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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announced on Friday his staunch support of the agricultural commune El Maizal after their communal property title was revoked by a Supreme Court judge earlier that week.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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Venezuela’s Maduro Approves Laws on State Security & Corruption as Enabling Period Ends

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro approved five laws addressing corruption and state security on the last day of the period of

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has approved five laws addressing corruption and state security on the last day of the enabling period of limited lawmaking powers granted to him by the National Assembly.

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28 New Laws to Stimulate Production and Disarm Monopolies in Venezuela

Maduro signed the laws yesterday evening.  (Minci)

Yesterday evening, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro passed 28 laws by means of the enabling law, which permits executive action without Parliament approval. The bills, 16 of which were revealed in Tuesday’s promulgation ceremony, make up a comprehensive economic reform directed at industry, agriculture, tourism and tax revenue.

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2013 Video Shows Leopoldo Lopez Strategizing for Maduro’s Ouster with Miami-Venezuelans

Leopoldo Lopez addressing supporters in El Arepazo Venezuelan restaurant in Miami, Florida. (VEPPEX)

In a 31 October event held in El Doral, Florida, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez presented to supporters in attendance the need to remove president Nicolas Maduro from power before his term is up.

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Venezuela's First Festival of Penitentiary Theater Draws Crowds in Caracas

The theater group from the Penitentiary Community of Coro performed "The King of the Dumpster" at the National Theater

The first Festival of Penitentiary Theater, organized under the Ministry of Penitentiary Services (MPPSP), kicked off in Caracas last Thursday, November 13 and will continue through Sunday, November 23. Roughly 160 incarcerated people from 13 prison theater groups are performing in theaters throughout the Capital District.

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Venezuela Seeks Extradition of Alleged Mastermind of Lawmaker Serra’s Murder

Mendoza, alias “El Colombia”, was captured in Cartagena, Colombia last Wednesday under a request by Interpol. (VTV screensho

The Venezuelan government is seeking the extradition of the paramilitary Leiva Padilla Mendoza, who is suspected of having planned the assassination of leftwing Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra and his aide Maria Herrera.

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Venezuela Questioned Over Alleged Torture by UN Committee

Today Venezuela was questioned by the U.N. Committee Against Torture about alleged abuses committed by security forces during th

Today Venezuela was questioned by the U.N. Committee Against Torture about alleged abuses committed by security forces during the period of acute opposition unrest earlier this year.

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