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Venezuela Launches 12 New State Enterprises to Substitute Imports

The Chavez government inaugurated 12 new state-owned enterprises, which will help the country to become less dependent on imports and use the country's raw materials, instead of exporting these.

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Venezuela Agrees not to Cut OPEC Production, Supports Iran

After initial reports that Venezuela would support production cutbacks in OPEC, it agreed to maintain current levels, while arguing high prices are not the result of insufficient supply. Instead, Venezuela argued that unjustified threats against Iran are one of the causes of high oil prices.

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Venezuela Says It Uncovered U.S. Spy Ring

Venezuela's President Chavez reiterated accusations first made last week that the U.S. embassy in Venezuela is involved in spying. numerous low-level Venezuelan officers were accused of taking payments for information.

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Traffic Jams Worsened in Caracas Because of World Social Forum

Commuters stand in traffic and street vendors and taxi drivers lose money after the partial closing of a major Caracas artery for the Venezuelan gathering of the sixth World Social Forum.

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Small and Earnest Alternative Social Forum in Venezuela

A small Alternative Social Forum, which criticizes the World Social Forum's reliance on government support, is being held in Caracas, in parallel to the large WSF.

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WSF Talks Latin American Integration

Panelists at the official World Social Forum event on Latin American integration argued in favor of integration as way for overcoming neo-liberal economics and economic dependence on the North.

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Diverse Venezuelan Groups March To Open Sixth World Social Forum

Among throngs of foreigners, Venezuelans marching across Southwest Caracas speak about how they’re working to make another world possible.

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Judge Issues Injunction Against Venezuelan Media

In a decision which critics say violates freedom of the press, a court ruled that the media cannot print information about case files and the private life of a key witness in the assassination case of State Prosecutor Danilo Anderson.

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Venezuela's Chavez and Bolivia's Morales Sign 8 Agreements

The Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia signed eight cooperation agreements, involving oil for food trade and assistance in the development of Bolivia's natural gas reserves. The two countries also committed themselves to fight imperialism and capitalism.

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Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina Plan 8,000 Kilometer Gas Pipeline

The Presidents of Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil gathered in Brasilia to discuss plans to build a 8,000 km gas pipeline from Venezuela to Argentina, so as to promote Latin American energy integration and independence.

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Venezuela OKs Anti-Drug Pact With U.S.

Venezuelan officials said Thursday that they have approved a new anti-drug agreement with the U.S., months after the South American nation suspended cooperation amid allegations of U.S. spying.

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Venezuelan Government Workers to Receive Raises

The National Workers Union and Venezuelan government are in negotiations to determine this year’s civil servants’ raises. For the past two years, only those workers receiving minimum wages have seen salary increases.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Accuses Justice Department of Corruption

Supreme Court Judge Luis Velazquez Alvaray accused functionaries of the Venezuelan court system's administration of corruption and asked the Attorney General to investigate.

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Chavez Summarizes Accomplishments of 2005 and Accuses U.S. of Interference in Venezuela

Addressing the nation and the Venezuelan parliament, Chavez summarized accomplishments of his government in 2005, citing reductions in poverty, among others. Chavez also accused the U.S. of pursuing imperialist aims with its efforts to prevent Venezuelan arms purchases.

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Venezuela Launches Social Mission Aimed at Helping the Most Vulnerable

Mission Negra Hipólita, the new Venezuelan social mission, will work toward helping the most disenfranchised groups in Venezuelan society, such as homeless adults, street children, and the disabled.

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