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UPDATED: Venezuela’s Maduro Signs Deals with China, Vietnam, Meets with Russia to Discuss Oil Prices

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro before their meeting at the Great Hall of the Peop

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro set out for a diplomatic tour of Vietnam and China over the weekend, and plans to meet tomorrow in Beijing with Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss possible steps for stabilizing oil prices.

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Venezuela Responds to International Criticism Regarding Border Closure

Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza (L) supervises security operations in the border with Colombia. (VTV)

Venezuela accused the United States and the European Union of hypocrisy after both bodies criticized the South American nation for deporting over 1000 undocumented Colombians in a crackdown on border smuggling last week.

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Maduro Announces Further Border Closures After Colombia and Venezuela Recall Ambassadors

Colombian police stand guard in front of the border with Venezuelan Bolivarian Army soldiers near Villa del Rosario village, Aug

Venezuela and Colombia recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Thursday after a meeting between the two nations’ foreign ministers on Wednesday failed to calm diplomatic tensions over Venezuelan border closures and Colombian smuggling activities. The move was followed by further border closures announced by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on Friday.

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Colombia and Venezuelan Ambassadors to Meet after Border Closure Highlights Tensions

1. A man carries another man while crossing to Colombia through the Tachira river, next to others carrying their belongings, at

Venezuelan and Colombian foreign ministers will meet today to discuss the issues surrounding Venezuela’s border closure and the crackdown on smuggling and undocumented Colombian immigrants in Tachira state, amid rising controversy.

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Colombian and Venezuelan Governments Work Together after Attack Closes Border

The attack of two soldiers caused Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to close the International Simon Bolivar bridge (pictured)

On Wednesday, following an attack on Venezuelan troops leaving two soldiers in critical condition, president Nicolas Maduro closed a major border crossing to Colombia for “at least 72 hours” and launched a search for the assailants. 

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Maduro Calls for Radicalizing Bolivarian Revolution, Voices Solidarity with Ecuadorian and Brazilian Leaders

President Nicolas Maduro speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Council of Communes Government on Saturday (Photo: Correo del

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro issued calls for "a more radical revolution" on Saturday, announcing expanded funding for the country's growing commune movement.

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Venezuela Appeals Against ConocoPhillips Ruling, Pitches Special OPEC Meeting

Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast "In contact with Maduro" at Miraflores palace in Caracas on Aug. 11,

On Monday, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office reportedly requested that the World Bank’s arbitration panel “reconsider its position” with respect to its ruling in favor of ConocoPhillips’ compensation claim. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro to Present Evidence of US Economic Sabotage as Gold Tumbles

President Nicolas Maduro during the ALBA trade bloc meeting on Monday, in Caracas. (Presidential Press)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged yesterday evening to share evidence in the coming days of the United States’ “Plan Vulture”, which he claims is currently destabilizing leftist Latin American governments through economic sabotage. The upcoming revelation coincides with worsening economic difficulties befalling the Bolivarian nation as gold and oil prices collapse. 

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Hundreds Attend Caracas Forum on Kurdish Revolution in Rojava

On Tuesday, two hundred people attended an event held by the Kurdish Solidarity Committee-Venezuela in Caracas on the Kurdish liberation struggle in northern Syria.

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Venezuela and Greece Sign Energy Agreement

Secretary General for Foreign Relations Yorgio Tsipras with Vice-Minister for Economic Cooperation Calizto Ortega and Greek emba

Venezuela and Greece signed an agreement strengthening cooperation in the energy sector on Saturday, concluding a week-long visit to Caracas by Greek Secretary General for Foreign Relations Yorgos Tsipras.

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Venezuela Rejects Guyana Border Demarcation, Receives Backing of PARLATIN and São Paulo Forum

The disputed Essquibo region (AVN)

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry emitted a statement on Friday rejecting a regulation adopted by the Guyanese government extending sovereignty over the disputed Essequibo region claimed by both nations.

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Venezuelan President Visits UN to Help Resolve Guyana Dispute

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maudro (L) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, July 28, 2015. (Photo: United Natio

President Maduro said the U.N. secretary-general responded positively to his request for assistance in finding a diplomatic solution to the ongoing territorial dispute.

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Venezuela and Haiti Sign Agreement for Electoral Cooperation

CNE President Tibisay Lucena Haitian President Micky Martelly (CNE)

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) signed a memorandum of understanding with its Haitian counterpart on Friday as part of an effort to deepen cooperation between the two electoral institutions in technical assistance and training. 

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John Kerry Calls for Improved US Relations with Venezuela at Cuba Embassy Inauguration

US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 20, 2015. (Reuters)

Speaking at the historic inauguration of the Cuban embassy in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry called for strengthening ties not just with Cuba, but with the island nation's longstanding socialist ally, Venezuela, as well. 

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Venezuela and Palestine Dispel Rumors of Diplomatic Rift Over Scholarship Program

Palestinian students arrive in Venezuela (AP)

Venezuelan and Palestinian authorities reaffirmed their close ties today following rumors of diplomatic friction circulated by an Associated Press report last week.

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