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Venezuela Says Oil Glut a Political Strategy as OPEC Leaders Determine Next Step

(AP)

During a Tuesday live broadcast, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the country’s heavy crude oil was selling for a six-year low of $37.95 a barrel and claimed outside forces would try driving the price to $20 before the December 6th parliamentary elections.

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Venezuela Accuses Health Ministry Director of Disappearing Medicines

(Archive)

 The Venezuelan Attorney General’s office has accused a Health Ministry official of stealing 531,000 medical supply items belonging to the public.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Rebukes US SOUTHCOM Chief for Interfering in Internal Affairs

US Southern Command Chief John Kelly 
(AFP /Mandel NGAN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro firmly rejected recent statements by US Southern Command Chief John Kelly on Tuesday, which he dismissed as unacceptable interference in the South American nation’s internal affairs.

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Maduro Signs Pledge to Respect 6D Election Results, Opposition Refuses

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed the CNE pledge on Monday. (CNE)

On Monday Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed an oath pledging to accept the results of the parliamentary elections this coming December 6th. So far, the opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity, has refused to sign the agreement. 

 

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Venezuelan Public Prosecution: Rogue Attorney Caved to International Pressure

Franklin Nieves’ profile picture on Twitter, where he describes himself as a “lawyer, in love with life, a poet and crazy”

Venezuela’s Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, has responded to a video released by Franklin Nieves- the former public prosecutor assigned to the case against jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez. Nieves left the country last week accusing the national public prosecution of mounting a “show trial” against Lopez. 

 

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First Black Woman Independence Fighter is Honoured in Venezuela’s National Mausoleum

Juana’s symbolic remains are transported to the Venezuelan pantheon of heroes (AVN)

Revered independence combatant Juana Ramirez’s symbolic remains were transferred over to the Pantheon of Heroes this past Friday in an official state ceremony. The revolutionary commander, born into slavery in 1790, is the first black woman to have been granted this posthumous honour in Venezuelan history. 

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Venezuela Sues Miami-based Currency Website Dollar Today over Alleged Cyberterrorism

Exchange rates listed on Dollar Today twitter account (Twitter/@DolarToday)

The Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) opened a lawsuit in a US federal court in Delaware on Friday against the Miami-based currency website Dollar Today, which it accuses of destabilizing the Venezuelan economy by publishing false exchange rate data.

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Maduro Makes Moves toward Economic Reform as New Poll Predicts PSUV Win

President Nicolas Maduro made a series of economic announcements while visiting an industrial site in the Venezuelan state of Ba

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unveiled  a series of economic measures on Tuesday following the release of a new poll predicting a victory for the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) in December parliamentary elections.

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2016 Budget Unveiled as Venezuela Pushes for Price Ceiling at OPEC Meeting

(La Patilla/archive)

On Tuesday, Venezuelan officials outlined the 2016 budget, making emphasis on debt payment, while synchronous steps in oil diplomacy reveal an ongoing attempt to raise global prices. 

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Venezuela Prolongs Border Closure as Colombia Admits Drop in Crime

The border with Colombia in Venezuela’s Tachira state has been closed since mid-August. (TeleSUR/Archive)

The Venezuelan government announced a 60-day extension of partial closures along its western Colombian border on Monday after Bogota acknowledged a drop in crime and smuggling in the border region. 

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Leaked Audio Reveals Venezuelan Opposition in Secret Talks with IMF

Billionaire Lorenzo Mendoza (left) and economist and former Planning Minister, Ricardo Hausman (right) (Aporrea).

A leaked audio conversation between Venezuelan businessman Lorenzo Mendoza and former politician, Ricardo Hausman, has revealed Venezuela’s political and business opposition to be seeking collaboration with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on December 6th.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Raises Minimum Wage by 30%

President Nicolas Maduro made his announcement from the Sidor steel plant in Venezuela's Bolivar state (VTV).

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday a 30% increase in the national minimum wage and food tickets effective November 1.

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Venezuela: Massive Turnout at Elections Simulation

About 4,455 voting stations have been activated in the country's 87 electoral districts (AVN).

Thousands of Venezuelan voters took to the streets early Sunday morning in order to participate in the vote simulation convoked by the electoral authorities before election day on Dec. 6.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Arrested After Fleeing Charges

Manuel Rosales. (VTV/Archive)

The opposition leader is facing 11 charges, including corruption, illicit gain and embezzlement of funds.  

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Venezuelan Social Movements Protest Israeli “Genocide” Outside UN HQ in Caracas

"In Gaza the houses always had their doors open, when the children sang, the people dreamed. Today, everything is different

Venezuelan social movements gathered outside the United Nations' headquarters in Caracas on Wednesday to protest an ongoing Israeli crackdown against Palestinians in the occupied territories, which has claimed the lives of at least 35 Palestinians since October 1.

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