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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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Venezuela Cuts Supply to Some Citgo Gas Stations, for Greater Efficiency

Citgo, Venezuela's gas station chain in the U.S., will reduce the number of its 14,000 affiliated gas stations by 1,800, so it can supply its stations only with gasoline from its own refineries. The move does not mean a cutback of Venezuelan crude oil to the U.S.

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Tour Brings Venezuelan Rhythms and Styles to American Ears

The Venezuelan Sounds 2006 tour, which includes concerts in Washington , D.C., New York, Berkeley, and Puerto Rico, showcases some of the South American nation's finest musicians.

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Venezuela Criticizes U.S. Efforts to Undermine Venezuela and Cuba

Both President Chavez and the Vice-Foreign Minister for North America sharply criticized the Bush administration today, saying that it is seeking to undermine Venezuela's support for Cuba and Venezuela's efforts to attain a UN Security Council seat.

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Venezuela’s Economy Posts Strong First Quarter

Last week the Central Bank and National Statistics Institute released quarterly figures to suggest Venezuela’s strong economic performance continues in 2006. Inflation climbed to 11.8% in June, but remains near historic lows, as does unemployment, at 9.7%.

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Venezuela to Compensate Campesino Families for Assassinations

The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez decided today to set aside $10 million for a compensation fund for the families of campesino (peasant) leaders who have been assassinated in the past seven years in the course of Venezuela's land reform program.

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Venezuela, Panama, and Colombia Inaugurate Gas Pipeline Construction

The presidents of Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama met in Colombia to inaugurate the construction of a new gas pipeline that will connect Venezuela and Colombia. Later the pipeline will be expanded to Panama.

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Venezuelan Opposition Candidates Agree to Presidential Primaries

The directors of the opposition NGO Súmate announced that they will organize a primary for the opposition presidential candidates after all.

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Venezuela Gets Nod for UN Seat from Caribbean Nations

The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) will be backing Venezuela in its bid for a non-permanent United Nations Security Council seat in October, when it becomes vacant with the expiry of Argentina's two-year term.

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Venezuela Officially Joins Mercosur Trade Block

Venezuela officially joined Mercosur on Wednesday in Caracas. Representatives of the National Assembly announced that steps are now being taken towards the creation of a Mercosur Parliament, which they hope to form by this December.

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Barrios Unidos takes its message to Venezuela

An agreement between a Santa Cruz nonprofit and a bank affiliated with the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a chance to build solidarity between the two countries, Barrios Unidos Executive Director Nane Alejandrez said Monday.

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6th Annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebrated in Venezuela

Thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (GLBT) marched in this year’s GLBT Pride parade in Caracas yesterday. This marks the sixth year in a row that Venezuela has held a gay pride parade.

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Chavez Proposes South-South Cooperation at African Union Summit

In an extemporaneous speech to African leaders attending the 7th African Union summit in Banjul, the Gambia, Venezuela's President Chavez suggested the establishment of a joint commission to set up four projects, which he listed as "Petrosouth, Telesouth, Bank of the South and University for the South".

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