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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Says U.S. Sanctions Will Fail

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez speaks in an interview with TeleSUR about U.S. sanctions against his country (TeleSUR

United States sanctions against Venezuela are destined to fail, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez said in an exclusive interview with teleSUR Friday. 

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Obama Approves Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

U.S. President Barack Obama (AP, archive)

U.S. president Barack Obama has just signed in legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials.

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Maduro Reacts to Normalization of US-Cuba Relations as Venezuela Sanctions Loom

Venezuelan president Maduro with Cuban leader Raul Castro. The two countries have been political and economic allies for 15 year

During a Mercosur summit held today in Argentina, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called Barack Obama’s recent move toward normalizing US-Cuba relations “brave,” while the rest of the trade bloc released a statement condemning the US leader for approving sanctions against Venezuela last week.

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ALBA Alliance Celebrates 10 Years, Nicaragua Sanctions U.S. in Defence of Venezuela

Leaders of the ALBA member states at the XIII ALBA TCP summit in Havana, Cuba (prensa presidencial)

At its 13th summit, held in Cuba last weekend, the ALBA alliance celebrated its 10th anniversary. The leftist bloc charted plans for future integration and condemned U.S. “aggression” toward its member states.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

While the general agreed upon “danger point” would be a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, many members

VA.com’s Cory Fischer Hoffman writes a special report from the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, describing the reactions of the Venezuelan government and social movements to the attempt to reach a consensus over how to address global warming.

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U.S. Congress Passes Venezuela Sanctions, Obama Expected to Sign

White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, confirmed Thursday that President Obama plans to sign the bill (El Universal)

Late on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to introduce sanctions against Venezuela.

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US Senate Passes Bill to Impose Further Sanctions on Venezuela, Maduro Blasts “Economic Blockade”

Senator Robert Menendez said the bill was an "unequivocal message" to the Venezuelan government (Getty Images)

Yesterday the United States Senate passed the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 by voice vote, a bill that will impose further sanctions on Venezuelan senior government officials if passed tomorrow by Congress.

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Venezuelan President Maduro to Reevaluate U.S. Relations Due to “Interventionism"

In an interview with Telesur on Saturday Maduro claimed that actions being taken in the U.S. embassy were aimed at undermining V

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has warned of “interventionist” activity emanating from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, and says he is reevaluating relations with his country’s northern neighbour.

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UNASUR Moves toward Continental Freedom of Movement, Venezuela Makes “Equality” Call

Nicolas Maduro (centre) with Rafael Correa (right) and Ernesto Samper (left) in Quito for the opening ceremony of the new UNASUR

The 12 member Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has taken a step toward creating South American citizenship and freedom of movement. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro also called for strategies to promote continental economic development, social equality and defence sovereignty.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

President Maduro meets with Uruguayan leader Pepe Mujica in Caracas, on December 3rd. (AFP)

In an announcement made on Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro pledged to slash spending in certain areas, such as senior government officials’ salaries, while swearing “we will never cut one bolivar of what we spend on education, food, housing... on our people.”

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Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Congratulates Tabare Vazquez on Presidential Victory in Uruguay

“Congratuations to compañero Tabare Vasquez, president elect of Uruguay, for this victory of the Frente Amplio, our brothers

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has congratulated leftist Tabare Vazquez for his overwhelming victory in the second round of Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday.

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OPEC Rejects Production Cut, Venezuela Looks to Budget

Rafael Ramirez in Vienna (VTV screenshot)

As was expected beforehand, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided not to cut production to increase oil prices at the Vienna summit yesterday. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states indicated their willingness to endure low prices in order to maintain market share.

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OPEC Unlikely to Cut Oil Production, Venezuela’s PDVSA Predicts “Difficult Times Ahead”

The price of Venezuelan heavy crude dove from $99 per barrel in June to about $69 last week. (AVN)

According to Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez, negotiations with Mexico, Russia and Saudi Arabia have failed to reach a joint pledge for OPEC nations to cut oil production.

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Venezuelan Committee of Victims of Guarimba Violence Present Case before UN

Photo: Family members of victims and others injured during the 2014 violent protests traveled to Santiago, Chile to bring their

A Venezuelan committee made up of victims of the 2014 violent anti-government protests traveled to Chile this week to meet with a regional representative of Human Rights Commission of the United Nations to rectify the international “distortion” of those events.

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Obama Administration Indicates Support for Fresh Sanctions Against Venezuela

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken indicated a willingness to go along with sanctions against Venezuela at a US

On Wednesday at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider Anthony Blinken's nomination as deputy secretary of state, the Obama administration's frontrunner indicated a willingness to support further sanctions against Venezuela.

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