Venezuelan foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez told reporters Caracas would respond to the US sanctions move soon. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in t(...)

With an economy that is expected to contract by seven per cent this year, inflation running at 68 per cent, a currency devaluation put at as much as 7(...)

Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo López, who has been imprisoned for the past year, at a Caracas demonstration against the detention of the city’s mayor,  Antonio Ledezma,  on Friday. Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has adopted an increasingly shrill tone against critics of the country’s so-called Bolivarian Revolution. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

For a glimpse into Venezuela’s economic disarray, slip into a travel agency here and book a round-trip flight to Maracaibo, on the other side of the c(...)

Antonio Ledezma, the mayor of Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition leaders have demanded the mayor’s release following his arrest on the charge of plotting violence against the government. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/Bloomberg

Venezuelan opposition leaders have demanded the release of the mayor of Caracas following his arrest on accusations of plotting violence against presi(...)

Sign outside the Coromoto shop, which holds a Guinness world record for its 863 different flavors. It announced it was closed over the Christmas holiday because of a milk shortage. Photograph: Heladeria Coromoto/Facebook

Venezuela’s tourism ministry denied on Monday that a famous ice-cream store had closed due to lack of milk, the latest quirky twist in the bitter nati(...)

A fall in crude stockpiles in the United States may have supported a price increase but sentiment points to further likely decreases.

Brent crude rose above $70 a barrel on Thursday, gaining nearly 1 per cent along with US futures as a fall in crude stockpiles in the United States su(...)

Tabaré Vázquez waves a Uruguayan flag to celebrate his victory in the country’s presidential election. His victory follows those in recent weeks for fellow leftists Evo Morales in Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Sunday’s comfortable victory for the ruling Broad Front movement in Uruguay was the latest confirmation of the enduring appeal of left-wing rule in So(...)

Relatives of inmates wait outside David Viloria prison in, Venezuela, 27th November 2014. Photograph: EPA/Shamil Came Jo

Venezuelan authorities confirmed 35 inmates died after a they broke into a prison’s infirmary and overdosed on alcohol and prescription drugs.Twenty o(...)

Plant manager Konstantin Rubin looks at rail tankers with base oil at Royal Dutch Shell’s lubricants blending plant in the town of Torzhok, north-west of Tver, Russia. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Brent crude held above $72 a barrel after hitting a new four year low earlier in the day after Opec decided not to cut oil output to support prices. (...)

Anti-government protesters jump and step on a banner of Banco de Venezuela after bringing down the banner during riots in Caracas. At least 41 people have been killed in Venezuela since unrest started in early February. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

The violent protests that have rocked Venezuela since the start of the year have now lost their initial intensity but Nicolás Maduro still has (...)