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Venezuela and Argentina Sell First “Bond of the South”

In what the Chavez government hailed as a further step in Latin American integration, Venezuela and Argentina yesterday successfully sold their first $1 billion worth of “Bonds of the South.”

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Brazil’s President Lula Visits Venezuela, Inaugurates Projects

Brazil’s President “Lula” da Silva arrived in Venezuela yesterday to inaugurate a second bridge over the Orinoco River today and to participate in an event marking the certification of Venezuela’s extra-heavy oil reserves.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Welcomes Democrats’ Victory in U.S. Election

In an extensive press conference of over four hours with representatives from the international media, Venezuelan President Chavez welcomed the U.S. Democratic Party’s success in Tuesdays elections and touched on many other issues.

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Chavez Congratulates Nicaraguan Presidential-elect Daniel Ortega

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez congratulated Nicaraguan Presidential-elect, Daniel Ortega this Tuesday, on his official win in Nicaragua’s Presidential elections.

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Venezuela’s Urban Land Committees Hold “First National Meeting of Its Kind”

A National Meeting of the Venezuelan Urban Land Committees (CTU) was held this weekend in the Miranda state capital, Los Teques, just outside of Caracas. Because of the autonomy and participation, the meeting was described by those in attendance as the “first of its kind.”

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Poll Gives Venezuela's Chavez 22-Point Lead Ahead of Presidential Vote

With less than a month until the Venezuelan presidential vote, President Hugo Chavez has a 22-point lead over his leading rival, according to a poll by US firm Evans/McDonough that was commissioned by the state oil company and released Tuesday.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Announces Two New Social Programs and 14-Year Plan

During a campaign event on Sunday, Venezuela’s President Chavez announced the creation of two new social programs, known as “missions,” which will dramatically expand Venezuelan higher education and improve dental health care for the poor.

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Venezuela Inaugurates Another Subway Line

Venezuela's President Chavez inaugurated the Los Teques Metro line last Friday. Los Teques is located in the hills to the Southwest of Caracas, and the new line covers the 9.5 km route in 15 minutes, averaging approximately 42 km per hour.

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Venezuelan Opposition Accuses Oil Company President of Illegal Campaigning

Opposition leaders presented a video of oil company president Rafael Ramirez, in which he urged managers to support President Chavez. According to the opposition this is a blatant violation of campaign rules and of the constitution. Ramirez and Chavez, though, argued that it was merely en effort to ensure that employees support the government's policies.

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Venezuela’s President Chávez on Campaign in Caracas Poor Neighborhoods

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frias was greeted by thousands of supporters yesterday in the barrio of Petare in Caracas as he continued his campaign for re-election.

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Venezuela and Guatemala Compromise on UN Security Council Seat: Panama

Venezuela and Guatemala announced yesterday that they agreed on Panama as a compromise candidate for the rotating UN Security Council seat that the two had been contesting.

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Venezuela to Sell Discount Heating Oil to Washington D.C.

Venezuela will provide heavily discounted heating oil to about 37,000 low-income families in Maryland, Virginia and the District this winter, Caracas' envoy to the United States said yesterday.

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US Investigates Smartmatic on Eve of US Congressional Elections

The US government is investigating Smartmatic, the privately-owned Venezuelan parent company of Sequoia Voting Systems to verify if there is any truth to the rumors that Smartmatic has links to the Venezuelan government.

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Opposition Candidate Manuel Rosales Outlines His Plan for Government

Manuel Rosales, the opposition candidate for the Venezuelan presidential elections on December 3, presented his plan for government last week. He is proposing a program he says will produce a “new social democracy” in Venezuela, which will be a fairer and more equal society.

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Coca-Cola Blockade Ends as National Assembly President Negotiates Exit

Worker’s who were protesting Coca-Cola Femsa plants across Venezuela last week lifted their blockades late Thursday after securing a hearing at the Supreme Tribunal of Justice which will take place this week.

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