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Supreme Court Orders Search for Former ETA Member in Venezuela

De Juana Chaos was allegedly sited in the Venezuelan coastal town of Chichiriviche last year (archives).

Former ETA militant, Iñaki de Juana Chaos, is one of Spain’s most wanted and was last seen in a Venezuelan coastal town.

 

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Nephews of Venezuela’s First Lady Confess to Cocaine Smuggling

US Drug Enforcement Agency officers detain Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (2nd from left) and Franqui Fancisco Flores de Freitas in

Cilia Flores’ nephews were arrested in Haiti last November and face charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

 

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Marriage Equality Faces Challenge from Right in Venezuela

Venezuelans participate in annual pride march. The rainbow colored posted reads: "I am Venezuelan, I am a citizen, I am a m

A conservative group filed their official opposition to same sex civil marriage and the right to legal identity modifications for transgender individuals last week.

 

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Venezuela's Justice Minister Accuses Detained US Citizen of Paramilitary Ties

Joshua Holt with then fiancee, Thamara Belen Caleño Candelo (noticierodigital).

Gustavo González López confirmed that US citizen Joshua Holt was in possession of high calibre weapons and had links to “political organisations” in Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Voices Concerns over Government Anti-Crime Operation

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz. (Archive)

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz said that a concerning number of human rights abuses had been reported in connection to the operation and suggested that the  government’s new militarized policing model had not succeeded in reducing violent crime.

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Indigenous Yukpa Leader Assassinated in Venezuela

The National Indian Council of Venezuela (CONIVE) vehemently denounced the indigenous chief’s murder on Sunday. (Twitter: Rusb

Cristóbal Romero was shot several times by armed assailants on Saturday night. 

 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Blocks Parliamentary Motion to Remove Justices

Venezuela’s Supreme Court. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) struck down Tuesday a parliamentary commission seeking to unseat the high court’s 13 justices over alleged constitutional violations.

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Grassroots Chavista Leader Assassinated in Caracas

Elizabeth Aguilera was assassinated on Monday night (@FreddyBernal).

Local PSUV leader Elizabeth Aguilera, 43, was gunned down in her home in Cota 905 Monday night by an alleged criminal group who later burnt her body. 

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Venezuelan Fourth Republic Found Guilty of State Terror

Venezuelan Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega on Jose Vicente Rangel's program Jose Rangel Hoy (Entorno Inteligente).

Venezuela’s Chief Prosecutor announced that more than 11,000 cases of state terror were found from 1958 to 1998. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Admits Lawsuit against Mega-Mining Project

Venezuela’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the Orinoco Mining Arc on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit filed by former high ranking cabinet members against a government plan to open 12 percent of the South American nation’s territory to open-pit mining.

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Venezuela’s Public Prosecution Indicts Two Tumeremo Massacre Suspects

“Justice for our loved ones. We have hope.” (AP)

The suspects are alleged to have acted as part of a criminal gang that carried out the mass murder of at least 17 miners in Bolivar state earlier in March.

 

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Opposition Health Law, Declares AN’s May Activities Invalid

Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice building in Caracas (Reuters).

Venezuela’s high court declared an emergency health law approved by the opposition-controlled parliament unconstitutional due to its infringement upon the Executive branch’s powers.

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Over 400 Arrested in Cumana Lootings, Authorities Finger Opposition

Residents looted dozens of commercial outlets in Cumana on Tuesday. (Twitter)

Venezuelan authorities arrested over 400 during widespread looting in the eastern coastal city of Cumana on Tuesday. 

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Venezuela’s Public Prosecution Investigates Alleged “Looting” Deaths

Caption: Venezuela’s Public Prosecution has indicted scores of officials from Venezuela’s security forces over the past two

The public legal body announced that it will prosecute a sergeant major in connection to one of the fatal shootings. 

 

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Venezuelan Government Seeks Supreme Court Injunction over Fraudulent Recall Signatures

El Libertador Mayor Jorge Rodriguez. (Globovision)

The head of the presidential commission auditing Venezuela’s recall process, Jorge Rodriguez, petitioned the Supreme Court Monday for a protection order against the opposition following revelations of fraud in signature collection.

 

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