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Venezuela’s Chavez Announces Single “Revolutionary” Party for 2007

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proposed the formation of a single united political party of the “Bolivarian Revolution” yesterday, during the swearing in of Chavez’s electoral campaign workers in a massive rally in Caracas.

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Venezuelan Elections Council Announces Audit of Fingerprint Scanners

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced this week that it would permit representatives of the presidential candidates to audit the controversial fingerprint scanning machines.

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U.S. Closes Venezuelan Military Acquisitions Office in Miami

In a move seen as hostile from Caracas, the U.S. government yesterday demanded that Venezuela’s armed forces close their military acquisitions office in Miami. They have been given until the 30th of this month to carry out the request.

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Venezuela’s Presidential Candidates Accuse Each Other of Wrongdoing

Opposition Candidate, Manuel Rosales’ visit to a Western Caracas barrio was cut short Thursday when his entourage was attacked with stones. Rosales blamed President Chavez for the incident, while Chavez accused Rosales of being funded by the U.S.

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Venezuela Bills Chinese and U.S. Oil Companies for Back Taxes

Venezuela’s tax authority has pushed hard over the last two days in an effort to receive over $70 million in adjusted and back taxes owed by various international oil companies to the Venezuelan state.

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Venezuelan Steelworkers’ Protest Wins Freedom of 5 Arrested Co-workers

A largescale partial work stoppage yesterday by workers from the Sidor steelworks secured the release of five of their co-workers after they were arrested by the National Guard on charges of undue expropriation and seizure of plant machinery.

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Chavez Vehemently Denies Venezuela Harbors Arab Terrorists

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez accused US Southern Command General John Bantz Craddock of trying to destabilise Venezuela, yesterday, after Craddock said that Arab terrorists were training in the country.

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Accusations of Campaign Violations Mount in Venezuela’s Race for President

Accusations between the Chavez campaign and the Manuel Rosales campaign have been flying this past week, that the other side is violating campaign regulations. Communications Minister Willian Lara spoke of a propaganda campaign to pressure the electoral council to rule against the President's campaign.

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Venezuela Launches "Parliament of the Streets"

As part of the revolutionary Bolivarian government’s program of building popular involvement in decision-making, the First Social Parliament of the Streets was held on August 26 in the grounds of the Federal Legislative Palace.

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Chavez Announces Plans for Second Full Term at Welcome Home Rally

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was welcomed home from his international tour today by a sea of red, where he announced his plans for his next term and that he would convoke a recall referendum for himself in 2010 and, if reaffirmed, a referendum for indefinite reelections.

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South American Commission Solidifies Integration Plans in Venezuela

The Third Meeting of the Strategic Commission for Integration of the South American Community concluded its meeting in Caracas.

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Venezuela Sentences 24 Soldiers and Police for 2005 Murders

A Venezuelan judge sentenced 19 soldiers and 5 police officers to between 10 and 30 years in prison. The soldiers and policemen had been found guilty for their involvement in the deaths of three university students in what had come to be known as the “Kennedy Massacre.”

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Venezuelan and Syrian Presidents Slam US Involvement in the Middle East

On the third stop of his four country tour of the world, President Chavez visited Syria where he and President Assad condmned US involvement in the Middle East. Chavez's next stop was Angola, before returning to Venezuela today.

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Caracas Mayor Announces Expropriation of Golf Courses

In a move that could affect thousands of Venezuelans, the Greater Caracas Mayor’s office decreed the expropriation of two Caracas golf courses, in order to build housing. However, in a declaration yesterday, the Vice-President’s office announced that it is not in agreement with the expropriation.

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Mayors of Venezuela’s Capital Engage in Verbal Fistfight

A spat which began just over a week ago between Caracas mayors has turned up the heat, leaving some calling for the resignation of the larger Metropolitan mayor Juan Barreto Cipriani, and others calling for further housing expropriations.

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