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Raul Castro to UN: Cuba Will Support Venezuela in the Face of Destabilisation Attempts

Raul Castro address the 70th UN General Assembly (VTV)

Cuban President Raul Castro vowed to support the Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in the face of ongoing attempts to destabilise his administration.

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ALBA, PetroCaribe Reject Foreign Interference in Venezuela’s Lopez Verdict

The flags of the ALBA member states. (Photo: Andes)

The Latin American regional blocs, ALBA and PetroCaribe, issued statements this week rejecting foreign government interference in the Venezuelan judiciary’s conviction of far right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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US Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders Slams Chávez in Reposte to Clinton Attack

 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP)

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders lashed out at the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez this week in response to a Clinton super PAC email linking him the late socialist leader.

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UPDATED: Venezuela: Tensions Increase, 1 Death Reported, as Lopez Verdict Due

National Guard outside the Justice Palace. (teleSUR)

As Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez awaits sentencing Thursday for his alleged role in last year's rightwing violence, a provocative video released by him and his wife has made rounds on social media. 

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OAS Court "Exceeds Its Jurisdiction" in Venezuela RCTV Case, Analysts Say

RCTV logo (wikipedia commons)

The Inter-American Human Rights Court, which forms part of the Organization of American States (OAS) human rights system in the hemisphere, published Monday its sentence that found that Venezuela had “violated freedom of expression” when it decided not to renew the over-the-air broadcast license of RCTV in 2007.

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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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