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Chávez - With Amigo Ken - Gets a Hero's Welcome in London

An adoring audience of British left-wingers and the Latin American diaspora cheered, clapped, sang and laughed as Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez denounced President Bush and capitalism and praised Ken Livingstone and the Pope.

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Chavez Advocates Socialism to European Summit

The Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, yesterday paved the way for a politically-explosive visit to London this weekend as lambasted Tony Blair's brand of free market economics and said Europe should note the rise of socialism in Latin America.

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Venezuelan Officials Consider State of Emergency in Táchira

Venezuelan officials look to a state of emergency to start addressing the lawlessness along the Colombian boarder, which has led to hundreds of kidnappings, and very few solved crimes.

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Venezuela's Chávez on Private Visit to Britain

Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela and one of Tony Blair’s most vocal critics abroad, arrives in London this weekend on a whirlwind visit during which he will be fêted by Ken Livingstone, Labour MPs and the TUC but will avoid contact with the Prime Minister and his Government.

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Venezuela Increases Taxes on Oil Companies in Orinoco Oil Belt

Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Rafael Ramirez, confirmed President Chavez's announcement that Venezuela would introduce a new tax increase for oil companies in Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt, so that at least one third of their production there goes to the state.

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4 South American Presidents Hold Emergency Energy Summit

The Presidents of Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil met in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, on Thursday, to discuss the effects of Bolivia’s recent nationalization of its hydrocarbons and the future of energy integration in South America. Bolivia also agreed to support the "Gas Pipeline of the South."

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Venezuela Urges U.S. to Reconsider Release of Terrorism Suspects

Venezuela’s Embassy in the U.S. condemned the release of two officers suspected of terror bombings in Venezuela, who Venezuela is seeking to extradite from the U.S.

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Venezuela and Peru Withdraw Respective Ambassadors

Amid ongoing allegations of interference in Peru’s electoral process, Venezuela announced it reciprocates Peru’s recent move and withdraws its ambassador from Peru.

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Venezuela Makes Deal with Spanish Landowners

The Chavez government sealed a deal in which Spanish landowners, who had been complaining about illegal land invasions, were compensated for their land, which will now be turned over to local peasants.

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Inflation and Unemployment fall, Minimum Wage Rises in Venezuela

Venezuela’s economic boom has continued into the first part of 2006, with consumer inflation and unemployment down, and a 10 percent minimum wage hike.

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Opposition and Chavez Supporters March Separately for Mayday in Venezuela

Venezuelans celebrated International Worker’s Day yesterday with two large marches that wound through the streets of Caracas. One in support of the Chavez-led “Bolivarian Revolution,” and the other with the opposition.

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Peru Recalls Ambassador to Venezuela

Peru withdrew its ambassador to Venezuela, in protest over Chavez's praise for presidential candidate Ollanta Humala and his negative comments about Humala's opponent in the presidential run-off vote, Alan Garcia.

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Venezuela Appoints New Electoral Council

Venezuela's National Assembly appointed a new National Electoral Council this past week, the first appointed in accordance with the 1999 constitution. The naming of the new council was highly anticipated in light of the possiblity of another opposition electoral boycott.

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Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina Move Ahead on Integration

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Brazilian and Argentine counterparts held a one-day summit in Sao Paulo Wednesday to discuss various topics relating to the integration of South America, while Bolivia’s President Evo Morales announced that he will be signing a People’s Trade Agreement with Cuba and Venezuela in Havana on Saturday.

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Venezuelan Opposition Group to Promote Primaries

Venezuelan opposition group Sumate announced it will organize primary elections to choose a single opposition candidate for this December’s Presidential Elections.

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