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Venezuela to Expropriate Idle Corn Processing Plant

Venezuela's Minister of Agriculture welcomed the Barinas state governor's signing of a decree that declared an idle corn processing plant to be of public utility, a first step towards expropriation. The owners, Venezuela's largest food distributor, denied that the plant is idle and said it will use all legal means to fight the expropriation.

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Judge: Cuban exile cannot be sent to Venezuela, Cuba

A U.S. judge has ruled that anti-Castro Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles may not be deported to Cuba or Venezuela, which has requested his extradition for trial in a 1976 Cuban airliner bombing, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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Venezuela Slams Posada Carriles Immigration Hearing

Venezuela's embassy in the U.S. issued a statement accusing the U.S. of double standards, in response to the possibility that the anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, whose extradition Venezuela is seeking, might remain in the U.S. because he would supposedly face torture in Venezuela.

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Venezuela to Create State Owned Steel Company

President Chavez announced that his government will create a new state-owned steel company, which will be built with $1 billion from a new development fund that was created with "excess" foreign currency reserves.

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Chavez Highlights Venezuela’s Land Reform with Broadcast from Seized Farm

Chavez broadcast his weekly television program from a recently seized ranch, which his government plans to turn over to benficiaries of the land reform program. The program served to highlight the seriousness with which Chavez intends to rid the country of large idle landed estates.

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Colombian Rebel Group Accepts Venezuela’s Offer to Mediate Peace Talks

Colombia's second largest rebel group, the ELN, said it would accept Venezuela's offer to mediate peace talks with the Colombian government. Although Colombia has not officially replied to Venezuela's offer or the ELN's acceptance, it has in the past been interested in such talks.

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Venezuela Limits Foreign Mining Operations

Chavez announced that the Venezuelan government would no longer issue mining concessions and would cancel existing ones. Instead, Venezuela will create a single state-owned mining company to conduct all mining in Venezuela, along the model of its state-owned oil company.

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Venezuela Offers Support to U.S. Indigenous Communities

Venezuelan President Chavez has offered to bring low-cost gasoline to the poor in the U.S., including American Indian tribal communities, along with free eye surgery for a certain number economically disadvantaged U.S. residents.

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Venezuela's Extra Gasoline Shipment for US set to Arrive in Florida

Venezuela will begin to ship approximately one million barrels of gasoline to the United States in addition to its normal volumes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Extra gasoline may help provide relief to U.S. consumers affected by high prices

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Colombia Denies Asylum to Venezuelans Wanted in 2002 Coup Attempt

Colombia's Foreign Relations ministry reported that eight Venezuelan officers and one former politician who were involved in the April 2002 coup attempt were denied requests for political asylum in Colombia. Interior Minister Chacon thanked the Colombian government and said this showed reciprocity for Venezuela's honoring of Colombian extradition requests.

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Supporters Celebrate President Chavez’s Return to Venezuela from New York

Upon his return from his three-day trip to New York, President Chavez celebrated his trip with a rally in front of the presidential palace, where he characterized his trip to New York communities and the UN as a success, declaring that Venezuela is no one's backyard.

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Venezuela’s Opposition Agrees on Candidates for National Assembly

Opposition leaders presented their slate of candidates to the National Assembly, following long and dificult negotiations. Many were unhappy with the final list and a few problems still need to be ironed out, but the opposition says it is now ready to confront pro-chavez candidates in December.

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Venezuela Dismisses U.S. Drug Control Decertification

Venezuela's Vice-President Rangel reacted to the U.S. government's announcement that it would "decertify" Venezuela's cooperation on fighting drug trafficking because the Venezuelan government was not doing enough. Rangel emphasized that drug confiscations are up and that the U.S. decision is a political move not based in fact.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Says UN Needs a Revolution

Venezuela’s President Chavez, in a fiery 22 minute speech at the opening of the 60th UN General Assembly, called for a revolution in the UN, proposing four immediate changes for the transformation of the UN.

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Venezuelan Oil Exports to China to Increase Five-Fold

Venezuela is seeking to increase oil exports to China from 60,000 to 300,000 barrels per day, without affecting Venezuela's current exports to other countries such as the U.S. Chinese and Venezuelan representatives recently signed many agreements, involving technology, health, and agriculture.

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