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Venezuela

Echoing Chávez, Venezuela’s Maduro given decree powers

While Maduro says the emergency decree powers are necessary to stamp out corruption and fix the country’s foundering economy, the move is seen by critics as trampling democracy.

Venezuela grants conditional release of Chávez-era judge

Freedom for Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni was a cause célèbre among dissidents and human rights groups critical of the Chávez regime. Venezuela conditionally released her after three years in detention.

Petrocaribe: Paying beans for Venezuelan oil

Some 17 countries receive shipments of crude or refined oil products with preferential repayment terms under the Petrocaribe energy pact. But some nations fear oil shipments could stop post-Chávez.