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4 South American Presidents Hold Emergency Energy Summit

The Presidents of Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil met in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, on Thursday, to discuss the effects of Bolivia’s recent nationalization of its hydrocarbons and the future of energy integration in South America. Bolivia also agreed to support the "Gas Pipeline of the South."

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Venezuela Urges U.S. to Reconsider Release of Terrorism Suspects

Venezuela’s Embassy in the U.S. condemned the release of two officers suspected of terror bombings in Venezuela, who Venezuela is seeking to extradite from the U.S.

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Venezuela and Peru Withdraw Respective Ambassadors

Amid ongoing allegations of interference in Peru’s electoral process, Venezuela announced it reciprocates Peru’s recent move and withdraws its ambassador from Peru.

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Venezuela Makes Deal with Spanish Landowners

The Chavez government sealed a deal in which Spanish landowners, who had been complaining about illegal land invasions, were compensated for their land, which will now be turned over to local peasants.

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Inflation and Unemployment fall, Minimum Wage Rises in Venezuela

Venezuela’s economic boom has continued into the first part of 2006, with consumer inflation and unemployment down, and a 10 percent minimum wage hike.

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Opposition and Chavez Supporters March Separately for Mayday in Venezuela

Venezuelans celebrated International Worker’s Day yesterday with two large marches that wound through the streets of Caracas. One in support of the Chavez-led “Bolivarian Revolution,” and the other with the opposition.

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Peru Recalls Ambassador to Venezuela

Peru withdrew its ambassador to Venezuela, in protest over Chavez's praise for presidential candidate Ollanta Humala and his negative comments about Humala's opponent in the presidential run-off vote, Alan Garcia.

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Venezuela Appoints New Electoral Council

Venezuela's National Assembly appointed a new National Electoral Council this past week, the first appointed in accordance with the 1999 constitution. The naming of the new council was highly anticipated in light of the possiblity of another opposition electoral boycott.

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Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina Move Ahead on Integration

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Brazilian and Argentine counterparts held a one-day summit in Sao Paulo Wednesday to discuss various topics relating to the integration of South America, while Bolivia’s President Evo Morales announced that he will be signing a People’s Trade Agreement with Cuba and Venezuela in Havana on Saturday.

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Venezuelan Opposition Group to Promote Primaries

Venezuelan opposition group Sumate announced it will organize primary elections to choose a single opposition candidate for this December’s Presidential Elections.

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Venezuela’s State Oil Co. Forms Joint Venture with Nicaraguan Mayors

Nicaragua's Mayors' Association and Venezuela's state owned oil company PDVSA signed an agreement to provide oil to Nicaraguan communities at preferential financing terms. The agreement mirrors earlier agreements signed with Caribbean nations.

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Venezuela to Extend and Expand U.S. Heating Oil Program

During a meeting with beneficiaries of the program that provides discounted heating oil to low-income communities in the U.S., President Chavez announced that the program would continue and that it would be expanded both in volume and in purpose.

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Venezuela Will Reconsider Withdrawal from CAN if Others Reconsider Free Trade

At the request of Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said he will reconsider Venezuela’s withdrawal from CAN, if other Andean countries reconsider their free trade agreements with the US.

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U.S.-Venezuela Airline Conflict Resolved

US officials agreed to raise the classification of Venezuelan airlines, removing restrictions that had been the source of a conflict which threatened to significantly reduce air travel between the two countries.

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Chavez: Venezuela to withdraw from Andean Community of Nations

In a surprise announcement yesterday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that Venezuela would withdraw from the Andean Community. Separately, he said that Venezuela was considering dropping import tariffs for select agricultural goods from fellow Latin American countries.

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