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Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic Offer Emergency Aid to Guatemala

Guatemalan Drought

Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic have all responded to a plea from Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who said last week the country could be on the verge of a major food crisisdue to one of the worst droughts in Guatemala's history.

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15 Venezuelan Military Officials Arrested Amid Ongoing Anti-Smuggling Efforts

The officials were arrested in Táchira state (Correo del Orinoco)

Caracas, September 1st 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – 15 members of the military, among them a captain and lieutenant, have been charged for facilitating the smuggling of gasoline and basic food items in Táchira state.

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Venezuelan Experts, Union Leaders Debate Increase in Gasoline Prices

The forum included presentations by each of the five speakers – two economists and three transportation sector representatives

In a public forum on Thursday organized by Caracas newspaper Últimas Noticias, experts and union leaders expressed tentative approval for an increase in Venezuela’s gasoline prices.

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40 Percent Decrease in Smuggling, 232 Arrests Mark Venezuelan Effort Against Contraband

In Zulia alone this year, authorities have recovered 127,613 tons of food and 259,151 liters of fuel, in addition to 106 vehicle

Since the decision to close the 2,200 km border between Venezuela and Colombia at night went into effect on August 12, Zulia state has seen a 40 percent decrease in contraband, General Major Vladimir Padrino López reported earlier today.

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Venezuelan Biometric System Sees Positive Results amid Opposition Boycott

A biometric scanner. (quepasa.com)

Now installed in 11 major supermarket chains nationwide, the biometric system initiated by the Venezuelan government to combat scarcity has produced immediate results. 

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Cultural Ministers of Celac Countries Meet in Caracas

The Celac cultural summit in Caracas, on August 21st. (Minci: JR)

Last Thursday, the second annual meeting of the cultural ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) was held in Caracas. 33 member states met to discuss their objective of fomenting cultural activity as a medium for social development. 

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Venezuelan Army Major Killed in Latest Wave of Anti-Smuggling Operations

Major Bracho was killed on Friday night (Photo: Radiomundial)

​The Venezuelan government has offered its condolences to the family of army Major, Raul Antonio Bracho Jaimes, after the high ranking army official was gunned down by ¨smuggling gangs¨ on Friday night.

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Poll Sees Conflicting Approval Rates for Venezuelan President Maduro

Nicolas Maduro (archive)

Two conflicting reports over the same data – a poll by the private firm Hinterlaces – have pegged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating at 60 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

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The Assault on Smuggling Continues on the Venezuela-Colombia Border

Small-scale smugglers simply drive over the border to unload their cargo, while large-scale operations are often conducted in is

“What we’ve discovered is much worse than we imagined,” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro yesterday while outlining the latest results of new measures taken to prevent smuggling. 

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F-16 Missile Attacks Venezuelan Humanitarian Aid Mission in Gaza

Venezuelan aircraft carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza (Photo: AVN)

Venezuelan ambassador to Egypt, Juan Antonio Hernandez, denounced the attack against the Venezuelan humanitarian mission.

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Venezuela Slams US Racism

Delcy Rodriguez (courtesy)

Venezuela's communication minister has stated the world "must know" about the extent of racism in the United States, arguing the fatal shooting of Michael Brown was not an isolated incident.

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New Law to Combat Discrimination Against Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS

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On August 14th, the Venezuelan parliament passed a law to protect the equal rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, and their families.

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ALBA Expresses Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson

A protestor approaches riot police with hands raised in Ferguson, Missouri, representing the #HandsUP #DontShoot message adopted

The Latin American and Caribbean bloc asked U.S. authorities to carry out a fair investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

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5 Venezuelans Sentenced to 7 Years Prison for Murder of Yukpa Leader Sabino Romero

Romero was killed in Zulia state when two men on a motorcycle intercepted his vehicle and shot at him and his partner, Lucia Mar

After a trial that began in November before the Public Prosecutor in Caracas, five citizens have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the murder of Yukpa leader Sabino Romero on March 3, 2013. 

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Venezuelan Ministers Offer Resignations to President Maduro as Part of Government “Shake-Up”

 The move is part of a government “shake-up” – termed “the revolution within the Revolution” – announced last month

In an effort to more easily facilitate structural changes within the government, all ministers have offered their resignations to Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, a development confirmed last night by Vice President Jorge Arreaza.

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