- BULGARIA / RUSSIA : Moscow Hits Sofia With $1.3 Billion Claim For Failed Nuke.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- UKRAINE : 27 April UPDATE: Barbie Doll Looking Model...Defends Appearance.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- MEXICO / USA : Wanted Narco Billionaire's 'Daughter' Arrested In San Diego.
- MEXICO : Gulfo Narco Boss 'El Coss' Caught In Tampico; Arrested Pozos Gonzalez Proud Of Golden AK-47.
- USA / SOCIAL MEDIA / GUN CULTURE: Santa Leaves Heat As Xmas Treats.
- RUSSIA / CHECHNYA/ FRANCE : Actor Depardieu Parties With Dictator Kadyrov.
- MEXICO / USA: Despite Violence, Border Factories Bloom.
- MEXICO: The Growing Number Of Narco Women.
01 January 2012
VENEZUELA / USA : 2 Jan UPDATE: Despite Modest $908 Million Exxon/Mobil Seizure Judgement...Chavez Will Pay Only...$255 Million!
The new year...had a happy beginning for President Hugo Chavez....when an international court in Paris court ordered Caracas to pay...$908 million to Exxon/ Mobil...less than 1/10th of the nearly $10 billion it was seeking.
Yet...defiantly...the national oil company says it will pay...LESS than 1/3 of that amount...$255 million(AP/WSJ)!
It claims it is deducting debts owed by Exxon from the $908 million.
But PDVSA says it will pay the full $255m...in 60 days.
In 2007...Chavez nationalized 425 million barrels of Exxon's proved reserves...in the rich Orinoco belt.