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Venezuela Arrests 13 Police Officials over Corruption Charges

Under late President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan government sought to radically reform the country's security forces. (PHOT

The country's authorities detained on Wednesday 13 police officials for alleged corruption. The government of Nicolas Maduro demonstrated again its commitment to combating corruption in the police forces of the country.

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Opposition Groups Suspected in Venezuelan Telecom Firm Attack

Burned vehicles torched by petrol bombs thrown at the CANTV headquarters in Puerto Ordaz. (Photo: Aporrea)

According to preliminary report, petrol bombs were thrown at the state-run company's headquarters, destroying eight vehicles.

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UPDATED: New Law to Combat Discrimination Against Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS

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A law protecting the equal rights of Venezuelan people living with HIV/AIDS and their families has been made official, after being approved by Parliament on August 14th.

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Maduro Offers to Exchange Leopoldo Lopez for Puerto Rican Activist

Oscar Lopez Rivera was convicted in 1981 of seditious conspiracy for seeking to secure Puerto Rican independence. | Photo: indym

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday he would consider the release of the jailed far-right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez if the United States agreed to release Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist currently held in a U.S. prison

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G77 and China Condemn U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela, Say They Must Be Repealed

Evo Morales closing the 13th ALBA summit on Sunday. (Photo: Cubadebate)

The G77 group, an international forum of developing countries, and China have expressed their firm rejection of unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Venezuela and asked for them to be rolled back, said Bolivian President Evo Morales.

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Venezuelan Parliament Renews Public Powers, Opposition Issue Reversal Warning

The Venezuelan National Assembly began the task of renewing the state’s public powers today, despite the opposition’s absten

The Venezuelan National Assembly began the task of renewing the state’s public powers today, despite the opposition’s abstention from the key parliamentary votes.

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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 Defends Venezuelan Commune’s Land Rights in Face of Supreme Court Mandate

A young boy holds up corn in the fields of El Maizal communes. Five hundred hectares of corn are harvested collectively, while 5

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday his staunch support of the agricultural commune El Maizal after their communal property title was revoked by a Supreme Court judge earlier that week.

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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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Secret Anti-Corruption Force Created in Venezuela

The director of the anti-corruption police will be José Ramírez Márquez (archive).

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has created a secret force to tackle corruption in public administration.

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Maria Corina Machado Indicted as Lawyer Claims Lopez Will Be Released Before Christmas

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014.

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The Venezuelan state prosecutor’s office announced today that former deputy Maria Corina Machado has been indicted for conspiracy. Meanwhile the lead attorney defending hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez asserted today his belief that his client would be released this month, before Christmas Eve.

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13 Dead and 145 Poisoned from "Overdose" After Riot in Venezuelan Prison

Order was restored in the prison and those intoxicated are receiving medical attention. (MINCI)

13 prisoners have died and another 145 left poisoned following the presumed uncontrolled consumption of medical substances during a prison riot in Venezuela.

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Maria Corina Machado will Face Charges over Alleged Plot to Assassinate Venezuela’s Maduro

Maria Corina Machado (archive)

Hard-line Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged for her presumed link to an alleged plot to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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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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Action Demanded over 178 Peasant Killings in Venezuela’s Land Struggle

In a press conference held in Caracas on Wednesday by the Association of Relatives of Assassination Victims (Asofavisi) and the

Rural groups are demanding that justice be done in the cases of 178 peasant assassinations in the struggle over land ownership in Venezuela, and that humanitarian assistance be extended to victims’ families.

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