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Venezuela Accuses US of Violating Airspace

Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez announces the intrusion of the US plane into the country’s airspace. (VTV)

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez confirmed that a US intelligence jet had flown over the country’s territory on Friday. 


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Venezuela’s Maduro Announces Russian Aircraft Purchase Following Sukhoi-30 Crash

President Maduro presents fallen pilots’ wives with posthumous Order of the Liberators Medal. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the purchase of 12 Russian fighter jets yesterday following the crash of a Venezuelan Sukhoi-30 on Thursday evening.

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Venezuela Arrests Over 50 National Guard for Ties to Border Smuggling

Venezuelan GNB on the border with Colombia. (AFP)

The governor of Venezuela’s Tachira state reported that over 50 Venezuelan National Guards (GNB) have been arrested for their alleged rolls in smuggling operations on the Colombian border, while 110 regional police officers have been fired for related activity.

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Bolivarian Navy Unveils First Ever Coast Guard Vessel Made in Venezuela

The new Caricare PG-52, made 100% in Venezuela (Elis Manzanares/Notitarde)

The Venezuelan Navy celebrated on Friday the inauguration of the first ever coast guard vessel made in Venezuela as part of a joint-project undertaken with Cuba.

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Two Ex-Venezuelan Military Officers Arrested for Suspected Drug Trafficking

Nestor Reverol, Commanding General of Venezuela’s National Guard. (Globovision/El Universal)

Two former members of the Venezuelan armed forces (FANB) were arrested Monday on suspicion of drug trafficking.

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12 Bodies Found in Mass Grave on Venezuelan-Colombian Border

The "false positives" scandal saw the Colombian military kill thousands of civilians, who were dressed as civilians in

Venezuelan authorities uncovered a mass grave on Monday containing a dozen bodies in the northwestern frontier state of Tachira, just 2.5 miles from the Colombian border.

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Venezuela Tops Latin America in Military Spending Cuts, Slashes Arms Budget by 34%

While Venezuela makes significant cuts in arms spending, the US continues to maintain the largest military budget worldwide, amo

According to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Venezuela reduced its military budget by 34 percent in 2014, leading the region in arms spending cuts.

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Venezuelan Authorities Link Crashed Plane Carrying Drugs to Mexican Government

The Cessna Conquest 441 XB-KGS crashed in the Venezuelan state Cojedes last Thursday. (

A wrecked plane, discovered on 2 April in a Western region of Venezuela, was carrying nearly a ton of cocaine and was registered with the official fleet of Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office.

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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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40 Percent Decrease in Smuggling, 232 Arrests Mark Venezuelan Effort Against Contraband

In Zulia alone this year, authorities have recovered 127,613 tons of food and 259,151 liters of fuel, in addition to 106 vehicle

Since the decision to close the 2,200 km border between Venezuela and Colombia at night went into effect on August 12, Zulia state has seen a 40 percent decrease in contraband, General Major Vladimir Padrino López reported earlier today.

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Venezuelan Army Major Killed in Latest Wave of Anti-Smuggling Operations

Major Bracho was killed on Friday night (Photo: Radiomundial)

​The Venezuelan government has offered its condolences to the family of army Major, Raul Antonio Bracho Jaimes, after the high ranking army official was gunned down by ¨smuggling gangs¨ on Friday night.

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F-16 Missile Attacks Venezuelan Humanitarian Aid Mission in Gaza

Venezuelan aircraft carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza (Photo: AVN)

Venezuelan ambassador to Egypt, Juan Antonio Hernandez, denounced the attack against the Venezuelan humanitarian mission.

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In Effort against Contraband, Venezuelan Officials Implement Night-Closing of Colombia Border

According to figures from the Venezuelan state, smuggled goods across the 2,200 km border between the two countries include up t

In an attempt to combat rising border smuggling and contraband sales, Venezuelan officials have decided to close the border between Venezuela and Colombia between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., a measure announced earlier this week.

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Thirty Venezuelan Military Officials Allegedly Under Arrest for Coup Plotting

National Guard

Dundee, 14th April 2014 ( – Thirty Venezuelan military officers of different ranks, including several generals, have been arrested for alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a leading national newspaper has reported.

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Venezuelan National Guard Clears Protest-Hit City San Cristóbal of Barricades

Vladimir Padrino

London, 1st April 2014 ( – Venezuelan police and military forces have managed to clear militant opposition street barricades from the main avenues of the city of San Cristóbal, official and independent sources confirm.

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