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Facing Stagnant Oil Market, Venezuela Diversifies Exports by up to 75%

Workers harvesting cacao at the Monterosa plantation in Choroni, Venezuela. (Photo: Meridith Kohut/ The New York Times)

Amid economic crisis fueled by stagnant oil prices, Venezuela is set to increase its non-oil exports by 75% in 2015. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Slams US Interference in Guyana Dispute and Internal Affairs

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Correodelorinoco)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back at the US government on Tuesday after the latter publically declared its support for Guyana’s claim to the disputed Essequibo region. He also responded to recent disparaging remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding Venezuela's democracy. 

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Venezuela's Ombudsman Protests Mexico Arrest on Orders of the US

Venezuelan Ombudsman Tarek William Saab (AVN)

Venezuela’s ombudsman, William Tarek Saab, announced Sunday he would formally denounce the US before the International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions following his detention by Mexican authorities under a US-issued Interpol alert.

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Thousands March to Commemorate Anniversary of Venezuelan Legislator's Assassination

The march took place in Caracas' center, on October 1st, 2015. (Lucas Koerner)

Thousands took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital on Thursday, braving severe heat and humidity to commemorate the life of the slain 27 year-old socialist parliamentarian Robert Serra on the one year anniversary of his assassination.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Calls for a New Anti-Imperialist Geopolitics at the UN

Maduro addresses the UN’s 70th General Assembly in NYC (albaciudad).

Drawing on the legacy of Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on world leaders to build a “new geopolitics, a new concept and a new world” at the United Nations 70th General Assembly in New York this past Tuesday. 

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Venezuela: UN Should Support Sovereignty in Syria and Palestine

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez at the UN Security Council on Wednesday. (teleSUR)

Venezulea’s foreign minister spoke out at the UN Security Council Wednesday against unilateral intervention in Syria, and the occupation of Palestine  

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Popular Chavista Mayor Arrested on Charges of Corruption

Jose Ramon Lopez speaks to the press after his arrest. (Francisco Hernandez)

The mayor of the Ciudad Guayana in Venezuela was apprehended Sunday by intelligence officers after the public prosecutor’s office emitted a warrant for his arrest, alleging charges of corruption.

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Raul Castro to UN: Cuba Will Support Venezuela in the Face of Destabilisation Attempts

Raul Castro address the 70th UN General Assembly (VTV)

Cuban President Raul Castro vowed to support the Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in the face of ongoing attempts to destabilise his administration.

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Venezuela will Permit Colombian Deportees to Return and Seek Legal Status

Nicolas Maduro and Ernesto Samper. (Photo: RNV)

According to a statement released Monday by the UNASUR, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will allow Colombians who were deported during the August crackdown on border smuggling to return to the country and seek legal immigration status. 

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Venezuela & Guyana Agree to UN Mediation as Dispute Reaches Boiling Point

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Guyanese counterpart David Granger agreed to mediation on Sunday (CorreodelOrinoco)

The governments of Venezuela and Guyana have agreed to accept UN mediation in a bid to overcome their recent diplomatic altercation over disputed territory. Both heads of state also agreed to restore their ambassadors in New York City last Sunday.

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Maduro at UN: Only “Total Systemic Change” Will Make 2030 Goals Viable

Maduro addressing the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN on Sunday (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a debate on the 2030 development goals proposed at the three-day UN Sustainable Development Summit this past weekend, warning that the new targets would be unreachable without “systemic economic transformation”. 

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Maduro Touches Down in NYC Following Trip to Caribbean Islands

Maduro arrives in New York with Cilia Flores (PrensaPresidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in New York Friday morning on the back of a brief visit to Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The head of state will participate in the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, as well as in several other events. 

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Venezuela Congratulates Colombia on Historic Advance in Peace Talks

Colombian President Manuel Santos shakes hands with FARC leader Timochenko in Havana on Wednesday (Justice for Colombia).

The Venezuelan government has officially congratulated the administration of Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia after an agreement was signed to bring an end to the country’s 60 year long civil war. 

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Fourth Border Closed as State of Exception Extended to Amazonas State

The Venezuela-Colombia border in the state of Amazonas is the fourth to have been closed since the attack in August (Photo: Tele

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved to close the Colombian-Venezuela border in Amazonas state on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after having met with his Colombian counterpart. The border is the fourth to have been closed between the two countries over the past six weeks.

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