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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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Venezuela Increases Taxes, Plans Increased Control over Orinoco Oil

Venezuela's Congress on Tuesday approved an increase in income tax to 50 percent from 34 percent on four Orinoco heavy crude projects amid government efforts to gain a majority stake in the ventures.

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Venezuelan Campesino Movement Supports Chavez’ Reelection Bid

Venezuela’s leading campesino movement, the Ezequiel Zamora National Campesino Front (FNCEZ) is gearing up their campaign to support President Hugo Chavez in his reelection bid for this December’s presidential elections.

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28 Candidates to Run for President of Venezuela

28 candidates will compete in Venezuela’s presidential elections this December. Venezuela’s best known comedian, the “Count of Guácharo” was among the additional candidates to register this week.

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Venezuela Accuses US of Smuggling under Diplomatic Cover

Venezuela’s Minister of Justice and the Interior, Jesse Chacón, accused the United States embassy of evading customs controls and therefore of smuggling when it brought four truckloads of undeclared goods into Venezuela, which the US says are protected by diplomatic treaty.

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Venezuela Signs More Oil Deals with China

Venezuela’s plans to reduce its dependency on the US market for its oil exports took a step forward yesterday as President Hugo Chávez signed several agreements with the Chinese government in Beijing.

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Cultural Assembly Organizes Caracas Artists

A city-wide assembly on culture was held this past weekend in Caracas, in an attempt to begin to organize musicians, poets, dancers, and actors from some of the poorest communities into cooperatives, in order to form a network of grassroots artists.

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Venezuela Re-Considering New Counter-Narcotics Agreement with U.S.

Venezuela expressed doubts about signing a new anti-drug smuggling cooperation agreement with the US on Monday, in light of the decision by the US to create a new intelligence division specifically to manage activities in Venezuela and Cuba.

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Venezuela Inaugurates Largest Cardiological Children’s Hospital in Latin America

The Latin American Cardiological Children’s Hospital was inaugurated in Caracas this Sunday. Chavez says the hospital is the largest of its kind in the world, where they will have a capacity to carry out 4,500 operations annually, and hope to save 1,000 lives per year.

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CIA Announces New Mission in Venezuela and Cuba

John Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence for the United States, announced on Friday, August 18, 2006, the creation of a new special CIA mission to oversee intelligence activities in Venezuela and Cuba.

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Chávez and Rosales Present Campaign Teams for Venezuela’s Presidential Election

Manuel Rosales and President Hugo Chávez each swore in their campaign teams in separate events on Thursday for the upcoming December 3 presidential elections.

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Venezuela’s Economy Continues Booming as Growth Hits 9.2%

Venezuela’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 9.2% last quarter, while inflation and unemployment have both dropped three points over the last year, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

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Bolivarian University Celebrates First Graduation

The first class of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela graduated this Wednesday, in which 1,078 students received the title of Superior Technicians in Environmental Management, Social Communication, and Social Development.

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