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UNASUR Arrives in Venezuela as Parliamentary Campaigns Launch

UNASUR Secretary-General Ernesto Samper (R) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (TeleSUR)

A delegation of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) arrived yesterday in Caracas to install their observer mission for Venezuela’s upcoming Parliamentary elections on December 6th.

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US Apologizes for Violating Venezuelan Airspace, Calls for Anti-Drug Cooperation

Caption: US General John Kelly, chief of SOUTHCOM. (AFP)

US SOUTHCOM Chief John Kelly admitted yesterday that a US intelligence plane had violated Venezuelan airspace on November 6th as part of what he alleged to be an anti-drug operation.

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Venezuela Calls US Drug Arrest a “Kidnapping,” Denies Links to First Lady

The President of Venezuela's National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, lambasts the DEA for "kidnapping" the two young
After two Venezuelan citizens, alleged nephews of First Lady Cilia Flores, were arrested last week by US officials in Haiti on drug trafficking charges, Haitian government sources alerted media of numerous irregularities in the capture, prompting Venezuelan official Diosdado Cabello to label the arrest a “kidnapping” by DEA agents.
 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Highlights Human Rights Advances at UNHRC, Slams Western Bias

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland. (@SRodrigoteleSUR)

In his address to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted Venezuela’s achievements in human rights. The country was re-elected to the international body last month, which the president welcomed as a “universal vote of confidence”.

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Caracas Farmers’ Market Showcases Grassroots Responses to Economic War

A woman sells fresh produce at the Caracas farmers' market. (Lucas Koerner)

Hundreds gathered in Los Caobos park in downtown Caracas on Saturday morning for an ecological farmers’ market organized by grassroots organizations and cooperatives.

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Summit of South American and Arab Countries Closes with Historic ‘Riyadh Declaration’

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro addresses the ASPA bloc in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 12th, 2015. (AVN)

 The fourth Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) represented a huge step for commercial and political integration between the two blocs, with the next meeting set to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2018.

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Nephews of Venezuelan First Lady Reportedly Arrested by U.S. Officials for Alleged Drug Trafficking

Photo: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds hands with his wife, Cilia Flores, as they arrive for a meeting in the Su

Two young men, reported to be the nephews of Venezuelan First Lady Cilia Flores, were arrested this weekend in Haiti by US authorities and will allegedly face charges of drug trafficking in a New York federal court.

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Hooded Assailants Raid State Electric Facility in Venezuela’s Tachira State

Numerous vehicles were set on fire during the attack, while others were stoned. (@Tachira_Segura)

According to Ramon Cabeza, the director of Civil Safety in Venezuela’s Tachira state, “80 hooded youths jumped the security fence [and] threw molotov cocktails,” leaving 20 workers’ vehicles and one service vehicle severely damaged.

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Venezuela Accuses US of Violating Airspace

Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez announces the intrusion of the US plane into the country’s airspace. (VTV)

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez confirmed that a US intelligence jet had flown over the country’s territory on Friday. 

 

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Maduro Bets his Mustache that State Housing Mission will Finish 1M Homes before Year’s End

Maduro asked construction workers and engineers to work harder in order to save his mustache. (Photo: EFE)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged Wednesday to shave his mustache in the event that the Bolivarian government fails to meet its goal of completing a total of 1 million homes by year's end as part of the country's Great Housing Mission. 

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Venezuelan Authorities Uncover 2,500 Kilos of Expired Flour in Kraft Plant

On Saturday, a cache of 30 tons of corn flour were uncovered by Venezuelan Armed Forces officials in Zulia state as part of anti

Venezuelan authorities discovered 2,500 kilos of expired wheat flour at a plant belonging to the US multinational Kraft Foods in the northwestern city of Barquisimeto. The wheat flour was imported by the food and beverage conglomerate using preferential dollars provided by the Venezuelan state, which are exclusively reserved for importing food and medicines.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Expands PetroCaribe Investments in Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Graphic art depicting the sunrise over the Caribbean, with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) as the

In a diplomatic visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged new resources to the island nation and proposed a special economic zone in the Caribbean to strengthen regional trade.

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Chavista Student Death Blamed on Rightwing Attack

A call for justice with images of the fallen student were shared by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro via Twitter. (Photo: @Ni

Chavistas and student movements are denouncing what they describe as the politically motivated murder of student Eleazer Hernández (22), who died following an altercation at the University of Zulia (LUZ) on Friday.

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Senior US Diplomat May Push New Sanctions against Venezuela

US State Department official Thomas Shannon (Agencies)

US State Department official Thomas Shannon announced Thursday that he would seek new sanctions against Venezuela if confirmed in his post as undersecretary of state for political affairs.

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Backed by Global Civil Society and 131 Countries, Venezuela Re-elected to UNHRC

The UNHRC in Geneva (Reuters)

Venezuela was re-elected to a second consecutive term on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with the backing of 131 countries on Wednesday. The decision was attacked by US-ally Israel, which has been frequently criticized by the UN body over its colonization of Palestinian lands. 

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