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Venezuela Says DEA Stole Equipment

Venezuela's Director of Drug Enforcement said that the DEA had donated equipment for tapping cell phone systems to his agency, but that it later removed this equipment, despite several requests to return it. Problems with the DEA began in 2002 when a cooperation agreement was rewritten.

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U.S. Congressman Serrano Blasts Rumsfeld's Statements on Venezuela and Cuba's Role in Latin America

Congressman Serrano said Rumsfeld's comments about Venezuela and Cuba's alleged role in the political unrest in Bolivia are "baseless". He listed hunger, lack of employment and education as the real causes of the unrest.

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Venezuela Responds to Inter-American Dialogue Report

The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC issued a reply to the Inter-American Dialogue’s most recent policy report, which compares the state of democracy in Venezuela to that of Haiti.

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Plane Crashes in Venezuela, Killing 160

A charter plane crashed early Tuesday morning in a mountain range in Venezuela, 20 miles from its border with Colombia, killing all 160 on board. the plan apparently had engine trouble and tried to make an emergency landing in Venezuela, but was unable to do so.

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Venezuelan Mock-Tribunal Declares Bush Guilty of Imperialism

A mock "Anti-Imperialist International Tribunal," presided over by Venezuela's Vice-President declared the Bush administration guilty of imperialism and crimes against humanity. Dozens of international witnesses recounted suffering caused by U.S. foreign policy.

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Venezuela to Deny Diplomatic Immunity to DEA Agents

Responding to a move to deny visas to six Venezuelan military officers involved in drug control, Vice-President Rangel announced that Venezuela would no longer accept diplomatic immunity for DEA agents and that it would re-evaluate automatic visas for U.S. citizens.

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An Ounce of Prevention, Aimed at Women and Youth in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government has launched an AIDS prevention campaign that specifically targets women and youth, sectors in which the incidence of the disease is growing worldwide.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Strengthens Cooperation in Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil

On a four-day whirlwind tour of three key allies, Venezuela’s President Chavez signed and reviewed agreements with the governments of Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil, which are to promote integration and cooperation between the countries.

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Venezuela Willing to Work with DEA under New Rules

Jesse Chacon, the Minister of the Interior and of Justice, said that Venezuela would be willing to work with the DEA, as long as it accepted its subordination to Venezuelan norms and laws. He would not be surprised if venezuela were "decertified" by the U.S., as this is the only way it has found to oppose Chavez.

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Venezuela Gives Land Titles to 6 Indigenous Communities

President Chavez turned over 317,000 acres to six indigenous communities as part of the social program Mision Guaicaipuro, which is to provide collective land titles to all of Venezuela's indigenous groups.

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Chavez Supporters Won 80% of Local Offices in Venezuela

Pro-Chavez candidates won about 80% of the city council seats that were up for election last Sunday, more than doubling their representation in the city councils, where the opposition used to have a solid majority of seats.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Confirms Suspension of Cooperation with DEA

President Chavez confirmed earlier reports that Venezuela will suspend cooperation with the U.S. government's Drug enforcement Administration, accusing it of spying and of violating Venezuelan sovereignty. The U.S. State Department warned that the move would have consequences for Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Elections Conclude Without Incident and Lower Abstention than Expected

The Venezuelan vote for local city and district council offices on Sunday concluded without incident and relatively low turnout. However, turnout was higher than during the last local vote in 2000. The opposition argued that low turnout was a sign of rejection of the government.

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Venezuela Demands Proof of U.S. Claims it Supports Groups in Latin America

Responding to renewed allegations that Venezuela is providing support to opposition groups that are "destabilizing" its neighbors, Venezuela repeated its demand that the U.S. present concrete proof of such allegations. Failure to do so would discredit the U.S.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Will Not Pursue Case against Newspaper

The Attorney General's office decided that it would not have a case against the prominent newspaper El Universal in charging it with defamation. Its investigation suggests, though, that the Supreme Court could have a case against the paper.

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