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Hunger Strike Confirmed as Opposition Fragments

Leopoldo Lopez (far left) and Henrique Capriles Radonski (right) pictured together. Lopez finds himself increasingly isolated fr

Venezuela's chief ombudsman Tarek William Saab confirmed yesterday that jailed far right politicians Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos have refused to eat since Monday as part of a planned hunger strike announced on Saturday. 

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Venezuela and Russia Reach $14 Billion Oil and Gas Deal

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro with Rosneft president Sechin (Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro concluded an agreement with Russia's state-owned Rosneft that will see an additional $14 billion in investment in the South American country's oil and gas industry over the coming years. 

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Lopez Not on Hunger Strike, Video Tied to Plan to Bring Down Government

Leopoldo Lopez released the video on Saturday night (screen shot/Leopoldo Lopez)

Venezuela’s chief ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, has publicly refuted media reports that imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez has gone on hunger strike. A leaked conversation featuring Lopez has also revealed the strike to be part of yet another attempt to destabilise the Bolivarian government. 

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Venezuelan Defence Minister: Drug Filled Plane not of Venezuelan Origin

Lopez described press reports surrounding the crash as "manipulative" (VTV)

The Minister confirmed that the cocaine-laden plane, which crashed off the coast of Colombia on Wednesday, originated from Central America and not Venezuela. 

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Bolivarian National Guard Vehicle Burnt by Hooded Militants in Tachira State

Arson attacks are one of the most common tactics employed by anti-government groups (Twitter)
Three Bolivarian National Guards were injured in the attack, which took place on the campus of the National Experimental University of Tachira (UNET) on Wednesday. 

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Venezuela Rejects Attacks against Cabello, Government Launches Campaign

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, vowed to back Cabello against what he labelled international right-wing attacks (Reuters)
The Venezuelan legislative branch of government and the Supreme Court have vehemently rejected reports that the US is probing National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello for alleged links to international drug trafficking.

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Venezuela and Palestine Sign New Round of Agreements

Maduro and al-Maliki in Miraflores Palace yesterday. (Credit: AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed a series of agreements with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during an official meeting in Miraflores on Wednesday. 

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Venezuela Mourns Loss of Feminist Revolutionary Nora Castañeda

Nora Castañeda was one of Venezuela’s most celebrated feminist activists (PSUV)

Condolences and tributes have been pouring in from across Venezuela following news of Castañeda’s death on Saturday night.  

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Venezuela's Maduro Announces 50% Salary Increase for Teachers

Venezuela's teachers will receive a 50% salary raise effective June 1 (VTV)

The Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro approved a 50% salary increase for the country's 713,231 teachers on Tuesday, following several months of negotiations with the Venezuelan Teachers' Federation (FMV) and other unions.

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US Prosecutors Accuse Top Venezuelan Legislator of Drug Smuggling

National Assembly President Diosdado has been backed by President Maduro in rejecting allegations of cocaine smuggling (AVN).

US federal authorities have opened an investigation accusing Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and other top officials of involvement in international cocaine trafficking and money laundering. 

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"Venezuela is Palestine's Most Important Ally," Says Palestinian FM

Palestine's Riyad al-Maliki with Delcy Rodriguez (AVN)

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki arrived in Caracas yesterday for bilateral talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez.

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Opposition Primaries Plagued by High Abstention as Party Elites Sow Divisions

The MUD primary saw high rates of abstention following an elitist selection process (Lapatilla)

Amid notably low turnout, Venezuelan opposition voters went to the polls over the weekend to choose 42 parliamentary candidates for the country’s rightwing Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition in the run-up to National Assembly elections later this year. 

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Operation Jericho Airforce Officials Sentenced to 4-8 Years

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladmir Padrino Lopez announces the sentencing of 8 airforce officials implicated in last year'

Eight Venezuelan military officials charged with involvement in last year’s infamous “Operation Jericho” plot against President Nicolas Maduro have been sentenced by a military court to between four and eight years in prison.


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Venezuelan Policeman Receives 18 Year Sentence for Murder of Teen

The sentencing of the officer responsible for Roa Nunez's death marks another step in the battle against police impunity. (

A policeman charged with murdering a 14 year old boy at an anti-government protest in Venezuela earlier this year has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars by a Tachira court.  

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Maduro in Moscow for 70th Anniversary of V-Day: "Victory Belongs to the Soviet People"

President Maduro and First Combatant Celia Flores carry roses to the grave of the unknown soldier in tribute to the millions who

The Venezuelan President travelled to Russia last week to participate in the celebrations. He also granted an exclusive interview to Russia Today, revealing his views on the current geopolitical conjuncture and vowing to personally erradicate shortages in Venezuela over the next 3 months.

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