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Venezuela: How paradise got lost

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The mounting crisis in Venezuela is entering a new chapter as President Nicolás Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution face a pivotal vote. [Source]

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Opioid crisis should've been OUR problem

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Outback Australians grounded as pilot crisis worsens

(Reuters) - A recruitment drive by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd after a seven-year hiatus is exacerbating shortages of pilots at regional air services that provide a lifeline to remote communities in the country's sparsely populated Outback.

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Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Peru on Thursday, as the Andean nation's president appealed to him to help put the country back on track after a political crisis nearly ousted him from office a month ago.

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UPDATE 2-Crisis-hit Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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Venezuela talks off in row over fugitive ex-policeman's death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition coalition foundered on Thursday after the opposition denied providing information that led to the death of a rogue former policeman and six other anti-government militants.

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UPDATE 1-Crisis-hit Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

A water crisis — whether caused by nature, human mismanagement, or both — can be an early warning signal of conflict ahead. Iran is the latest example.

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Crisis-stricken Venezuela's oil output plummeted to decades low in 2017

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela's oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that suggested a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, countering its cuts and Venezuelan woes

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC has raised its forecast for oil supply from non-member countries in 2018 as higher prices encourage U.S. shale drillers to pump more, offsetting an OPEC-led deal to clear a supply glut and a deepening plunge in Venezuelan production.

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BRIEF-Walter Investment Management Says Prepackaged Chapter 11 Plan Approved By Court

* WALTER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP. PREPACKAGED CHAPTER 11 PLAN APPROVED BY COURT

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UN Palestinian aid agency says US cuts spark worst-ever financial crisis

The UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees says the Trump administration's decision to cut funds to the organization has sparked its largest-ever financial crisis.

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'Just Hit Budget!' bankers at RBS restructuring unit told during crisis: memo

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland staff helping small firms to restructure debt during the financial crisis were given a list of ways to squeeze more money from struggling clients and told to "Just Hit Budget!", a memo released on Wednesday showed.

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You can't get $1 from banks in Venezuela

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Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas.

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Indonesia sends military to help fight health crisis in Papua

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is deploying military paramedics to carry food and vaccines to a remote part of its easternmost province of Papua, where reports say at least 61 infants died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles.

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Olympics diplomacy could solve the Korea crisis

Olympics diplomacy will get its day, even if it comes beneath the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program.

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U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury has warned U.S. investors to approach Venezuela's proposed "petro" cryptocurrency with caution, saying that it may contravene U.S. sanctions against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Fugitive Venezuelan Police Officer Is Killed in Shootout

Óscar Pérez, who rose to prominence last year during antigovernment street protests, was among seven dead.

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Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering

CARACAS (Reuters) - Advisers to the Venezuelan government are recommending it sell $2.3 billion of its new cryptocurrency, the petro, in a private offering at a discount of up to 60 percent, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

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Venezuela rogue helicopter pilot Perez killed in Monday police raid: official

CARACAS (Reuters) - Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez was killed in a police operation on Monday along with six other members of a "terrorist cell", Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on Tuesday.

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Britain’s N.H.S. in Crisis: ‘We Might Break’

The country’s universal health care system turns 70 this year. But what is its future?

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Source: Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot killed by police

Oscar Perez, a Venezuelan police pilot accused of stealing a helicopter and using it to attack the country's Supreme Court in June, was killed Monday in Caracas, a government official told CNN.

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BRIEF-Exco Resources files voluntary petitions for Chapter 11

* EXCO RESOURCES, INC. FILES VOLUNTARY PETITIONS FOR CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION TO FACILITATE FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING

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Japan investigates how to evacuate citizens from South Korea in crisis: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Deadly Siege of Venezuela Rebels Led by Former Action Hero Transfixes Country

The rebel leader, Óscar Pérez, chronicled the siege of his band’s hide-out in a series of videos uploaded onto social media.

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Venezuelan rogue police pilot says he is wounded as authorities close in

CARACAS (Reuters) - - Self-identified rogue helicopter pilot Oscar Perez appeared with a bloody face in a series of Instagram videos on Monday, saying that he was surrounded by authorities who were shooting at him in a poor neighborhood outside Caracas.

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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, failing to reach a deal to address the country's political and economic crisis.

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U.N. willing to send more aid for Venezuelans in Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The United Nations is willing to send more resources to Colombia to help the Andean country care for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing food shortages and economic devastation in their homeland, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday.

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Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday, seeking to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the OPEC country.

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BlackRock CEO Fink shows no signs of entering bitcoin ETF race

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc has profited by being beating its competitors in exchange-traded funds to the punch, but Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink seems happy to be out of step with at least one trend - the race to build a bitcoin fund.

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Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.

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Motorcycle gunmen kill pro-government legislator in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - A pro-government member of Venezuela's controversial legislative superbody was shot and killed in the west of the country by two assailants riding a motorcycle, authorities said on Thursday.

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Ex-Insys employee seeks ban on mentioning 'opioid crisis' at trial

(Reuters) - A former Insys Therapeutics Inc employee accused of engaging in a scheme to pay medical practitioners kickbacks to prescribe a fentanyl-based treatment is seeking to bar U.S. prosecutors from referring to the "opioid crisis" at his trial.

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Venezuela's crude sales to the U.S. fell below 600,000 bpd in 2017

HOUSTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil sales to the United States fell for a second month in a row in December, knocking the year's average to 593,047 barrels per day (bpd), the lowest annual level since 1991, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data. A severe production drop in the South American country has hurt its oil exports and domestic refining, and worsened an economic recession now entering into its fifth year. Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA is mired in

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Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...

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Four Venezuelans die on boat trip made despite travel ban to Curacao

WILLEMSTAD (Reuters) - Four Venezuelans attempting to reach the Dutch Antilles island of Curacao despite a travel ban by Caracas, died when their boat broke apart, authorities and family members of the passengers said on Wednesday.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Half of him is feeling very bipartisan these days.

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Op-Ed Contributor: How to Fight the Opioid Crisis

A new cabinet officer could pull together the vast but uncoordinated resources of the federal government to address the problem head on.

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Venezuela's Congress declares 'petro' cryptocurrency illegal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-run parliament on Tuesday outlawed a "petro" cryptocurrency promoted by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, calling it an effort to illegally mortgage the cash-strapped country's oil reserves.

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Lootings, scattered protests hit Venezuelan industrial city

CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - A second day of lootings and scattered street protests hit the Ciudad Guayana in southeastern Venezuela on Tuesday, as unrest grows in the once-booming industrial city plagued with food shortages and a malaria outbreak.

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UPDATE 1-Group says Venezuela bonds should trade minus interest

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (IFR) - Emerging markets trade group EMTA on Monday recommended that Venezuela's sovereign bonds be traded flat or without accrued interest, the way bonds in default are typically traded.

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Pension crisis looms as Afghanistan grapples to fix public finances

KABUL (Reuters) - In a country not short of problems, a looming pensions crisis that could cripple Afghanistan's budget in coming years is a new headache for a government dependent on increasingly war-weary foreign donors.

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Groups to push for boycotting Israel will be barred from entering the country

The members of 20 organizations -- including one Jewish organization -- which advocate boycotting Israel will be banned from entering the country. The full list comes from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, a governmental department created to fight the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, known as BDS.

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Bernstein: We're in a 'constitutional crisis'

Investigative reporter Carl Bernstein says the task of reporting on President Trump's fitness for office is a challenge for journalists.

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Caracas shops mobbed as Venezuela's Maduro forces price cuts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Mobs gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after the government ordered shops to slash prices, creating chaos as desperate Venezuelans leapt at the chance to buy cheaper food as the country's worsening economy causes severe shortages.

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Venezuela supermarkets besieged after government forces price cuts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Mobs of Venezuelans gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's government forced shops to slash prices, the latest unrest in the country's food shortage crisis.

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Head of new crisis panel urges access to Myanmar's Rakhine State

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Humanitarian workers and journalists should be given free access to Myanmar's Rakhine State, where violence has prompted some 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, the head of a new international advisory panel on the crisis said.

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Maduro Cuts Off Venezuela’s Air and Sea Traffic With 3 Island Neighbors

The shutoff temporarily halts flights and ship traffic to and from Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, three islands that host black markets for Venezuelan contraband.

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U.S. targets former Venezuela food minister in new sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on four current or former Venezuelan government officials, including an ex-food minister who is accused of corruption and mismanagement of the country's food supply.

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U.S. adds four Venezuelans to sanctions list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on four current or former Venezuelan government officials, including a former food minister accused by the opposition of corruptly managing food imports.

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UPDATE 1-Banking crisis adviser named as head of Britain's finance watchdog

* New chair faces navigating watchdog through Brexit (Adds reaction, background)

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Neurontin prescriptions surge amid opioid crisis

(Reuters Health) - - Prescriptions for nerve pain medicines like Neurontin and Lyrica have more than tripled in recent years, driven by increased use among chronically ill older adults and patients already taking opioids, a U.S. study suggests.

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After Maria, a New Crisis in Puerto Rico: Mental Health

Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Caitlin Dickerson, a Times reporter, visits a suicide prevention center where calls are on the rise. Public health officials say there are signs of a severe mental health crisis on the island.

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Russia and Venezuela’s Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Both countries have floated plans to create homegrown virtual currencies that would put them outside the global financial and banking system.

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Opinion: Trump hasn't caused a global crisis yet, but we might not be lucky in 2018

2017 is the year we somehow got away with it.

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A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.

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Venezuela says soldier arrested for killing pregnant woman in line for pork

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities arrested a National Guard soldier over the weekend and accused him of shooting a pregnant 18 year-old during an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork.

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Happy New Year! Start It Off by Relaxing and Centering Yourself

Welcome to the latest edition of the Smarter Living newsletter.

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‘Massive Mental Health Crisis’ Feared for Rohingya Children

“I have nightmares that the military is chasing me,” says a 12-year-old who fled Myanmar. For hundreds of thousands like her, the horror isn’t over.

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Kim Jong-un’s Overture to South Korea Signals Possible Thaw in Nuclear Crisis

The North Korean leader proposed talks with South Korea to discuss the North’s participation in the Winter Games, and boasted of having a “nuclear button” on his desk.

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Venezuela’s Maduro is destructive King Herod, warns ex-oil czar

CARACAS (Reuters) - A former oil minister excoriated Venezuelan President NicolasMaduro in a newspaper column on Sunday, accusing the leftist leader of behaving like biblical King Herod and plunging the oil-rich nation into economic devastation.

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Venezuela probes ex-oil czar Ramirez over alleged graft scheme

CARACAS/HOUSTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Venezuela is investigating Rafael Ramirez, a once powerful oil minister and former head of state oil company PDVSA, in connection with an alleged $4.8 billion Vienna-based corruption scheme, the state prosecutor's office announced on Friday.

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BRIEF-SunEdison Emerges From Chapter 11 Restructuring

* RICHARD KATZ WILL SERVE AS CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF REORGANIZED SUNEDISON Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Venezuelans protest over pork shortage, Maduro blames Portugal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Hundreds of Venezuelans took to the streets in poor parts of Caracas overnight to protest a shortage of pork for traditional Christmas meals in the latest symptom of social discontent during a brutal economic crisis.

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The Daily: The Vandal and the Mosque: A New Chapter of Forgiveness in Arkansas

The last time I saw Abraham, in the blistering heat of July, everything seemed tenuous. Two weeks before Christmas, things had changed.

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Explosion at major Venezuela refinery injures two: sources

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (Reuters) - A furnace exploded during a unit restart at Venezuela's largest refining complex, injuring two workers, a union leader and a family member of one of the victims said on Wednesday.

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Once a Cash Cow, Venezuela’s Oil Company Now Verges on Collapse

The deepening troubles threaten to further destabilize a nation facing a dire recession and unbridled crime, as well as food and medicine shortages.

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Tired of Regional Critics, Venezuela Looks to Russia and China

Once a regional heavyweight, Venezuela is losing allies in its region, causing it to deepen its dependence on China and Russia.

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Opinion: America's health is declining and corporations are stoking this crisis

America's powerful corporations made a killing with the passage of the Republican tax cuts. The tax cuts will hand trillions of dollars to the companies and their moneyed owners following a massive corporate lobbying campaign.

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Kuwait says GCC to keep operating despite Qatar crisis

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday that the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council would continue to operate despite a row among three of its members and Qatar that it has unsuccessfully sought to mediate.

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‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis

The move by Israel’s corporate version of a celebrity to lay off 14,000 workers was greeted with outrage, a nationwide strike and much disappointment.

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Brazil declares top Venezuelan diplomat persona non-grata

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's government will declare Venezuela's chargé d'affaires persona non-grata, stripping him of his diplomatic status, Brazil's foreign affairs ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Twenty-eight arrests after Venezuela looting, violence

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested 28 people in southern Bolivar state for looting and disorder over Christmas in the latest unrest during a severe economic crisis.

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Venezuelans scramble to survive as merchants demand dollars

CARACAS/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - There was no way Jose Ramon Garcia, a food transporter in Venezuela, could afford new tires for his van at $350 each.

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Canada to expel Venezuelan diplomat in retaliatory move

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada will expel a Venezuelan diplomat and bar that country's ambassador from returning, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday, after the South American nation booted envoys from Brazil and Canada for criticizing its rights record.

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Kremlin critic barred from entering Russian presidential race

Russian officials barred activist Alexey Navalny from entering the country's presidential race a day after he held nomination gatherings to kick off his run, according to state-run media outlet RIA-Novosti.

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Venezuela frees 36 jailed opponents in Christmas gesture

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three dozen opponents of Venezuela's socialist government were released from prison and reunited with their families on Sunday as part of a wider Christmas release, a local rights group said.

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Thirty-six Maduro foes freed in Christmas gesture in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three dozen opponents of Venezuela's socialist government were released from prison and reunited with loved ones on Sunday as part of a wider Christmas release, a local rights group said.

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Venezuela crisis sends residents fleeing

Yesica Galindez left Caracas last weekend in search of a better life. Her final destination: Chile, nearly 3,000 miles away.

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A tragic injury to a Syrian infant sparks a social media campaign spotlighting a humanitarian crisis

Karim Abdel Rahman -- a Syrian infant who lost his left eye two months ago in an artillery attack -- has become a symbol of the carnage and the humanitarian crisis in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

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Venezuela freeing some jailed activists, may expel diplomats

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist government prepared to release some 80 jailed anti-government activists on Saturday, and threatened to expel envoys from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights.

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Venezuela frees some activists, may expel diplomats

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist government began releasing some 80 anti-government activists on Saturday, and threatened to expel envoys from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights.

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Venezuela may free activists, expel foreign diplomats

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist government may release 80 anti-government activists, and expel two senior diplomats from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights, an official said on Saturday.

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Catalonia’s Election Yields a Crisis That Is Here to Stay

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain has tried to remain aloof from Catalonia’s secessionist leadership, but the election results may now make it harder to ignore.

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UPDATE 2-Brazilian miner Vale says entering new era of big dividends

SAO PAULO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Vale is entering a period in which it plans to pay out big dividends, Chief Executive Officer Fabio Schvartsman said on Friday at an event commemorating the Brazilian miner's inclusion in the Sao Paulo stock exchange's strictest listing market segment.

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Spain's crisis re-ignited as Catalan separatists win vote

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Separatists looked set on Friday to regain power in Catalonia after voters rejected Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's attempt to neuter its independence movement, instead re-igniting the country's biggest political crisis in decades.

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Rio ballerinas struggle amid Brazil's financial crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's opulent Municipal Theatre has gone quiet this year as months of unpaid wages emptied its calendar of major works and pushed many ballerinas and opera singers into poverty.

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Brazilian miner Vale says entering new era of big dividends

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Brazilian miner Vale is entering a period in which it plans to pay out big dividends, Chief Executive Officer Fabio Schvartsman said at an event in Sao Paulo on Friday. (Reporting by Marta Nogueira; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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Catalan separatists win vote, thwarting Rajoy's bid to solve crisis

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Separatists looked set on Friday to regain power in Catalonia after voters rejected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's attempt to neuter the independence movement to defuse Spain's biggest political crisis in decades.

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Addressing Venezuela, China says choice of path must be respected

BEIJING (Reuters) - A country's right to choose its own development path must be respected, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart on Friday, offering support for the strife-torn Latin American nation.

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Chinese officials point fingers as gasification crisis worsens

BEIJING (Reuters) - When an inspector from a local environmental protection bureau visited a small village in China's Shandong province in October to check on a gasification project, she said village officials became tearful in lamenting how far behind schedule they were.

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Boston-area paramedics on front lines of U.S. opioid crisis

(Reuters) - The paramedics find them everywhere - slumped over car steering wheels, barely breathing in doughnut shop bathrooms or dead in derelict apartments and expensive mansions.

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Opioid crisis trims U.S. life expectancy, boosts hepatitis C: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The opioid crisis is rippling through the U.S. healthcare system, causing a spike in rates of hepatitis C related to increased opioid injections and reducing overall life expectancy among Americans, which has fallen for the second year in a row, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

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Crystallex pursues Citgo as Venezuela misses settlement payment

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec 21 (Reuters) - Mining company Crystallex International Corp said on Thursday Venezuela failed to honor a settlement and urged a federal judge to allow it to seize control of U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp, which is owned by the country's state oil company.

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Cardinal Law funeral held at Vatican with no mention of sex abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The funeral of Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as Archbishop of Boston 15 years ago after covering up years of sexual abuse of children by priests, was held in the Vatican on Thursday without a mention of what led to his downfall.

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Venezuela may ban main opposition parties from presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's pro-government legislative superbody ruled on Wednesday that parties who boycotted this month's local elections had lost legitimacy, potentially eliminating the main opposition groups from the 2018 presidential race.

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Top Democrat says Trump firing of Mueller could provoke 'constitutional crisis'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence committee, responding to escalating Republican attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said on Wednesday that if President Donald Trump fires Mueller, "it has the potential to provoke a constitutional crisis."

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The lipstick effect: Greeks discover need to pamper in crisis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Eva Vorlioti, a divorced mother of two, was forced to move back in with her parents to make ends meet during Greece's debt crisis. While she cannot change the past, she is trying to efface one of its reminders: Her wrinkles.

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Disgraced Cardinal Law, byword for Catholic sexual abuse crisis, dies

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Archbishop of Boston who resigned in disgrace after covering up years of sexual abuse of children by priests and whose name became a byword for scandal in the Catholic Church, died on Wednesday.

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Desperate Venezuelans peddle wares door-to-door in Colombia to survive

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Thousands of impoverished Venezuelans are crossing the border to Colombia every day to sell cheap basics, from oranges to candles, in a desperate attempt to earn hard currency amid their country's worsening economic collapse.

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Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of Church's sexual abuse crisis, dies

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who became a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church's worldwide sexual abuse scandals, died on Wednesday, the Vatican said. He was 86.

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Venezuela's Maduro says 'terrorists' stole weapons from military unit

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that "terrorists" had broken into a National Guard unit over the weekend and stolen weapons, the latest sign of volatility in the oil-rich country convulsed by a profound economic crisis.

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UPDATE 2-Venezuela's PDVSA at risk of losing Bonaire terminal over maintenance delay

HOUSTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Venezuela's PDVSA could lose its license to operate an oil storage terminal it owns on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire if it does not soon fulfill maintenance demands by regulators, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela's PDVSA at risk of losing Bonaire terminal over maintenance delay

HOUSTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Venezuela's PDVSA could lose its license to operate an oil storage terminal it owns on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire if it does not soon fulfill maintenance demands by regulators, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Rentech Files Voluntary Petition For Relief Under Chapter 11

* RENTECH FILES VOLUNTARY PETITION FOR RELIEF UNDER CHAPTER 11

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

U.S. Accuses North Korea of Mounting WannaCry Cyberattack

The Trump administration suggested the U.S. would act against North Korea beyond the sanctions now being imposed for its rapid expansion of its nuclear weapons program.

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‘The Last Jedi’ and You: What Fans Think of the Newest Chapter

Critics loved the movie. Fans? Less so. We asked you to explain the divide.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Workers Paradise

How Republicans can take care of their own.

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Lights back on in Venezuela after five-hour blackout

CARACAS (Reuters) - A power outage hit parts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas for around five hours on Monday, in what critics said was another sign of the oil-rich nation's economic meltdown.

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Blackout hits parts of Venezuelan capital Caracas

CARACAS (Reuters) - A blackout hit parts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas on Monday, state-run electricity company Corpoelec said, adding that authorities were working to restore service.

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela gives Russia's Rosneft gas field concessions - Rosneft

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela has awarded licences to a unit of Russian oil major Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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Venezuela gives Russia's Rosneft gas field concessions - Rosneft

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela has awarded licences to a unit of Russian oil major Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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Venezuela talks to resume in January after government, opposition fail to reach deal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government and opposition leaders will hold a new round of talks in January after failing on Friday to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the troubled OPEC country.

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Myanmar faces mounting calls for release of Reuters journalists

UNITED NATIONS/YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was demanding "the immediate release" of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar "or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance."

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False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.

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Protesters block roads in Honduras as electoral crisis rumbles on

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran security forces fired tear gas on Friday at opposition protesters who had blocked major roads, and demanded a full recount of last month's contentious election that pitched the Central American nation into crisis.

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Paralysis at PDVSA: Venezuela's oil purge cripples company

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Decisions at some joint ventures with foreign firms are delayed. A growing number of oil tankers sit idle because no one authorizes payments. Employees struggle to get approval for routine expenses, from taxis to training.

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Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case

(Reuters) - Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on drug trafficking charges.

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Airbus leadership under fire as crisis deepens

TOULOUSE/PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is engulfed in a fresh bout of speculation over the future of senior managers as corruption probes rattle the aerospace company and add fuel to a long-running clash of egos at the top, people familiar with the group said.

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Westfield $16 billion Unibail-Rodamco sale rings the bell on retail's next chapter

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For investors in Australia's Westfield Corp , its $16 billion sale to European property giant Unibail-Rodamco may mark a turning point for a mall industry under pressure to reinvent itself amid fierce online competition.

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As China gas crisis deepens, factories, homes lose supply

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern Chinese province of Hunan has warned of natural gas shortages, an official said on Wednesday, as producers rush to divert fuel to heat northern homes with temperatures plummeting and factories across the country losing supplies of the fuel.

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Venezuela to start criminal probe into ex-oil czar Ramirez

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela said on Tuesday it would start a criminal investigation into powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, in an escalation of a purge of alleged corruption that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of oil executives.

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Venezuela to open criminal probe of ex oil czar Ramirez: prosecutor

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will open a criminal investigation of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, the country's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday, as part of a broad shakeup of the OPEC nation's oil industry that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of executives.

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BRIEF-JG Wentworth Says Co, Units Filed Voluntary Cases Under Chapter 11 In United States Bankruptcy Court

* JG WENTWORTH SAYS ON DEC 12, CO, UNITS FILED VOLUNTARY CASES UNDER CHAPTER 11 IN UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR DISTRICT OF DELAWARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Dextera Surgical Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

* DEXTERA SURGICAL FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY AND SIGNS ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH AESCULAP, INC.

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South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

BEIJING (Reuters) - A major Chinese chemical producer based in the southern province of Yunnan said it has halted production of synthetic ammonia and urea due to natural gas shortages as China's winter heating crisis deepens.

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Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

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Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for N. Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

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Venezuelan migrants pose humanitarian problem in Brazil

BOA VISTA, Brazil (Reuters) - Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.

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Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a crumbling opposition.

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Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela's socialists eye 2018 presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party predictably dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a demoralized opposition.

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Venezuela socialists winning local vote, Maduro joyous

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government was on course to sweep Venezuela's nationwide mayoral elections on Sunday, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening his hand ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign.

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Venezuela's Maduro: Some opposition parties to be barred from presidential vote

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that some of the main opposition parties will not be allowed to run in next year's presidential election.

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With foes abstaining, Venezuela mayoral contests to boost socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party looked sure to sweep, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a probable 2018 re-election campaign.

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With foes abstaining, Venezuela mayoral contests look set to boost Socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party looked sure to sweep, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a probable 2018 re-election campaign.

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As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Many Feel It’s a ‘Waste of Time’

Voter turnout in Venezuela’s municipal elections was low as many considered the results a foregone conclusion: domination by President Nicolás Maduro and his party.

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Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs.

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With foes absent, Venezuela's socialists to gain from local vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party looked set to sweep Sunday's nationwide mayoral polls, deepening opposition splits and consolidating President Nicolas Maduro's position ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign.

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For Older Venezuelans, Fleeing Crisis Means ‘Starting From Zero,’ Even at 90

As a dire economy drives migration, Venezuelans in their retirement years are joining the exodus, a journey fraught with worries over health care, employment and leaving a country they love.

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Some Venezuela bondholders receive payments on PDVSA 2017N, 2010 bonds

CARACAS, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Some bondholders have received late interest payments on Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's 2017N and 2020 bonds, three market sources said on Friday.

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Venezuela's oil sales to U.S. fell in Nov to lowest level since 2003

HOUSTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil exports to the United States fell in November to their lowest level since January 2003, when a strike knocked down the country's output, due to sanctions and a steep production decline, according to Reuters data.

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California Today: California Today: Guiding L.A. Through a Crisis

Monday: Mayor Eric M. Garcetti responds to the wildfires, 747 Supertankers, Bay Area Firefighters and Xavier Becerra.

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Venezuela's chronic shortages give rise to 'medical flea markets'

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred "medical flea markets," where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the traditional fruits and vegetables.

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Soccer: Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - Born and raised in Japan, three North Korean soccer players are expecting to face boos from the home crowd in a match that comes less than two weeks after the latest North Korean test missile splashed into the Sea of Japan.

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Review: ‘The Crown’ Season 2 Takes the Queen From Crisis to Crisis

Netflix’s award-winning series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II covers war, sex and the difficulties of managing a royally messed up family.

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Lebanon emerges from crisis with Iran on top, but risks remain

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's allies in Lebanon have emerged even stronger from a crisis triggered by Saudi Arabia, which achieved little more than to force the Saudis' main Lebanese ally - Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri - closer to Tehran's friends in Beirut.

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China's Sinopec sues Venezuela in sign of fraying relations

(Reuters) - Sinopec USA, a subsidiary of Chinese oil and gas conglomerate Sinopec, has sued Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in a U.S. court, claiming it never received full payment for an order of steel rebar.

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China scales back northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing scaled back its plan to convert northern cities to cleaner fuel this winter after provinces warned of gas shortages, residents struggled to keep warm and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a heating crisis.

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China eases northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has eased a push to convert northern cities to gas or electric heating this winter, after two provinces warned of gas shortages and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a winter heating crisis, local media said on Thursday.

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Venezuela's Ramirez attacks efforts to link him to corruption

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Wednesday the government would make one of its "worst political moves" if investigators target him in an anti-corruption purge, which is gaining traction ahead of the country's 2018 presidential election.

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BRIEF-Rusoro Mining Obtains Judgment In Canada Against The Republic Of Venezuela

* RUSORO MINING OBTAINS JUDGMENT IN CANADA AGAINST THE REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA AND SEEKS RECOGNITION IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

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Ramirez waiting for 'right time' to return to Venezuela

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, recently pushed out of his position as ambassador to the United Nations, told Reuters in an interview he is waiting for the right time to go back to his country, where politicians are battling ahead of the 2018 presidential election and an anti-corruption probe is expanding.

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Banned From Winter Olympics, Russia Faces Greatest Sports Crisis Since Soviet Era

The decision carries the whiff of history, although back then the conflicts were rooted in political ideology rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

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Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself: analysts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

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Venezuela's U.N. envoy says he was pushed out by Maduro

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Tuesday he resigned from his job as U.N. envoy on orders of the president, a sign of growing rifts in the Socialist Party once firmly united under late leader Hugo Chavez.

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Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

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Venezuela's former ambassador to U.N. leaves the United States: source

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's former ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez, has left the United States after being forced to resign by President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to a source with knowledge of his travel plan.

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Venezuela's U.N. envoy Ramirez says removed by Maduro

CARACAS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Venezuela's powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Tuesday he had resigned from his job as U.N. envoy at the request of President Nicolas Maduro, in a growing spat between the political rivals.

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Lebanon's Hariri rescinds resignation, drawing line under crisis

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis triggered when he announced from Riyadh that he was stepping down and remained outside Lebanon for weeks.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Behind China’s Attempt to Ease the Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s ethnic-cleansing generals will be able to retreat deeper into China’s orbit, unburdened by any fears of being held accountable.

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Eurogroup, Looking Past Period of Crisis, Picks New Leader From Portugal

The selection of Mario Centeno reflects a shift by the Eurogroup, which has grappled with the near-constant collapse of the euro in recent years.

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U.N. rights team warns Mexico of 'crisis' in journalists' safety

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday the Mexican government is struggling to keep journalists safe and prosecute their oppressors, after officials toured regions of the country that are among the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

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Exclusive: U.S. document certifies Honduras as supporting rights amid vote crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has certified that the Honduran government has been fighting corruption and supporting human rights, clearing the way for Honduras to receive millions of dollars in U.S. aid, a document seen by Reuters showed.

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In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

The U.N. says the country is now stable, and tourism is growing. But the former vacation paradise still has a faded beauty.

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Venezuela plans its own version of bitcoin

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Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the "petro" backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy.

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Venezuela Maduro gains control over oil contracts amid purge

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday gained more powers over the OPEC member's oil contracts, as a deepening purge looks set to strengthen the leftist leader's control of the key energy sector amid a debilitating recession.

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Enter 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday Venezuela would launch a cryptocurrency to combat a U.S.-led financial "blockade," although he provided few clues about how the economically crippled OPEC member would pull off the feat.

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Venezuela PDVSA boss says oil contracts to be reviewed in graft probe

CARACAS (Reuters) - The new president of Venezuelan state oil company, Major General Manuel Quevedo, said on Sunday that oil service contracts would be reviewed as part of an alleged crackdown on graft sweeping the OPEC member's energy industry.

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Venezuela to launch cryptocurrency to fight 'blockade': Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that Venezuela will launch a cryptocurrency to combat what the leftist leader says is a financial "blockade" against the crisis-hit nation.

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Venezuela political talks end without deal, new meeting planned Dec. 15

CARACAS (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's government and opposition coalition failed to reach a deal in a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday aimed at resolving the OPEC nation's protracted political crisis, but planned to meet in two weeks to try again.

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In a Venezuela Ravaged by Inflation, ‘A Race for Survival’

Venezuelans of all classes have been hit hard by sharply rising costs, and the economic turmoil has turned the most basic tasks — like food shopping and commuting — into feats of endurance.

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Pope visits Bangladesh orphans on last day of trip headlined by Rohingya crisis

DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis visited a home in Dhaka founded by Mother Teresa for orphans, unwed mothers and destitute elderly on Saturday as he wrapped up his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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Venezuela arrests relative of powerful ex-oil boss Ramirez in graft probe

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has arrested Diego Salazar, a relative of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, as part of an investigation into a money laundering scandal in Andorra, the South American country's state prosecutor said on Friday night.

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Pleas to flee, a desperate video: Inside Venezuela's oil industry purge

CARACAS (Reuters) - Days before masked agents arrested him, family and friends pleaded with Eulogio Del Pino to flee, warning that he could be next among executives detained or pursued, one after another, in a mounting purge of Venezuela's faltering oil industry.

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INSIGHT-Pleas to flee, a desperate video: Inside Venezuela's oil industry purge

CARACAS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Days before masked agents arrested him, family and friends pleaded with Eulogio Del Pino to flee, warning that he could be next among executives detained or pursued, one after another, in a mounting purge of Venezuela's faltering oil industry.

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Venezuela detains Ramirez relative in Andorra corruption probe

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's state prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Friday night that Diego Salazar, a relative of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, had been detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal involving Andorra.

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BRIEF-Protea Biosciences Group Says Board Determined It Will Be Required To File Voluntary Petition For Reorganization Under Chapter 11

* PROTEA BIOSCIENCES GROUP INC - ON NOV 30, BOARD OF CO DETERMINED IT WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILE VOLUNTARY PETITION FOR REORGANIZATION UNDER CHAPTER 11

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Venezuela government and foes resume talks, breakthrough unlikely

SANTO DOMINGO/CARACAS (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition coalition began a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday aimed at resolving the OPEC nation's long-running and often bloody political standoff.

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Venezuela bondholders meeting ended without pact on strategy -sources

Dec 1 (Reuters) - A meeting of Venezuelan bondholders on Thursday to discuss how to handle the government's request to restructure $60 billion in outstanding bonds has yielded no clear strategy, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting told Reuters on Friday.

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BRIEF-Walter Investment Management Files Prepackaged Chapter 11 Plan

* WALTER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP. FILES PREPACKAGED CHAPTER 11 PLAN TO CONTINUE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING

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Honduran protesters, police clash in growing election crisis

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran police fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters on Thursday after a widely criticized presidential election that has still to produce a clear winner stretched into its fourth day of vote counting.

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Honduran protesters, police clash in escalating election crisis

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran police fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters on Thursday after a widely criticized presidential election that saw the opposition cry foul as the incumbent slowly pulled ahead four days after the vote.

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UPDATE 4-Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for graft in widening purge

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening industry purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for graft in widening purge

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening industry purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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UPDATE 3-Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for graft in widening purge

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening industry purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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Farmers harder hit by opioid crisis than rest of rural U.S.: survey

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The opioid crisis in the United States is impacting farm and ranch families more acutely than their rural neighbors, according to a survey published by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union on Thursday.

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Venezuela creditors meet with Rotshchild, Cleary in London-sources

LONDON/NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Investment bank Rothschild is participating in a Venezuelan creditors' meeting in London on Thursday to discuss how to handle the cash-strapped country's request to restructure some $60 billion in outstanding bonds, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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Venezuela arrests former oil bosses in deepening graft purge

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities said on Thursday they detained two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening anti-corruption purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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UPDATE 2-Venezuela arrests former oil bosses in deepening graft purge

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities said on Thursday they detained two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening anti-corruption purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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Honduran protesters barricade streets in escalating election crisis

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran protesters set up barricades and clashed with police near a vote-counting center on Thursday, following a widely criticized presidential election that produced no clear result in four days and which the opposition says was fraudulent.

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Venezuela confirms ex-oil bosses Del Pino, Martinez detained

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuela's state prosecutor confirmed on Thursday that former oil bosses Eulogio Del Pino and Nelson Martinez were detained in the early hours of Thursday as part of a sweeping graft probe that is ridding the OPEC member of many of its top executives.

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BRIEF-Moody's Says Pharma Manufacturers, Distributors Face Rising Risks Related To U.S. Opioid Crisis

* MOODY'S SAYS PHARMA MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS FACE RISING RISKS RELATED TO U.S. OPIOID CRISIS

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela seizes former oil bosses in graft purge -sources

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have detained two once-powerful officials who had both run the oil ministry and state oil company PDVSA as a part of a deepening anti-corruption purge, three people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

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Venezuela seizes former oil bosses in graft purge -sources

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have detained two once-powerful officials who had both run the oil ministry and state oil company PDVSA as a part of a deepening anti-corruption purge, three people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

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Venezuela arrests ex-oil minister and ex-PDVSA head: sources

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities detained former Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino and former state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] president Nelson Martinez overnight as a part of a broad anti-corruption probe, two sources told Reuters on Thursday.

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Honduran election crisis festers as rivals claim victory

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Four days after voting in a presidential election, Honduras sank deeper into crisis on Thursday, with no clear winner in sight and the vote count disputed by the U.S.-friendly incumbent's centrist rival, a television game show host allied with leftists.

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Election crisis engulfs Honduras with rivals neck-and-neck

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras faced a growing election crisis on Wednesday, with its U.S.-friendly president edging ahead in troubled vote count that his centrist rival, a television game show host allied with leftists, has rejected, saying he is being robbed.

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Congressman Conyers faces mounting pressure to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers faced increasing pressure to resign on Wednesday, with the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives saying he should step aside if sexual harassment accusations against him were true.

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Election crisis engulfs Honduras with rival candidates neck-and-neck

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras grappled with a slow-motion political crisis on Wednesday, with its president, a crime-fighting U.S. ally, edging ahead of his rival, a TV star whose supporters protested as his early lead in the weekend election evaporated.