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Resolution Passes U.S. Congress Condemning Venezuela’s Counter-Narcotic Efforts

The US House of Representatives voted last Thursday to condemn Venezuela for failing to secure airport facilities that meet international certifications in the prevention of narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

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Russia Backs Venezuela for Security Council Seat

Russia's President Putin presented his Venezuelan counterpart with a departing gift yesterday, as he gave his public backing to President Chavez's campaign for a seat for Venezuela on the United Nations Security Council.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council Announces Presidential Campaign Rules

Tibisay Lucena, the President of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, announced the proposed rules for the December 3rd presidential campaign on Tuesday. According to these rules, the campaign officially begins next week, on Tuesday, August 1st.

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Russia Rejects US Pressure not to Sell Jets to Venezuela and Welcomes Chávez

President Hugo Chávez was delighted yesterday when Russia rejected US pressure to reconsider plans to sign arms sales agreements with Venezuela.

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Venezuelan National Assembly Representative Survives Assassination Attempt

Braulio Álvarez, MVR representative in the National Assembly survived another assassination attempt on his life this Saturday. Vice President Rangel has called the crime “political” and “intended to eliminate a leader in the agricultural sector.''

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Venezuela and Belarus forge “Strategic Alliance”

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus cemented their ties yesterday by signing an array of cooperation agreements at the Presidential Palace in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

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Venezuela and Cuba Highlighted at 30th Mercosur Summit

The 30th Mercosur (Common Market of the South) Summit came to a close last Friday in Cordoba, Argentina with the passage of a final declaration and an economic agreement between Cuba and the Mercosur countries.

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Petrobras and Chevron Sign Joint Ventures with Venezuela’s PDVSA

Petrobras and Chevron this week became the latest companies to partner with Venezuela’s state owned oil company PDVSA in new joint venture contracts that are changing the way Venezuela deals with foreign companies.

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Preliminary Results of Venezuela’s Voter Registry Audit Show No Intent for Fraud

The Coordinator of one of the voter registry audits conducted by the universities, José Miguel Bernardo, says that first results of their audit indicate that while the registry has many errors, there is nothing to suggest that these are there to perpetrate fraud.

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Venezuela Says Press Association Is Biased Towards Media Owners, Not Freedom of Speech

Rejecting a report by the Inter-American Press Association that says there is little freedom of speech in Venezuela, Venezuelan government officials said the organization is biased because it represents media owners and not journalists.

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Venezuela’s Chávez Slams Israeli Bombing of Lebanon

Shortly before his departure on a seven country international tour, Venezuela’s President Chavez denounced Israel’s bombing of Lebanon, discussed south-south cooperation, and emphasized the need for a multi-polar world.

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Venezuela Launches Fourth Caracas Subway Line

Venezuela’s President Chavez inaugurated a fourth subway line for Caracas yesterday, a project that cost $860 million and took nearly seven years to complete.

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Venezuela Receives Arab League Support for UN Security Council Seat

Venezuela is being granted observer member status in the Arab League, which is also expected to support Venezuela’s bid for a UN Security Council seat. These two announcements coincide with the second Arab-South American Summit, which is took place this week in Caracas.

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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Advances Towards Elections Without a Rival

Venezuela’s political opposition is traversing a tortuous path for finding a standard bearer to face President Hugo Chavez, who is seeking reelection on December 3rd for a new six year term, and who counts on favorable winds because of the majority support he enjoys in the population, according to surveys.

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Venezuela Says Unilateral Oil Cutoff to the U.S. is “Absurd”

A letter from Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela's Ambassador in the U.S., to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Alvarez explains that the recent report by the General Accounting Office on a possible unilateral disruption of Venezuelan oil to the U.S. is an "absurdity."

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