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CITGO to Begin Discounted Heating Oil Distribution to Poor U.S. Communities

Venezuela's program to distribute discounted heating oil to poor U.S. will begin over the thanksgiving holiday, when the Venezuelan-owned oil company Citgo begins its distribution to communities in Boston and New York.

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Mexico-Venezuela Dispute Continues, Despite Thaw Efforts

Mixed signals emerged in the dispute between Venezuela and Mexico, with an aide to Mexico's president saying the case was closed and Mexico's foreign ministry still demanding an apology, which Venezuela's foreign minister said was unaccaptable.

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Workers on Hunger Strike in Venezuelan Subway Project

Twenty five workers are on the 17th day of a hunger strike over the project to extend line 3 of the Caracas Metro, one of the Chavez government's signature infrastructure projects. They and other workers are demanding union recognition and money owed by their employer Geobrain.

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Key Suspect in Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder Turns Himself In

Nelson Mezerhane, a prominent Venezuelan businessman and part-owner of one of the country's main opposition television stations, turned himself. following a week-long police effort to arrest him. His first hearing has been delayed.

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Venezuela and Mexico Withdraw Their Ambassadors

Venezuela withdrew its ambassador from Mexico while Mexico withdrew its ambassador from Venezuela. The moves were made as rhetoric between the two countries heated up, with each accusing the other of being disrespectful in the wake of the recently concluded Summit of the Americas.

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Chavez Rejects Community of Andean Nations and Embraces Mercosur

President Hugo Chavez said yesterday Venezuela will gain much more from closer links to Mercosur than to the Community of Andean Nations, or CAN. "Venezuela has nothing to gain from the current Andean Community, nothing," said Chavez.

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Venezuela's Chavez Calls Mexican President a “Puppy of US Empire”

President Hugo Chavez said that Mexican President Vincente Fox’s support of the US during the recent Summit of the America’s was unfortunate. Chavez said, “How sad that the President of a people like the people of Mexico lets himself become the puppy dog of the empire.”

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Venezuela's Opposition Divided over Journalist accused of Murder

Mainstream opposition parties in Venezuela are trying to distance themselves from the Journalist Patricia Poleo, while criticizing the government for accusing her of conspiracy to murder. Poleo is a well known critic of the government and advocate of non-democratic resistance to it.

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FBI and CIA identified as helping Plan Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder

A key witness in the Danilo Anderson murder trial, Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, has identified FBI and CIA agents as being involved in the preparations to assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor.

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Chavez Claims Victory Over Bush in Argentina Summit

With the Summit of the Americas final declaration, in which five of the continent's largest countries refused to endorse the FTAA, Chavez argued that a significant victory had been won. At the Summit Chavez also spoke to Colombia's president about reports of Colombian secret police activity in Venezuela.

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Arrest Warrants Issued for Four in Assassination of Venezuelan Prosecutor

Venezuela's Attorney General, Isaias Rodriguez, announced that arrest warrants have been issued for four prominent opposition activists for their role in last year's assassination of state prosecutor Danilo Anderson. According to Rodriguez there is more than enough evidence for their conviction.

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Chavez Says Americas Summit Will Serve to Bury FTAA

Chavez arrived in Argentina for the 4th Summit of the Americas, where he first held a speech at the counter-summit, renewing his call for socialism and the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. The Free Trade Area of the Americas would be buried this weekend, he said.

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Venezuela Might Send U.S. Fighter Jets to China or Cuba

President Chavez said that his government might decide to give some U.S. made F-16 fighter jets to China or Cuba, if the U.S. continues to refuse to honor its servicing agreement for the jets. U.S. Ambassador Brownfield argued that this would violate the original sales agreement for the jets.

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Bush Implies Venezuelan Nuclear Reactor is OK

In an interview with Latin American print correspondents, U.S. President George Bush said that he could accept Venezuelan acquisition of a nuclear reactor, as long as it adheres to “international safeguards.”

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Preparations Unfold for 6th World Social Forum in Venezuela

In January, the Sixth World Social Forum will take place on three continents: Africa (in Mali), Asia (in Pakistan) and Latin America (in Venezuela). The Caracas forum is scheduled for January 24-29 on the theme “Another world is necessary, with you it is possible.”

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