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Venezuela’s Maduro Voices Solidarity with Greece, Rejects “Financial Blackmail”

Maduro stands with Greece after its government refused to pay $1.8 billion to the IMF (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro voiced solidarity with the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras yesterday after the latter refused a payment of $1.8 billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Venezuela Strengthens Ties with China, Iran, and the Caribbean

(CRBZ)

Venezuela and China drafted a 10-year plan for strategic cooperation yesterday as part of the China-Venezuela High-Level Joint Commission that is meeting in Caracas through Wednesday.

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Top Spain Official Blasts Ex-Prime Minister's Trip to Venezuela

Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García Margallo, described Felipe Gonzalez June visit to Venezuela as a "mistake&qu

Spain’s Secretary of State said Friday that the recent visit of former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez to Venezuela to meet with opposition groups was a "mistake and a failure."

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Venezuela's Maduro Backs CARICOM Proposal for Slavery Reparations

CARICOM has taken up a leadership role in reopening the debate on slavery reparations (Ultimas Noticias)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared that his government would support an initiative by the Community of the Caribbean (CARICOM) to demand reparations from European countries for their role in colonial slavery.

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Venezuela Proposes Bilateral Commission to Resolve Maritime Dispute with Colombia

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry issued a press release yesterday calling for a diplomatic solution with Colombia (Ultimas Noticia

Venezuela called for the convocation of a bilateral commission Tuesday to diplomatically resolve a maritime territorial dispute with Colombia.

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Spanish Judge Requests Extradition of former ETA Militant in Venezuela

De Juana was originally sighted in a shopping mall in Venezuela in May 2014 (elmundo.es)

Judge Eloy Velasco brought an official request for the extradition of Iñaki de Juana Chaos before the Venezuelan government after he was sighted in Venezuela. 

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Protesters Block Rightwing Brazilian Senators From Visiting Leopoldo Lopez

Rightwing Brazilian senators aboard a bus in Venezuela (EFE)

A minibus containing a group of rightwing Brazilian senators was confronted by Venezuelan protesters on Thursday, who blocked the road, preventing the delegation from visiting jailed hard right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in Ramo Verde prison. 

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Oil Provokes Diplomatic Spat Between Venezuela and Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez responds to the government of Guyana over disputed territory, Caracas, Venezuela Jun

Tensions between Venezuela and Guyana rose this week following a Guyanese statement rejecting Venezuelan claims to a disputed maritime territory where Exxon Mobil has discovered oil. 

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Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

A woman waves a placard rejecting Gonzalez's visit: "Murderer and Fascist - Venezuela respects itself" (Laiguana)

The former Spanish Prime Minister claims to be visiting the country in order to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma. He met with Ledezma on Sunday. 

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Former Colombian City Councillor, Uribe Ally & International Fugitive Arrested for Financing Serra Assassination

González was arrested by Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday morning (Telesur)

“Everything points to Uribe,” stated Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro. 

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Venezuela and Russia Reach $14 Billion Oil and Gas Deal

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro with Rosneft president Sechin (Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro concluded an agreement with Russia's state-owned Rosneft that will see an additional $14 billion in investment in the South American country's oil and gas industry over the coming years. 

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Venezuelan Defence Minister: Drug Filled Plane not of Venezuelan Origin

Lopez described press reports surrounding the crash as "manipulative" (VTV)

The Minister confirmed that the cocaine-laden plane, which crashed off the coast of Colombia on Wednesday, originated from Central America and not Venezuela. 

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Venezuela Rejects Attacks against Cabello, Government Launches Campaign

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, vowed to back Cabello against what he labelled international right-wing attacks (Reuters)
The Venezuelan legislative branch of government and the Supreme Court have vehemently rejected reports that the US is probing National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello for alleged links to international drug trafficking.
 

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Venezuela and Palestine Sign New Round of Agreements

Maduro and al-Maliki in Miraflores Palace yesterday. (Credit: AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed a series of agreements with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during an official meeting in Miraflores on Wednesday. 

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"Venezuela is Palestine's Most Important Ally," Says Palestinian FM

Palestine's Riyad al-Maliki with Delcy Rodriguez (AVN)

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki arrived in Caracas yesterday for bilateral talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez.

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