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28 New Laws to Stimulate Production and Disarm Monopolies in Venezuela

Maduro signed the laws yesterday evening.  (Minci)

Yesterday evening, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro passed 28 laws by means of the enabling law, which permits executive action without Parliament approval. The bills, 16 of which were revealed in Tuesday’s promulgation ceremony, make up a comprehensive economic reform directed at industry, agriculture, tourism and tax revenue.

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Venezuela to Take On Leadership of Parlasur in 2015

In 2015, Venezuela will assume the leadership of Parlasur. (Photo: EFE)

The Venezuelan representative Saul Ortega assured that by joining Mercosur, Venezuela will be better equipped to continue integrating Latin America and the Caribbean.

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2013 Video Shows Leopoldo Lopez Strategizing for Maduro’s Ouster with Miami-Venezuelans

Leopoldo Lopez addressing supporters in El Arepazo Venezuelan restaurant in Miami, Florida. (VEPPEX)

In a 31 October event held in El Doral, Florida, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez presented to supporters in attendance the need to remove president Nicolas Maduro from power before his term is up.

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Maduro to Increase Gasoline Prices as Part of Economic Pact with Venezuelan Workers

1st Working Class Congress in Caracas. (AVN)

On Monday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro approved 12 workers’ proposals aimed at increasing economic stability for working class families.

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Venezuelan Trade Union Congress Proposes Industrial and Economic Strategy

The closure of the Bolivarian Socialist Union of Workers (CBST) congress on 8 November (agencies).

Venezuela’s largest pro-government trade union federation will today hand President Nicolas Maduro a series of proposals for the greater industrialisation of the economy and strategies to overcome current economic difficulties.

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Venezuela's First Festival of Penitentiary Theater Draws Crowds in Caracas

The theater group from the Penitentiary Community of Coro performed "The King of the Dumpster" at the National Theater

The first Festival of Penitentiary Theater, organized under the Ministry of Penitentiary Services (MPPSP), kicked off in Caracas last Thursday, November 13 and will continue through Sunday, November 23. Roughly 160 incarcerated people from 13 prison theater groups are performing in theaters throughout the Capital District.

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Five New Laws Passed to Provide Stronger Social Support and Undermine Corruption in Venezuela

Maduro announced five new laws that were passed via the Enabling Law (AVN).

President Maduro passed five new laws yesterday in an attempt to create a stronger social safety net in the face of ongoing economic difficulty within Venezuela. The five laws, encouraging employment, creating greater guarantees in existing social programs, strengthening the power of communal councils and community financing, and increasing the rate of food subsidies, were all passed via the Enabling Law, which allows the President limited lawmaking  for a temporary period.

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Venezuelan Coffee Plant Marks 5 Years since Nationalisation

Fama de America workers at an event to mark 5 years since the company’s nationalisation earlier this week (Angélica Barreto /

Venezuelan coffee company Fama de America this week marked five years since it was nationalised.

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Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Embarks on Tour to “Stabilise” Oil Prices

Earlier today Ramirez met with Qatar’s prime minister, Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, where Ramirez said, “We sho

Venezuela’s foreign minister Rafael Ramirez is touring a number of oil producing nations in a bid to prevent a further fall in oil prices that could squeeze the South American country’s finances.

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WB Report: Venezuela among Top Ten Countries for Investment in Education

University students in Venezuela (archive)

According to a report published by the World Bank, Venezuela is among the countries in the world which most invest in education as a percentage of GDP.

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Unasur Bids Maduro Seek Economic Solutions, Colombia Suspends Mercosur Visas to Venezuelans

Parliament of Mercosur Summit in Uruguay on Monday. (Prensa AN)

During a visit to Brasilia yesterday, Ernesto Samper, general secretary of Unasur (Union of South American Nations), bid the Venezuelan government settle internal matters and stimulate economic growth, in the interest of regional progress.

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Venezuela Receives Over 100 Palestinian Medical Students in Scholarship Program

A Palestinian woman is greeted by a crowd upon her arrival in Venezuela on November 6, 2014. (Photo: AVN)

Last week, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the beginning of the Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program, which aims to train 1000 Palestinians in various fields.

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Venezuela Seeks Extradition of Alleged Mastermind of Lawmaker Serra’s Murder

Mendoza, alias “El Colombia”, was captured in Cartagena, Colombia last Wednesday under a request by Interpol. (VTV screensho

The Venezuelan government is seeking the extradition of the paramilitary Leiva Padilla Mendoza, who is suspected of having planned the assassination of leftwing Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra and his aide Maria Herrera.

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Consultation Reveals Advances and Challenges for Education in Venezuela

The preliminary results of the Venezuelan government’s National Consultation for Quality in Education were released this week,

The preliminary results of the Venezuelan government’s National Consultation for Quality in Education were released this week, underlining the advances and existing challenges facing the Bolivarian education model.

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Venezuela Questioned Over Alleged Torture by UN Committee

Today Venezuela was questioned by the U.N. Committee Against Torture about alleged abuses committed by security forces during th

Today Venezuela was questioned by the U.N. Committee Against Torture about alleged abuses committed by security forces during the period of acute opposition unrest earlier this year.

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