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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 Fights Racism with Colombian Citizen Program

Venezuelan government officials announce the launch of the registration program. (AVN)

The Venezuelan government launched on Saturday a new registration program for Colombian nationals living in Venezulean territory, which forms part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat xenophobia.

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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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Venezuela’s Maduro Proposes Cucuta Gasoline Deal, Expands Border Closure

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Xinhua/Presidential Press)

In the lead-up to talks with his Colombian counterpart, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed a series of measures aimed at resolving the tense border conflict, including the sale of Venezuelan gasoline in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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Venezuelan Officials Arrested as Government Intensifies Anti-Smuggling Efforts

One of the apprehended tankers (YVKE Mundial)

Venezuelan authorities have intercepted three state oil company (PDVSA) chartered tankers loaded with illegal cargos of fuel and allegedly en route to the Caribbean.

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Venezuela Denies Violating Colombian Airspace, Accuses Bogota of Derailing Talks

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (AVN)

The Venezuelan government has denied a claim made by its Colombian counterpart alleging a violation of its airspace by two Venezuelan military aircraft on Saturday.

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Venezuelan Judge Sentences Leopoldo Lopez for Role in 2014 Violence

Leopoldo Lopez (C) speaking at the launching of his destabilization campaign dubbed "The Exit." The stand reads "

A Venezuelan judge sentenced far right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to 13 years and nine months in prison Thursday evening for his role in leading last year’s violent anti-government protests.

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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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Colombia’s Santos Agrees to Meet with Maduro, Accuses Venezuela of Suppressing Citizens’ “Right to Individuality”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: EFE)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the Bolivarian Revolution had “failed,” and blamed the Venezuelan government for the current border crisis between the two countries in a press conference on Wednesday.

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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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Venezuela to Take In 20,000 Syrian Refugees

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says 20,000 Syrian refugees are welcome in Venezuela. (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday his country will receive 20,000 Syrian refugees fleeing Western interventionism, war and violence. This is the same number of refugees U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday that his country will accept over the next five years.

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Social Movement Victory: Venezuela’s Maduro Derails Plan for New Carbon Mines

Ecologist Jorge Guerrero was one of the many activists to draw attention to the environmental disaster that would be caused by a

After months of grassroots organizing, a “correction” of the presidential Decree 1,606 was published in last week’s Official Gazette revoking plans for new coal mines and a carbon-electric plant in Venezuela’s western region, in acknowledgement of the damage it would cause for the ecosystem and indigenous communities in the region.

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UPDATED: Venezuela’s Maduro Signs Deals with China, Vietnam, Meets with Russia to Discuss Oil Prices

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro before their meeting at the Great Hall of the Peop

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro set out for a diplomatic tour of Vietnam and China over the weekend, and plans to meet tomorrow in Beijing with Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss possible steps for stabilizing oil prices.

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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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