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Maduro Announces Further Border Closures After Colombia and Venezuela Recall Ambassadors

Colombian police stand guard in front of the border with Venezuelan Bolivarian Army soldiers near Villa del Rosario village, Aug

Venezuela and Colombia recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Thursday after a meeting between the two nations’ foreign ministers on Wednesday failed to calm diplomatic tensions over Venezuelan border closures and Colombian smuggling activities. The move was followed by further border closures announced by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on Friday.

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Colombia and Venezuelan Ambassadors to Meet after Border Closure Highlights Tensions

1. A man carries another man while crossing to Colombia through the Tachira river, next to others carrying their belongings, at

Venezuelan and Colombian foreign ministers will meet today to discuss the issues surrounding Venezuela’s border closure and the crackdown on smuggling and undocumented Colombian immigrants in Tachira state, amid rising controversy.

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2,000 Soldiers Deployed to Venezuelan Border to Maintain State of Exception

The state of exception, which went into effect on Saturday morning, affects five municipalities in Tachira state. (TeleSUR Engli

More than 2,000 soldiers from the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) and other state security forces were deployed in the early hours of the morning to the La Invasion region in San Antonio, Tachira state after Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro declared a state of exception in the area.

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Uproar after Chavista Colonel Detained for Giving Controversial Interview

Jose Martin Raga gives an interview to Newsweek. (Photo: Aporrea)

Venezuelan Colonel Jose Martin Raga was detained Wednesday after Newsweek en Español published an interview in which he shared his critical perspective on the Bolivarian government, while maintaining his support for the revolution. The military official was released today without charges, after his arrest took social media by storm. 

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Colombian and Venezuelan Governments Work Together after Attack Closes Border

The attack of two soldiers caused Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to close the International Simon Bolivar bridge (pictured)

On Wednesday, following an attack on Venezuelan troops leaving two soldiers in critical condition, president Nicolas Maduro closed a major border crossing to Colombia for “at least 72 hours” and launched a search for the assailants. 

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Alleged Paramilitary Charged with Murder of Robert Serra, Awaits Trial in Venezuela

Leiver Padilla arriving in Venezuela following his extradition from Colombia (AVN)

Alleged Colombian paramilitary Leiver Padilla (alias "El Colombia") has been formally charged by Venezuelan prosecutors with the murder of the young socialist parliamentarian Robert Serra and his partner Maria Herrera.

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Attacks on Venezuelan Commune and Farmland Reported, Crops Destroyed

Edison Diaz (center) accuses Barinas state governor Adan Chavez of ordering a raid to evict farmworkers and destroy their crops.

Over the past week, two different Venezuelan groups have stepped forward to denounce illegitimate raids conducted by National Guard officials (GNB) against peasants on disputed farmland in Barinas state, and on the agricultural commune El Maizal, respectively

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Murderer of Sabino Romero Given Maximum Sentence in Historic Ruling

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Venezuelan social movements celebrated victory on Friday following a long awaited court ruling sentencing to 30 years the man accused of murdering Yukpa indigenous leader Sabino Romero.

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Maduro Calls for Radicalizing Bolivarian Revolution, Voices Solidarity with Ecuadorian and Brazilian Leaders

President Nicolas Maduro speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Council of Communes Government on Saturday (Photo: Correo del

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro issued calls for "a more radical revolution" on Saturday, announcing expanded funding for the country's growing commune movement.

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Venezuela Frees Ex-Defense Minister Convicted of Corruption

Raul Isaias Baduel (Photo: archive/UltimasNoticias)

Former defense minister Raul Isaías Baduel was granted parole by a Venezuelan military tribunal yesterday after serving six years for corruption charges.

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Jailed Ex-Mayor Granted House Arrest amid Fracturing Opposition

Hard right opposition leader Daniel Ceballos (archive)

Daniel Ceballos, a former mayor of the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, was granted house arrest yesterday due to health issues. The announcement comes amid fresh schisms in the opposition electoral coalition. 

 

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Venezuela Appeals Against ConocoPhillips Ruling, Pitches Special OPEC Meeting

Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast "In contact with Maduro" at Miraflores palace in Caracas on Aug. 11,

On Monday, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office reportedly requested that the World Bank’s arbitration panel “reconsider its position” with respect to its ruling in favor of ConocoPhillips’ compensation claim. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro to Present Evidence of US Economic Sabotage as Gold Tumbles

President Nicolas Maduro during the ALBA trade bloc meeting on Monday, in Caracas. (Presidential Press)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged yesterday evening to share evidence in the coming days of the United States’ “Plan Vulture”, which he claims is currently destabilizing leftist Latin American governments through economic sabotage. The upcoming revelation coincides with worsening economic difficulties befalling the Bolivarian nation as gold and oil prices collapse. 

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Venezuela Ramps Up Anti-Crime Offensive, Targets Hoarding and Contraband

176,000 liters of gasoline confiscated by authorities in Zulia state (@VTVcanal8)

Venezuelan security forces executed major raids on criminal groups engaged in hoarding and contraband on Sunday morning as part of the Bolivarian government’s ongoing, national anti-gang offensive.

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Bolivarian Navy Unveils First Ever Coast Guard Vessel Made in Venezuela

The new Caricare PG-52, made 100% in Venezuela (Elis Manzanares/Notitarde)

The Venezuelan Navy celebrated on Friday the inauguration of the first ever coast guard vessel made in Venezuela as part of a joint-project undertaken with Cuba.

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