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Brazilian Official Defends Chavez in War of Words between Venezuela and the U.S.

As the war of words between the U.S. and Venezuela continued, Brazil's international relations advisor to President Lula said that U.S. statements about Venezuela were ill informed.

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Venezuela’s Pro-Chavez Parties Dispute Candidacies

A few months prior to the upcoming local elections, the parties of the pro-government coalition are engaged in a dispute about how their candidates should be nominated. Meanwhile, the opposition parties are attempting to form new coalitions of their own.

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Venezuela to Fulfill Millennium Goals Three Years Early

In a status report on Venezuela's progress in fulfilling the UN's "Millennium Goals" to decrease poverty and improve general well-being, Venezuela is set to fulfill its goals three years before the the stated deadline of 2015, by the end of a second Chavez' term in office.

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Kidnapper Captured in Venezuela is Colombian Guerilla

The kidnapper of the mother of major league baseball player Ugueth Urbina has been identified, four weeks after his capture. According to Venezuelan authorities he is a member of Colombia's Guerilla force. His extradition to Colombia is expected soon.

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Former CIA Agent Affirms Possibility of Chavez’s Assassination in Venezuela

Ex-CIA operative Felix Rodriguez said on a Miami television talk show that he has information that the U.S. is planning measures to "bring about a change in Venezuela" and that these measure could include a military strike against Chavez.

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Ex-Governor Mendoza Charged with 7 Crimes in Venezuela

Former state governor and opposition leader Enrique Mendoza was charged with having committed seven crimes during the April 2002 coup against President Chavez. Mendoza insists on his innocence and says that the charges are further proof of the Chavez government's authoritarianism.

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Venezuela Intervention in Bolivian Social Unrest Denied

Bolivian government officials and the country's main opposition leader Evo Morales, denied Tuesday allegations of Venezuelan government intervention in the current Bolivian social unrest.

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Venezuela Rejects Press Association’s Condemnation

The Inter-American Press Association, which represents media owners of the Americas, charged the Venezuelan government with restricting freedom of the press. Venezuela's foreign minister rejected the charge, saying that the association merely represents media owners with an oppositional agenda.

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Venezuela’s Land Institute Recovers Public Land for Redistribution

The National Land Institute announced this weekend that land from five large landed estates would be redistributed to cooperatives and small farmers. According to the institute, in most cases the presumed owners cannot adequately prove their ownership of the land they claim.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Nullifies Sentence that Absolved Coup Organizers

The constitutional chamber of Venezuela's Supreme Court decided to annul the decision that had dismissed the charges against four military officers who were central to the 2002 coup attempt against Chavez. These officers may now be tried in a regular court for their actions at that time.

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Venezuela Signs Helicopter Deal with Russia, Boosts Border Security

Defense Minister Jorge Garcia Carneiro signed the long announced contract for Venezuela to purchase 10 Russian helicopters which Venezuela says will be used to better secure its 1,400 mile border with Colombia.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Defends Iran’s Right to Atomic Energy

Iran's President Khatami is visiting Venezuela this week to sign numerous cooperation agreements. During his visit, Chavez defended Iran's right to develop nuclear technology and said Venezuela would support Iran in case of US aggression.

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US State Dept.’s Roger Noriega Says Venezuela Could Soon be “Hopeless”

During a hearing at the US House of Representatives, State Dept. Official Roger Noriega said that Venezuela's neighbors must become "aware" of the stakes involved in Chavez's desire to spread the "Bolivarian Revolution."

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Venezuelan Women Celebrated International Women's Day

Women across Venezuela took to the streets yesterday to celebrate International Women's Day, to protest the current and widespread injustices that women continue to face, and to strategize for the future.

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Venezuela Police Finds New Leads in Assassination Investigation

A raid of an apartment belonging to the parents of one of the people suspected of participating in the assassination of Danilo Anderson last November, turned up a very large arms cache. Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez said that the investigation into the case is still advancing.

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