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Venezuela is Second Most Proud Country

Venezuela came in a close second for having the most patriotism, according to the report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

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Gas Pipeline Meeting in Venezuela Invites Bolivia to Join Mega Project

Bolivia joined the Great Southern Gas Pipeline, during the 2nd meeting of the Ministerial Committee in charge of the project, which met in Venezuela this week. The official launch of the world’s largest gas pipeline will be in August.

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Venezuelan Opposition Group Súmate Won’t Organize Primary Vote

The directors of the opposition NGO Súmate announced that they will not organize a primary to help choose a single presidential candidate for the December presidential vote because opposition candidates could not agree on the procedure in time.

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Venezuela and U.S. to Sign New Drug Control Agreement

Luis Correa, head of Venezuela's National Anti-Drug Office, announced that an agreement has been reached between Venezuela and the U.S. to cooperate in the fight against drug trafficking. The agreement will be signed July 8.

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Venezuela and Panama Sign Energy Agreements

President Chavez signed a wide variety of energy cooperation agreements with Panama's President Torrijos. Among these are the amplification of Panama's pipeline, so that Venezuela can ship oil to Asia more easily.

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Venezuelan National Assembly to Pass Law to Partly Nationalize Mines

On Tuesday, the Venezuelan National Assembly took the first steps towards passing reforms on the Venezuelan Mining Law, which could force companies with abandoned mines to form joint ventures with the Venezuelan state.

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Venezuelan Officials Denounce U.S. Campaign against Venezuela UN Post

Reacting to reports that the U.S. was lobbying against Venezuelan seat on the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister ali Rodriguez predicted that the U.S. would suffer another defeat on this issue.

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Venezuela and Colombia Agree on Gas Pipeline

Venezuela and Colombia held an important bilateral summit last week in which they finalized agreements for a long-awaited gas pipeline, which will run between the two countries and could eventually provide access to markets in Asia.

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Venezuelan Government Warns that some TV Licenses Might Not be Renewed

Clarifying the president's remarks of last week, that some TV stations might lose their licenses, Communications Minister William Lara said that the government is only complying with its duties in making sure that broadcasters abide by the law and many of these have been violating the 2004 media responsibility law.

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Venezuela Distributes Russian Arms to Military, Intends More Purchases

President Chavez presided over a ceremony to distribute the first batch of 100,000 Russian AK-103 rifles to officers of his military. During the event, Chavez announced that Venezuela had agreed to purchase 24 Russian Sukhoi fighter jets and is considering to buy more helicopters.

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Iran to Invest $9 Billion in Venezuela

Iran announced this week that it is planning to invest more than $9 billion in 125 development projects in Venezuela. Syria and Venezuela strengthen ties.

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Venezuelan Women Protest Court Decision to Annul Section of Law on Violence Against Women

The Venezuelan Supreme Court recently annulled important sections of the Law on the Violence against Women and Family. Outrage led to last Thursday’s protest in front of Venezuela’s Supreme Court and to a debate before the Venezuelan National Assembly.

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Universities to Audit Venezuela’s Electoral Registry

Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced that seven of the countries' universities would participate ina renewed effort to audit the electoral registry. the CNE rejected the participation of three major universities, though, causing renewed opposition criticism.

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Indigenous March in Support of Chavez in Venezuela

Hundreds of representatives of Venezuela’s indigenous marched in Caracas on Wednesday in the “First National March of the Indigenous People.” According to the organizers, this is the first of many indigenous mobilizations which will be “heating up the streets” over the next 6 months.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Impeached for Corruption

The National Assembly permanently removed former pro-Chavez Supreme Court Judge Luis Velásquez Alvaray after he refused to present himself to the assembly to defend himself from corruption charges.

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