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U.S. Congress Passes Venezuela Sanctions, Obama Expected to Sign

White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, confirmed Thursday that President Obama plans to sign the bill (El Universal)

Late on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to introduce sanctions against Venezuela.

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Land Rights Activist Arrested in Venezuela, Protestors Claim Oligarchical Influence in Judicial System

Protestors call for David Diaz's release. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana Soto)

Venezuelan communards and activists marched yesterday to demand the release of David Diaz, a leading member of an urban community project in Barqisimeto, Lara state. Diaz was arrested on 3 December and ultimately charged with “invading” private property, an accusation that his comrades feels is suspect.

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US Senate Passes Bill to Impose Further Sanctions on Venezuela, Maduro Blasts “Economic Blockade”

Senator Robert Menendez said the bill was an "unequivocal message" to the Venezuelan government (Getty Images)

Yesterday the United States Senate passed the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 by voice vote, a bill that will impose further sanctions on Venezuelan senior government officials if passed tomorrow by Congress.

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Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

According to Venezuelan law, 5 percent of a company's workforce needs to be persons with disabilities to ensure employers c

The Presidential Council was created after social organizations lobbied for better state representation of disabled persons.

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Venezuelan President Maduro to Reevaluate U.S. Relations Due to “Interventionism"

In an interview with Telesur on Saturday Maduro claimed that actions being taken in the U.S. embassy were aimed at undermining V

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has warned of “interventionist” activity emanating from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, and says he is reevaluating relations with his country’s northern neighbour.

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Secret Anti-Corruption Force Created in Venezuela

The director of the anti-corruption police will be José Ramírez Márquez (archive).

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has created a secret force to tackle corruption in public administration.

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UNASUR Moves toward Continental Freedom of Movement, Venezuela Makes “Equality” Call

Nicolas Maduro (centre) with Rafael Correa (right) and Ernesto Samper (left) in Quito for the opening ceremony of the new UNASUR

The 12 member Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has taken a step toward creating South American citizenship and freedom of movement. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro also called for strategies to promote continental economic development, social equality and defence sovereignty.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

President Maduro meets with Uruguayan leader Pepe Mujica in Caracas, on December 3rd. (AFP)

In an announcement made on Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro pledged to slash spending in certain areas, such as senior government officials’ salaries, while swearing “we will never cut one bolivar of what we spend on education, food, housing... on our people.”

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Maria Corina Machado Indicted as Lawyer Claims Lopez Will Be Released Before Christmas

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014.

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The Venezuelan state prosecutor’s office announced today that former deputy Maria Corina Machado has been indicted for conspiracy. Meanwhile the lead attorney defending hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez asserted today his belief that his client would be released this month, before Christmas Eve.

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Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Congratulates Tabare Vazquez on Presidential Victory in Uruguay

“Congratuations to compañero Tabare Vasquez, president elect of Uruguay, for this victory of the Frente Amplio, our brothers

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has congratulated leftist Tabare Vazquez for his overwhelming victory in the second round of Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday.

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OPEC Rejects Production Cut, Venezuela Looks to Budget

Rafael Ramirez in Vienna (VTV screenshot)

As was expected beforehand, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided not to cut production to increase oil prices at the Vienna summit yesterday. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states indicated their willingness to endure low prices in order to maintain market share.

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13 Dead and 145 Poisoned from "Overdose" After Riot in Venezuelan Prison

Order was restored in the prison and those intoxicated are receiving medical attention. (MINCI)

13 prisoners have died and another 145 left poisoned following the presumed uncontrolled consumption of medical substances during a prison riot in Venezuela.

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Maria Corina Machado will Face Charges over Alleged Plot to Assassinate Venezuela’s Maduro

Maria Corina Machado (archive)

Hard-line Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged for her presumed link to an alleged plot to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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OPEC Unlikely to Cut Oil Production, Venezuela’s PDVSA Predicts “Difficult Times Ahead”

The price of Venezuelan heavy crude dove from $99 per barrel in June to about $69 last week. (AVN)

According to Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez, negotiations with Mexico, Russia and Saudi Arabia have failed to reach a joint pledge for OPEC nations to cut oil production.

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Venezuela Celebrates International Day to End Violence Against Women, Inaugurates Shelters

The official ceremony on Tuesday. (VTV)

Yesterday Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro signed a law recognizing femicide as a form of hate crime, and inaugurated two women’s shelters at a widely attended event in the nation’s capital.

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