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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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Chavez Says Americas Summit Will Serve to Bury FTAA

Chavez arrived in Argentina for the 4th Summit of the Americas, where he first held a speech at the counter-summit, renewing his call for socialism and the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. The Free Trade Area of the Americas would be buried this weekend, he said.

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Venezuela Might Send U.S. Fighter Jets to China or Cuba

President Chavez said that his government might decide to give some U.S. made F-16 fighter jets to China or Cuba, if the U.S. continues to refuse to honor its servicing agreement for the jets. U.S. Ambassador Brownfield argued that this would violate the original sales agreement for the jets.

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Bush Implies Venezuelan Nuclear Reactor is OK

In an interview with Latin American print correspondents, U.S. President George Bush said that he could accept Venezuelan acquisition of a nuclear reactor, as long as it adheres to “international safeguards.”

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Preparations Unfold for 6th World Social Forum in Venezuela

In January, the Sixth World Social Forum will take place on three continents: Africa (in Mali), Asia (in Pakistan) and Latin America (in Venezuela). The Caracas forum is scheduled for January 24-29 on the theme “Another world is necessary, with you it is possible.”

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30,000 Venezuelan Doctors to Receive 50% Raise

Chavez announced that doctors at public hospitals will receive a 50% raise, effective immediately, to compensate for the many years in which there have been no salary increases. Also, Chavez announced the opening of a new university and the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

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Worker Takeovers Recover Venezuelan Sovereignty from the US, Says Chavez

At the opening rally for the First Meeting of Latin American Worker Occupied Factories last night, President Hugo Chavez said that the state is expropriating two more Venezuelan factories on behalf of their workers. Chavez told hundreds of activists that Latin America is freeing itself from US dominance.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to December Vote

Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled to reject the opposition's challenge to a voting loophole, which allows parties to run candidates in an alliance known as "twins." The loophole makes it easier for dominant parties to win greater majorities in legislative elections.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Call for Unity and Moderation

A new alliance of opposition parties has been formed, which rejected some opposition leaders' call for abstention in the upcoming December vote and urged the opposition to paticipate in the political struggle rather than to seek quick fixes for defeating Chavez.

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Three Venezuelan Officers and 27 Colombians Sentenced for Assassination Plot

Following 17 months of investigations and trial, a military court sentenced three Venezuelan officers and 27 Colombians to 2 to 9 years of prison for plotting to spread chaos in Venezuela and to kill the president. 3 officers and 73 Colombians who had also been suspected were freed.

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Venezuelan Government and Employers Federation Agree to Do Business

An apparently fruitful meeting between President Chavez and the leader of the country's main employers' federation, Fedecamaras, concluded yesterday, with the Fedecamaras leader praising the talks. The event is significant because Fedecamaras has long been one of the government's most ferocious opponents.

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Venezuelan Workers of Occupied Factories Hold Conference

A few days ago, over 150 representatives from several worker-occupied factories and other labor organizations in Venezuela met on October 21 and 22 in Caracas to discuss the future direction of the movement.

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European Union to Send 150 Observers to Venezuela

The European Union has accepted Venezuela's invitation to send observers for the upcoming December 4 legislative elections. The sending of 150 EU observers addresses one of the the opposition's key demands with regard to the upcoming vote.

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U.S. Continues to Block Venezuelan Defense Development

The U.S. State Department told Israel to cancel its agreement with Venezuela to repair Venezuela's aging fleet of F16 fighter aircraft. Also, the U.S. is moving to prevent the sale of Spanish transport aircraft to Venezuela, which Venezuela agreed to purchase last week in Spain.

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