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Venezuela Pushes Mercosur Summit Toward Stronger Integration

The 28th summit of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) ended on Monday, with Chavez making several proposals that would integrate member countries more tightly, such as an "energy ring" that would create a grid of gas, oil, and electricity lines throughout the continent.

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Venezuela’s Intelligence Service To Be Restructured

President Chavez appointed a new director for Venezuela's intelligence service, the DISIP, and has authorized a thorough restructuring of the service in the wake of the discovery of high-level corruption and complicity in the recent escape of a notorious drug trafficker.

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Venezuelan Government Wins Victory at ILO in Geneva

A request to hold sanctions against the Venezuelan government for alleged labor violations, co-sponsored by the country’s employers’ association and the traditional labor federation was rejected this week at the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) meetings being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Minister: Narco-Trafficker Escaped from Venezuelan Prison with Police Complicity

A Colombian drug-trafficker, wanted by the US, escaped from a Venezuelan prison over the weekend, allegedly with police complicity. Agents of Venezuela’s military and intelligence police, the DISIP, are being investigated for reportedly accepting bribes of $1-2 million to facilitate the accused’s escape.

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Venezuela’s President Says Assassination Plot Means Fewer Public Appearances

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez confirmed the existence of plans to assassinate him and explained that this conspiracy comes “from outside the country,” and has in no way altered his faith in the Venezuelan military.

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Venezuela Formally Submits Extradition Request to U.S.

Venezuela's embassy in the US announced that today it submitted all the necessary papers for requesting the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, who is accused of terrorist activity in Latin America. This completes the steps the Venezuelan government needs to take. Now the U.S. must make a decision.

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U.S. General Says Venezuela is a Danger for the Hemisphere

In an interview with the Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald, U.S. General John Craddock expressed concern about the destabilizing influence of Venezuela. Venezuelan officials see the comments as part of the list of recycled concerns emitted by the Bush Administration on an almost daily basis.

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Venezuela's Independence Day Parade Suspended due to Assassination Concerns

The traditional Army Day parade held annually on June 24th was suspended by the Venezuelan Defense Minister, Jorge García Carneiro. According to Gen. Garcia Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez must limit his public appearances due to the increased risk of an assassination attempt.

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New Evidence Links Posada Carriles to Airline Bombing

Declassified CIA and FBI documents provide further evidence linking Cuban exile and naturalized Venezuelan citizen Luis Posada Carriles to the bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 in 1976 that killed 73 people.

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Chavez Announces Major New Health Care Project for Venezuela

Thirty diagnostic centers were inaugurated yesterday as part of the latest social program: Mission Barrio Adentro II. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that by the end of the year an additional 600 centers will be opened. He also laid the groundwork for Mission Barrio Adentro III and the deepening of the Mission Miracle.

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Mesa: “No Venezuela meddling in Bolivian affairs”

Former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa said in an interview published Sunday in Mexico City that his administration found no evidence of meddling in Bolivia's internal affairs by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as Washington charged.

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Venezuelan Opposition Group Sumate Takes Offensive Following Meeting with Bush

In a press conference held yesterday Súmate director María Corina Machado declared that "clean" elections in Venezuela are at risk and urged the Venezuelan people to mobilize. Súmate retook the offensive in its political work following her meetings with U.S. President Bush and Secretary of State Rice.

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Venezuela Submits Large File to U.S. Documenting Extradition Request

The Venezuelan embassy in the U.S. says it submitted many new documents to the U.S. government to substantiate its request for the arrest and extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban-Venezuelan terrorist accused of bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976. The U.S. government had previously rejected the request because of insufficient documentation.

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Report Accuses Venezuelan Governor of Responsibility for Extra-Judicial Executions

Venezuela’s National Assembly released a 250 page report that determined that the Governor of the State of Guárico, Eduardo Manuitt, should be held accountable for the human rights violations committed by a special police force of that State. The Commission's decision has heightened tensions within Chavez's governing coalition.

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Venezuela Hails OAS Meeting As Great Success

Minister of Communication and Information, Andrés Izarra, said that Venezuela made a significant contribution to the Organization of American States meeting that just ended because eight of its proposals were adopted, which would strengthen freedom of speech and respect for sovereignty. Vice-President Rangel emphasized that Latin America had regained its dignity.

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