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Venezuelan Officials Denounce U.S. Campaign against Venezuela UN Post

Reacting to reports that the U.S. was lobbying against Venezuelan seat on the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister ali Rodriguez predicted that the U.S. would suffer another defeat on this issue.

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Venezuela and Colombia Agree on Gas Pipeline

Venezuela and Colombia held an important bilateral summit last week in which they finalized agreements for a long-awaited gas pipeline, which will run between the two countries and could eventually provide access to markets in Asia.

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Venezuelan Government Warns that some TV Licenses Might Not be Renewed

Clarifying the president's remarks of last week, that some TV stations might lose their licenses, Communications Minister William Lara said that the government is only complying with its duties in making sure that broadcasters abide by the law and many of these have been violating the 2004 media responsibility law.

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Venezuela Distributes Russian Arms to Military, Intends More Purchases

President Chavez presided over a ceremony to distribute the first batch of 100,000 Russian AK-103 rifles to officers of his military. During the event, Chavez announced that Venezuela had agreed to purchase 24 Russian Sukhoi fighter jets and is considering to buy more helicopters.

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Iran to Invest $9 Billion in Venezuela

Iran announced this week that it is planning to invest more than $9 billion in 125 development projects in Venezuela. Syria and Venezuela strengthen ties.

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Venezuelan Women Protest Court Decision to Annul Section of Law on Violence Against Women

The Venezuelan Supreme Court recently annulled important sections of the Law on the Violence against Women and Family. Outrage led to last Thursday’s protest in front of Venezuela’s Supreme Court and to a debate before the Venezuelan National Assembly.

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Universities to Audit Venezuela’s Electoral Registry

Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced that seven of the countries' universities would participate ina renewed effort to audit the electoral registry. the CNE rejected the participation of three major universities, though, causing renewed opposition criticism.

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Indigenous March in Support of Chavez in Venezuela

Hundreds of representatives of Venezuela’s indigenous marched in Caracas on Wednesday in the “First National March of the Indigenous People.” According to the organizers, this is the first of many indigenous mobilizations which will be “heating up the streets” over the next 6 months.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Impeached for Corruption

The National Assembly permanently removed former pro-Chavez Supreme Court Judge Luis Velásquez Alvaray after he refused to present himself to the assembly to defend himself from corruption charges.

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Three Major Venezuelan Opposition Candidates Make Election Pact

Three major Venezuelan potential opposition candidates made an agreement for “National Unity” earlier this week declaring that only one of them will run against President Hugo Chavez in the upcoming presidential elections. The reaction has been mixed.

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Chavez Opens Venezuelan Film Studio to Counter Hollywood

This weekend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez inaugurated a new film studio complex aimed at challenging what he called “Hollywood’s cultural dictatorship”.

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Self proclaimed Soldier claims Venezuelan Plot to Destabilize Peru

The Venezuelan government says he’s a mercenary working at the behest of Peruvian Presidential Candidate García, he says he’s a Venezuelan Soldier in Peru to wreak havoc on election day.

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World Bank: Venezuela decreased poverty

World Bank official credits decrease in poverty in Venezuela to social missions, higher income.

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OPEC Ministers Keep Status Quo in Venezuela

The world’s oil producing countries met at the 141st OPEC meeting in Caracas on Thursday, and decided to retain production at the “status quo.” They also reaffirmed their “determination to ensure that crude prices remain at acceptable levels.”

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Venezuela to Build New Refinery in Ecuador

President Chavez was in Ecuador, where he signed several energy related agreements. Among these was for the construction of a new refinery in Ecuador, which will allow Ecuador to earn over $350 million per year.

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