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Venezuela’s Vice-President Says U.S. is “Out of Control”

Responding to an announcement from the US State Department that it would seek to convince Venezuela's neighbors that Venezuela is "destabilizing," Vice-President Rangel said that the US government is "out of control" and should reflect on its policies.

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Venezuela and Uruguay Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreements

Following the inauguration of the new leftist president of Uruguay, President Chavez and President Tabaré Vasquez signed a seriens of oil and telecommunications agreements between the two countries.

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Inflation and Unemployment Down in Venezuela

Inflation dropped to 0.2% in February, the lowest monthly rate in 17 years. Also, unemployment dropped to 15.5% in February, down 3.6% compared to a year earlier.

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Leading Figure of Venezuela’s 2002/2003 Oil Industry Shutdown Arrested

Carlos Ortega, the former president of Venezuela's union federation the CTV, was arrested today two years after his arrest warrant had been issued. He has been wanted in connection with the economically devastating oil industry shutdown of December 2002-January 2003.

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US State Department Accuses Venezuela of Having Poor Human Rights Record

The US State Department released its annual report on human rights and said that Venezuela was "backsliding," charging it with a recent increase in abuses. VP Rangel and others countered that the reportlacks credibility, due to the U.S.' own human rights situation.

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U.S. Military Presence near Venezuela Raises Concerns

The presence of U.S. military vessels 75 kilometers off the coast of Venezuela, has caused some concern as tensions between the two countries continue to raise.

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Exxon Mobil to Challenge Venezuela’s Oil Tax Increase

As the only company to reject the royalty increase on oil production from 1% to 16.66%, Exxon Mobil is considering arbitration in order to challenge the increase after Venezuela's Oil and Energy Ministry rebuffed the company's request for a reduction of the tax.

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Differences Between US and Venezuela Can Be Resolved Says Venezuela’s Foreign Minister

During a visit to several cities in the U.S., Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Ali Rodriguez, said that fundamental differences between Venezuela and the U.S. can be resolved if mutual respect and non-intervention is established.

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Nobel Laureate Warns of US Interventionism in Venezuela

Argentinean Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel warned in an interview with Colombian radio that U.S. intervention in Venezuela is probable and part of a larger pattern of U.S. foreign policy.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Reiterates Support for Socialism

President Chavez, at the opening of the 4th Summit on the Social Debt, reiterated his support for socialism as the only viable alternative to capitalism and to overcome poverty. He said, though, that socialism had to be reinvented for the 21st Century.

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Carter Center Closes Offices in Venezuela

The Carter Center, which has had an office in Venezuela since 2002 and which played a crucial role in legitimating the Venezuelan electoral processes of 2004, will close its office, but will continue to "involve itself."

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Venezuela Issues Arrest Warrant for Former President Carlos Andrés Peréz

An arrest warrant for former Venezuelan president Carlos Andrés Peréz was issued in connection with the February 1989 police and military killings of hundreds of Venezuelans, following riots against IMF-imposed policies.

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Venezuela Arrests Suspected Colombian Rebel Leader

Venezuela's Minister of the Interior, Jesse Chacon, announced that Venezuelan police had arrested a presumed leader of the FARC in connection with the kidnapping of the mother of Detroit Tigers baseball star Ugueth Urbina.

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At OAS Venezuela Says US Interventionism is Prelude to Aggression

Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez charged at a meeting of the Organization of American States that the constant verbal attacks of the U.S. are a prelude to a possible physical attack. Also, he said the Chavez government has intelligence information of a possible assassination attempt.

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Granda Kidnapped in Venezuela while Negotiating Release of French Hostage

According to French diplomats, Rodrigo Granda, the Colombian rebel spokesman who was kidnapped in Venezuela last December, had been in the process of negotiating the release of a Colombian-French citizen and presidential candidate held by the rebels. French authorities suspect that his kidnapping was to prevent a prisoner exchange.

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