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Oil Provokes Diplomatic Spat Between Venezuela and Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez responds to the government of Guyana over disputed territory, Caracas, Venezuela Jun

Tensions between Venezuela and Guyana rose this week following a Guyanese statement rejecting Venezuelan claims to a disputed maritime territory where Exxon Mobil has discovered oil. 

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Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

A woman waves a placard rejecting Gonzalez's visit: "Murderer and Fascist - Venezuela respects itself" (Laiguana)

The former Spanish Prime Minister claims to be visiting the country in order to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma. He met with Ledezma on Sunday. 

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Venezuela Recognized by FAO for Halving Malnutrition

Venezuela's Arreaza with FAO General Director Graziano Da Silva (Credit: @VTVCanal8)

Venezuela was recognized this Monday by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for meeting the UN millennium goal of halving malnutrition. 

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Venezuelan Football Federation Mired in FIFA Corruption Scandal

The headquarters of the FVF were inspected by Venezuelan intelligence services on Wednesday (VTV)

The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s office has opened up an investigation into the organisation for in the wake of last week’s “FIFA-gate”. 

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Workers Accuse Venezuela's Largest Food Company of Intimidation

POLAR is Venezuela's largest private food company (VTV)

Workers at Venezuela's largest private food company, POLAR, say management is trying to stifle calls for improved wages and conditions.

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Former Colombian City Councillor, Uribe Ally & International Fugitive Arrested for Financing Serra Assassination

González was arrested by Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday morning (Telesur)

“Everything points to Uribe,” stated Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro. 

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Opposition March Marred by Poor Turnout and Embarrassing Blunders

JAVU activists attending Saturday’s march (Ultimas Noticias)

Around three thousand opposition supporters are reported to have taken to the streets on Saturday in response to calls by jailed politician, Leopoldo Lopez, to march against the Venezuelan government. 

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Alleged Colombian Paramilitary Wanted for Murder of Robert Serra Arrives in Venezuela

Padilla Leiva, accused of assassinating socialist legislator Robert Serra, arrives at Maiquetia airport under the watch of Venez

Leiva Padilla, alias “El Colombia,” arrived in Venezuela on Saturday to face trial for the murders of socialist politician, Robert Serra, and his comrade and assistant, Maria Herrera.

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Hunger Strike Confirmed as Opposition Fragments

Leopoldo Lopez (far left) and Henrique Capriles Radonski (right) pictured together. Lopez finds himself increasingly isolated fr

Venezuela's chief ombudsman Tarek William Saab confirmed yesterday that jailed far right politicians Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos have refused to eat since Monday as part of a planned hunger strike announced on Saturday. 

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Venezuela and Russia Reach $14 Billion Oil and Gas Deal

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro with Rosneft president Sechin (Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro concluded an agreement with Russia's state-owned Rosneft that will see an additional $14 billion in investment in the South American country's oil and gas industry over the coming years. 

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Lopez Not on Hunger Strike, Video Tied to Plan to Bring Down Government

Leopoldo Lopez released the video on Saturday night (screen shot/Leopoldo Lopez)

Venezuela’s chief ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, has publicly refuted media reports that imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez has gone on hunger strike. A leaked conversation featuring Lopez has also revealed the strike to be part of yet another attempt to destabilise the Bolivarian government. 

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Venezuelan Defence Minister: Drug Filled Plane not of Venezuelan Origin

Lopez described press reports surrounding the crash as "manipulative" (VTV)

The Minister confirmed that the cocaine-laden plane, which crashed off the coast of Colombia on Wednesday, originated from Central America and not Venezuela. 

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Bolivarian National Guard Vehicle Burnt by Hooded Militants in Tachira State

Arson attacks are one of the most common tactics employed by anti-government groups (Twitter)
Three Bolivarian National Guards were injured in the attack, which took place on the campus of the National Experimental University of Tachira (UNET) on Wednesday. 
 

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Venezuela Rejects Attacks against Cabello, Government Launches Campaign

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, vowed to back Cabello against what he labelled international right-wing attacks (Reuters)
The Venezuelan legislative branch of government and the Supreme Court have vehemently rejected reports that the US is probing National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello for alleged links to international drug trafficking.
 

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Venezuela and Palestine Sign New Round of Agreements

Maduro and al-Maliki in Miraflores Palace yesterday. (Credit: AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed a series of agreements with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during an official meeting in Miraflores on Wednesday. 

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