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New Poll Gives Venezuela’s Chavez 82.7% Approval Rating

According to the Venezuelan Institute for Data Analysis (IVAD), President Chavez enjoys an approval rating of 82.7%, one of the highest levels recorded since he was first took office in 1999.

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5th National Community Media Convention Closes in Venezuela

The 5th annual convention of Venezuelan community media closed this past weekend with decisions to strengthen community media in Venezuela by making it more independent and forging stronger ties with other organizations.

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Land Dispute Between English Company and Venezuelan Government Resolved

In Venezuela, Agroflora, a large British agricultural company, and government officials appear to come to an amicable agreement over two contested ranches, one of which is being converted into an endogenous nucleus.

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Venezuela Postpones U.S. Airline Ban Deadline

A decision to ban U.S. airlines from flying to Venezuela because the U.S. does not allow Venezuelan airlines to fly to the U.S. was postponed until April 25, while the Federal Aviation Administration evaluates Venezuelan airline safety standards.

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Caracas Mayor’s Office to Expropriate Buildings for Renters

The mayor of Greater Caracas, Juan Barreto, announced Monday that the city will confiscate some 400 buildings and sell them to the people currently renting apartments within them.

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Venezuela Refuses to Extradite Man Wanted in the US for Drug Trafficking

Venezuela has set free Mateo Holguin Ovalle, wanted in the US for drug trafficking, on the grounds that the US cannot guarantee that he will not receive an excessive prison sentence.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Rules Vice-Minister Cannot Exercise Public Office

Venezuela's Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations, Mari Pili Hernandez, cannot exercise public office for three years, according to the country's Supreme Court. The decision is the result of an earlier accusation that Hernandez was involved in financial irregularities while she was a Caracas city council member.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council President Abdicates

In a move to help avoid an opposition boycott of December’s Presidential elections, Jorge Rodríguez, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, announced he will not seek another term.

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Venezuela Announces New Mission: Mothers of the Barrio

Yesterday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced “Madres del Barrio,” a social mission aimed at lowering drug use among young people, fighting unintended pregnancies in girls, and aiding mothers who live in extreme poverty.

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Chavez Slams Bush as “Coward, murderer”

Reacting to a recent Bush administration report, the 2006 Strategy for National Security, which called Chavez a demagogue, Chavez lambasted Bush for genocide in Iraq and.

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Conviction of Venezuelan Journalist Overturned

As a Venezuelan court overturned last week’s ruling to put an opposition journalist under house arrest for slander, the cases of two other journalists are proceeding.

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Venezuela to Support Literacy Drive in Bolivia

Eighteen Venezuelan volunteers are in Bolivia to help start up Mission Robinson International, which will work to eradicate illiteracy in Bolivia.

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Venezuela Says Press Association “Simulates” Confrontation of Government and Journalists

The Inter-American Press Association approved of a report during its semi-annual meeting in Quito, where it strongly criticized the Venezuelan government for restricting freedom of the press. The government responded, saying that the association represents media owners that are trying to discredit the Chavez government.

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Venezuelan Journalist Sentenced for Defamation

Ibéyise Pacheco, who accused a military officer of wrongdoing in columns she wrote for one of Venezuela's main newspapers, was given a nine month sentence for defamation. The case has attracted much attention for allegedly being an example of the persecution of journalists in Venezuela.

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U.S. National Security Strategy Cites Venezuela as a Challenge

The Bush Administration’s 2006 Strategy document calls Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez a demagogue “seeking to destabilize the region” and focuses on security importance of free market reforms.

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