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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Hits Out at Catholic Church

Jaua accused Venezuela's Catholic Church of being politically biased. (AVN)

Venezuela's foreign minister Elias Jaua has slammed the Catholic Church, accusing local bishops of political bias.

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Venezuelan Human Rights Council Created

Maduro has officially created a council to investigate human rights violations. (Archive)

A council to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in recent disturbances has been created by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela's Maduro Calls For A “Powerful and Unified Environmental Movement”; Slams Opposition for “Eco-cide”

Maduro has called for more Venezuelans to participate in environmental initiatives. (Prensa Ambiente)

The Venezuelan government has accused opposition protesters of destroying thousands of trees, and pledged to increase funding for conservation groups and other environmental initiatives.

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Opposition Forcing “Silent Strike” in Some Venezuelan Universities

Jennifer Mujica speaking on VTV last night (VTV)

University authorities in the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and other key autonomous universities are “creating the conditions” for a “silent” or forced strike, according to Jennifer Mujica, a UCV student representative. 

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Man Wanted by Interpol Arrested at Opposition Barricades in Venezuela

Two men were arrested in Caracas on Tuesday with a range of weapons (AVN)

One of the ten people most wanted by Interpol in Spain was arrested yesterday in San Cristobal, while leading disturbances there, according to National Bolivarian Police (PNB) state coordinator, Yolmar Garcia.

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Venezuela’s Bolivarian University Opens New Campus

UBV graduates (YVKE)

A new campus of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) has been inaugurated in Venezuela's Falcon state. The UBV offers free degree courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

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“Terrorists” Attack Housing Mission and Preschool in Venezuela

Fire fighters with an evacuated child. (Zurda Konducta)

The headquarters of the Venezuelan government's housing mission and an adjacent pre-school have been attacked by anti-government groups, according to authorities. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Upholds Machado’s Removal from Office

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado reacts after inhaling tear gas during a march meant to reinstate her as deputy

Yesterday evening, the Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled to uphold the removal of former deputy of the National Assembly (AN), Maria Corina Machado. Assembly president Diosdado Cabello had called for her dismissal last week.

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Venezuelan National Guard Clears Protest-Hit City San Cristóbal of Barricades

Vladimir Padrino

London, 1st April 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan police and military forces have managed to clear militant opposition street barricades from the main avenues of the city of San Cristóbal, official and independent sources confirm.

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Human Rights Breached by Continued Protest Violence, Venezuelan Ombudswoman Says

Empty beds at major hospital in Mérida, where militant protest blockades have not allowed for free transit of patients. (Correo

Ongoing protests in Venezuela are undermining human rights, according to Ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez, who believes media inaccuracy contributes to the prolongation of these infringements. Meanwhile in Washington, U.S. senator Marco Rubio presented Congress with a mistaken photo while petitioning for sanctions against Venezuela.

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Venezuela Slams US for Threatening Sanctions

The foreign ministry criticised the US for threatening sanctions (Zabdiel Gutiérrez/VTV)

 The Venezuelan government has condemned the United States for threatening to impose sanctions, and accused Washington of encouraging “extremist sectors”.

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Venezuela Launches Mission to “Strengthen Mass Transit”

Public transport in Merida. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has launched a “transport mission”, aimed at improving access to public transport.

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Machado Refuses Removal from Office, Two Early Elections for Mayor in Venezuela

Maria Corina Machada in Plaza Brion yesterday (Prensa Maria Corina Machado)

Far right opposition leader Maria Corina Machado has refused to accept her removal as a national assembly legislator, and two mayoral positions will be up for re-election after the opposition mayors were sentenced for their support for violent barricades.

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UNASUR Urges Peace in Venezuela, US “Prepared” to Use Sanctions

The UNASUR delegation visited Venezuela this week to meet with the government, opposition and social movements. (AVN)

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) called for an end to violence in Venezuela, after a delegation from the regional organisation held a two-day visit to the country. After the UNASUR delegation concluded its visit to Venezuela, the United States issued new threats against the Maduro government.

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Attacks on Utilities and Other Violence Continues in Venezuela

The fire in Waraira Repano National Park (Marjuli Matheus/UN)

Attacks on utilities and public property have continued this week and so far no arrests of the perpetrators have been made.

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