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Venezuela Provides 30 Million Free Textbooks For New School Year

Venezuela's students using Canaima software to control their robot (Photo: AVN)

An estimated 10 million Venezuelan students will return to school for the new academic year. Venezuela's Education Minister, Hector Rodríguez said, “most of our citizens are now in classrooms, this is historic.”

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Venezuelan Artists and Entertainers to Benefit from New Protective Law

Roberto Messuti on VTV on September 9th, 2014 (archive)

The Venezuelan parliament has ratified a law that enables national artists to access social security benefits.

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Ecuador Proposes Anti-Transnational Summit in Venezuela as Maduro Confronts Low Productivity Levels

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa (left) with foreign minister Ricardo Patiño and Nicolas Maduro. (AVN)

Tomorrow Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patiño will meet with the Venezuelan president in Caracas to discuss the creation of an official Observatory of Transnational Companies. Nicolas Maduro also plans to meet with private and public sectors of the economy.

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2014 Crime Rate Drops In Venezuela

Minister of Interior Miguel Rodriguez Torres gave an interview to daily El Universal (EFE)

The homicide rate has decreased by 18 percent and kidnappings by 60 percent compared to 2013, according to the interior minister.

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Venezuela and Bolivia Celebrate Beating Illiteracy

An Aymara woman holds a banner that reads "Territory free of Illiteracy" when the department of La Paz was declared il

Venezuela and Bolivia are celebrating their countries' progress in beating illiteracy Monday, during International Literacy Day. Illiteracy in Bolivia is at its lowest ever level ever, while Venezuela is marking seven illiteracy-free years.

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Maduro Creates Council To “Revolutionize" Food Production in Venezuela

Venezuelan farmers will benefit from the increased production network, Maduro said. (archives)

On Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the formation of a presidential council of farmers, fishers and rural producers working alongside a state-run food distribution company, aimed at addressing nutrition, food scarcity, and rural production in Venezuela.

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63% of Venezuelans Support Government Measures to Fight Smuggling: Poll

Sixty three percent of the Venezuelan population supports president Nicolas Maduro’s measures to fight food smuggling, according to the most recent monthly survey.

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Venezuelan Government, Sidor Workers Sign New Collective Contract

Sidor Workers’ Trade Union (Sutiss) leaders with Minister of Industry José David Cabello (@jdavidcabello)

Workers from the state-owned steel plant Sidor in Guayana City have signed a new collective contract, Minister of Industry José David Cabello announced on Thursday. The contract ends a long-standing dispute between workers and the national government, who have spent over two years in negotiations after the last collective contract expired in 2010.

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Maduro, Venezuelan Catholic Church Dispute “Chavista” Version of “The Lord’s Prayer”

The figure of Chavez is surrounded by spiritual imagery in Venezuela (Terra.com.ve)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan Catholic Church have conflicted over the text of a poem which bishops claim amounts to a chavista version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

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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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Maduro Announces 'Five Big Revolutions' in Venezuela, Overhauls Cabinet

Maduro announced a new stage of the revolution on Tuesday (VTV)

In declarations to the country on Tuesday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced what he described as "a new stage of the revolution", consisting of five designated areas of reform and a full-blown cabinet overhaul.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Condemns Western “Aggression” Toward Russia

Maduro addresses a crowd in Caracas on September 1st (RT News)

While addressing a crowd yesterday in Caracas, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro criticized the “threats” made by the United States and Europe, insisting that “Russia defends itself, and is then accused of employing aggressive politics against the West.” 

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Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic Offer Emergency Aid to Guatemala

Guatemalan Drought

Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic have all responded to a plea from Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who said last week the country could be on the verge of a major food crisisdue to one of the worst droughts in Guatemala's history.

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15 Venezuelan Military Officials Arrested Amid Ongoing Anti-Smuggling Efforts

The officials were arrested in Táchira state (Correo del Orinoco)

Caracas, September 1st 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – 15 members of the military, among them a captain and lieutenant, have been charged for facilitating the smuggling of gasoline and basic food items in Táchira state.

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Venezuelan Experts, Union Leaders Debate Increase in Gasoline Prices

The forum included presentations by each of the five speakers – two economists and three transportation sector representatives

In a public forum on Thursday organized by Caracas newspaper Últimas Noticias, experts and union leaders expressed tentative approval for an increase in Venezuela’s gasoline prices.

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