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Attorney General Decries Politicization of Takeovers of Venezuelan Idle Factories and Land

Venezuela's Attorney General said that although private property is a constitutional right, this right is not above the general interest. He also said the takeover of idle agri-industrial plants is being politicized. Venezuela's chamber of commerce issued a strong denunciation of the takeovers.

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Pro-Chavez Coalition Names Candidates for Venezuela’s National Assembly Elections

The list of pro-Chavez nominees for the December 4th National Assembly elections is ready. Those who wavered in their support of Chavez in the 2002 coup attempt will not run again. Opposition parties are trying to achieve a unified slate of candidates, but have not yet reached an agreement.

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Venezuelan Authorities Seize Idle Heinz Ketchup Plant

Venezuelan troops took over an idle Heinz tomato processing plant in Monagas state. The action comes as the government is evaluating the expropriation of up to 700 closed businesses and workers are taking over more business on their own.

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Assessment of Venezuela's Millenium Goals Progress Sparks Controversy

Not even the debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specific poverty reduction targets adopted by the international community in 2000, has escaped the political polarisation that divides Venezuela between the supporters and detractors of President Hugo Chávez.

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Caribbean Countries and Venezuela Confirm and Expand Oil Agreement

Venezuela and nine Caribbean countries signed bilateral agreements that worked out the details of Petrocaribe, under which Venezuela would supply Caribbean nations with oil under preferential financing terms.

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Venezuela to Ship an Additional 1M Barrels of Gasoline to U.S. due to Hurricane

Venezuela's national oil company, PDVSA will ship an additional one million barrels of Venezuelan gasoline to the U.S. in the wake of the horrible devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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Chavez Offers Condolences and Criticizes Bush’s Handling of Catastrophe

Speaking during his weekly television program, Chavez blasted Bush's handing of the hurricane crisis, saying that the government should have helped poor people evacuate before the hurricane hit. Chavez expressed his solidarity with the people of the U.S. and offered more aid.

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Venezuela Increases its Aid to U.S. by Another $1 Million

The CEO of CITGO, the subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA announced that Venezuela would provide an addtional $1 million to victims of hurricane Katrina. Also, Venezuela will provide one million barrels of gasoline.

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Venezuela Officially Offers Aid to U.S., Which Is Accepted

Venezuela's foreign Ministry sent an official note to the U.S. embassy in Venezuela, expressing the ministry's condolences for the disaster and formalizes its offer of aid and fuel for the victims. U.S. State Dept. said it would accept the aid, but this does not change anything in U.S.-Venezuela relations.

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Venezuela and DEA Close to Agreement to Re-Start Cooperation

Venezuela's top anti-drug officer says that Venezuela and the U.S. might be close to reaching an agreement that would allow the re-strating of cooperation between Venezuela and the DEA.

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Venezuela Offers $1M, Oil, Food and Equipment for U.S. Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Venezuela, through CITGO, is donating $1 million towards Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Venezuela also offers additianal crude oil, water, electricity generators, and rescue teams. The U.S. however, said the unsolicited offers can be "counterproductive"

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Venezuela’s Economy Grew 9.3% in First Half of 2005

According to Venezuela's Central Bank, the economy grew by 9.3% in the second half of 2005, continuing a long period of economic growth that began in late 2003. The private and non-oil sectors led this economic growth.

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Posada Carriles Could be Deported, not Extradited, to Venezuela

During Luis Posada Carriles deportation hearing, a judge said that if Posada were deported, he would be sent to Venezuela. The hearing is considering Posada's request for political asylum and whether he should be deported for having entered the U.S. illegally.

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Rev. Jackson and Chavez Meet to Improve US-Venezuela Relations

Rev. Jesse Jackson and President Chavez met for a two-hour private meeting to discuss U.S.-Venezuela relations. Jackson urged a lowering of hostile rhetoric and a reexamination of the suspension of cooperation with the DEA and praised Venezuela's offer to provide discounted heating oil to low-income communities in the US.

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Venezuela to Completely Overhaul Its Health Care System

Chavez announced Mission Barrio Adentro III, which will reorganize and fully fund Venezuela's ailing hospital system. Funds will come from a new development fund constituted from "excess" Central Bank foreign currency reserves.

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