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“A Solid Foundation for Socialism of the 21st Century”: Venezuela's Maduro Restructures Several Government Ministries and Institutions

Maduro called for a restructuring of a number of government ministries and institutions during the annual memoria y cuenta on We

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has ordered a restructuring of public institutions related to the economy and consumer protection during a four hour speech to the nation.

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Venezuela's Banks Increased Development Loans by 50% in 2013

Over 40% of bank loans in Venezuela went towards development projects in areas ranging from agriculture to tourism, according to

Agricultural loans, micro-financing and other financing for national development projects rose by 50.73% in Venezuela last year, according to the country's Superintendent of Banks (Sudeban).

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Venezuela and Brazil Agree to Collaborate in Preserving Mount Roraima

Roraima (archive)

Over the weekend Brazilian and Venezuelan authorities met in Canaima National Park and agreed to collaborate in tourism and the preservation of the area.

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Paraguay and Venezuela Formally Re-establish Bilateral Relations

Venezuela’s ambassador to Paraguay, Alfredo Murga (right), presenting his credentials to Paraguay’s foreign ministry (EFE)

Venezuela and Paraguay have formally restored bilateral relations, after ending them in 2012 in protest of the coup orchestrated against former Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo.

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Maduro Attacks “Media Show” over Monica Spear Murder in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro has struck out at media coverage of ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear’s murder as a “show” to make money and “demoralise” the South American country. Other recent notable murders meanwhile have not received mainstream media coverage.

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Venezuelan Government to Continue Pace of Land Expropriations for “Agrarian Socialism”

The latest land occupation facilitated by the National Land Institute (INTI) is underway in the south-western state of Apure. (V

This year the Venezuelan government plans to continue its pace of land expropriations in order to move towards what it terms “agrarian socialism”.

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Maduro Announces Major Cabinet Reshuffle to “Renew” Venezuelan Government

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro appointed several new ministers to his cabinet in a bid to “renovate” his government (Pr

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has appointed several new ministers to his cabinet in a bid to “renovate” his government.

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FARC Singer Julian Conrado Freed by Venezuelan Supreme Court

Guillermo Enrique Torres Cueter, alias Julian Conrado (

The Venezuelan Supreme Court yesterday ordered the “immediate liberation” of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) singer Julian Conrado, following the Colombian government’s withdrawal of its extradition request against him.

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Maduro Hands Venezuela's States 10.7 Million Bolivars to Improve Security

Maduro announced he would consult with mayors and governors to develop a national plan to tackle violent crime (Prensa Presidenc

The Venezuelan government has pledged to improve domestic security by improving police conditions and establishing a new institution to provide aid to victims of crime.

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Venezuelans Call for Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage UPDATED

March for sexual diversity in Merida in 2013 (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan LGBTI advocates have called on the country's National Assembly (AN) to vote in favour of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage.

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Venezuelan Government Creates Social Mission for Street Animals

Due to a lack of strict rules on the sterilisation of pets, street dogs are common in Venezuela.

The national government formally created the Mission Nevado on 30 December after a push by animal rights and environmental groups for greater assistance for street animals.

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Venezuela's Maduro Increases Minimum Wage by 10%

Maduro (centre) announcing the minimum wage increase yesterday (Luis Bobadilla)

Yesterday President Nicolas Maduro announced a new minimum wage increase of 10%, to be applied as of this month.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Renews Top Parliamentary Posts

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)’s National Assembly majority yesterday voted to re-elect the current holders of

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)’s National Assembly majority yesterday voted to re-elect the current holders of the parliament’s top posts, including Diosdado Cabello as assembly president. 

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Robotics Classroom Program Promotes Venezuelan Children’s Technological Talent

One of the robots (VTV)

Thanks to the Creative Classrooms Program called I like Robotics, that the Venezuelan government is promoting, children between the ages of eight and twelve years are involved in the technological advances of the country, with the building of robots.

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Venezuelan Government to “Establish New Economic Order” Next Year after 56.2% Inflation in 2013

A BCV graph showing the relationship between the scarcity index and various key political events; the oil lock out, the 2007 ref

Inflation in Venezuela was high in November, but has also consistently decelerated since October. Nevertheless, President Nicolas Maduro said that next year the government will “revise” key aspects of the economy in order guarantee that it is “at the service of the people”.

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