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Venezuelan Court Releases 2 Officers and 38 others Involved Destabilization Plan

A Venezuelan military court released 2 officers and 38 civilian colombians who were being held since May 2004 for their involvement in a plan to attack the presidential palace. The trial will proceed against four other officers and 62 colombians, who are considered to have been directly involved in the plan.

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Venezuela Proposes New Anti-Drug Trafficking Agreement to the U.S.

During a TV interview, Interior Minister Jesse Chacon renewed a proposal to the U.S., that Venezuela would be willing to re-start its cooperation in fighting drugs, as long as all police operations are undertaken by Venezuelan officials. This type of agreement is already in place with all other countries involved in drug control in Venezuela.

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Venezuela to Invest in Refineries in Brazil and Argentina

Venezuela reached separate agreements with both Brazil and Argentina to invest in refineries. The refineries will allow Venezuela to export more oil to Brazil and Argentina and will contribute to the regional energy integration of Latin America, according to President Chavez.

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Venezuela Withdraws Foreign Reserves from U.S.

President Chavez announced that Venezuela has withdrawn all its foreign reserves from the U.S. and deposited them in European banks, due to "threats" from the U.S. Chavez also suggested that south American nations deposit their reserves in a South American bank.

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6th World Social Forum Expects 80,000 to Come to Venezuela

Edgardo Lander, a spokesperson for the organizing committee of the 6th WSF in Caracas, presented plans for the event and said that 80-100,000 participants are expected this year. Lander presented the planning, following a meeting with Venezuela's Vice-President, to request logistical help.

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Venezuela’s Ambassador: “Posada Carriles is the Osama Bin Laden of Latin America”

Reacting to the denial of a deportation order for Luis Posada Carriles, Venezuela's Ambassador to the U.S. called Posada the "Osama Bin Ladin of Latin America" and said that the U.S. was exercising double-standards in the war against terrorism.

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Venezuela to Expropriate Idle Corn Processing Plant

Venezuela's Minister of Agriculture welcomed the Barinas state governor's signing of a decree that declared an idle corn processing plant to be of public utility, a first step towards expropriation. The owners, Venezuela's largest food distributor, denied that the plant is idle and said it will use all legal means to fight the expropriation.

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Judge: Cuban exile cannot be sent to Venezuela, Cuba

A U.S. judge has ruled that anti-Castro Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles may not be deported to Cuba or Venezuela, which has requested his extradition for trial in a 1976 Cuban airliner bombing, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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Venezuela Slams Posada Carriles Immigration Hearing

Venezuela's embassy in the U.S. issued a statement accusing the U.S. of double standards, in response to the possibility that the anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, whose extradition Venezuela is seeking, might remain in the U.S. because he would supposedly face torture in Venezuela.

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Venezuela to Create State Owned Steel Company

President Chavez announced that his government will create a new state-owned steel company, which will be built with $1 billion from a new development fund that was created with "excess" foreign currency reserves.

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Chavez Highlights Venezuela’s Land Reform with Broadcast from Seized Farm

Chavez broadcast his weekly television program from a recently seized ranch, which his government plans to turn over to benficiaries of the land reform program. The program served to highlight the seriousness with which Chavez intends to rid the country of large idle landed estates.

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Colombian Rebel Group Accepts Venezuela’s Offer to Mediate Peace Talks

Colombia's second largest rebel group, the ELN, said it would accept Venezuela's offer to mediate peace talks with the Colombian government. Although Colombia has not officially replied to Venezuela's offer or the ELN's acceptance, it has in the past been interested in such talks.

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Venezuela Limits Foreign Mining Operations

Chavez announced that the Venezuelan government would no longer issue mining concessions and would cancel existing ones. Instead, Venezuela will create a single state-owned mining company to conduct all mining in Venezuela, along the model of its state-owned oil company.

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Venezuela Offers Support to U.S. Indigenous Communities

Venezuelan President Chavez has offered to bring low-cost gasoline to the poor in the U.S., including American Indian tribal communities, along with free eye surgery for a certain number economically disadvantaged U.S. residents.

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Venezuela's Extra Gasoline Shipment for US set to Arrive in Florida

Venezuela will begin to ship approximately one million barrels of gasoline to the United States in addition to its normal volumes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Extra gasoline may help provide relief to U.S. consumers affected by high prices

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