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Venezuela Formally Submits Extradition Request to U.S.

Venezuela's embassy in the US announced that today it submitted all the necessary papers for requesting the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, who is accused of terrorist activity in Latin America. This completes the steps the Venezuelan government needs to take. Now the U.S. must make a decision.

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U.S. General Says Venezuela is a Danger for the Hemisphere

In an interview with the Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald, U.S. General John Craddock expressed concern about the destabilizing influence of Venezuela. Venezuelan officials see the comments as part of the list of recycled concerns emitted by the Bush Administration on an almost daily basis.

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Venezuela's Independence Day Parade Suspended due to Assassination Concerns

The traditional Army Day parade held annually on June 24th was suspended by the Venezuelan Defense Minister, Jorge García Carneiro. According to Gen. Garcia Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez must limit his public appearances due to the increased risk of an assassination attempt.

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New Evidence Links Posada Carriles to Airline Bombing

Declassified CIA and FBI documents provide further evidence linking Cuban exile and naturalized Venezuelan citizen Luis Posada Carriles to the bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 in 1976 that killed 73 people.

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Chavez Announces Major New Health Care Project for Venezuela

Thirty diagnostic centers were inaugurated yesterday as part of the latest social program: Mission Barrio Adentro II. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that by the end of the year an additional 600 centers will be opened. He also laid the groundwork for Mission Barrio Adentro III and the deepening of the Mission Miracle.

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Mesa: “No Venezuela meddling in Bolivian affairs”

Former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa said in an interview published Sunday in Mexico City that his administration found no evidence of meddling in Bolivia's internal affairs by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as Washington charged.

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Venezuelan Opposition Group Sumate Takes Offensive Following Meeting with Bush

In a press conference held yesterday Súmate director María Corina Machado declared that "clean" elections in Venezuela are at risk and urged the Venezuelan people to mobilize. Súmate retook the offensive in its political work following her meetings with U.S. President Bush and Secretary of State Rice.

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Venezuela Submits Large File to U.S. Documenting Extradition Request

The Venezuelan embassy in the U.S. says it submitted many new documents to the U.S. government to substantiate its request for the arrest and extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban-Venezuelan terrorist accused of bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976. The U.S. government had previously rejected the request because of insufficient documentation.

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Report Accuses Venezuelan Governor of Responsibility for Extra-Judicial Executions

Venezuela’s National Assembly released a 250 page report that determined that the Governor of the State of Guárico, Eduardo Manuitt, should be held accountable for the human rights violations committed by a special police force of that State. The Commission's decision has heightened tensions within Chavez's governing coalition.

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Venezuela Hails OAS Meeting As Great Success

Minister of Communication and Information, Andrés Izarra, said that Venezuela made a significant contribution to the Organization of American States meeting that just ended because eight of its proposals were adopted, which would strengthen freedom of speech and respect for sovereignty. Vice-President Rangel emphasized that Latin America had regained its dignity.

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Venezuela Confiscated Missile Parts at Airport, Launches Investigation

Venezuelan authorities seized the missile parts of three air-to-air missiles that were found in a hanger in Venezuela's main airport. The parts came from Colombia and were supposed to go to Israel.

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Venezuela, OAS Countries Reject US Proposal to Monitor Democracies

A proposal sponsored by the US to establish a mechanism to monitor "threats" to democracy in the Americas, was rejected by the majority of the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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Venezuela Dismisses US Accusations of Involvement in Bolivia's Crisis

US Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega blamed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for the current social and political unrest in Bolivia. Venezuela's Foreign Minister Alí Rodríguez responded by asking Noriega to provide proof that Chávez is meddling in Bolivia's affairs.

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Latin America Defies US Over Venezuela at OAS

Most Latin American countries have said that they are opposed to the Bush administration's draft for a final statement at the 35th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS). Most see it as an effort to isolate Venezuela in the future.

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OAS Should Support both Social and Political Rights Says Venezuela’s Foreign Minister

In his address to the OAS General Assembly, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said that Democracy and Poverty are incompatible and that the OAs ought to adopt the social charter Venezuela helped draft, in order to strengthen social rights in the region.

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