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Diplomatic Dispute Between Venezuela and Peru Continues

Chávez raises the ire of the Peruvian government with his comments on candidates in Peru’s upcoming April election.

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Delegation of Prominent U.S. Progressive Leaders Visits Venezuela

Singer and activist Harry Belafonte visted Venezuela this week, along with a delegation of 13 other U.S. activist leaders, to see "with their own eyes" what is happening in Venezuela. The delegation saw social projects, met with government officials, and opposition leaders.

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Venezuela’s Main Airport-Capital Artery Closed

Government officials decided to close one of Venezuela's most important freeways today because one of the valley bridges along the route is about to collapse. The imminent collapse is due to the gradual slippage of the mountainside. Closing the route will mean long delays for international travelers and commuters.

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Congressman and Illinois Lawmakers, Urge Chicago to Accept Venezuela's Discounted CITGO Diesel Offer

U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Illinois Lawmakers urged the City of Chicago to accept Venezuela's offer of discounted diesel for the city's buses. Chicago's transit chief said Chicago cannot accept it as their buses cannot use CITGO's diesel.

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Venezuela to Aid Bolivia’s New President Morales

President Chavez welcomed the newly elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, to Venezuela, promising to provide support in a wide variety projects, such as a diesel fuel for food program, academic scholarships for Bolivians, and advice in the carrying out of a political program that bears much resemblance to Chavez's program.

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Chicago Turns Down Discounted Venezuelan Oil

The Chicago Transit Authority is refusing an opportunity to alleviate commuting costs for hundreds of thousands in the Windy City's low-income neighborhoods. Instead of accepting deeply discounted fuel from the Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum Corporation, the city is instead raising fares to solve budget shortfalls.

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Venezuela’s Economy Grew 9.4% in 2005

According to a Year-End report just released by Venezuela's Central Bank President Gaston Parra, the Venezuelan economy grew by 9.4% in 2005, the highest in Latin America. this is the ninth consecutive quarter in which the economy has grown.

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Telesur: US DEA Officer Participated in Anti-Venezuelan Meeting

Accoridng to a Telesur report, an officer of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency participated in a meeting with dissident former Venezuelan military officers and Colombian military, in which plans to destabilize Venezuela were discussed.

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General Secretary Says OAS had a “Problem” with Venezuela’s Opposition

José Miguel Insulza, the General Secretary of the Organization of American States, said that the OAS had a problem with the opposition's withdrawal from the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections, after it had assured it would participate once all its conditions were met.

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Three Convictions In Case of Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Murder

In two separate court decisions related to the murder of State Prosecutor Danilo Anderson, three convictions were made and three suspects were freed pending trial. The three convictions carried sentences of over 27 years.

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Venezuela to Buy Argentine Bonds, Backs IMF Payoff

Keeping with the Chávez administration’s goal of increasing regional economic integration, Argentina said Venezuela has agreed to buy $2.4 billion of Argentinean debt in the next few months, almost two and a half times as much as Venezuela bought last year.

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Chavez Welcomes Morales’ Victory in Bolivia

In a congratulations letter to Evo Morales, the newly elected President of Bolivia, Venezuela's Chavez said that Morales' election represented the beginning of a new era in Latin America.

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Venezuela’s State Oil Co Migrates Foreign Oil Companies to Joint Ventures

Oil minister and PDVSA President Rafael Ramirez signed agreements with the 19 out of 20 companies to turn operating agreements into joint ventures. Only ExxonMobil has so far failed to sign such an agreement and now faces the prosepct of losing control over the oil fields it operated.

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Colombian President Condemns Meeting of Venezuelan Coup Officers

Colombian President and the director of the country’s secret police launched into a public war of words over a Bogotá meeting between Venezuelan dissident military officers and Colombian intelligence.

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Venezuela Threatens to Forestall WTO Agreement

Venezuela objects to agricultural subsidies, in the WTO meeting in Hong Kong and joins with 10 other countries to demand that the global north increases market access.

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