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US slaps new sanctions on Venezuela

CARACAS/WASHINGTON: Washington imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials on Wednesday for their role in creating an all-powerful legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, while a mayor-turned-fugitive called for more anti-government protests. The new U.S. sanctions targeted politicians and security figures but stopped short of actions against Venezuela's vital oil industry. Energy sector sanctions, which could cripple Venezuela's already ailing economy, are still being considered, U.S. officials said.…

Argentine soccer legend Maradona says he is a ‘soldier’ for Venezuela’s Maduro

BUENOS AIRES: With Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro facing criticism from around Latin America and the world amid a deepening political crisis, Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said he was willing to fight for the embattled leftist regime. "We are chavistas until death," Maradona wrote on his official Facebook page on Monday night, using a term to refer to supporters of late former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "When Maduro orders, I am dressed as a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against the…

Venezuela creates Hugo Chavez peace prize, awards to Russia’s Putin

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has¬†announced the creation of peace prize in honour of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, and said he was awarding it to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The announcement comes on the same day that the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize to Juan Manuel Santos, president of neighbouring Colombia, for his role in negotiating a peace agreement with Marxist FARC rebels. "I've decided to create the Hugo Chavez prize for peace and the sovereignty," Maduro said during a…