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Thousands March to Commemorate Anniversary of Venezuelan Legislator's Assassination

The march took place in Caracas' center, on October 1st, 2015. (Lucas Koerner)

Thousands took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital on Thursday, braving severe heat and humidity to commemorate the life of the slain 27 year-old socialist parliamentarian Robert Serra on the one year anniversary of his assassination.

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Popular Chavista Mayor Arrested on Charges of Corruption

Jose Ramon Lopez speaks to the press after his arrest. (Francisco Hernandez)

The mayor of the Ciudad Guayana in Venezuela was apprehended Sunday by intelligence officers after the public prosecutor’s office emitted a warrant for his arrest, alleging charges of corruption.

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Fourth Border Closed as State of Exception Extended to Amazonas State

The Venezuela-Colombia border in the state of Amazonas is the fourth to have been closed since the attack in August (Photo: Tele

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved to close the Colombian-Venezuela border in Amazonas state on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after having met with his Colombian counterpart. The border is the fourth to have been closed between the two countries over the past six weeks.

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ALBA, PetroCaribe Reject Foreign Interference in Venezuela’s Lopez Verdict

The flags of the ALBA member states. (Photo: Andes)

The Latin American regional blocs, ALBA and PetroCaribe, issued statements this week rejecting foreign government interference in the Venezuelan judiciary’s conviction of far right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Proposes Cucuta Gasoline Deal, Expands Border Closure

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Xinhua/Presidential Press)

In the lead-up to talks with his Colombian counterpart, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed a series of measures aimed at resolving the tense border conflict, including the sale of Venezuelan gasoline in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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Venezuelan Officials Arrested as Government Intensifies Anti-Smuggling Efforts

One of the apprehended tankers (YVKE Mundial)

Venezuelan authorities have intercepted three state oil company (PDVSA) chartered tankers loaded with illegal cargos of fuel and allegedly en route to the Caribbean.

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Venezuela Denies Violating Colombian Airspace, Accuses Bogota of Derailing Talks

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (AVN)

The Venezuelan government has denied a claim made by its Colombian counterpart alleging a violation of its airspace by two Venezuelan military aircraft on Saturday.

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OAS Court "Exceeds Its Jurisdiction" in Venezuela RCTV Case, Analysts Say

RCTV logo (wikipedia commons)

The Inter-American Human Rights Court, which forms part of the Organization of American States (OAS) human rights system in the hemisphere, published Monday its sentence that found that Venezuela had “violated freedom of expression” when it decided not to renew the over-the-air broadcast license of RCTV in 2007.

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Venezuela Arrests Over 50 National Guard for Ties to Border Smuggling

Venezuelan GNB on the border with Colombia. (AFP)

The governor of Venezuela’s Tachira state reported that over 50 Venezuelan National Guards (GNB) have been arrested for their alleged rolls in smuggling operations on the Colombian border, while 110 regional police officers have been fired for related activity.

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Alleged Paramilitary Charged with Murder of Robert Serra, Awaits Trial in Venezuela

Leiver Padilla arriving in Venezuela following his extradition from Colombia (AVN)

Alleged Colombian paramilitary Leiver Padilla (alias "El Colombia") has been formally charged by Venezuelan prosecutors with the murder of the young socialist parliamentarian Robert Serra and his partner Maria Herrera.

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Murderer of Sabino Romero Given Maximum Sentence in Historic Ruling

(aporrea tvi)

Venezuelan social movements celebrated victory on Friday following a long awaited court ruling sentencing to 30 years the man accused of murdering Yukpa indigenous leader Sabino Romero.

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Venezuela Frees Ex-Defense Minister Convicted of Corruption

Raul Isaias Baduel (Photo: archive/UltimasNoticias)

Former defense minister Raul Isaías Baduel was granted parole by a Venezuelan military tribunal yesterday after serving six years for corruption charges.

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Venezuela Ramps Up Anti-Crime Offensive, Targets Hoarding and Contraband

176,000 liters of gasoline confiscated by authorities in Zulia state (@VTVcanal8)

Venezuelan security forces executed major raids on criminal groups engaged in hoarding and contraband on Sunday morning as part of the Bolivarian government’s ongoing, national anti-gang offensive.

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Riot in San Felix Highlights Economic War

The unrest began at 7:30 AM on Friday. (Panorama/Twitter)

On Friday morning, residents of San Felix, a city in Venezuela’s southeastern state of Bolivar, overturned a bus and looted various markets, in a mass reaction to rising prices. One man was killed in the ensuing unrest and dozens injured.

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Two Ex-Venezuelan Military Officers Arrested for Suspected Drug Trafficking

Nestor Reverol, Commanding General of Venezuela’s National Guard. (Globovision/El Universal)

Two former members of the Venezuelan armed forces (FANB) were arrested Monday on suspicion of drug trafficking.

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