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Venezuela Holds 10 for Lawmaker Robert Serra’s Murder

Luisa Ortega Diaz (Minci)

Ten people are in custody for the murder of a ruling-party lawmaker and his aide, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Thursday.

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1.395 Arrested in Venezuelan Anti-Smuggling Operation

The distribution to hospitals of hoarded medical supplies discovered in two large warehouses last week has begun (archive)

As part of an on-going operation against the hoarding and smuggling of basic goods, Venezuelan authorities have reported that a total of 1,395 people have been arrested for contraband activities.

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Abrupt Replacement of Minister Rodriguez Torres Raises Questions in Venezuela

Former interior justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Ultimas Noticias)

On Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced that Interior Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres would be replaced in his post by chief admiral and former defense minister Carmen Melendez. Many Venezuelans believe the decision was an attempt to mend the rift with revolutionary grassroots collectives, who hold the former minister accountable for the deadly shooting of five armed collective members earlier this month.

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Venezuelan Security Forces Reevaluated in the Name of Assassinated Deputy Robert Serra

Maduro with admiral-in-chief and newly appointed interior justice minister Carmen Melendez (center left) at the Fuerte Tiuna Mil

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said yesterday that a “revolution” of the country’s police forces is being launched, after revealing that a group of police was involved in the 1 October murder of late PSUV deputy Robert Serra.

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Venezuelan Communist Youth Group Attacked, Right Wingers Blamed

Building that serves as headquarters for the Communist youth organization in Caracas. Note burn marks left by the bomb. (Photo:

Members of the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) had just finished publicity work at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 when incendiary devices, launched from different points, struck the façade of their headquarters building in Caracas

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Maduro Announces Tougher Measures on Smugglers of Food and Medical Supplies in Venezuela

Thousands of tons of medical equipment were found in a warehouse in Tejería in the central state of Aragua.  Government officia

The measures were announced on Thursday following the seizure of two large warehouses jam-packed with basic goods and medicines that were destined for Colombia, authorities say.

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Colombian Paramilitary Devised Serra Assassination, All Killers Identified

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, during his speech, in the Miraflores Palace. (Photo: AVN)

All eight men who participated in the murder of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra have been identified, said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a press conference last night.

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Venezuelan Government Rejects UN Body’s Opinion of Lopez Case

On Friday, Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez responded to the statement from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

The Venezuelan government has responded to the statement released by a United Nations working group recommending the release of jailed opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez.

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Two Arrested for Venezuelan Lawmaker Serra’s Murder

Robert Serra (archive)

Two men have been arrested and are being held on suspicion of the murders of pro-government Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra and his assistant Maria Herrera.

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Venezuela Declares Victory over Transnational in Response to Exxon-Mobile Settlement Ruling

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) stated that Venezuela's compensation payment to Exxo

On Thursday, The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) stated that Venezuela's compensation payment to Exxon Mobile Corp for the 2007 nationalization of the oil company’s holdings in the country should only be 13% of the amount that the transnational company claimed that it was owed. 

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Leader of Pro-Government Collective Dies, Four Others Killed in Police Standoff

Jose Odreman, left, with slain legislator Robert Serra, in an image posted by Odreman on Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an eight hour standoff took place in a Caracas building between the special investigative police body (CICPC) and a pro-government armed collective known as The Revolution’s Shield, of which five members were fatally shot.

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Uribe Banned by National Assembly as Venezuelans React to Legislator's Violent Death

Mervin Blanco, who won the Gatorade Caracas Rock Marathon in the male category with Serra’s photo in his hand, was awarded an

Yesterday the Venezuelan National Assembly swore in grassroots leader Juan Contreras to assume to vacant post of the late deputy Robert Serra, who was stabbed to death alongside his partner Maria Herrera in their Caracas home last Wednesday. Legislators also voted in favor of banning Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe from entering Venezuela, in response to president Nicolas Maduro’s accusation that Uribe is linked to the assassination of Serra.

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Venezuelan Government Reports Evidence that Serra's Assassination Tied to Right-Wing Terrorist Plot

Thousands of Venezuelans descended upon central Caracas yesterday to pay honor to the lives of Robert Serra and Maria Herrera, a

The murder of Robert Serra, a young legislator of the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela), who was killed in his home along with his companion Maria Herrera late Wednesday night, is tied to a right-wing terrorist plot, government officials stated yesterday.

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Venezuelan Socialist Party Legislator Robert Serra Assassinated

Robert Serra (27), a legislator of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), and the National Assembly’s young

Robert Serra (27), a legislator of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), and the National Assembly’s youngest parliamentarian, was found dead in his Caracas home yesterday.

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Revolutionary Students Demonstrate Against Venezuela’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

On the sidewalks surrounding the urban student housing, women and several male supporters hung colorful underwear-shaped banners

On Sunday, around 200 Venezuelans from various socialist collectives gathered in the student residences of Plaza Venezuela, in Caracas, to protest the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.

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