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Top State Food Functionaries Arrested for Embezzlement

The three officials are currently being held in the Venezuelan intelligence services (SEBIN) headquarters in Caracas (VTV).

Three top officials in key Venezuelan state food corporations have been arrested for embezzling millions of bolivars after it emerged that they had been illegally selling subsidised goods to private sector restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets for huge personal profit.

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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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Prominent Chavista Journalist Assassinated in Caracas

Ricardo Duran (archives- El Universal)

Journalist Ricardo Duran, official Press Secretary for Venezuela’s socialist government, was shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning while arriving at his Caracas home.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court: “National Assembly is Void”

Venezuela’s National Assembly has been declared void by the country’s Supreme Court (EFE)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) has ruled that the country’s National Assembly is void, after the legislative body violated a previous court order by swearing in three temporarily suspended legislators.

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Venezuelan National Assembly Approves New Supreme Court Magistrates and Historic Grassroots Seed Law

Venezuela's National Assembly. (archive)

This Wednesday, Venezuela’s outgoing National Assembly approved 13 judges to the Supreme Court and passed the long-awaited “Anti-GMO and Anti-Patenting Seed Law”. 

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Maduro asks Cabinet to Resign, Plans Restructuring in Face of Electoral Defeat

In Contact with Maduro (VTV)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced today several steps to “protect the achievements of the revolution” in light of the 2/3 majority secured yesterday by the country's opposition, including a full cabinet shakeup.

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US Study: Majority Not Enough to Take Over Venezuela Parliament

The current seats held by each party in the National Assembly. (TeleSUR English)

Winning a majority in Venezuela’s Dec. 6 parliamentary elections does not guarantee control of the country’s National Assembly, notes a study released Thursday by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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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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Venezuelan Authorities Uncover 2,500 Kilos of Expired Flour in Kraft Plant

On Saturday, a cache of 30 tons of corn flour were uncovered by Venezuelan Armed Forces officials in Zulia state as part of anti

Venezuelan authorities discovered 2,500 kilos of expired wheat flour at a plant belonging to the US multinational Kraft Foods in the northwestern city of Barquisimeto. The wheat flour was imported by the food and beverage conglomerate using preferential dollars provided by the Venezuelan state, which are exclusively reserved for importing food and medicines.

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Venezuela Accuses Health Ministry Director of Disappearing Medicines

(Archive)

 The Venezuelan Attorney General’s office has accused a Health Ministry official of stealing 531,000 medical supply items belonging to the public.

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Venezuelan Public Prosecution: Rogue Attorney Caved to International Pressure

Franklin Nieves’ profile picture on Twitter, where he describes himself as a “lawyer, in love with life, a poet and crazy”

Venezuela’s Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, has responded to a video released by Franklin Nieves- the former public prosecutor assigned to the case against jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez. Nieves left the country last week accusing the national public prosecution of mounting a “show trial” against Lopez. 

 

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Venezuela Prolongs Border Closure as Colombia Admits Drop in Crime

The border with Colombia in Venezuela’s Tachira state has been closed since mid-August. (TeleSUR/Archive)

The Venezuelan government announced a 60-day extension of partial closures along its western Colombian border on Monday after Bogota acknowledged a drop in crime and smuggling in the border region. 

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Rural Social Movement Reports Political Assassination in Venezuela

The CRBZ has been denouncing murders against its activists for the past decade (CRBZ)

One of Venezuela’s main rural social movements, the Revolutionary Bolivar and Zamora Tide (CRBZ), has publicly denounced what it describes as the politically motivated murder of one of its activists, Luis Hernando Lázaro Chávez, last Tuesday, October 6th.

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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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