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Armed Inmates Hold Off Troops at Venezuelan Prison

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Venezuelan troops are trying to regain control of a large prison east of Caracas where thousands of armed inmates have been holding them off for a week. Since Sunday, 24 people have been killed at the El Rodeo prison in Guatire, east of the capital – 21 prisoners, one visitor and two national […]

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Venezuelan Troops Try to Retake Control of Prison

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan national guard troops have launched an operation to retake control of a prison where 22 people died in rioting by inmates earlier this week. The troops stormed the prison Friday, igniting a gunfight with armed inmates. A Venezuelan deputy minister, Nestor Reverol, says at least six of the troops suffered gunshot wounds. Officials say […]

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19 Killed in Venezuelan Prison Riot

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuela’s minister of interior and justice says the death toll from a Sunday prison riot has risen to 19. Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday that as many as 20 inmates were wounded in the violence that erupted at the El Rodeo prison. Overcrowding and violence are common in Venezuelan prisons. President Hugo Chavez’s government has […]

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Venezuela Implements Measures to Conserve Energy

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuela has announced a package of measures aimed at saving electricity, saying consumption must be reduced by 10 percent. Vice President Elias Jaua announced the new regulations Monday, saying they are designed to avoid “inappropriate and excessive use” of electricity. The measures call for the country’s biggest energy consumers, such as industrial and commercial centers, […]

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Venezuelan President Undergoes Surgery in Cuba

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuela’s president, who is recovering from a recent knee operation, underwent surgery Friday morning in Cuba. Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Hugo Chavez had an operation in Havana for a pelvic abscess. The foreign minister said President Chavez felt ill and was “immediately attended to” by his medical team. Maduro said Mr. Chavez has […]

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