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Venezuela and Belarus forge “Strategic Alliance”

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus cemented their ties yesterday by signing an array of cooperation agreements at the Presidential Palace in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

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Venezuela and Cuba Highlighted at 30th Mercosur Summit

The 30th Mercosur (Common Market of the South) Summit came to a close last Friday in Cordoba, Argentina with the passage of a final declaration and an economic agreement between Cuba and the Mercosur countries.

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Petrobras and Chevron Sign Joint Ventures with Venezuela’s PDVSA

Petrobras and Chevron this week became the latest companies to partner with Venezuela’s state owned oil company PDVSA in new joint venture contracts that are changing the way Venezuela deals with foreign companies.

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Preliminary Results of Venezuela’s Voter Registry Audit Show No Intent for Fraud

The Coordinator of one of the voter registry audits conducted by the universities, José Miguel Bernardo, says that first results of their audit indicate that while the registry has many errors, there is nothing to suggest that these are there to perpetrate fraud.

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Venezuela Says Press Association Is Biased Towards Media Owners, Not Freedom of Speech

Rejecting a report by the Inter-American Press Association that says there is little freedom of speech in Venezuela, Venezuelan government officials said the organization is biased because it represents media owners and not journalists.

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Venezuela’s Chávez Slams Israeli Bombing of Lebanon

Shortly before his departure on a seven country international tour, Venezuela’s President Chavez denounced Israel’s bombing of Lebanon, discussed south-south cooperation, and emphasized the need for a multi-polar world.

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Venezuela Launches Fourth Caracas Subway Line

Venezuela’s President Chavez inaugurated a fourth subway line for Caracas yesterday, a project that cost $860 million and took nearly seven years to complete.

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Venezuela Receives Arab League Support for UN Security Council Seat

Venezuela is being granted observer member status in the Arab League, which is also expected to support Venezuela’s bid for a UN Security Council seat. These two announcements coincide with the second Arab-South American Summit, which is took place this week in Caracas.

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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Advances Towards Elections Without a Rival

Venezuela’s political opposition is traversing a tortuous path for finding a standard bearer to face President Hugo Chavez, who is seeking reelection on December 3rd for a new six year term, and who counts on favorable winds because of the majority support he enjoys in the population, according to surveys.

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Venezuela Says Unilateral Oil Cutoff to the U.S. is “Absurd”

A letter from Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela's Ambassador in the U.S., to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Alvarez explains that the recent report by the General Accounting Office on a possible unilateral disruption of Venezuelan oil to the U.S. is an "absurdity."

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Venezuela Cuts Supply to Some Citgo Gas Stations, for Greater Efficiency

Citgo, Venezuela's gas station chain in the U.S., will reduce the number of its 14,000 affiliated gas stations by 1,800, so it can supply its stations only with gasoline from its own refineries. The move does not mean a cutback of Venezuelan crude oil to the U.S.

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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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