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Venezuela Assumes Rotary Presidency of UN Security Council

Venezuela's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez (Carlos Garcia / Reuters)

The Latin American country has pledged to work towards facilitating a peaceful settlement of the Syria conflict.

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CELAC Meeting: Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State Meet in Quito

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves next to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa ahead of the CELAC head of states me

Twenty-two presidents from around Latin America and the Caribbean are descending on Quito, Ecuador, this Wednesday to discuss regional issues and strengthen Latin American unity and sovereignty in decision making.

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Venezuela Denies Strip Search Allegations by Lilian Tintori, Rejects Paraguayan Interference

Lilian Tintori (archives)

The Venezuelan government has rejected allegations by Lilian Tintori that she was strip searched during a visit to her husband, jailed right-wing politician Leopoldo López at Ramo Verde prison.

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OAS's Almagro Threatens to Apply Democratic Charter against Venezuela

OAS General-Secretary Luis Almagro. (archive)

Organization of American States (OAS) General-Secretary Luis Almagro has demanded that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reverse a recent Supreme Court ruling suspending four legislators from Amazonas state over alleged voting irregularities.

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Venezuelan Oil Servicing Magnate Arrested in US for Bribery

Roberto Rincon (tradequipsm.com).

Venezuelan oil servicing magnate Roberto Rincon was indicted in US Federal Court Monday on alleged charges of paying bribes to secure contracts with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

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Venezuela Rejects Statement by Argentina's President

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (L) attends the Summit of Heads of State of Mercosur, Paraguay, Dec. 21, 2015.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez rebutted claims by Argentine President Mauricio Macri of human rights violations in Venezuela, accusing the newly elected leader of double standards in repressing peaceful protest in his own country.

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Opposition’s Capriles Wants “Padlock” Law to Halt International Oil Treaties

Capriles proposes eliminating the government’s current international oil policy (Reuters).

Twice presidential candidate for the Venezuelan opposition Henrique Capriles Radonski has revealed that he has proposed a “padlock” law to the incoming opposition parliamentary bloc in the National Assembly. The legislation would prevent the government from negotiating further international oil treaties with other countries. 

 

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US Unable to Supply Caribbean if PetroCaribe Ends, Admits Success of Venezuelan Program

US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Washington warned Caribbean nations Wednesday that the United States would be unable to supply them with oil in the event that that Venezuela’s newly elected opposition-controlled parliament cuts off the flow of subsidized petroleum under the PetroCaribe program. 

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US Solidarity Delegation Accompanies Venezuela’s National Assembly Elections

The US delegation arrived in Caracas on Tuesday. (Teri Mattson)

A delegation of US solidarity activists arrived in Venezuela on Tuesday as part of an international effort to accompany the country’s December 6th parliamentary elections amidst a campaign by the US and other actors to discredit their legitimacy.

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Hillary Clinton: Venezuela’s Maduro Attempting to “Rig” Upcoming Elections

Clinton tells those at the conference that the Venezuelan president is attempting to “rig” Sunday’s elections (AP).

Democrat presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused the Venezuelan president of attempting to fix the upcoming parliamentary elections this December 6th. 

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Correa, MERCOSUR Head Reject Macri Threats to Expel Venezuela from Regional Trading Bloc

Correa described Macri's statement's as an interference in Venezuelan internal affairs (Presidencia Ecuador and Reuter

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and the High Representative General of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), Florisvaldo Fier, have rejected recent calls by Argentine President-Elect Mauricio Macri to eject Venezuela from the commercial bloc. 

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Macri to Pursue Venezuela Suspension from MERCOSUR, Opposition Celebrates

Opposition activist Lilian Tintori congratulates Macri on his presidential win. (Reuters)

Prominent members of the Venezuelan opposition are describing the electoral victory of controversial millionaire businessman Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s presidential elections this Sunday as a ray of “hope” for Latin America. An adversary of the Bolivarian process, Macri has vowed to push for Venezuela’s expulsion from MERCOSUR. 

 

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Venezuela’s Maduro: We will Review Relations with US after NSA Spying Revelations

Maduro says that he will conduct a revision of US-Venezuela relations in light of the revelations. (Panorama)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that his government will review its diplomatic ties to the US, after a leaked document revealed that the National Security Agency had spied on officials at Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

 

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UNASUR Arrives in Venezuela as Parliamentary Campaigns Launch

UNASUR Secretary-General Ernesto Samper (R) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (TeleSUR)

A delegation of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) arrived yesterday in Caracas to install their observer mission for Venezuela’s upcoming Parliamentary elections on December 6th.

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US Apologizes for Violating Venezuelan Airspace, Calls for Anti-Drug Cooperation

Caption: US General John Kelly, chief of SOUTHCOM. (AFP)

US SOUTHCOM Chief John Kelly admitted yesterday that a US intelligence plane had violated Venezuelan airspace on November 6th as part of what he alleged to be an anti-drug operation.

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