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Venezuela Holds 10 for Lawmaker Robert Serra’s Murder

Luisa Ortega Diaz (Minci)

Ten people are in custody for the murder of a ruling-party lawmaker and his aide, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Thursday.

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1.395 Arrested in Venezuelan Anti-Smuggling Operation

The distribution to hospitals of hoarded medical supplies discovered in two large warehouses last week has begun (archive)

As part of an on-going operation against the hoarding and smuggling of basic goods, Venezuelan authorities have reported that a total of 1,395 people have been arrested for contraband activities.

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Venezuelan Government Recalls Ambassador to Spain, Leopoldo Lopez Skips Out on Court Date

Spanish president Mariano Rajoy meets with Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez. (Mariano Rajoy- Facebook)

On Tuesday the Venezuelan Foreign Office announced the government’s decision to recall their ambassador to Spain, Mario Isea Bohórquez, for consultations. A hardline opposition leader, currently imprisoned and facing charges of inciting violence, refused to attend his own trial yesterday in in an attempt to pressure the government to respond to a United Nations request for his immediate release.

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Abrupt Replacement of Minister Rodriguez Torres Raises Questions in Venezuela

Former interior justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Ultimas Noticias)

On Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced that Interior Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres would be replaced in his post by chief admiral and former defense minister Carmen Melendez. Many Venezuelans believe the decision was an attempt to mend the rift with revolutionary grassroots collectives, who hold the former minister accountable for the deadly shooting of five armed collective members earlier this month.

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Venezuelan Security Forces Reevaluated in the Name of Assassinated Deputy Robert Serra

Maduro with admiral-in-chief and newly appointed interior justice minister Carmen Melendez (center left) at the Fuerte Tiuna Mil

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said yesterday that a “revolution” of the country’s police forces is being launched, after revealing that a group of police was involved in the 1 October murder of late PSUV deputy Robert Serra.

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Venezuelan Communist Youth Group Attacked, Right Wingers Blamed

Building that serves as headquarters for the Communist youth organization in Caracas. Note burn marks left by the bomb. (Photo:

Members of the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) had just finished publicity work at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 when incendiary devices, launched from different points, struck the façade of their headquarters building in Caracas

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Venezuela Welcomes Reelection of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff (Reuters)

The reelection of Dilma Rouseff in Brazil and the first round victory by leftist Tabare Vazquez in Uruguay’s presidential election have been welcomed in Venezuela.

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Disaffected Chavistas Affiliate with Dissident Marea Socialista Organisation in Venezuela

Last Wednesday three chavista groupings, including the Hugo Chavez National Front and the Socialist Middle Class, announced thei

The spokespeople of several chavista organisations have announced their affiliation to Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide), signaling the existence of a growing dissident left current in the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

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Venezuela Rules Out Sale of Citgo to the US

A Citgo refinery in Romeoville, Illinois, near Chicago (Photo: Reuters).

In an interview published Sunday, Venezuelan Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said will South American country will not sell Citgo Petroleum Corporation to the United States. Citgo is the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan state owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA).

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Maduro Announces Tougher Measures on Smugglers of Food and Medical Supplies in Venezuela

Thousands of tons of medical equipment were found in a warehouse in Tejería in the central state of Aragua.  Government officia

The measures were announced on Thursday following the seizure of two large warehouses jam-packed with basic goods and medicines that were destined for Colombia, authorities say.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders in Foreign Lobbying, Government Clashes with UN Commissioner

Henrique Capriles (left) and Julio Borges (archive)

Several opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, are currently engaged in networking and lobbying trips in the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has clashed with a UN human rights official over the demand to release jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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Venezuelan Government Unveils 2015 Budget, Anticipates Drop in Oil Prices

Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the 2015 budget on Tuesday. (@RMarcoTorres)

On Tuesday, Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the outline of the 2015 government budget, which features heightened investment in pension programs, healthcare, and university expansion.

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UN Women’s Conference in Geneva Highlights Venezuela’s Efforts Toward Gender Equality

A Venezuelan public media journalist breastfeeds as she works. Motherhood is celebrated in Venezuela with the third longest paid

On Tuesday, at the 59th United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland, chairperson Nicole Ameline praised Venezuela’s efforts and success in increasing gender equality.

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ALBA Countries Meet in Havana to Coordinate Preventative Plan Against Ebola

The ALBA trade bloc held an extraordinary summit meeting on Monday to coordinate a response to the ebola virus. (AVN)

At the request of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, member countries of the ALBA trade bloc met yesterday at a special summit in Havana, Cuba to discuss methods of preventing the spread of the ebola virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Venezuelan government has donated US$5 million to the United Nations to fight the spread of the virus.

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Thousands of Venezuelan Youth March to Demand End to “Terrorism”

A youth participant in Saturday's march against terrorism and for peace stands among thousands of participants and a photo

On Saturday thousands of Venezuelan youth and government supporters participated in a march against terrorism and for peace.  The youth march was organized in response to the assassination of 27-year old lawmaker and Chavista leader Robert Serra, who was murdered along with his partner Maria Herrera in their home earlier this month. 

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