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Colombia’s Uribe Says Cooperation with Venezuela Keeps Improving

In an interview with a Colombian radio station, Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe said that cooperation between his country and Venezuela has been improving steadily. For Uribe, working through diplomatic channels is more important than making public criticisms.

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Venezuela's Oil Minister Says Citgo Will Not be Sold

Venezuelan Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, dismissed reports about the sale of Citgo Corp., a U.S. based wholly-owned subsidiary of state oil company PDVSA.

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Venezuela to Create Military Reserve Force of 1.5 Million

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that 1.5 million Venezuelans will be trained as military reservists, explaining that the best way to avoid war is to be prepared for it.

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US Senate Foreign Relations Chair and Venezuela’s Chavez Meet

Republican Senator and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Norm Coleman, called his meeting with Chavez positive and constructive. Both vowed to improve relations.

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Venezuela Dismisses Washington Post Accusations of Persecution of Journalists and Media Censorship

Venezuela's Communications and Information Minister dismissed accusations made in The Washington Post, about persecution of journalists and censorship of the press by the Venezuelan government.

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Venezuela's Indigenous Protest Against Coal Mining in their Lands

Venezuelan indigenous demonstrators marched in Caracas against coal mining in western Venezuela. Credit: Aporrea.org / ANMCLA
A protest against coal mining in the Sierra de Perija Mountains, in Venezuela's western state of Zulia, highlighted how mining there is hurting their health, the environment, and their livelyhood.

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U.S. Continues to Push for Containment of Venezuela’s Chávez

Argentina's Defense Minister and a former Colombian president questioned Venezuela's arms sales, while a former Argentinean president and a former Argentinean soccer star gave President Chavez support.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Criticizes Penal Code Reform

Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez said that the recently passed penal code reform, which human rights groups and the opposition have severly criticized, does not address President's concerns and violates constitutional guarantees.

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Venezuela Summit: Zapatero Asks US to Respect Arms Sale

Spain and Venezuela concluded their summit with the signing of seven agreements, including Spain's sale of military patrol boats and transport planes to Venezuela. President Zapatero argued that the sales were purely for defense and that the U.S. should respect these decisions.

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Bush Lobbies Argentina, Mexico, and Canada to Contain Venezuela’s Chávez

In private conversations with Argentina's Kirchner, Mexic's Fox, and Canada's Martin, U.S. President Bush tried to convey hs "concerns" about democracy in Venezuela. Also, US officials are said to have criticized Spain's weapons sales to Venezuela.

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Summit in Venezuela: “Accelerate South American Union”

The summit between the presidents of Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, and Brazil ended with an agreement to coordinate in the fight against international crime, against poverty, and for South American Integration.

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Brazil’s President Lula Defends Venezuela’s Right to Sovereignty

During a press conference after the summit meeting between the president of Spain, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, Brazil's president strongly defended Venezuela's President Chavez against U.S. accusations.

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US State Department Releases Critical Report on Venezuela’s Human Rights

A State Department Report on its efforts to support human rights around the world contains critical comments on the state of human rights in Venezuela. Vice-President Rangel and President Chavez rejected the report, saying it was baseless and represented more interference in Venezuela's affairs.

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US – Venezuela Relations Thaw over Easter

Secretary of State Rice appeared to tone down the Bush administration's accusations towards the Chavez government, saying that good relations with Venezuela are possible. The Vice-Minister of Foreign relations welcomed the remarks.

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Rumsfeld Criticisms of Venezuela Rejected by Brazil's Ruling Party

U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld questioning of Venezuela's recent weapons purchase, were rejected by Brazil's ruling Worker's Party (PT) , which issued a statement in defense of Venezuela.

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