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Parliament Approves Contentious Amnesty Law, Potential Reforms to Supreme Court

Convicts jailed for carrying out the 2014 violent barricades will benefit from the law. (archives)

Opposition lawmakers approved legislation that could set free scores of violent anti-government hardliners over the coming months, despite substantial opposition. 

 

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Two Venezuelan Police Killed in Tachira Protest, Suspects Charged

Nicolle Melisa Pérez Soler (left) and Armando Otos Marqués Molina (right). (Courtesy)

Two Venezuelan police personnel were killed this Tuesday after a protest in a Tachira university turned deadly. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with the murders.

 

 

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Venezuela Slams Argentine TeleSUR Pullout amid International Outcry

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro together with an opposition lawmaker and a score of internationally-renowned intellectuals have condemned Argentina’s decision to withdraw from teleSUR on Sunday.

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Haitian-Venezuelan Politician and Solidarity Activist Assassinated Outside of Caracas

Fritz Saint Louis. (archive)

Haitian-Venezuelan political leader and solidarity activist Fritz Saint Louis, 54, was shot dead in his home by masked gunman on Saturday evening.

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Tupamaro Deputy Legislator Assassinated by Alleged Paramilitaries

César Vera. (Archive)

Cesar Vera (40) was shot by in Táchira at approximately 8.30pm on Thursday night in what authorities suspect to be a politically motivated assassination. 

 

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UN Group Rejects US Sanctions Against Venezuela

Raul Castro of Cuba, Evo Morales of Bolivia, and Rafael Correa of Ecuador at a G77 meeting (Reuters).

The G77 and China affirmed their solidarity with Venezuela after President Barack Obama renewed an executive order classifying Venezuela as a threat. 

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5 Plead Guilty in Bribery Scandal at Venezuela's PDVSA

PDVSA is a major source of revenue for the Venezuelan government, which is currently struggling with an economic downturn. (AVN)

At least five people in the United States have now pleaded guilty to charges linked to a bribery scandal centred around Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, according to reports Wednesday.

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Venezuela Condemns Brussels Bombings, Calls on International Community to Address “Causes”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez (Archive)

The Venezuelan government issued a statement yesterday denouncing the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday and calling for international cooperation to address the causes of terrorism. 

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Venezuela Partially Floats Exchange Rate, Sees Rise by 42 Bolivars

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Venezuela’s uppermost SIMADI exchange rate closed at 249.56 bolivars per dollar on Tuesday, amounting to a 42.64 increase since the government instituted a partial float on March 10.

 

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Latin American Leaders Warn Obama against Destabilization in Venezuela During Havana Visit

Obama and Castro at a joint press conference in Havana on Monday. (TN.com)

Latin American presidents voiced concerns Monday over ongoing destabilization efforts against the Venezuelan government amid US President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba.

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Hostages Freed from Venezuelan Prison after 4–Day Standoff

Minister of Prisons Iris Valera announced the release of the hostages (AVN)

A group of 14 hostages were freed from David Viloria prison in Lara state on Tuesday where they had been held by criminal gangs since Friday.

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Maduro Meets with Fidel Castro in Cuba, Renews Bilateral Cooperation Agenda

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, meets with legendary revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Havana (PrensaPresidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with former Cuban president Fidel Castro on Saturday, while his government signed a series of bilateral deals with Havana– ahead of US President Barack Obama's historic visit to the island on Sunday. 

 

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Venezuela's Supreme Court Approves Maduro's Decree Power Extension

The TSJ first approved Maduro's current decree powers in February, after the AN had already sought to veto the measure. (te

Venezuela's highest court approved Thursday an extension to President Nicolas Maduro's decree powers, despite opposition from the country's legislators.

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Obama’s Latest Comments Reveal “Anti-Bolivarian Obsession”

Maduro publicly addresses the renewal of the decree, vowing to deepen the revolution. (VTV)
The leader of the South American country hit back at US President Barack Obama yesterday, after the latter urged a change of government in Venezuela. 
 
 

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Bodies of 18 Missing Miners Found in Mass Grave in Venezuela

“Justice for our loved ones. We have hope.” (AP)

Venezuelan authorities found 18 bodies in a mine near the town of Tumeremo in Bolivar state on Monday, whom they identified as part of the 28 miners declared missing since March 4.

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