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Caracas: Capital of Venezuela
Caracas, officially Santiago de León de Caracas, abbreviated as CCS, is the capital and largest city of Venezuela, and the center of the Metropolitan Region of Caracas. Caracas is located along the Guaire River in the northern part of the country, within the Caracas Valley of the Venezuelan coastal mountain range. The valley is close to the Caribbean Sea, separated from the coast by a steep 2,200-metre-high (7,200 ft) mountain range, Cerro El Ávila; to the south there are more hills and mountains. The Metropolitan Region of Caracas has an estimated population of almost 5 million inhabitants.

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Venezuela pardons dozens of opposition politicians ahead of polls [Video]

Venezuela pardons dozens of opposition politicians ahead of polls

Caracas is regularly criticised for 'arbitrarily' jailing politicians in opposition to President Nicholas Maduro's rule.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:31Published
Iranian supermarket chain launches in Venezuelan capital [Video]

Iranian supermarket chain launches in Venezuelan capital

Political and economic alliance between Tehran and Caracas is growing - as is defiance against US sanctions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published
Desperate for basics, Venezuelans tap well [Video]

Desperate for basics, Venezuelans tap well

Venezuelans are steadily losing access to cheap basic services from water to cooking gas that have helped them survive economic crisis, forcing many to find creative solutions and adding pressure..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:38Published

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Iran says it is ready to continue fuel shipments to Venezuela

Iran will continue fuel shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more supplies, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday, despite Washington's criticism of the trade between the two..
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France accuses Venezuela of harassing embassy, summons envoy

France has summoned Venezuela's envoy over accusations President Nicolas Maduro's government has been harassing its embassy in Caracas, including by cutting water and electricity to the ambassador's..
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Detained American claims he plotted Maduro's capture in Venezuela TV statement

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Detained American, in Venezuelan TV statement, says he plotted Maduro's capture

Venezuelan state television broadcast on Wednesday a video of captured American Luke Denman, in which he said he was contracted by a Florida security firm to seize control of Caracas' airport and bring..
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American detained in Venezuela says he planned to capture president

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In run-down Caracas institute, Venezuela's coronavirus testing falters

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Russia calls U.S. sanctions on Venezuela a 'tool of genocide' amid epidemic

Russia said on Friday U.S. "narco-terrorism" charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were absurd, adding that sanctions on Caracas could become "a tool of genocide" amid the coronavirus..
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Quarantine threatens to deepen Venezuelan crisis as roadblocks snarl food supplies

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Many Venezuelans can't afford to stay indoors as Caracas enters quarantine

Caracas woke on Monday to quiet streets and military checkpoints on the first day of a quarantine ordered by President Nicolas Maduro to combat the coronavirus, while many of the Venezuelan capital's..
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Venezuela orders 'social quarantine' in response to coronavirus

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Venezuelan security forces fire tear gas at opposition march, dispersing protesters

Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas at a march in Caracas led by opposition leader Juan Guaido, dispersing a few hundred protesters, Reuters witnesses said.
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Venezuelan security forces block advance of opposition march: Reuters witnesses

Venezuelan security forces blocked the advance of a march in Caracas led by opposition leader Juan Guaido, Reuters witnesses said, thwarting Guaido's plan to reach the national congress, which was..
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Venezuela opposition marches to Congress in showdown with Maduro

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Fire destroys most voting machines in Venezuela's main elections warehouse

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Brazil pulls diplomats from Venezuela Embassy

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Venezuela suspends flights from Portugal's TAP after Guaido flight

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Venezuela holds military exercises as Maduro attempts to show force

Venezuela's military on Saturday held exercises that deployed civilian militia and armored vehicles in the capital Caracas and around the country, an effort by President Nicolas Maduro to show strength..
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Venezuela detains opposition leader Guaido's uncle

Venezuelan authorities detained opposition leader Juan Guaido's uncle after the two men arrived at the main airport in Caracas, ruling Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello said on Wednesday.
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Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido says Maduro government detaining his uncle

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said that President Nicolas Maduro had been "cowardly" by detaining his uncle after the pair arrived at the main airport in Caracas on Tuesday.
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Venezuelan prosecutors on Tuesday indicted a man on charges that he sexually enslaved a woman whom he held captive for 31 years in an apartment building, a case that has shocked residents of the city..
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U.S. condemns detention of Citgo executives in Venezuela; hints at sanctions on Russia

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Russia may send economic advisers to Venezuela: Deputy Finance Minister

Russia is considering sending a permanent delegation of economic advisers to Venezuela to help Caracas resolve issues with foreign creditors, Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Thursday.
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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov was in Caracas on Saturday to underline Moscow's support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro that has helped him stay in power despite intense Western..
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Russian deputy PM to meet Venezuela's Maduro: Interfax

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has arrived in Caracas to meet Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, the Interfax news agency quoted Borisov's office as saying on Saturday.
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Russian military specialists arrive in Venezuela to service equipment: Interfax

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Venezuela confirms death of detained officer who opposition says was tortured

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