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Tour Brings Venezuelan Rhythms and Styles to American Ears

The Venezuelan Sounds 2006 tour, which includes concerts in Washington , D.C., New York, Berkeley, and Puerto Rico, showcases some of the South American nation's finest musicians.

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Venezuela Criticizes U.S. Efforts to Undermine Venezuela and Cuba

Both President Chavez and the Vice-Foreign Minister for North America sharply criticized the Bush administration today, saying that it is seeking to undermine Venezuela's support for Cuba and Venezuela's efforts to attain a UN Security Council seat.

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Venezuela’s Economy Posts Strong First Quarter

Last week the Central Bank and National Statistics Institute released quarterly figures to suggest Venezuela’s strong economic performance continues in 2006. Inflation climbed to 11.8% in June, but remains near historic lows, as does unemployment, at 9.7%.

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Venezuela to Compensate Campesino Families for Assassinations

The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez decided today to set aside $10 million for a compensation fund for the families of campesino (peasant) leaders who have been assassinated in the past seven years in the course of Venezuela's land reform program.

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Venezuela, Panama, and Colombia Inaugurate Gas Pipeline Construction

The presidents of Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama met in Colombia to inaugurate the construction of a new gas pipeline that will connect Venezuela and Colombia. Later the pipeline will be expanded to Panama.

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Venezuelan Opposition Candidates Agree to Presidential Primaries

The directors of the opposition NGO Súmate announced that they will organize a primary for the opposition presidential candidates after all.

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Venezuela Gets Nod for UN Seat from Caribbean Nations

The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) will be backing Venezuela in its bid for a non-permanent United Nations Security Council seat in October, when it becomes vacant with the expiry of Argentina's two-year term.

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Venezuela Officially Joins Mercosur Trade Block

Venezuela officially joined Mercosur on Wednesday in Caracas. Representatives of the National Assembly announced that steps are now being taken towards the creation of a Mercosur Parliament, which they hope to form by this December.

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Barrios Unidos takes its message to Venezuela

An agreement between a Santa Cruz nonprofit and a bank affiliated with the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a chance to build solidarity between the two countries, Barrios Unidos Executive Director Nane Alejandrez said Monday.

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6th Annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebrated in Venezuela

Thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (GLBT) marched in this year’s GLBT Pride parade in Caracas yesterday. This marks the sixth year in a row that Venezuela has held a gay pride parade.

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Chavez Proposes South-South Cooperation at African Union Summit

In an extemporaneous speech to African leaders attending the 7th African Union summit in Banjul, the Gambia, Venezuela's President Chavez suggested the establishment of a joint commission to set up four projects, which he listed as "Petrosouth, Telesouth, Bank of the South and University for the South".

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Venezuela Announces Gun Control Plan to Lower Crime

Venezuela Minister of the Interior and Justice, Jesse Chacon, announced the creation of a new firearms control plan on Thursday, which will be presented to President Chavez in two weeks, and could begin to be implemented by the end of July.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council Agrees to Opposition Petition

The National Electoral Council unanimously agreed to allow three of the main opposition candidates for president to observe the audit of the voter registry. The registry has been strongly criticized by the opposition.

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Venezuela is Second Most Proud Country

Venezuela came in a close second for having the most patriotism, according to the report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

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Gas Pipeline Meeting in Venezuela Invites Bolivia to Join Mega Project

Bolivia joined the Great Southern Gas Pipeline, during the 2nd meeting of the Ministerial Committee in charge of the project, which met in Venezuela this week. The official launch of the world’s largest gas pipeline will be in August.

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