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Thousands in Massachusetts To Get Cheaper Oil

A subsidiary of the Venezuelan national oil company will ship 12 million gallons of discounted home-heating oil to local charities and 45,000 low-income families in Massachusetts next month under a deal arranged by US Representative William D. Delahunt, a local nonprofit energy corporation, and Venezuela's president, White House critic Hugo Chávez.

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Venezuelan Legislator Says Anderson Murder Suspect Tried to Bribe Judge

Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela's National Assembly, said that Ravell, the director of one of the main oppositional TV stations, participated in a meeting with one of the accused in the Anderson murder, to plan a $3 million bribe for the judge in the case. Ravell denied such a meeting ever took place.

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U.S. Claims It Fulfilled Venezuela’s F16 Maintenance Contract

According to the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, the U.S. government has complied with its obligations to service Venezuela's F16 fighter aircraft. A Venezuelan government spokesperson, though, said that this maintenance was limited and did not cover weapons systems.

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Economic Growth in Venezuela Continues With 9.8% for 3rd Quarter

Venezuela's Central Bank released economic growth figures for the 3rd quarter of 2005, which indicate that the economy grew by 9.8% relative to the same quarter in the previous year. Private sector growth outpaced the public sector and non-oil sector out-paced the oil sector.

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CITGO to Begin Discounted Heating Oil Distribution to Poor U.S. Communities

Venezuela's program to distribute discounted heating oil to poor U.S. will begin over the thanksgiving holiday, when the Venezuelan-owned oil company Citgo begins its distribution to communities in Boston and New York.

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Mexico-Venezuela Dispute Continues, Despite Thaw Efforts

Mixed signals emerged in the dispute between Venezuela and Mexico, with an aide to Mexico's president saying the case was closed and Mexico's foreign ministry still demanding an apology, which Venezuela's foreign minister said was unaccaptable.

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Workers on Hunger Strike in Venezuelan Subway Project

Twenty five workers are on the 17th day of a hunger strike over the project to extend line 3 of the Caracas Metro, one of the Chavez government's signature infrastructure projects. They and other workers are demanding union recognition and money owed by their employer Geobrain.

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Key Suspect in Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder Turns Himself In

Nelson Mezerhane, a prominent Venezuelan businessman and part-owner of one of the country's main opposition television stations, turned himself. following a week-long police effort to arrest him. His first hearing has been delayed.

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Venezuela and Mexico Withdraw Their Ambassadors

Venezuela withdrew its ambassador from Mexico while Mexico withdrew its ambassador from Venezuela. The moves were made as rhetoric between the two countries heated up, with each accusing the other of being disrespectful in the wake of the recently concluded Summit of the Americas.

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Chavez Rejects Community of Andean Nations and Embraces Mercosur

President Hugo Chavez said yesterday Venezuela will gain much more from closer links to Mercosur than to the Community of Andean Nations, or CAN. "Venezuela has nothing to gain from the current Andean Community, nothing," said Chavez.

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Venezuela's Chavez Calls Mexican President a “Puppy of US Empire”

President Hugo Chavez said that Mexican President Vincente Fox’s support of the US during the recent Summit of the America’s was unfortunate. Chavez said, “How sad that the President of a people like the people of Mexico lets himself become the puppy dog of the empire.”

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Venezuela's Opposition Divided over Journalist accused of Murder

Mainstream opposition parties in Venezuela are trying to distance themselves from the Journalist Patricia Poleo, while criticizing the government for accusing her of conspiracy to murder. Poleo is a well known critic of the government and advocate of non-democratic resistance to it.

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FBI and CIA identified as helping Plan Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder

A key witness in the Danilo Anderson murder trial, Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, has identified FBI and CIA agents as being involved in the preparations to assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor.

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Chavez Claims Victory Over Bush in Argentina Summit

With the Summit of the Americas final declaration, in which five of the continent's largest countries refused to endorse the FTAA, Chavez argued that a significant victory had been won. At the Summit Chavez also spoke to Colombia's president about reports of Colombian secret police activity in Venezuela.

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Arrest Warrants Issued for Four in Assassination of Venezuelan Prosecutor

Venezuela's Attorney General, Isaias Rodriguez, announced that arrest warrants have been issued for four prominent opposition activists for their role in last year's assassination of state prosecutor Danilo Anderson. According to Rodriguez there is more than enough evidence for their conviction.

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