| Nov 9, 2013
| 4:33 PM
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A Miami Herald reporter detained Thursday by authorities in western Venezuela on suspicion of working in the country without permission has been released and is expected to return to the United States on Sunday.
Jim Wyss, the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The Christmas season has officially started in Venezuela, thanks to President Nicolas Maduro, who recently declared it so.
Maduro made the announcement at a Socialist Christmas fair in the city of Caracas. According to National Public Radio, the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:59 PM
MEXICO CITY -- When a high-ranking officer in the Venezuelan military posted the picture of the burned-up remnants of a small Mexican aircraft this week on Twitter, it launched a flurry of questions.
Who had been in the plane? What had it been doing...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela — The appliance salesman nervously eyed the chaotic scene outside his door.
An unruly line of shoving and jostling shoppers was waiting to enter the store in a Caracas shopping district, where prices had been cut in half —...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:07 PM
Ted Lilly was always something of a different guy, which isn’t meant in a negative way.
He was what you might call serious. I’m sure he smiles, but fairly certain in his next career you won’t catch him at your local comedy club. He...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 12:23 PM
And the crown goes to ... Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler, who was named Miss Universe 2013 Saturday night at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.
Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo, crowned Isler at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast, viewed by an...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Accolades aren't all Gustavo Dudamel has reaped as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A recently filed public tax return for the L.A. Phil provides the latest glimpse of the financial dimension of being a classical music sensation. It also...
| Oct 18, 2013
Barack Obama came to office in 2009 promising a new era of diplomacy and engagement after the confrontational "axis of evil" approach of the George W. Bush administration. During his campaign, Obama said he would be willing to meet with the leaders of...
| Oct 8, 2013
In the months immediately following Nicolas Maduro's election as president of Venezuela, he seemed to want to prove the naysayers wrong. I had been one of them, calling Hugo Chavez's designated heir-apparent "viscerally anti-American" in an opinion...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is expelling Venezuela’s top diplomat and two subordinates in retaliation for the expulsion of three American diplomats in Caracas.
Less than a day after the Venezuelan government accused the Americans of...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:13 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro’s expulsion Monday of three U.S. diplomats was another sign of the increasingly dire problems Venezuela’s government faces and the extreme measures he is taking to try to divert supporters&...