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Mexico Supports Venezuelan Extradition Request

Mexican Foreign Minister Derbez affirmed that if the US deports Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles to Mexico, Mexican authorities will extradite him to Venezuela. The President of the Cuban National Assembly called upon the US to extradite Posada to Venezuela or to judge and punish him as though his name was Luis bin Posada or Osama Posada. Venezuelans marched on Saturday calling on the US to live up to its anti-terrorism rhetoric.

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U.S. Denies Venezuela's Detention Request of Terror Suspect Posada Carriles

The U.S. State Department denied today Venezuela's request for the preventive detention of former CIA operative and terror suspect Luis Posada Carriles.

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Venezuelan Extradition Request for Cuban Terrorist Still in Limbo

Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roger Noriega alleged on Wednesday that the US had yet to receive an "acceptable" extradition request from Venezuela for Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. The Venezuelan ambassador to the US, Bernardo Alvarez clarified that Venezuela had sent a formal verbal communiqué requesting Posada's extradition and questioned why the US was failing to fully cooperate with a fellow ally in the fight against crime and terrorism.

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Venezuela Holds Hearing on Human Trafficking, Calls on US to Lift Sanctions

The Foreign Affairs committee of Venezuela’s National Assembly held a hearing on human trafficking Wednesday. Last June, the US State Department listed Venezuela as one of only 10 countries in the world not seriously attempting to combat the global problem linked to sexual exploitation and forced labor. Venezuelan officials, however, argue that the country has taken concrete measures to fight trafficking, and accuse the US of using this “important global issue” as a political instrument.

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Venezuelan Economy Grew 7.9 percent in First Quarter of 2005

During the first quarter of 2005, Venezuela enjoyed a 7.9 percent growth rate. Government officials expect a growth of 10 percent for 2005, building on a 2004 high for the region of 17.3 percent.

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Venezuela Says Transnational Oil Companies Owe Back Taxes and Have Violated Contracts

During a hearing at the National Assembly, Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum accused the country’s former oil managers of running the industry in the interests of transnational oil companies. Also, he accused these companies of massive tax evasion.

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Venezuela Demands Posada be Tried for Terrorism not Immigration

In a verbal note delivered to the US Department of State, Venezuela’s embassy in the US reiterated its preoccupation with the US’ apparent decision to try self-described Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles for immigration violations rather than terrorism. Venezuela’s ambassador Bernardo Alvarez prevailed upon US authorities to treat this as a legal matter, rather than a political one, and uphold the 83 year-old US-Venezuelan extradition treaty.

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Venezuela Could Cut Diplomatic Ties if US Violates Extradition Treaty

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatened to cut off diplomatic ties with the US if Washington fails to follow its own anti-terrorist rhetoric and extradite Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela. The US’s reluctance to do so has provoked an international outcry, including mainstream US newspapers and US Congressmen who have called on the Bush administration to comply with the extradition request in order to bring the self-described terrorist to justice.

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Venezuela Denounces US Hypocrisy in Cuban Terrorist Case

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez accused the US government of extreme cynicism and hypocrisy in its handling of the arrest of anti-Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. Posada is wanted by Venezuela and Cuba for a variety of terrorist acts including a 1976 bombing that killed 73. Venezuela’s extradition request is pending. “The world is watching,” said Chávez, warning the US not to have a double-standard on terrorism.

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Vice-President Warns Of A New Conspiracy Against Venezuela’s Government

Venezuela’s Vice-President Rangel warned that conspirators in the opposition are preparing for a repeat of the ultimately unsuccessful 2002 coup and that the recent attacks on the state oil company are a part of this plan.

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Venezuela's Black List Will Be Taken To Court

The Venezuelan Supreme Court gave National Assembly Deputy Luis Tascón ten days to prepare to defend himself and the posting of the referendum signature list before the highest court of land.

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US Arrests Cuban Terrorist; Venezuela Promises not to Send him to Cuba if Extradited

Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was arrested yesterday after withdrawing his request for political asylum in the US. US officials have 48 hours to determine whether they will honor Venezuela's extradition request or grant Posada political asylum. Venezuela promised he would not be sent to Cuba if extradited to Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Tax Agency Fines News Channel Globovisión

Venezuela’s tax agency SENIAT fined private television network Globovisión on Monday. The US$1.5 million dollar debt includes fines and unpaid taxes for Globovisión’s failure to declare air-time provided free of charge during a 2003 opposition strike.

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Venezuelan Authorities Honor Colombian Extradition Request

Venezuelan authorities extradited FARC leader José Martínez Vegas "El Chiguiro" to their Colombian counterparts yesterday. The extradition comes after Colombia and Venezuela recently overcame a diplomatic impasse over Venezuela’s supposed harboring of Colombian guerillas.

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Venezuela Denies Rumors about Oil Industry Problems

A series of reports have emerged in Venezuela's oppositional press, saying that the oil company is in dire straights in terms of corruption, declining production levels, and misappropriated funds. A variety of government spokespersons say that this is all part of a coordinated smear campaign.

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