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Uruguay and Venezuela: Need to Strengthen Mercosur

Uruguay's President Tabaré Vazquez and Venezuela's President Chavez met in Caracas yesterday and today, to sign numerous cooperation agreements and expressed their disapproval of free trade agreements with the U.S.

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Venezuelan Worker Controlled Factory Movement Demonstrates for more Expropriations

A newly created organization, the Revolutionary Workers Front of Occupied and Co-Managed Companies demonstrated for more government expropriations of idle factories today.

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Nineteen Accused of Corruption in Venezuelan Sugar Processing Plant

A report by the National Assembly has leveled accusations against 19 civilians and military officers who were involved in a scandal at a sugar processing plant that cost the government $1.3 million.

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Professor Believes FBI Grilled Him for His Political Beliefs on Venezuela

A Pomona College professor who is an outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Venezuela was questioned Tuesday by two agents from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in what he calls an act of intimidation.

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Venezuelan Women March Against US Invasion of Iraq

Tens of thousands of Venezuelan women took to the streets on International Women’s day to demand an end to the US Occupation of Iraq.

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British Parliament Debate Supports Chavez’s Venezuela

A debate in Britain's parliament about UK policy towards Venezuela allowed most participants to express their support for Venezuela and the need for the UK to have a constructive policy towards the country.

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Venezuela Aviation Authority Plays Hardball With U.S. FAA

Venezuela has announced its intention to cut back flights from US airlines, in response to a decade old US classification which limits Venezuelan flights into the States. American Airlines supports Venezuela’s reclassification.

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Chavez Accuses State Governor of Seeking To Secede from Venezuela

Chavez accused Manuel Rosales, the governor of the Venezuelan state of Zulia, of seeking secession for his state, with support from the U.S., in an effort to destabilize the country. Rosales, though, strongly denied the accusations.

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Prices in Venezuela Fall 0.4% in February

In its biggest drop in 18 years, prices fell 0.4 percent last month, due to a decrease in the cost of food. Inflation over the past 12 months has been 12.5%, which is the lowest rate since 2001.

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Connecticut Latest State to Accept Venezuelan Oil

Among critics' concerns of political interference, Connecticut becomes the latest state to help relieve its residents' heating bill by accepting discounted Venezuelan heating oil.

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U.S. Intelligence Director Negroponte Slams Venezuela

Negroponte accused the Chavez government of spending millions on an extravagant foriegn policy and of suffocating democracy in Venezuela. Venezuelan officials reacted by pointing out that Negroponte is one of the shadiest characters in the Bush administration.

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Venezuela Lowers Foreign Debt by $4.7 Billion

Venezuela plans to spend $4.7 billion to buy back a portion of its external debt. The debt buy-back will lower Venezuela´s total foreign debt burden by 15.2% and will free up as much as $600 million in interest payments.

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Venezuela to Reopen Natural Gas Program for Cars

Venezuela intends to reopen its vehicular natural gas program, announced PdVSA Director Asdrubal Chávez last week. The program promises environmental and economic benefits for the South American country.

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Opposition Groups Begin Organizing For December Presidential Election

Opposition groups break into two overlapping camps as they discuss the conditions on which they will run in the upcoming election.

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Church and Business Decline to Help Select New Venezuelan Electoral Council

Both Venezuela's Episcopal Conference, which represents the Catholic church in Venezuela, and Fedecamaras, which represents Venezuela's largest businesses, declined to participate in the nomination process for a new electoral council.

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