela last weekend, officials said. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela releases six Citgo executives, detained in 2017, on house arrest

Citgo Petroleum headquarters in Houston, Texas | Loren Elliot/Bloomberg

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has granted house arrest to six executives of U.S. refiner Citgo, a unit of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, who were jailed on corruption charges in Caracas in late 2017, two sources close to the case said on Monday. Verder lezen

Reuters | Cuba takes another swipe at dual currency system

Marc Frank

People buy goods in a department store which gives change only in pesos, Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) – Two Havana department stores began on Monday to give change only in pesos, instead of the local dollar equivalent known as the convertible peso, in another step toward ending Cuba’s dual monetary system. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela’s PDVSA reaches deal to operate Curacao refinery

Venezuela’s PDVSA reaches deal to operate Curacao refinery | Persbureau Curacao

CARACAS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA will operate Curacao’s 335,000 barrel-per-day Isla refinery for up to a year more, a spokesman for Curacao’s state refining company, Refineria di Koursou (RdK), said on Sunday. Verder lezen

Reuters | After Venezuelan opposition call for mass rallies, street protests underwhelm

Brian Ellsworth, Vivian Sequera

People take part in a protest march against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call for massive street protests against President Nicolas Maduro has so far yielded only modest demonstrations, casting doubt on a plan to revive stalling efforts to force a change in government. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuelan oil in storage tanks to back sanctioned cryptocurrency

“I will deliver these 30 million of barrels as a liquid, physical, material backing for the petro,” Maduro said in a state television address REUTERS/Marco Bello

CARACAS, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said some 30 million barrels of oil sitting in storage tanks would serve as backing for the OPEC nation’s state-run cryptocurrency, the petro, which has been sanctioned by the United States. Verder lezen

Reuters | Spain orders extradition of Venezuela’s ex-intelligence chief to U.S.

Former Venezuelan intelligence chief Carvajal stands during his extradition hearing to U.S. in Madrid | Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court on Monday ordered the extradition of Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief to the United States, reversing an earlier decision to refuse the request. Verder lezen

Reuters | Mexico, Uruguay and Caribbean Community reject use of force in Venezuela

People take part in a protest march against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico, Uruguay and representatives of the Caribbean Community on Monday rejected the use of force and human rights violations in Venezuela, urging a peaceful and democratic solution to solve the crisis in the troubled South American nation. Verder lezen

Reuters | Maduro says ‘thank God’ for dollarization in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro | AP/Boris Vergara, Archivo

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro embraced the currency of his bitter rival the United States on Sunday, calling it an “escape valve” that can help the country weather its economic crisis amid U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing him from power. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela opposition rallies against Maduro to revive momentum

Brian Ellsworth, Deisy Buitrago

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country’s rightful interim ruler, attends a protest march against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition staged nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday and called for a new wave of demonstrations to revive their stalled effort to topple the deeply unpopular ruling Socialist Party. Verder lezen

Reuters | Maduro’s military stands in the way of a Bolivia repeat in Venezuela

Brian Ellsworth, Vivian Sequera

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a solidarity conference in Havana, Cuba November 3, 2019. Picture taken November 3, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leaders looking to oust their country’s socialist government can perhaps take some hope from the resignation of its leftist ally in Bolivia, President Evo Morales, on Sunday after weeks of street protests. Verder lezen

Reuters | US slaps sanctions on five Venezuelan officials

The five blacklisted individuals include Remigio Ceballos Ichaso, the top operational official in Venezuela’s armed forces.

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions on five Venezuelan security officials and political figures, the latest round of measures taken against Caracas in an effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela exodus set to top 5 million as long-term needs grow

Stephanie Nebehay

Venezuelan citizens line up at the Chacalluta border crossing are between Chile and Peru, in Arica, Chile, June 24, 2019. REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) – The exodus of Venezuelans is on track to reach 5 million people, as pressure grows on neighboring countries to provide them with long-term support, United Nations and European Union officials said on Wednesday. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela denies entry to Guatemalan president-elect, scuppering meeting with opposition leader

Venezuela turns away Guatemala’s new president

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities on Saturday denied Guatemala’s president-elect Alejandro Giammattei entry into Venezuela, where he was scheduled to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido. Verder lezen

Reuters | More oil traders, vessel operators shun links to Venezuela’s oil

The United States in early August ratcheted up sanctions on Venezuela, adding measures that could punish non-U.S. firms, in efforts to squeeze President Nicolas Maduro, whose 2018 re-election is not considered legitimate by the Trump administration and most Western nations.

MEXICO CITY/HOUSTON (Reuters) – More vessel operators and energy firms are shunning Venezuelan oil and the tankers that have carried it, according to brokers and traders familiar with the matter. Verder lezen

Reuters | As Trump grows frustrated on Venezuela, US to squeeze Cuba scrutinize Russia

Abrams said Washington sees Cuba and Russia providing a lifeline to Maduro

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – The Trump administration is preparing new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is taking a “closer look” at Russia’s role in helping him remain in power, the U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters. Verder lezen

Reuters | Toothpick and two generals helped Venezuela opposition leader survive jail

Andrew Cawthorne, Vivian Sequera

Edgar Zambrano, rechterhand van Juan Guaidó en vicevoorzitter van het Venezolaanse parlement, werd begin mei opgepakt en werd 4 maanden vastgehouden door Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – During four months in a small military jail cell, Venezuela’s Congress vice president scratched the days on a wall with a toothpick, held a hunger-strike, and made unlikely friends with two generals who have fallen foul of the socialist government. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela chides Peru for ‘xenophobia’ against migrants

Vivian Sequera

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government accused Peruvian authorities on Sunday of fomenting “xenophobia” against the large Venezuelan exile population after a series of incidents of apparent mistreatment of migrants. Verder lezen

Reuters | ABN Amro faces money laundering investigation

Bart H. Meijer

ABN AMRO headquarters in Amsterdam | REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors are investigating alleged money laundering at ABN Amro (ABNd.AS), one of the largest banks in the Netherlands, saying they suspect the lender had failed to report or probe suspicious transactions for years. Verder lezen

Reuters | Spanish court rules to extradite fugitive Peruvian judge

Peruvian judge Cesar Hinostroza talks to the media after a ceremony in Lima

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court on Monday ordered that a fugitive Peruvian Supreme Court judge should be extradited home to face charges of influence peddling among other crimes, rejecting his allegation that he was a victim of political persecution. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela investigates Guaido over photo with suspected Colombian criminals

Juan Guaidó takes a selfie at the concert in Cúcuta, Colombia, in February. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state prosecutor’s office said on Friday it would open an investigation into Juan Guaido after the interior minister presented photos on state television showing the opposition leader in the company of two suspected members of a Colombian drug-trafficking group. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela opposition says Norway talks must focus on elections

Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro standoff

CARACAS (Reuters) – Norway-backed talks between Venezuela’s opposition and the government of President Nicolas Maduro must focus on elections, an opposition negotiator said on Monday, as the dialogue proceedings remain stalled after the government walked out. Verder lezen

Reuters | Diplomat says US does not want military intervention in Venezuela

Diplomat says US does not want military intervention in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – The United States is not seeking a military intervention as a solution to the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the U.S. envoy to the troubled South American nation said in an interview published by a Venezuelan online news site on Sunday. Verder lezen

Reuters | Amid Colombia rebel rearmament, US sees support from Maduro

Venezuela denies accusations of protecting Colombian armed group

CARACAS (Reuters) – The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly providing shelter to Colombian rebel groups, a senior State Department official said in an interview, days after former FARC guerrillas announced a new offensive. Verder lezen

Reuters | Rosneft becomes top Venezuelan oil trader, helping offset U.S. pressure

By Olga Yagova, Chen Aizhu and Marianna Parraga

Moscow sees U.S. sanctions against Caracas as illegal

MOSCOW, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Russian state oil major Rosneft has become the main trader of Venezuelan crude, shipping oil to buyers in China and India and helping Caracas offset the loss of traditional dealers who are avoiding it for fear of breaching U.S. sanctions. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela’s Maduro accuses former Colombian president Uribe of plotting to kill him

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battle in the Vargas Swamp at the National Pantheon | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday accused former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe of plotting to assassinate him in cohorts with Colombia’s U.S. ambassador Francisco Santos, and exiled Venezuelan opposition leader Lester Toledo. Verder lezen

Reuters | Venezuela’s Guaido says government plans to dissolve opposition-run legislature

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country’s rightful interim rule |  REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Sunday President Nicolas Maduro’s government is preparing to dissolve the opposition-run legislature and call new legislative elections, potentially escalating Venezuela’s political crisis. Verder lezen

Reuters | Curacao says PM, Venezuela oil minister discussed PDVSA remaining as refinery operator

Manuel Quevedo

(Reuters) – Curacao’s prime minister and Venezuela’s oil minister discussed the possibility of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA remaining as the operator of the Caribbean nation’s 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Isla refinery, Curacao’s government said on Monday. Verder lezen