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Venezuela Courts US Investment for Upcoming Business Roundtable

Venezuela is preparing for a business roundtable to be held in Caracas, June 30 to July 1, at which U.S. investors will learn about investment opportunities in Venezuela. Plastics, agriculture, and fisheries are of particular interest to Venezuela.

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16th Worldwide Festival of Youth and Students to be Held in Venezuela

During a press conference held today representatives from the Worldwide Federation of Democratic Youth announced that 15,000 young people from over one hundred countries will meet in Caracas for the 16th Worldwide Festival of Youth and Students between the 7th and the 15th of August.

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Venezuela’s Interior Minister Says he has Evidence of Assassination Plot

In a press conference yesterday Venezuelan Minister of Justice and the Interior confirmed that there is an assassination plot underway against President Hugo Chávez. Chacón revealed that Venezuelan intelligence has obtained photographs, and video and audio recordings of meetings between Venezuelans and Colombian paramilitaries.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Prioritizes Cooperation over Competition at Mercosur Summit

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said at the 28th Mercosur Summit that if Latin America does not begin to prioritize cooperation over competition, the region will never be able to achieve true integration. Chávez explained several initiatives such as a gas line project, a Bank of the South and a University of the South.

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Venezuela Pushes Mercosur Summit Toward Stronger Integration

The 28th summit of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) ended on Monday, with Chavez making several proposals that would integrate member countries more tightly, such as an "energy ring" that would create a grid of gas, oil, and electricity lines throughout the continent.

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Venezuela’s Intelligence Service To Be Restructured

President Chavez appointed a new director for Venezuela's intelligence service, the DISIP, and has authorized a thorough restructuring of the service in the wake of the discovery of high-level corruption and complicity in the recent escape of a notorious drug trafficker.

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Venezuelan Government Wins Victory at ILO in Geneva

A request to hold sanctions against the Venezuelan government for alleged labor violations, co-sponsored by the country’s employers’ association and the traditional labor federation was rejected this week at the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) meetings being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Minister: Narco-Trafficker Escaped from Venezuelan Prison with Police Complicity

A Colombian drug-trafficker, wanted by the US, escaped from a Venezuelan prison over the weekend, allegedly with police complicity. Agents of Venezuela’s military and intelligence police, the DISIP, are being investigated for reportedly accepting bribes of $1-2 million to facilitate the accused’s escape.

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Venezuela’s President Says Assassination Plot Means Fewer Public Appearances

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez confirmed the existence of plans to assassinate him and explained that this conspiracy comes “from outside the country,” and has in no way altered his faith in the Venezuelan military.

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Venezuela Formally Submits Extradition Request to U.S.

Venezuela's embassy in the US announced that today it submitted all the necessary papers for requesting the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, who is accused of terrorist activity in Latin America. This completes the steps the Venezuelan government needs to take. Now the U.S. must make a decision.

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U.S. General Says Venezuela is a Danger for the Hemisphere

In an interview with the Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald, U.S. General John Craddock expressed concern about the destabilizing influence of Venezuela. Venezuelan officials see the comments as part of the list of recycled concerns emitted by the Bush Administration on an almost daily basis.

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Venezuela's Independence Day Parade Suspended due to Assassination Concerns

The traditional Army Day parade held annually on June 24th was suspended by the Venezuelan Defense Minister, Jorge García Carneiro. According to Gen. Garcia Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez must limit his public appearances due to the increased risk of an assassination attempt.

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New Evidence Links Posada Carriles to Airline Bombing

Declassified CIA and FBI documents provide further evidence linking Cuban exile and naturalized Venezuelan citizen Luis Posada Carriles to the bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 in 1976 that killed 73 people.

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Chavez Announces Major New Health Care Project for Venezuela

Thirty diagnostic centers were inaugurated yesterday as part of the latest social program: Mission Barrio Adentro II. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that by the end of the year an additional 600 centers will be opened. He also laid the groundwork for Mission Barrio Adentro III and the deepening of the Mission Miracle.

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Mesa: “No Venezuela meddling in Bolivian affairs”

Former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa said in an interview published Sunday in Mexico City that his administration found no evidence of meddling in Bolivia's internal affairs by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as Washington charged.

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