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Chávez Scolds Own Party as Internal Squabble Continues

Internal primaries held earlier this month by the governing Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) party continue to be hotly contested both within and without. As allegations of irregularities refuse to go away, the MVR risks alienating both its base and its allies in the pro-Chávez camp.

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Venezuela’s Information Minster Says Rice’s Mission to Latin America will Fail

Andrés Izarra, the Venezuelan Minister of Information and Communication predicted that Condoleezza Rice's visit to Latin America would prove unfruitful. He also defended Venezuela's arms purchases in the face of US criticisms and turned the tables to point out alarming trends in US military spending.

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US-Venezuela Military Cooperation Indefinitely Suspended

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that the 35 year old military exchange program between the US and Venezuela has come to an end until the two countries establish mutually transparent relations.

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Venezuela VP Says "Rumsfeld's Cynicism is Unlimited", Rejects U.S. Criticisms on Weapons Purchase

Venezuelan Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel, responded today to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld renewed criticisms of Venezuela's recent weapons purchase.

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Venezuela’s Citgo Denies it is “Troubled,” as Reports New York Times

Responding to a New York Times article that said that the oil company was "troubled," Citgo, the Venezuelan-owned company, issued a statement highlighting its exceptionally high profits and its independent audits.

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Bush Calls for Alaska Oil Drilling Implying Lower Dependence on Venezuela’s Oil

U.S. President Bush urged the US Congress to support oil production in Alaska’s Wildlife Reserve, contending that the US could produce "more than half of what we import each day from Venezuela."

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Bipartisan Venezuelan National Assembly Delegation Visits Washington

Eight Venezuelan lawmakers visited Washington, DC, to improve US-Venezuelan relations and discuss ways of strengthening Venezuela's political, economic, and social conditions.

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Venezuela’s Chávez Laments Turmoil, Violence in Ecuador

At a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela’s President Chávez expressed his preoccupation in relation to the protests and violence that led to the downfall of President Lucio Gutiérrez of Ecuador, calling them “unfortunate, no matter what the causes.”

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"New Phase" in Venezuela-Chile Relations Say Presidents

The Presidents of Venezuela and Chile signed a series of oil and cooperation agreements yesterday and discussed measures that are necessary for advancing the process of regional integration.

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Venezuelan Security forces Capture Five Colombian Paramilitary Fighters

Five presumed paramilitary fighters were captured by Venezuelan security forces in Venezuela's Amazonas state last Sunday. The fighters were carrying numerous weapons and munitions and were apparently extorting local indigenous inhabitants.

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Irregularities in Governing Party MVR Primaries Denounced by Party Militants

MVR party activists gathered outside the party’s Caracas headquarters yesterday and today to denounce alleged fraud in last week’s internal primaries. When the electoral registry closed last night at midnight, the pro-Chávez alliance had yet to agree on a unified slate in several states.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Says Blacklist must be “Buried”

Referring to the controversial list of pro-chavez deputy Luis Tascon, which contains the names of Venezuelans who supported the recall referendum against Chavez, the president said that state officials must stop using this list as means to discriminate.

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Energy Minister Says Venezuela Will Sell Two Citgo Refineries

Venezuelan Energy and Mines Minister Rafael Ramirez announced the sale of two Citgo refineries in the US, explaining that these refineries were no longer profitable and promised a thorough investigation of all of the state oil comapny's foreign assets.

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Venezuela to Change Agreements with Transnational Oil Companies

Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum announced that Venezuela will require all transnational oil companies that are currently extracting oil from marginal fields to switch to joint ventures. The contracts will be revised because many currently produce losses.

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Venezuela's Energy Minister Calls Nuevo Herald Charges of Corruption “Irresponsible”

A series of articles that recently appeared in the Spanish-language Miami paper, El Nuevo Herald, suggested that high-level officials of the state-owned oil company were involved in corruption. Minister Ramirez rejected this and said that PDVSA might sue the Herald.

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