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UNASUR Moves toward Continental Freedom of Movement, Venezuela Makes “Equality” Call

Nicolas Maduro (centre) with Rafael Correa (right) and Ernesto Samper (left) in Quito for the opening ceremony of the new UNASUR

The 12 member Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has taken a step toward creating South American citizenship and freedom of movement. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro also called for strategies to promote continental economic development, social equality and defence sovereignty.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

President Maduro meets with Uruguayan leader Pepe Mujica in Caracas, on December 3rd. (AFP)

In an announcement made on Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro pledged to slash spending in certain areas, such as senior government officials’ salaries, while swearing “we will never cut one bolivar of what we spend on education, food, housing... on our people.”

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Maria Corina Machado Indicted as Lawyer Claims Lopez Will Be Released Before Christmas

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014.

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The Venezuelan state prosecutor’s office announced today that former deputy Maria Corina Machado has been indicted for conspiracy. Meanwhile the lead attorney defending hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez asserted today his belief that his client would be released this month, before Christmas Eve.

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Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Congratulates Tabare Vazquez on Presidential Victory in Uruguay

“Congratuations to compañero Tabare Vasquez, president elect of Uruguay, for this victory of the Frente Amplio, our brothers

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has congratulated leftist Tabare Vazquez for his overwhelming victory in the second round of Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday.

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OPEC Rejects Production Cut, Venezuela Looks to Budget

Rafael Ramirez in Vienna (VTV screenshot)

As was expected beforehand, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided not to cut production to increase oil prices at the Vienna summit yesterday. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states indicated their willingness to endure low prices in order to maintain market share.

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13 Dead and 145 Poisoned from "Overdose" After Riot in Venezuelan Prison

Order was restored in the prison and those intoxicated are receiving medical attention. (MINCI)

13 prisoners have died and another 145 left poisoned following the presumed uncontrolled consumption of medical substances during a prison riot in Venezuela.

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Maria Corina Machado will Face Charges over Alleged Plot to Assassinate Venezuela’s Maduro

Maria Corina Machado (archive)

Hard-line Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged for her presumed link to an alleged plot to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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OPEC Unlikely to Cut Oil Production, Venezuela’s PDVSA Predicts “Difficult Times Ahead”

The price of Venezuelan heavy crude dove from $99 per barrel in June to about $69 last week. (AVN)

According to Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez, negotiations with Mexico, Russia and Saudi Arabia have failed to reach a joint pledge for OPEC nations to cut oil production.

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Venezuela Celebrates International Day to End Violence Against Women, Inaugurates Shelters

The official ceremony on Tuesday. (VTV)

Yesterday Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro signed a law recognizing femicide as a form of hate crime, and inaugurated two women’s shelters at a widely attended event in the nation’s capital.

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Venezuelan Committee of Victims of Guarimba Violence Present Case before UN

Photo: Family members of victims and others injured during the 2014 violent protests traveled to Santiago, Chile to bring their

A Venezuelan committee made up of victims of the 2014 violent anti-government protests traveled to Chile this week to meet with a regional representative of Human Rights Commission of the United Nations to rectify the international “distortion” of those events.

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Venezuela’s PSUV Accused of Expelling Marea Socialista Dissidents

Speaking to national media yesterday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, who is also PSUV leader, welcomed the internal electi

The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) held internal elections on Sunday to choose almost 4000 local leaders. However the election was preceded by accusations that several party dissidents had been arbitrarily ejected from the organisation.

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Obama Administration Indicates Support for Fresh Sanctions Against Venezuela

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken indicated a willingness to go along with sanctions against Venezuela at a US

On Wednesday at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider Anthony Blinken's nomination as deputy secretary of state, the Obama administration's frontrunner indicated a willingness to support further sanctions against Venezuela.

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Action Demanded over 178 Peasant Killings in Venezuela’s Land Struggle

In a press conference held in Caracas on Wednesday by the Association of Relatives of Assassination Victims (Asofavisi) and the

Rural groups are demanding that justice be done in the cases of 178 peasant assassinations in the struggle over land ownership in Venezuela, and that humanitarian assistance be extended to victims’ families.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Approves Laws on State Security & Corruption as Enabling Period Ends

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro approved five laws addressing corruption and state security on the last day of the period of

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has approved five laws addressing corruption and state security on the last day of the enabling period of limited lawmaking powers granted to him by the National Assembly.

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Venezuela Puts $4 Billion China Loan in Foreign Reserves, Signs Major Oil Deal with Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin (center) watches as Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez (left) greets Rosneft president

In a television address yesterday evening, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro indicated that a $4 billion loan from China would be added to the country’s international reserves. Meanwhile, as oil prices to continue to slide and with eight days to go to the next OPEC meeting, Venezuela has signed a major deal with the largest exporting non-OPEC member, Russia.

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