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Venezuela Launches Social Mission Aimed at Helping the Most Vulnerable

Mission Negra Hipólita, the new Venezuelan social mission, will work toward helping the most disenfranchised groups in Venezuelan society, such as homeless adults, street children, and the disabled.

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Spain Resists U.S. Attempts to Block Venezuelan Aircraft Sale

The U.S. government told Spain that it would not allow the sale of spanish military patrol boats to Venezuela, as these include U.S. technology and would destabilize the region. Spain said it would proceed with the sale anyway, with non-U.S. parts, if necessary.

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Venezuelan Homeless Occupy Abandoned Buildings, City Preps Legal Take-over

According to Caracas City Mayor Juan Barreto, 32 abandoned buildings have been occupied illegally recently, which must be distinguished from the city's efforts to legally expropriate abandoned buildings for the city's homeless.

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Venezuela's CITGO, Maine Gov. and Tribes Sign Low-Cost Heating Oil Deal

CITGO starts delivering discounted heating oil for residents of U.S. the state of Main. Governor John Baldacci thanked CITGO and Venezuela for the generous act.

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World Social Forum in Venezuela is on Track Say Organizers

Organizers of the 2006 World Social Forum in Caracas expect 100,000 participants at 2,200 events, in 250 meeting spaces this coming January 24 to 29. Transportation problems between airport and city will be dealt with.

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Venezuela's Jews Defend Leftist President in Flap Over Remarks

The Venezuelan Jewish community leadership and several major American Jewish groups are accusing the Simon Wiesenthal Center of rushing to judgment by charging Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, with making antisemitic remarks.

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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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