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Lopez Not on Hunger Strike, Video Tied to Plan to Bring Down Government

Leopoldo Lopez released the video on Saturday night (screen shot/Leopoldo Lopez)

Venezuela’s chief ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, has publicly refuted media reports that imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez has gone on hunger strike. A leaked conversation featuring Lopez has also revealed the strike to be part of yet another attempt to destabilise the Bolivarian government. 

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Venezuela Rejects Attacks against Cabello, Government Launches Campaign

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, vowed to back Cabello against what he labelled international right-wing attacks (Reuters)
The Venezuelan legislative branch of government and the Supreme Court have vehemently rejected reports that the US is probing National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello for alleged links to international drug trafficking.
 

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US Prosecutors Accuse Top Venezuelan Legislator of Drug Smuggling

National Assembly President Diosdado has been backed by President Maduro in rejecting allegations of cocaine smuggling (AVN).

US federal authorities have opened an investigation accusing Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and other top officials of involvement in international cocaine trafficking and money laundering. 

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Website “Dolar Today” Causing “Irreparable Damage” to Venezuela, says Owner of Forex Centre

A screen shot of the website's exchange rates: the first one is bolivars per dollar by wire transfer, the second is for cas

Carlos Dorado, Venezuelan entrepreneur and owner of one of the country’s longest standing currency exchange centres, ItalCambio, has launched a public plea to remove the website “Dolar Today” due to the “irreparable damage” which the website is causing to the national economy.

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Costa Rican Ambassador Fired for Defending Venezuelan Government Amid Escalating Media War

Federico Picado, a Costa Rican diplomat, was fired from his post as ambassador to Venezuela after praising Venezuelan democratic

The Costa Rican government fired its recently appointed ambassador to Venezuela yesterday after the latter expressed support for the Bolivarian government in an interview with a prominent rightwing Venezuelan newspaper.

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MTV Glorifies Venezuela’s Barricade Protests in New Reality TV Show

(Alba Ciudad)

US entertainment channel MTV has signed a contract with a Venezuelan media group to purchase extensive footage of the violent anti-government protests that wracked the South American nation earlier this year, to be featured in the new reality series Rebel Music.

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Delay in Leopoldo Lopez Trial Causes Unrest in Venezuela and Abroad

Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to the police on February 19, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Friday he will not tolerate any more violence from the opposition, after government buildings were vandalized on Friday in response to the postponement of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's trial.

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Venezuela Criticizes US Drama for Accusing Maduro of Buying Biological Weapons

The series "Legends" airs on TNT. (21st Century Fox)

The television series Legends has been criticized by the Venezuelan government for a scene in which a character accuses President Maduro and the PSUV party of planning to buy chemical weapons.

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London Newspaper Retracts False Information on Venezuela

Anti-government demonstrators burn trash at a barricade in wealthy neighborhood of Alta Mira, Caracas, in February (AP /Rodrigo

On March 14th, the London Evening Standard published an article in which it claimed “28 demonstrators were killed in the past month” in Venezuela. The figure referred to the anti-government protests that had broken out in the South American nation, in February. 

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Maduro Attacks “Media Show” over Monica Spear Murder in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro has struck out at media coverage of ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear’s murder as a “show” to make money and “demoralise” the South American country. Other recent notable murders meanwhile have not received mainstream media coverage.

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Venezuelan Government Action against Overpricing Welcomed by Citizens, Manipulated by Media

Clotilde Paomina with her new electrical goods purchased at prices forced down by the government, with members of her communal c

After clamping down on “grotesque” overpricing by electronics stores and proposing to set maximum profit margins, there have been some large queues outside such stores around Venezuela, while some shops have temporarily closed. The opposition and the private media have depicted the situation as “chaotic”, while the government has called on the organised grassroots to “guarantee order”.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Creates Social Happiness Ministry, Is Criticised by International Media

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (EFE)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has created a new government agency to coordinate social programs and further reduce poverty. 

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Opposition Use Presidential Security Decree to Label Venezuelan Government “Dictatorial”

The Bolivarian Militia at a ceremony in Merida (Tamara Pearson / Venezuelanalysis.com)

Earlier this month president Nicolas Maduro created a security body, the CESSPA, to coordinate information from intelligence organisations. Opposition spokespeople and private media have categorised the new body as “Castro-esque”, “dictatorial”, and “limiting free speech”.

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Venezuela's El Nacional and Tal Cual Newspapers Fined for Explicit Morgue Photographs

Otero is currently being sued by the former mayor of Caracas, and his finances are being investigated by Venezuelan authorities

Venezuelan newspapers El Nacional and Tal Cual have been issued fines by a Caracas court for publishing “inappropriate” images in 2010.

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Venezuelan Newspaper Owner's Bank Accounts Frozen Amid Criminal Investigation

Otero has accused the government of attacking “freedom of expression”, but the attorney general says his accounts have been

The owner and editor of one of Venezuela's largest newspapers has stated that a freeze on his personal bank accounts will not affect the paper.

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