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2006-07-30 06:36:24

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Venezuela will cut its oil exports to the United States if Washington takes a hostile stance toward Caracas, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez was quoted as saying by Iran's official IRNA news agency on Sunday. The Web site of the U.S. Energy Information Administration says 11.8 percent of U.S. oil imports came from Venezuela in 2004. The United States is the main buyer of Venezuelan oil. "Our policy is clear; if America wants to have a hostile policy toward us, we will...

2006-04-11 17:31:54

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela lambasted the U.S. ambassador to Caracas on Tuesday for trying to provoke protests by traveling about Venezuela "like he was in Texas" two days after President Hugo Chavez threatened to expel him from the country. Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel joined other officials to charge U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield with purposefully inciting angry demonstrations as part of a long-running campaign by Washington to undermine the Chavez...

2006-02-15 18:31:26

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Venezuela is stepping up a previously low-key drive for a seat on the U.N. Security Council beginning next year, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday, prompting criticism from U.S. Ambassador John Bolton. "I don't think it would be conducive to an effective and well-functioning Security Council," Bolton told reporters when asked about the campaign by Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, has been positioning himself as the standard-bearer for...

2006-02-14 13:51:29

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's top court on Tuesday upheld a government decision against a U.S. evangelical group which President Hugo Chavez had ordered out of the country last year after accusing them of spying. Venezuela's Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by the New Tribes Mission to block a government order that revoked a 1953 permit allowing them to carry out evangelical work in the country's indigenous communities. New Tribes Mission representatives were not...

2006-01-27 17:07:45

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela said on Friday authorities had concrete evidence that U.S. Embassy staff were involved with a group of Venezuelan military officers accused of passing state secrets to the Pentagon. The charges of U.S. espionage are the latest test to relations between the United States and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of Washington who says he is bringing socialist revolution to the world's No. 5 oil exporter. "The...

2005-12-13 20:12:26

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - A Venezuelan labor leader who organized a strike against President Hugo Chavez three years ago was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly 16 years in prison after a trial critics said was political persecution. Carlos Ortega, one of Chavez's fiercest foes, is the first top opposition leader found guilty of rebellion and jailed for the two-month-long strike that battered the economy but failed to topple the left-wing president. Authorities are...

2005-12-13 17:25:22

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - A Venezuelan labor leader who helped organize a strike against President Hugo Chavez three years ago was sentenced on Tuesday to more than 15 years in prison for civil rebellion. Carlos Ortega, one of Chavez's fiercest opponents during months of political turmoil, is the first top opposition leader jailed for the two-month-long strike that failed to topple the president. Hundreds of business and political figures are under...

2005-12-05 00:12:44

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's political party said on Sunday it had won 114 out of 167 seats in the Congress after opposition parties dropped out of elections protesting bias by electoral authorities. The National Electoral Council was still tallying final results late Sunday, but with 114 seats in Congress for Chavez's Fifth Republic Movement, or MVR, the pro-Chavez alliance would have an overwhelming majority to consolidate his...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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